Lakeside Harmony : A Seamless Blend of Indoors and Out

The busy professionals who own this stunning Contemporary Italianate estate love the outdoors and wanted an airy home in which to entertain. They selected a lake-view site with the 16th fairway of the exclusive Grey Oaks golf course just beyond. Fully capturing the long views of the lake would require an architect’s personal attention. “We organically designed this house to this property,” says Residential Building Designer, Gabriel Orengo of Visionary Residential Designs. Orengo’s elegant solution includes a symmetrical facade and an L-shaped interior facing the lake’s long water vista. “What’s amazing to me is that this lot sat for as long as it did and nobody could see the view,” says builder Mark Smith of Harwick Homes.

The foyer of the home opens into a main gallery with an owner’s wing to the right and a guest wing along the longer left side. The large entertaining room opens to an outdoor living room and ends at a semi-detached VIP guest suite which commands the most outstanding views closest to the lake. With 12-foot-tall pocketing sliding doors at the back of the home, operable windows throughout, and numerous ceiling fans, the seasonal breeze brings a phenomenal flow of air. The lack of arches or arched windows in the home emphasizes a modern, streamlined look.

“We created something clean, simple, stylish, comfortable, and tropical which includes all of the fine detailing from the luxury hotels where the owners stay when they travel,” says interior designer Sherri DuPont of Collins and DuPont Design Group, “a Four Seasons feel.”

DuPont worked closely with Orengo and Smith from the start of the project to set ceiling height, windows and coffers, and ensure that the textures and materials would serve the clients’ needs, as well as their sophisticated, refined aesthetic. The palette of rich, dark woods, denim blues, and off whites with a variety of textures ensures a calm, coastal effect. “The house looks simple and clean, but to get the details that perfect, with no raw edges, took a variety of subcontractors all working together,” says DuPont. “Getting the team together early eliminates problems later.”

The owners of the home say they had expectations for a beautiful home, but the end result so far exceeds them that they “have to hold back their enthusiasm” when talking about their new home and the entire team that created it.

“It was a dream design in that we all worked together,” says Smith, “… and it shows in the final product. Seamless.”


Traditional Italianate is updated with modern elements and single-story living, mirroring the height of nearby homes. The result is an impressive balance between the house and driveway, where the facade and charcoal roof slates are matched by a dramatic pattern of silver, tan, and charcoal pavers provided by Artistic Pavers transitioning to a shellstone walkway. The large custom built mahogany front door is flanked by Clopay Canyon Ridge garage doors in ultragrain mahogany/walnut finish.


The parlor welcomes guests, an ideal introduction to a house whose owners say, “The view is perfect and the sight lines from all spots are ideal.” The linear gas fireplace lines up beautifully with the fire and water bowls from Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living which frame the pool beyond the breezeway, casting gorgeous shadows in the room. Custom wide plank French white oak floors from Abby Carpet & Floor are used throughout the parlor. A Delano drum coffee table in an antique brass finish anchors the seating area of four wood-framed chairs by Century Furniture.


Complementary ceiling treatments with slightly darker or lighter stains of the same wood are a simple organic way to define the spaces in this lofty open plan. The floor, a Diamond Brushed Crema Marfil, brings additional texture. The seating area is finished with a custom sofa in graded fabric by Theodore Alexander, a custom coffee table in a medium brown finish, and a leather topped hourglass shaped ottoman by Hickory Chair Company. The dining area feels discrete off to the back left. A bar area by Busby Cabinets features a Fortis bar faucet from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.


When a kitchen is open to the rest of the house, it must be beautiful. Here the range hood looks as sculptural as it is functional. The custom cabinets are of stained, rift-cut oak by Busby Cabinets with countertops in Austral Coffee granite and Pompeii Leather Jacket quartz. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler are paneled for full integration. A Wolf dual fuel range, Wolf electric wall oven, and countertop microwave, all in stainless steel from Ferguson, complete the culinary detail. Natural light pours in from clerestory windows, providing the room with a pleasant glow.


The owner’s suite has a more feminine, zen touch, continuing the same flooring as in the parlor from Abbey Carpet & Floor. The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Silver Plate. The ship-lapped, tongue-and-groove ceiling is painted pastel white. A Mendoza king size bed in sand-colored upholstery, with a slate gray frame by Century Upholstery, completes the serene mood.


Light floods the master bathroom through the sliding glass door to an outdoor shower with a pergola above. The flooring is large format porcelain while the vanity tops, bench, and shower seat are Logos Blue quartz. To ensure privacy, louvered exterior shutters sit atop a privacy wall.


The owner’s bath is awash with layers of light. Recessed lighting and drip light fixtures are suspended above either side of the custom his and hers vanities by Busby Cabinets with Axor fixtures from Ferguson. Three types of light illuminate her vanity; tube lights for the side of face, recessed lights that shine from above, and a lighted makeup mirror. The indoor shower is tiled with 2-by-4-foot tiles in warm gray with a Speakman Anystream shower head and a Hansgrohe Axor Starck hand shower from Ferguson.


A pergola stands above the spa. Stepped elevations provide numerous focal points outdoors. Water cascades down a series of steps that spill into the L-shaped pool created by Jackson Pools. Fire and water bowls, and a fire table with built-in seating by Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living create a dramatic evening vista.

Written by Brooke Parker

Photography by Amber Frederiksen

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

Busby Cabinets
1016 Collier Center Way, Suite 107
Naples, FL 34110

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

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

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

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

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