Organic Contemporary : An Old Naples Home with a New Naples Look

Conveniently located in downtown Naples, this home is just five blocks from the beach and two blocks from the shopping and dining on 3rd Street. The creators of this tropical oasis is custom homebuilder Sullivan Brothers and interior designer Old Naples Design. Their main objective was to produce a fresh, contemporary home that married a warm coastal feel with clean lines. The end result is an inviting space with a Zen feel.

“We have had a wonderful response to the home so far. People love the well thought out floor plan, the custom ceiling details, and the artistic décor,” explains Daniel Sullivan, who grew up in a family of engineers, craftsmen, and artists. “The open floor plan and natural flow lends itself to the convenience of downtown living.” The home is 3,402 square feet and boasts a main floor master enclave, as well as a second-floor master suite, totaling four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. No expense was spared on the custom woodworking, tongue-and-groove ceiling, cabinetry, and overall attention to detail.

“Daniel had a very clear vision of what he wanted the house to reflect. As soon as you open the doors the space needed to embrace and welcome everyone”, describes Johanne Marie-Claude Vincent, Principal of Old Naples Design. “Working with Daniel and the Sullivan Brothers team was such a great experience.” Vincent brought the vision to life by balancing cool contemporary elements with organic natural wood tones.

Clean lines and warm island inspired wood give this home a modern yet tropical identity. The landscape design combines just the right amount of scale, texture, and color to further enhance the home’s architecture. A metal roof is a beautiful accent to the white washed walls which contrast dramatically with the walnut stained cedar brackets, pergolas, louvered railings, and garage doors.

The sleek lines of the living room furniture from J Mark Modern Home, like the very contemporary white sofa, the mid-century console, and contrasting American-made white and dark wood chairs, come together to invite you to gatherings and conversation. “In the living room we played with textures and natural colors to give that mid-century modern meets coastal feel,” states Vincent. Almost all of the lighting in the home is LED. Compared to old traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LEDs offer low maintenance, durable, super energy efficiency, a wide variety of brightness and degrees of warmth. The floating aura chandelier is the final touch, making a statement while maintaining a simple and unobstructed charm.


The centerpiece of the dining area is the chandelier, reminiscent of rising champagne bubbles within a glass. This LED light fixture makes a cool statement, especially paired with the modern yet warm oversized artwork. Once again blending cool contemporary elements with warm organic tones, a one-of-a-kind petrified wood dining table is flanked by modern chrome accented Bob William & Mitchell Gold chairs. This unique arrangement welcomes all to great meals and good times.


The kitchen by Design Studio by Raymond features a dramatic marble backsplash that extends all the way to the ceiling, expertly installed by Bill Brisk and Sigi Grossman of Alpha Stone Designs. Modern teak bar stools and simple pendants over the island keep with the theme of balancing contemporary and organic forms. The well-appointed kitchen includes the finest appliances from Monark Premium Appliances, including the Wolf Dual Fuel Professional six-burner gas range with double convection ovens and an infrared griddle. The 42-inch Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator with ice maker and chilled water dispenser, Miele built-in coffee system, Miele built-in microwave, Bosch Benchmark series dishwasher, and the 48-inch Miele Décor wall chimney complete the open kitchen. The large island in a natural white Carrara marble creates an incredible work area or a beautifully casual dining space.


The master bath embodies the feeling of a tranquil spa. An elegant freestanding Kohler tub rests on a bed of black Hawaiian river rock. Espresso floating shelves flank the tub on either side artfully displaying all white coral and porcelain accents. The space features mud-set 24 by 24-inch porcelain-marble-glass composite tile. This innovative composite of white marble, glass, and porcelain gives the beauty of super-white Thassos marble without the maintenance and inconsistency of natural stone.


The master suite was designed to embrace the magnificent view. Vincent kept the palette soft and played with textures and mixed materials that invite comfort and peaceful rest. The tufted headboard is paired with nightstands featuring mirror inserts. The windows in the master bedroom are arranged in a contemporary configuration, creating a striking architectural feature which allows natural light to fill the space.


This guest bedroom is considered an additional master suite on the second floor. An oversized deep charcoal bed, a luscious shaggy gray rug, and nightstands with a deep oil rubbed bronze finish welcome family and friends. The private balcony overlooks the pool and glass doors help utilize the natural light. The lot for this home was skillfully selected because of the distance to the beach, shopping, and dining, but also because of the southwestern exposure and abundance of sunlight all year round. “There are many lots in Old Naples with southern exposure, but not all of them provide the level of sunlight and illumination that I look for when building a home,” explains Sullivan.


The loft features a sleek contemporary welded railing with horizontal bars. Throughout the home you will find this vintage white-wash European oak flooring. The exceptionally wide seven-inch planks are engineered with a thick wear layer and an “eco-friendly” oil finish for a more natural, vintage-inspired look.


With southern exposure, the sun-drenched pool and lanai are an oasis enveloped in French pattern white cement precast decking by IPI Interlocking Paverstones, Inc., and tropical plantings. Fishtail and Montgomery Palms provide lush tropical screening and privacy. The pool and infinity edge spa with sun shelf features iridescent glass tiles. An outdoor kitchen with gas range and refrigerator make the lanai perfect for entertaining. Romeo and Juliet balconies with contemporary railings overlooking the pool add architectural interest. Balencia chaises add the final sleek touch to this luxurious lanai.


Written by Lucille Austero

Photography by Giovanni Photography


Alpha Stone Designs
4723 Exchange Avenue
Naples, FL 34104


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


Designers’ Rug Center
110 9th Street South
Naples, FL 34102


International Design Source
6001 Taylor Road
Naples, FL 34109


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


J Mark Modern Home
3950 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103


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


Old Naples Design
835 47th Avenue, NE
Naples, FL 34120


Robb & Stucky
355 9th Street South
Naples, FL 34102


Sullivan Brothers, LLC
230 10th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

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