Inside Out : A Transitional Treat in Quail West

Nestled in the Naples golf community of Quail West is a coastal transitional style model home of the highest order. The four-bedroom house embraces the green with confidence, executed by the teamwork of project manager David Childers of McGarvey Custom Homes, residential designer Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, and interior designer Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors.

“The house is in a vernacular coastal transitional style, with its cypress-wood brackets, flat shake roof, and accented Bahamian shutters,” says Guzman, adding, “but with a twist. We used stacked stone versus traditionally smoother finishes, and darker wood stains, warming it up and giving it an earthy feel.”

Inside, though the house has an airy, open floor plan, there is definitely warmth in the stained millwork, such as the custom-designed architectural screen that separates the entry foyer from the dining area.

“What’s striking to me,” adds Childers, “is that you can walk through the front door and the entire house is transparent. It’s not only the floor plan, which is wide open, but you can actually see all the way through to the backyard and golf course.”

Even the formal living room and casual great room are open to one another via a built-in U-shaped bar and glassed-in wine cellar. “That is quite unusual,” adds Guzman. “What would traditionally be a closed-in parlor and open great room are separated by a sense of room shapes alone.”

Natural light fills the home via floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass pocket doors. Mitered windows add more ninety-degree see-through drama.

“With the floor plan being so open, we used ceiling details to define the different areas or ‘rooms’,” says McDaniel of the unique floating ceilings with their ambient cove lighting. “Of course, furniture layout also achieves that.”

The home’s palette is deliberately neutral — creams, beiges, and taupes — to keep the eye on ceiling details and exterior elements.

“There’s a wonderful indoor-outdoor connection,” says Childers, referring to the sliding glass doors off the great room that completely open onto a spacious lanai with an outdoor kitchen and seating area.

Furnishings throughout the home are elegant and clean-lined, complementing the striking architectural details. “I wanted the larger pieces to be soft and light, but with trim or accent details that popped and blended with the woodwork,” adds McDaniel.


A circular driveway of brick pavers leads to the entry portico, defined by four El Dorado, oyster cut coarse stone square columns. To complement the coastal influences of the home, Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design utilized a variety of tropical plantings throughout the design. Double mahogany front doors with architectural glass sidelights, and a transom above, hint at the transparency inside. To the left of the entry sits a three-car garage, plus golf cart parking. The doors are stained to match the darker trim of the home. The flat shake-style roof is Sierra Brown by Entegra Roof Tile.


The home’s living room has a beautiful custom designed and crafted asymmetrical fireplace by Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living. The fireplace concept was the starting point for the interior design. A beige chenille fabric by Kravet covers a pair of comfortable, cleanlined Vanguard sofas, with ivory painted feet and nail-head trim detail. They sandwich a Sherrill cocktail table, which has a travertine stone top and a bronze geometric base. The double sofa tables are from Old Biscayne and also have rectilinear taupe-hued bases, picking up on the home’s wood trim. The furniture sits upon a low pile neutral carpet with a barely-there striped pattern.


The design team determined the kitchen was large enough to hold double islands. The one in the foreground is used as an eat-in, prep area, or buffet, as needed; it is of granite in the home’s palette, with dramatic waterfall edges. Kitchens by Clay utilized stacked cabinets and wide-rail, raised panel doors finished in a Pure White paint and accented with an Agreeable Grey finish. The glass door cabinets around the perimeter give the kitchen a light, airy feeling. The grey finish is carried over to the working and entertainment islands to bring the entire kitchen together. Custom integration conceals the refrigerator. All appliances are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Triple light pendants with mercury-glass shades by Currey & Co. provide stylish ambient lighting.


In the foreground is a beautifully designed wood trellis screen, which defines the dining area. The ceiling detail also adds spatial definition to the room. A dramatic silver leaf rectilinear light fixture from Currey & Co. picks up the geometric vibe above the dark wood dining table resting on double pedestals in a gold finish by Bernhardt. The dining chairs, which are upholstered in a cotton-linen blend and have ivory painted legs, further play with the room’s geometry. For practicality the Travertine Champagne 24-by-24-inch floors are left unadorned.


Creating visual separation between the open living room and great room is a U-shaped bar made of the same granite featured in the kitchen. Behind the half-wall section of the bar, also of granite, is a glassed-in wine bar; its rear wall is of the same glass tile used in the kitchen backsplash, providing material continuity. In the living room to the right are floor-to-ceiling windows. The paint on the main level is Sherwin Williams Casa Blanca.


The great room’s seating area features a sectional in cream-hued chenille from Swaim and curved pierced-back armchairs from Century. Seating pieces are grouped on a cut-and-loop pile area rug by Jaipur, which also has a rectilinear pattern. McDaniel custom designed the unusual light fixtures using a variety of materials, including lighting store display units, wallpaper, and LED rope lighting. The ceiling paint throughout is Sherwin Williams Creamy.


Porcelain tiles in a 12-by-24-inch linear strie were chosen for the floors and shower wall. The same tile cut into 2-by-2-inch squares was used on the shower floor. A floating double vanity and the glassed-in shower door keep everything airy and light. The glass tile and granite countertops tie back to the kitchen. All window frames and baseboards are finished in Sherwin Williams Brazil Nut stain.


The flooring in the bedrooms, including the master, is wire-brushed and whitewashed white oak. The intent with the master was a relaxing, yet elegant space. This is achieved with a Bernhardt upholstered tailored bed in a tone-on-tone textured stripe fabric. The glamorous, mirrored Hooker night chests feature arabesque wood overlay and provide plenty of storage. Two swivel armchairs can be easily turned to enjoy the outside view. The bench with contrasting floral tapestry and solid upholstery is by Taylor King.


The outdoor oasis designed by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, floating walkways lead to varied seating levels which provide intimate social spaces. “We incorporated an oversized water feature in the pool which is centered on the front door to provide a strong visual that extends your view to the golf course,” says Andrea. Water cascades on all four sides of the edgeless spa, conveniently located near a chaise shelf. The artistic pavers in the outdoor areas are 16-by-16-inch Shellock Ivory. A sunken seating area with fire pit from Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living was intentionally set lower so as not to obstruct the long vistas during the day. In the evening the flames create a romantic view from the home’s interior.

Written by Charlotte Safavi

Photography by Michael McVay/Daniel Newcomb

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

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

Freestyle Interiors
3525 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living
7830 Drew Circle, Suites 1 & 2
Fort Myers, FL 33967

Kitchens by Clay
7935 Airport Road, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34109

McGarvey Custom Homes
9260 Estero Park Commons Blvd., Suite 101
Estero, FL 33928

R.G. Designs Inc.
28071 Vanderbilt Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

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