Cordial Contemporary : Walking the Design Line in Naples

Natasha Pereira, interior designer, was thrilled to be involved in the design of a five-bedroom, two-story coastal contemporary spec house located in Old Naples’ Aqualane Shores. Not only was the high-end residence designed to overlook Naples Bay, it was the vision of luxury home builder Anthony DelDuca of BBA Development, who brought in the dream team to put his grand scheme in motion.

“I got involved early on,” says Pereira, who is known for her contemporary interior design, and who participated in picking the home’s materials, finishes, and light fixtures, while plans were being drawn. “Anthony wanted to try something different with this house, something that leans more contemporary, yet has a transitional vibe. From what I’ve seen much of Naples is either contemporary or traditional coastal. This home definitely walks the line between the two,” she adds.

The house possesses a strong indoor-outdoor connection, including an expansive open lanai and large swimming pool in the backyard, but it’s the glass windows and doors throughout that keep the interior connected to the exterior.

“I loved that the home had a lot of natural light,” continues Pereira, “though we did add direct recessed lighting, ambient peripheral rope-LEDs behind the ceiling alcoves, and soft decorative light fixtures to define areas like the island or dining table in the open floor plan,” says Pereira.

To complement the clean-lined moldings and contemporary architecture throughout, Pereira selected simple modern furniture mostly in white linen and leather, with chrome finishes. She also added pattern through art and textiles.

“I also integrated organic wood furniture to add warmth, such as the live-edge walnut dining table, or the solid oak bark console in the upstairs sitting room,” she continues.

Cobalt and navy blues are also used as accent hues, respectively in the master bedroom and the upstairs sitting room, adding splashes of color to the largely neutral furnishings palette. No blue, however, could possibly compete with the bay and pool outside in the back of the house.


The sectional and armchairs from Lee Industries create multiple seating options in the spacious living room; the bench against the far window is a Lexington leather and chrome piece that can be pulled in for use as needed. The mahogany sofa console with chrome legs is from Phillips Collection, as is the pierced oak coffee table. Flooring throughout is gray-smoked wood from Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring — sourced through Naples Flooring Company — in a custom-width plank.


Interlocking paving stones laid out in a Modigliani-esque pattern lead visitors up to the two-story house’s wood and glass entrance. The landscaping — installed by Doria’s Landscaing -— includes waving palms in structured beds which emphasize the transitional contemporary feel of the home. Multiple picture windows play into the architectural form and provide plenty of natural light. The durable and hardy galvanized aluminum roof acts as a more traditional element and gives a coastal nod to the bayside setting.


The stormwater management system incorporated into the landscape design provides hidden and functional flood protection, designed by
J.R. Evans Engineering.


Contemporary white kitchen cabinets from Design Studio by Raymond keep with the netural tone of the home. Appliances, including the range and hood, are by Miele. White Tiger marble was selected for the island and backsplash due to its light blue veining, working well with the accent colors used in the home and the blue waters outside. Triple coil pendants by Global Views provide aesthetically pleasing light above the island.


Vanguard nightstands with bronze metal frames and glass tops with gray-stained wood inserts coordinate nicely with the gray flooring. Pereira designed the luxe royal blue headboard. Along with custom blue pillows and blue crackled ceramic lamps, the headboard adds a punch of deep color to the neutral bedroom.


Design Studio by Raymond created the floating double vanity in a dark wood stain in the master bath, which contrasts beautifully against the white glass tiles and marble countertops. The linear sconces mounted directly on the backlit horizontal mirror were manufactured by Sonneman Lighting.


Pereira had a custom tree bark console made for the upstairs sitting room, which is grounded by a modern coastal-inspired area rug by Surya. Other coastal home accents include the chrome sea urchin sculptures mounted as art in different sizes, from Global Views. The sectional is from Lee Industries while the standing lamp is by Regina Andrew.


The guest room is softly colored in beachy beige hues, including a custom headboard in twill designed by Pereira. The whimsical fur bench is by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. White-lacquered Bungalow 5 nightstands are paired with white ceramic table lamps, with champagne-hued bases.


The lanai is a spectacular outdoor wing connecting the house to the backyard, which is a continuation of the front landscaping theme. The home sits on Naples Bay, so the outdoor living room, with a custom fireplace for cooler evenings, is furnished in weather-resistant teak and indoor-outdoor furnishings. The custom scones and light colored linen upholstery complete the relaxed, yet contemporary feeling living area. Beyond the living room and sun deck sits a large dock with Gulf access.


The home’s exterior is a smooth stucco with a shell-stone finish. A seamless indoor-outdoor flow connects the interior to the exterior, perfect for evening entertaining and pool parties. An elegant swimming pool has both underwater lighting and two gas-lit fire and water features for a dramatic resort-like look.

This home is listed by Tim Savage of Gulf Coast International Properties.


Written by Charlotte Safavi
Photography by Giovanni Photography


BBA Development
5881 Shirley Street
Naples, FL 34109


Design Studio by Raymond
990 1st Avenue North
Naples, FL 34102


Doria’s Landscaping, Inc.
P.O. Box 8262
Naples, FL 34101


Gulf Coast International Properties
707 12th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102


IPI Interlocking Pavestones, Inc
5881 Shirley Street
Naples, FL 34109


J. R. Evans Engineering, P.A.
9351 Corkscrew Road, Suite 102
Estero, FL 33928


LBU Lighting
11985 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34110


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


Naples Flooring Company LLC
3341 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34103


Natasha Pereira Interior Design
1719 Trade Center Way, Suite 110
Naples, FL 34109

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