Port Royal has long since been known as one of the most prestigious addresses in Naples, and this home built by BCB Homes is one of the most regal in this enclave. The challenge for this expansive estate included creating a place that was supremely comfortable and inviting regardless of its square footage. BCB Homes, Inc. was tapped to tackle the tear down, and they skillfully built the home that suited the resident couple perfectly.
“Our building process is efficient and enjoyable, minimizing stress for our customers, allowing them to be very personally involved with every aspect,” explains BCB Homes’ President and CEO, Joe Smallwood. “We are great at technical proficiency and very focused on the performance of the building, making certain it is sustainable and water resistant, as well as beautiful.”
The homeowners chose Joy Tribout for the interior design, and one of the focal points they chose together is a brilliant orange accent color throughout.
The hue appears on the accent pillows on the living room’s swivel chairs and picks up the color of the abstract print above the fireplace, done by a local Naples’ artist. Chairs, clad in a navy and white geometric print, flank a glass-topped table by Century Furniture. The Oscar de la Renta chest (also designed for Century Furniture) fits in a side alcove and is the piece around which the entire design scheme was built.
One of the most dramatic features in the center atrium of this home is the multi-panel sky lights perched above the foyer area. “It is a spectacular detail that we put in several projects that always delights the homeowner,” describes Barbie Kellam, Sales and Marketing Director of BCB Homes, Inc.
The transitional kitchen, by owner and senior designer of AlliKristé Fine Cabinetry, Bob Ostrowski, makes a nod towards the owners’ original traditional plan. He uses rich ebony in the leaded glass frame above the bar and tall highboy cabinet, contrasting the stark white cabinetry, and keeping the ambiance warm.
The traditional wood has been supplanted by a range hood of brushed stainless steel with polished chrome banding and custom hand-blown glass teardrops help provide the lighting above the oversized sink and quartz-topped island.
Ostrowski, who has been in the cabinet business since the 1980’s, has seen tastes change. “Less is more now and design has become crisper and cleaner,” describes Ostrowski, “There is beauty in simplicity.”
A raffia wall, the only one with wallpaper in the residence, flames orange under the skylights of the coffered ceiling of the hall leading to several of the five en-suite guest rooms, each sporting the painted name of one of Port Royal’s coves above the door. Two prints by local artists add interest to the walls and a custom Armillary chandelier by John Rosselli and Associates of Chicago surrounded by silver rings, uses hundreds of crystals to mimic a night sky when lit. The contemporary wrought iron railing and banister were designed by architect Jeffrey Harrell, who drew this home for the client, and ensured that each room has a distinctive ceiling.
The walls pick up the color of the Century dining chairs with coral embroidered white linen backs and tangerine velvet seats, which surround the walnut table. A vintage look chandelier with large crystals lights the scene, aided by hand-blown glass fish lamps on the stone-topped Century credenza.
Signature blue and white Ralph Lauren stripes festoon the window treatments of one of the guest rooms. The color scheme is picked up on the custom fabric adorning the Century chair and bench, the latter upholstered in Sunbrella fabric to accommodate wet bathing suits. The blanket cover and bed skirt are by Peacock Alley.
Custom chandeliers by Whitman grace the foyer to the master bath. A favorite piece of coral, set on a high cabinet’s inverted molding, overlooks the mirrored alcove. Lit by Visual Comfort lanterns, the space houses a white AlliKristé cabinet with white leather drawer faces and chrome boot legs. The white stone countertop completes the elegant simplicity of the room.
The magnificent outdoor living area is highlighted by royal blue spots and dramatic uplighting of the majestic palms, designed by Edward Westwood of GardenBleu Design.
The idea was to create a resort like setting while maintaining a comfortable feeling that could be enjoyed on a daily basis. The clients wanted drama, but were very interested in the outdoor spaces working as a daily part of their outdoor lifestyle.
The built-in fire table and surround seating was conceived as a transition space between the terrace off the lanai and the lower swimming pool. This space is surrounded by water and fountains, but feels like an extension of the outdoor living space, rather than a ‘pool side’ space. Shallow water actually wraps around the cushioned seating and flows down stepped water terraces to the swimming pool below.
“The colors of the outdoor fabrics and finish materials extend from the interior spaces to the point that we had window boxes made to mimic the fabric of interior chairs. This attention to detail can only happen when the landscape architect is intimately involved with the other designers and has an on-going relationship with the owners,” describes Westwood.
A sculptural handrail to the spa was added to create a simple arch leading out into the pool, where the spa is located. Ivy-covered walls and Date palms add the classical touches that fit well with the architecture.
“We ended up adding clusters of ‘sunbrellas’ that attach directly to the shallow water areas or sun shelves of the pool so that groupings of chairs can be arranged under colorful shade fabric umbrellas. This allows for sitting in a shaded lounge chair on a pool shelf while taking in incredible views of Port Royal waterways,” concludes Westwood.
The whole outdoor area feels like luxury and shows you really can build a resort right at home, although different than a resort in that in fits completely into the owner’s lifestyle and design preferences.
Probably the most unique feature of this home is the indoor/outdoor room. This room has pocketing lift and slide doors that can close off the room to be air-conditioned space when the weather is not so nice. Or it can be opened up and used in conjunction with the pool and boat.
“The homeowners are equipped with a pizza oven, a large bar with a Viking grill, a refrigerator, and a warming drawer. The beautiful blue Vetrazzo countertop ties the indoor design into this space and continues the elegant flow of the home,” adds Smallwood.
The view itself is enough to take one’s breath away. That is if the home itself doesn’t leave you breathless already.
By Kitt Walsh
Photography by Lori Hamilton
AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design
633 9th Street, North #301
Naples, FL 34102
BCB Homes, Inc.
3696 Enterprise Avenue, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34104
848 Myrtle Terrace
Naples, FL 34103