Every once in a while, a neighborhood is discovered in Naples that is poised for development and a group of talented people come together to craft exciting new homes. Right now, this new frontier is Pine Ridge Estates.
Although it is not gated, this section of Naples from Pine Ridge to Vanderbilt Beach Road encompasses several sought-after square miles of beautiful acre-plus lots that have become quite popular among today’s homeowners and developers.
When Keith and Danielle Otto found their land, they knew they wanted it for their extended family. With Danielle’s mom and dad intending to live on the property, they knew they needed enough land, and downtown Naples would simply not do.
Many members of the Otto family were involved in the 15K-square-foot home which took almost two years to design and build. “My brother is a fantastic architect, and he knew exactly what our family wanted,” describes Keith Otto. “I knew he was the one to draw this house.”
“When your clients are your brother and sister-in-law, it’s time to take it up a notch. Their unique “wish list” spawned one of the most spectacular homes I’ve ever been a part of. It was a family affair and everyone had a say on this contemporary transitional home,” states Kurt Otto of Environetics & EKO Development.
At the epicenter of this creative family is the matriarch, Danielle Otto of Danielle Designs, who meticulously selected every background, color, product, and furnishing after traveling the country in search of the perfect combination of products. Every one on this project mentions Danielle first as the driving force behind the creative process.
“I wanted an open, airy floor plan, so even with no lights on, you feel like the home is flooded with light. I also wanted this home to feel welcoming, yet elegant and contemporary. We have a big family, and we love to entertain, but we want functionality,” describes Danielle.
The partnership was complete when builder Jim Sorbara “joined the family,” according to Danielle. “Jim really has gone beyond the call of duty, spending whatever time it takes to get this right and to partner with our family on realizing our vision,” adds Danielle.
The chosing of the wide plank wood floors throughout the home was the foundation for the entire design aesthetic of the home. Danielle states that she searched for the ‘perfect’ floor for over two years until she met Arturo Guido. Using a finish called St. Moritz, the wide widths and long lengths create a floor with less seams and more panache. The floor is a part of Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring’s recently launched European Elegance line.
“The way we work with our clients is like working with a tailor. We ask how they live, what the vision is, and then we custom tailor accordingly for fit, tone and texture,” states Arturo Guido, president of Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring.
“Our goal was to create the true embodiment of a luxurious, carefree, and casual lifestyle with an array of stylish and contemporary touches to coordinate and accentuate all of the furnishings and accessories of the home,” adds Guido.
Many of the furnishings were sourced right here in Southwest Florida, like the Casa Italia chairs and barstools in the family’s double island kitchen. “The small scale armchair on the chrome base with genuine saddle leather back embossed with crocodile effect was selected in a special silver color,” says Ozzie Pancaro, owner, Casa Italia. “Spectacular design showing off the back, side, and front of chair with a unique view from each perspective,” states Pancaro.
The kitchen island top and counters are the craftsmanship of Juan Kisic of Real Rock Company. “With this material, a very intricate process is used to mitre the two adjoining edges at 45 degree angles. It is a beautiful result, yet the process must be handled with tremendous precision,” describes Kisic.
A translucent natural quartz ‘Cristallo Extra’ from Brazil used for the island countertop is backlit and resembles ice. “It has a lot of depth because of the crackled look,” describes Jimmy Watts of United Materials Inc. (UMI) “It actually resembles that beautiful grain look of an ice skating rink surface,” adds Watts.
According to kitchen designer, Richard Kahaly, President, Gulf Atlantic Design Group, “The use of one inch thick white painted doors, together with tall “cabinet walls” to the ceiling, help anchor the large kitchen while retaining a clean modern look.” The contrasting black island adds a dramatic touch of color and accentuates the beautiful quartz countertop.
“To maintain a clean look, most of the cabinetry has touch latch hardware, eliminating the need for visible handles. The walk-in pantry integrates beautifully into the cabinetry by utilizing a matching tall cabinet door and concealed hinges,” describes Kahaly.
Even the kitchen appliances are superlative. “In this business, we always talk about the “wow” factor. When Danielle first came into the Monark showroom, I knew we were going to put the “sizzle” in this kitchen. I never realized how much though,” comments Steve Schneider, a sales selection consultant at Monark Premium Appliance Company.
“I knew the cooking was important to Danielle because we decided on all the best product lines, including the Wolf cooking products, and the new Thermador columns that allow custom panels to be fully integrated. Also, all of the dishwashers have custom panel fronts, so it really is a kitchen with a classic look,” adds Schneider.
In the dining room, Kisic incorporated the Island Stone cladding series in Rice White marble provided by Gina Gilberto of Ceramic Matrix for the totally unique free-floating fireplace. According to Kisic, “This marble and glass fireplace is one of the most unique I have ever fabricated. The glass and chrome flu is a real statement and serves as a fantastic conversation piece in the great room.”
“It is a split face stone base, and when finished this way, adds just a hint of sparkle. Island Stones is one of our best lines for unique, fun cladding and pebble mosaics. The fact that the fireplace material is marble takes it to another level,” describes Gilberto.
In addition to unique materials, the accessories in the home were curated by the homeowner/decorator with tremendous attention to detail. “Danielle has an eye for unique pieces which made her shopping experience at our store a successful one,” states Alison Felzer, Co-Owner at Alison Craig Home Furnishings. “The two clear acrylic and glass pedestals in the living room are from Interlude. The column is a classic form, but using the clear acrylic adds shimmer and glamour to the room,” says Felzer.
Danielle commissioned artist Christina Jones of Fauxtopia to treat many of the walls, columns, and ceilings with various faux finish art treatments. According to the homeowner and decorator, Christina was a key element in the home. “She was an integral part of my overall design plan,” comments Danielle.
The creative process of Danielle selecting every accessory extended to the rugs as well. Chris Smith of Designers’ Rug Center assisted in the selection of two key rugs in the master bedroom and the family sitting room. “Both are from Jaipur, India and are hand-knotted. The pink rug in the sitting room is an antique Heriz design using contemporary colors. And the gray rug in the master is woven by one of India’s finest weavers featuring various levels of silk in the pile,” describes Smith.
Danielle’s mother and father will be living in the adjoining guest home to be completed next month. Her mother Cecelia Colombo delighted in being involved throughout the design of this spectacular family compound. “My mom actually designed some of the custom furniture in the home. She has incredible taste,” raves Danielle. Well, it appears the apple has not fallen far from the tree.
Written by Linda Donnelly
Photography by Giovanni Photography
Alison Craig Home Furnishings
5450 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34108
10800 Corkscrew Road, #296
Estero, FL 33928
2160 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109
Designers’ Rug Center
110 9th Street, South
Naples, FL 34102
Gulf Atlantic Design Group
5630 Yahl Street, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34109
Legno Bastone, Inc.
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104
Monark Premium Appliance Company
27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Real Rock Company
2319 J&C Boulevard
Naples, FL 34109
United Materials, Inc. (UMI)
1615 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109