Light-Filled Oasis : Stunning, Livable Design

The classic Dorado model offers a striking Bermuda exterior architecture complemented indoors a palette of black and white.  Situated on a waterfront lot in Naples’ Talis Park community, the home combines contemporary and classic elements for dramatic impact.

“I was hired to design a unique home,” says John Cooney, partner at Stofft Cooney Architects. “In golf course communities, you often see repetitive floor plans and similar layouts. It’s exciting for me when a client comes in and wants to think outside the box for a truly custom home.”

Builder Steve Watt notes that the numerous large windows are a major selling feature of this residence, “The home site is extraordinary. It faces south over water and the golf course, and we wanted to take full advantage of the views.”

Featuring 6,335 square feet of air-conditioned living space, Cooney’s design includes an arresting entry foyer finished in black and white, a natural light-washed parlor, a vaulted ceiling great room which opens onto a terrace with summer kitchen, and a custom-designed pool and spa. A double-island gourmet kitchen includes a morning room with comfortable seating and coffee bar.  Light-filled and expansive, the home has four en suite bedrooms, and a four-car garage.

Pacifica Interior Design principal designer and CEO Lou Shafran says the builder desired “a clean, contemporary, ‘wow’ factor home.” Furnishings and decor mingle traditional and modern, for a truly transitional style. “Pacifica’s current philosophy is light and bright. We chose scarlet as our ‘pop’ color, as we hadn’t seen anything in red in a while,” says Mark Vanagas, senior designer.

Shafran also notes that so many homes are going white for mass appeal. To mix things up, this unique Naples model home features both white and dark wood walls throughout.

The result is a substantially neutral palette. “Our desire was to create a home with wide appeal using colors and textures we’ve used in the past with great success,” says Watt. “We did this with stunning results.”

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The classic simplicity of this sprawling residence is punctuated by the circular drive and lush landscaping.  The roof is concrete tile, and windows are equipped with electronically-controlled screens and shutters, offering substantial protection from storms and wind.

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Designer Lou Shafran calls the entry foyer her favorite space, “I love the relationship between old and new, which shows itself in the entry.” The foyer features marble floors in off-white and black, a seriously classic design that Shafran says, “never goes out of style.” To give the floors some edge, the design team created a positive-negative pattern in diagonal shapes. “It’s great to have a dramatic floor because the walls are clean and simple,” Shafran says, adding, “The entry offers a simple yet dramatic concept that works with any type of furniture.”

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Pacifica was very specific about not wanting a parlor or formal living space that no one would ever use. “It’s a glamorous room with a full wet bar,” describes Shafran.  A grand wall of windows and bright white seating bring light to the contrasting dark wood bar-wall by Tradewind Designs. The scarlet painting embodies muted rich red tones. A steel frame, antique-mirror-topped cocktail table can be minimized or spread out to provide more space when guests are present.

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Shafran says the entire kitchen was designed around its two wine rooms, one for reds and one for whites. The room features Tradewind Designs custom cabinets with shaker panel doors. “We wanted to stay simple in form in the kitchen,” Shafran explains. “It’s an easy background for all the furniture in the house.”

The front island features a granite waterfall countertop with cabinets on either side, while the rear island serves as a cooking and work space. Cabinets on either side of the range hood feature windows for natural light. The refrigerator is Sub-Zero and the cooktop, oven, and dishwasher are all Miele from Monark Premium Appliances.

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The vaulted great room ceiling features dark, inverted, exposed, T-shaped trusses. “They visually anchor the space,” says Shafran of the design. “We didn’t want to put a particular time or style on the home.” Delicate Ralph Lauren ring chandeliers, made of nickel, with Edison-style bulbs, continue the elegant simplicity. As with all the rooms in the home, this one features straight lines and neutral base colors with scarlet accents. “If you don’t like scarlet, you could easily change out the accent pieces and artwork without changing all of the furniture,” Shafran adds. The Century sectional offers a softness and comfort. Lexington white leather and chrome chairs, and a Pacifica custom-designed sofa table complete the seating area. An all-wood, double-pedestal table, and upholstered chairs define the dining area. Pacifica also custom-designed the room’s floral centerpieces.

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The master bedroom offers a glamorous mix of traditional and contemporary with raised moulding featuring mitered mirrored picture frames around the room. “It adds extra sparkle and light reflection,” says Shafran. The mirror over the Hickory Chair four-poster bed provides a focal point and complements the Century wood and mirror nightstands. Custom white-on-white artwork with white silk, rose petals is positioned over each nightstand. The chandelier is by Robert Abbey. Spacious master closets were outfitted by Royal Palm Closet Design & Fine Cabinetry.

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Italian glass inserts and a gleaming silver-backed mosaic add shimmer to the marble floor around the tub and on the columns flanking the master bath’s large open shower. Cabinetry by Tradewind Designs provides extensive storage. Sconces by Robert Abbey complement the sparkling chandelier. A Batterbury bench at the center of the room adds seating space or a convenient spot for bathtub beverages.

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The home office takes a decidedly modern turn. “There’s less of a demand for stodgy, masculine offices today,” according to Shafran. “We didn’t want old-fashioned built-ins.” Instead, the designers essentially created “bookcases” of drywall with wood insets and veneers in bright white. Shafran designed the desk with a wooden base and glass top for a more feminine aesthetic. “We know that in many homes, men have the library, but many women are running businesses from home now,” she notes. “It’s really a gender-neutral space.” The rich Java Oak wide plank flooring is softened by Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn painted walls.  The chrome and black glass dry-bar is from Pacifica’s showroom.

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Crisp and bright, the guest bedroom notes Vanagas, “…is distilled down to the purity of black and white alone.” The Bernhardt chrome, four-poster bed is simple in design, accented by bold graphic textures and patterns in the upholstery, bedding, and art. Classic white wainscoting gives the room a traditional touch.

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An alternative to a traditional casual dining space, the morning room is furnished with comfortable seating for a relaxing morning conversation.  The sunlit space features a built-in coffee bar.

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Landscape architect Ed Westwood of GardenBleu Designs says his challenge was to maximize the space allowed for the pool and spa. “The split level infinity edge pool and spa create a stepped effect, opening the view toward the golf course,” Westwood notes, adding, “We designed the pool to spill seamlessly into the spa, adding architectural interest to the outdoor space.”  Extensive use of glass tiles adds shimmer, while numerous water features and fire bowls create visual movement and ambience.

Written by Deborah R. Huso

Photography by Lori Hamilton

848 Myrtle Terrace
Naples, FL 34103

Monark Premium Appliance Co.
27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Pacifica Interior Design
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 130
Naples, FL 34109

Royal Palm Closet Design & Fine Cabinetry
12830 Metro Parkway, Unit 10
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102

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

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