Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Point of View

Designing for Moraya Bay, one of Southwest Florida most luxurious and contemporary high-rise condominiums along the Gulf shore, calls for a touch of elegance. Renee Gaddis Interiors and a team of professional tradespeople and suppliers pulled it off with an eclectic, elegant design that combined their clients’ unique needs with a touch of coastal charm, class, and color in every detail.

Gaddis’s design for this Moraya Bay home is a reflection of the surrounding natural environment. Each unit in Moraya Bay has extensive views of the Gulf of Mexico, and this home maximizes those views. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up the living areas to gorgeous and expansive ocean horizon views. The design includes use of furniture built low and neutral enough to avoid detracting from the outstanding view of the Gulf of Mexico. “We placed the main seating areas where the windows curve,” comments Renee Gaddis. “You can sit anywhere in the room and view the beautiful water outside,” she adds.

Renee Gaddis Interiors provided all lighting, accessories, rugs and artwork, working directly with a number of manufacturers. A mostly neutral palette was mixed with ocean hues and pops of color in the bedrooms. Leather and wood furnishings complement natural architectural elements, such as wooden beams. Gaddis added ocean hues through the accessories, such as throw pillows, chair fabrics, and the great room’s patterned silk rug.

“The setting had a bearing on all of the design in some way, shape, or fashion,” says John Sturdivent, project manager for Abbey Carpet & Floor of Naples, who supplied the wood flooring throughout the home. The oak flooring is wire brushed and stained with oil, so it has a “driftwood effect” according to Sturdivent. These touches, along with the colors, natural materials and touches of gold, helped the design complement rather than contrast with the natural surroundings. “Everything was taken into consideration by Renee,” explains Sturdivent.

The home’s kitchen is distinguished by contrasting elements, both rustic and refined. The distressed wood breakfast bar, with accompanying geometric patterned fabric custom bars tools, flows naturally with the Haro flooring and the casual pendant light fixtures, making this a space that encourages a relaxed, beach attitude. Cristallo translucent quartz countertops, from United Materials, Inc. (UMI), add classic glamour. The kitchen features another of Gaddis’ favorite features in the home—new technology that lets you personalize your favorite coffee drink with the touch of your tablet or smartphone.

The dining room features a chandelier of seashells and bronzed metal over a table for six. The flooring uses wide oak planks treated with wire brushing, a custom color stain, and oil finish. “The natural patina and finish go well with the entire coastal/beach design,” states Sturdivent. “It’s really reminiscent of the driftwood that you see around here,” he adds. Custom patterned fabric in cream and blue cover the fully upholstered host and hostess chairs at either end of the table, complimented by matching wicker chairs for the guests.

“Renee Gaddis Interiors takes pride in designs that take the homes’ backgrounds and architectural elements into consideration,” describes Gaddis. Moraya Bay’s design, setting and sophistication supported a custom design for these and other clients. “Our exterior and amenities are very contemporary, but we purposely show our models with transitional design,” explains Inga Wilson, Moraya Bay broker. By demonstrating transitional and modern models, potential residents can see themselves in the units, no matter which style they share.

In the great room, a mixture of custom upholstered furniture pieces with a variety of wood finishes combine nicely to create a singularly unique and eclectic space. The soft blue hues, with just a hint of green, seen in the furniture, accessories, and area rug create a natural flow out the glass doors to the water beyond. The furniture and accessories selected by Gaddis offer cool comfort amidst classic selections that bring to mind driftwood on the beach below. An end table holds a coral-shaped lamp and the back console features sculptures of driftwood and teal glass, further accentuating the connection to the beach, below. An illustrated print of an octopus certainly provides a whimsical welcome, while tying the areas of the open space together.

The home’s bathrooms are given the same level of elegance found elsewhere. Texture, color and glass details in the powder bath will make every guest remember their time in the home. A mitered Fusion Quartz countertop, from UMI, fuses with a glass sink and wall-mounted faucet. Mirrored cabinet doors, custom-selected accessories and lighting add sophistication against the textured blue backdrop of the wall and rug. Yet the natural patina of the wood flooring ties in all natural elements of the home and room. The master bath maintains the pops of silver, gold, and glass in lighting fixtures and the vanity drawers and accessories. The tile floor retains the sand tones of the home’s entry, but has a more polished, sophisticated feel.

After enjoying Moraya Bay’s easy beach access or some leisure time poolside, homeowners may retire to the luxury and comfort of the master suite, looking up to find a plaster fretwork reminiscent of waves in the custom-crafted ceiling. To get the effect, the team used “wood paneling accented in a pale blue to make the architectural panels pop even more,” illustrates Gaddis. Plenty of seating and soft, luxurious fabrics warm the room, which has a cool glow from silver and gold accents and the classic glass chandelier. The natural elements still blend nicely, as seen in the continued Haro flooring and wooden beam across the glass doors.

Of course, a great design only comes together when a team of professionals makes it happen. Sturdivent says that the teamwork and cooperation were his favorite part of the project. “We all get along great, work well together, and have a great deal of respect for one another,” emphasizes Sturdivent.

From the custom tile and wood floor to the carefully selected furnishing and fixtures, the Moraya Bay’s natural coastal elegance is reflected in the entire space and in every detail. It’s clear that this condominium on the gulf shore offers that vision and one-of-a-kind views inside and out.

Written by Teresa Odle
Photography by Matt Steeves

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

Moraya Bay
11125 Gulf Shore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Renee Gaddis Interiors
9915 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 1
Naples, FL 34108

United Materials, Inc. (UMI)
1615 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109

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