Artistic Showcase : A Masterpiece by Design

Designed as both a showcase for a personal art collection and a comfortably elegant retreat, this waterfront home captures the classical elegance of the British West Indies-inspired style. A palm-lined motor court sets a grand tone, leading to the front door of this stately home, situated on a generous one-and-a-half-acre lot. Inside, the 8,314- square-foot residence includes four bedrooms, five full baths, and multiple living areas.  Views of the waterway can be captured from each room and from the multiple balconies on both the front and rear exterior.

John Cooney, partner at Stofft Cooney Architects, artfully incorporated elements of an art gallery in his design, complete with dimensional space for sculpture, focal point niches, and ample wall space.   Cooney coordinated with the designer and artists to showcase the owner’s existing collection along with additional works commissioned during the project.

Interior designer Sherri DuPont of Collins & DuPont Design Group notes the important interplay between the art collection and property design in this two-story masterpiece, “The clients worked with their favorite artists to create distinct pieces to enhance specific areas,” remarks DuPont adding, “Every piece of art was inspirational for each setting.”

To capture a sophisticated gallery-feel, the team used classic millwork throughout the home. Cooney explains, “The client was very interested in having a lot of detail. Every ceiling was intricately designed with custom mouldings and beams. The walls feature panels and extensive wainscoting. The builder really had to bring his A-game to the craftsmanship and creation of this moulding. Both quantity and quality of details were very important to this house.”

Builder Mark Smith of Harwick Homes says of the finished product, “It’s a beautiful example of what can be done when you have a client who is interested in this level of detail in a home. It was a real joy to step back and see the client appreciate the finished trim and interior. That’s what we as a company have traditionally been known for. It’s the details which make the core of the home something special.  From the wood flooring to the stone cladding on the exterior, the home is stunning,” adds Smith. “The client entrusted us with their dream for this home.”

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This British West Indies style home with Bahama shutters, wrought-iron balcony rails, cypress brackets, and terraces creates a strong tropical feel. “The client wanted a really timeless, classical look.  Natural materials say a lot about the quality of construction and longevity.  The cladding is a shell-stone,” notes architect John Cooney.

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A creamy hue in the upholstery, walls, and millwork provides a neutral canvas for a bloom of colors in the art and accessories.  The team’s efforts resulted in perfectly-fitted recessed niches for major pieces of art, such as the one chosen to hang above the fireplace in the living room. “Hands down, the Chagall is the focal point in this room. The fireplace was designed to showcase this piece,” says DuPont.

Two matching Henry Royer cocktail tables sit side-by-side on a custom hand-tufted wool/silk Axis area rug from Tai Ping, bringing a modern Asian aesthetic. A pair of J. Robert Scott L’Envol slipper chairs and two matching upholstered wood frame chairs face the cocktail tables, flanked by Swaim custom tapered consoles.

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Organic elements pair effortlessly with modern design in the kitchen. American walnut encases the kitchen bar. Natural Super White quartzite creates the range backsplash and enhances the bespoke cabinetry. The wood accents in the kitchen blend seamlessly with the Legno Bastone Noce European Black Oak flooring installed by Naples Flooring throughout the main living areas.

A Wolf 48-inch Pro-Style gas 6-burner range with griddle provides ample cook space, and is paired with a Wolf double oven and convection steam oven. An Asko under-counter beverage center makes entertaining a breeze. All appliances are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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“The red accent table and abstract pillow fabrics add synergy to an otherwise monochromatic, relaxing room,” explains DuPont of the seating area adjacent to the kitchen.  The paintings pay homage to abstract artist Jackson Pollock and represent the focal point of the family room. DuPont added “gallery” seating to establish an area conducive to reading and television viewing.  Navy and silver lumbar pillows and the silver abstract square pillows cool the room. A Bernhardt Imperial cocktail table with a polished stainless steel finish complements the custom Stark hand-tufted nylon area rug in fresh light grays, icy blues, and crisp whites.

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The foyer features a contemporary sculpture set upon Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring in Noce European Black Oak.  A work of art on its own, the staircase masterfully combines classic elements with a contemporary flair. The railing serves as an example of how the home’s design successfully fuses styles. “The wood-stained newel posts and rails match the treads and tie to the home’s traditional nature,” explains Cooney adding, “The aluminum and glass balusters draw one’s attention to the modern aesthetic of the home.”   Demonstrating how the client’s art collection dictated elements of the home’s design, the staircase paneling is deliberately spaced for the collection of framed pieces displayed there.

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DuPont calls the dining room the most dramatic room in the house.  The design team reconfigured the coffer with a light shelf to enhance the John Pomp Studios’ Spun Thread Cluster pendants, created with hand blown glass crystal and molten glass threading.  The brilliant colors in the mixed-media glass collage triptych by Diana Ahrens serve as a muse for the rest of the house. DuPont notes that at night the combined effect of these elements allows the room to sparkle with multiple layers. The carefully selected furnishings include upholstered Baker, Knapp and Tubbs Abrazo side chairs surrounding a walnut-finished dining table.

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Offering a bit of a whimsy, the Osborne & Little drapery in the master sitting room displays a geometric Normandie pattern with bright accents of magenta and ultramarine. Large windows capture a water view, while tree-stump tables created with silver-leaf over artisan-grade resin add a modern, natural flair, softening the contemporary open-barrel chair clad in bright blue and gray.

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Defined by the multi-layered coffered ceiling, the master bedroom relies on light, repetitive geometric patterns, and neutral tones.  Maya Romanoff Ajiro Fanfare Wood Veneer wallpaper in Lux Silver softly repeats the diamond Livorno pattern in the Cowtan & Tout draperies. The brilliant blues, grays, and blacks of a striking three dimensional wall sculpture—part of the homeowner’s personal collection—create a dramatic focal point above the bed.

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The elegant master bath enjoys a private view as DuPont explains, “The tub is framed by the window with the garden as a backdrop.  All other elements radiate around the tub, which is carved from the same single piece of stone as the flooring to guarantee grain and color match.”  The floor is a 24-by-24-inch Calacatta Caldia honed marble, and pairs richly with the Calacatta marble vanities. The graceful lines of white and soft gray Eva tile in the shower echo the curves of the tub. Ritz wall sconces with Hermes cast-glass complement the starburst design of the plated-chrome ceiling-mount fixture accented with ribbed glass balls.

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Suitable for an intimate dinner by the fire or a much larger event, this home offers easy access to the summer kitchen and dining area from multiple rooms. Oversized 16-by-24-inch Elba white shell stone from Afamia Stone defines the outdoor space and surrounds the pool. The pearl-colored, pebble-finished pool has Super White Turkish stone coping and Crystal Turquoise Blue Blend waterline tile. Recessed lighting along with Hubbardton Forge hand-wrought sconces set a warm tone for waterside evening gatherings.

Written by Susannah Herrada

Photography by Lori Hamilton

Afamia Stone
2415 Whitfield Industrial Way
Sarasota, FL 34243

Collins & DuPont Design Group
8911 Brighton Lane
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104

Harwick Homes
3368 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 101
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104

Naples Flooring Company
900 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102

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