Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Casamore Living

Distinct and exclusive, this 6,000-square-foot residence is one of twelve single-family homes within a private Gulf Shore Boulevard enclave known as Naples Casamore. Located on Hurricane Bay just north of Laudermilk Park in the heart of Naples, this home has its own 42-foot dock slip, pool with spa, a stunning outdoor kitchen, a four-car garage, and a private walkway to the beach.

A bold white stucco exterior with rustic red door and baby blue shutters presents a fresh perspective to the charming covered entryway. Upon entering, one is greeted by a masterfully executed, three-story staircase, constructed of stainless steel posts and cable railings. Acting as a functional work of art, it allows for unobstructed views and transference of light throughout the home. “The concrete, floating staircase transverses the three living levels, exemplifying the simplicity of contemporary style,” explains architect John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects. The three-story open staircase wraps around a dramatic 20-foot custom-fabricated chandelier of glistening textured glass designed by JKM Lighting.

Finished in a rich, lush palette of shell, grey, taupe and eggplant tones, the home’s expansive main living area exudes an underlying vibrancy beneath its chic, cool exterior. Driftwood-toned hardwood flooring and a complementing series of wood-stained beams frame the room with warmth. “It’s all about clean lines and bold design features,” states Lisa Ficarra, principal designer at Ficarra Design Associates. “The owners gave me a lot of freedom to create a soft contemporary style with classic elements that arouse the senses without distracting from the calming beauty of the water and skyline views, which extend from downtown all the way north to Park Shore.”

In the living room, an opulent shell stone fireplace, accented with a light grey oak, cross-grain veneer, serves as a stunning centerpiece. A dazzling Arteriors Home Royalton pendant chandelier, linen sofas, and arm chairs from Hickory Chair, and an exquisite modern Tibetan wool and bamboo silk area rug from Abbey Carpet & Floor create an invigorating intermix of textures and finishes. “Continuity is an important part of the process,” says Kacey Webb, design consultant for Abbey Carpet & Floor. The fireplace screen by local sculptor Ed Koehler, a painting by artist Bonnie Fuch, and an enamel-finished sculpture from the John-Richard Collection, all contribute to the room’s artistic relevance.

To the right of the kitchen, a breakfast nook showcases a Pompeii quartz table with acrylic base by Alexandra Hutchinson of Ficarra Design Associates. Motorized Lutron shades strategically recede into the header over the windows, while a Jerry Pair Catacaos pendant chandelier, featuring a polished nickel finish and linen shade, completes the look. An organically inspired ceiling fixture by sculptor Ed Koehler serves as an exciting focal point hanging over a handsome, quilted-maple dining room tabletop, custom designed by Hyland Custom Cabinetry. “We strive to create original pieces for our clients,” expresses director Chris Hylemon. Hyland Custom Cabinetry also designed the custom built-ins in the home’s study, as well as the cabinetry for the outdoor kitchen, closets, and pantry, and other custom furniture pieces for the home.

There are three different cabinet finishes on display in the spectacular kitchen area. The main part of the perimeter is a custom stain on a rift-cut veneer with moss-grey mercury granite countertops. The accent glass door cabinetry has stainless steel frames that are polished to a mirror sheen, and the island is a dark cherry stain. “Discussions during the design process focused on function as well as style, and for that reason, we chose a large polished nickel pull to add to the high-polished stainless doors to avoid potential fingerprinting on the door frames,” explains Paul Shulick, designer at Tradewind Designs, Inc. “Since the kitchen is wide open and ‘center stage,’ all three finishes were carefully selected to complement the gray/taupe color scheme throughout the home,” describes Shulick.

Contemporary leather bar stools offer additional seating at an impressive center island revealing a brilliant under-lit countertop. Dramatic Pompeii Quartz countertops on the island, double farm sink, grey cross-grained oak cabinetry, and a range hood by Japanese designer Oki Sato, make this kitchen second to none. United Materials, Inc. (UMI) provided all of the stone surfaces.

Opening onto a covered balcony with lovely bay views, the master bedroom radiates in a palette of cream and soft taupe. The drapery, accent pillows, and a snakeskin-patterned bench maintain consistency of the color pallet, while simultaneously adding life through the variety of pattern. Mirrored side bureaus from John-Richard and a leather-upholstered bed from Emerson et Cie help to establish an elegant retreat. A polished nickel Olivia chandelier from Wilson Lighting crowns the space.

The master suite includes individual “his” and “her” baths. The oversized gentleman’s bath features striking granite countertops and polished marble flooring with limestone matrix tile insets, complimenting espresso-stained custom cabinetry. Vaulted ceilings, double doors leading to a balcony, and a grass cloth wall covering add character to this masculine private setting. The vanity cabinet featured in the photo has ¾” planking added to the doors, and stacked interior pull-outs for organization. “All the vanities are wall mounted, and include under cabinet “night lights” on motion sensors, triggered when someone enters the bath,” describes Shulick.

Overlooking the bay and beyond, the covered balcony is a breath of fresh air. “The community was developed to create an urban setting surrounded by a tropical landscape, while still retaining the privacy of intimate gardens and pool areas,” explains Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. Andrea, responsible for all of the landscaping features of the Casamore homes, adds, “The white buildings provide a wonderful canvas to present the colors of the landscape. Bubbler fountains line the entry drive, covered with trellises that provide subtle shadow patterns on the walls. To access the docks and boardwalk, one travels through a specialty garden complete with an entry trellis and meandering path.” Incorporating a beautiful framework of columns and trellis-patterned railings, Casamore indulges the senses, soothes the soul, and cleanses the spirit.

Written by Marcia Carroll Burzair
Photography by Lori Hamilton

Abbey Carpet & Floor
13250 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34110

Architectural Land Design, Inc.
2780 South Horseshoe Drive Suite 5
Naples, FL 34104

BCB Homes
3696 Enterprise Ave., Suite 100
Naples, FL 34104

Ficarra Design Associates
633 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102

Hyland Custom Cabinetry
A Thomas Riley Company
1458 Rail Head Blvd.
Naples, FL 34110

Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102

Tradewind Designs, Inc.
2800 Davis Boulevard, Suite 112
Naples, FL 34104

United Materials, Incorporated (UMI)
1615 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109

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