Signature Home : Designing the Future

To create a home that shows the future of design — that was the vision behind the 2016 Signature Home. A collaborative effort on the part of both local and national industry leaders, they were able to meld local tastes and national trends creating a universally loved home. To blend local and national tastes, Naples-based interior designers Laurie Walter and Diana Hall of Cinnabar Design worked with nationally known interior designer Thom Filicia, whose collection is featured almost exclusively throughout the home.

“This was such an interesting opportunity for us as we made a commitment to channeling Thom’s design style and adapt it to the local market,” explains Walter. After she and Hall met Filicia at High Point, they felt that his style and furniture would work well in the project Emilio Sadez, President of International Design Source, was in the process of conceptualizing — the design for this year’s Signature Home.

“I describe my general style as livable layered luxury — my goal is to create spaces that are sophisticated and stylish while also being warm and welcoming,” says Filicia. In keeping with the ‘future of design’ theme, some of these pieces were not available until summer 2016, so prototypes were used in the home.

After searching for a home that would provide the right palette for their ideas, Realtors Larry & Mary Catherine White suggested they take a look at a home designed by Matthew Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning being built by Mike Assaad at Waterside Builders. It quickly became clear that the cottage-style home, located in the heart of Old Naples, was the perfect backdrop to showcase innovative designs that appeal to people looking in the local area.

The overall result is a home that speaks to a wide range of people. “What I love about this project is that it feels authentic to my design aesthetic, but also has its own personality and point of view as reflected through the lens of the Cinnabar Design team, the architecture of the home, and the lifestyle of its location. I love that the house and décor of the Signature Home responds to a modern lifestyle but with a sophisticated old-Florida take on contemporary living,” concludes Filicia.

As you enter the home, a signature piece in the Thom Filicia collection sets the stage for the rest of the design. In the spirit of innovation combined with local tastes, the Copake Eagle Console Table is finished in a custom Benjamin Moore color, ‘Gemstone’. The entry way leads into the great room where a comfortable seating arrangement flanks two sculptural cocktail tables with Persian Grey marble tops, another Thom Filicia signature look Walter and Hall incorporated into the home. Accent pillows in Conifer Modern fabric add a pop of key lime to the room. “When we design a house we always think about who will be living there. We envisioned this home as a take on ‘the Hamptons in Naples,’ were a well-traveled family could relax and restore themselves,” explain Hall and Walter. With that in mind, the built-ins were created to be a focal point but also as a place for their collections acquired both locally and abroad. The media cabinet is covered with Kravet fabric from the Thom Filicia Home Collection. The light flooring, reminiscent of the sand a few blocks away, anchors the space. Filicia also wanted to create a space that focused on livability explaining, “The aesthetic of this home is less about having a ‘coastal’ feel and more about being true to its lifestyle and sense of place. The home feels authentic to its architecture, its location and the point of view of the people that would live here.”

Taj Mahal quartzite from Coastal Stone is installed in a modified waterfall, creating an island that glows as the light from multiple windows shines through. The four bar stools in a fun papaya striped pattern mirror the four individual pendent lights with Edison Bulbs that read as one fixture, providing a retro nautical look to the modern kitchen. Crisp white cabinets by Ruffino Cabinetry hide appliances and provide plenty of storage space. The glass tile backsplash in soft gray ‘Fog’ is from Glazzio Tiles. The home is fully equipped with high-end appliances from Monark Appliances.

The vibrant art draws the eye across the room to the nook. Four comfortable swivel chairs are grouped for conversations around Lafayette Benches with bright salmon colored tops. Sliders open to the outdoor kitchen. Cinnabar Design and Thom Filicia worked together to create the look for this home. Filicia explains, “We have a process in our NYC-based office that allows us to effectively and efficiently work on projects all over the country and the world. For this home, Cinnabar really took the lead in developing a concept for the project, which was based on my design philosophy and aesthetic, as reflected through my various product lines. Through this, they were able to create a home that not only pays homage to the ‘Thom Filicia’ aesthetic, but also truly echoes the lifestyle and point of view of Naples and their individual and unique perspective.”

The dining room is placed between the kitchen and great room creating a phenomenal flow for entertaining. The design allows guests to move freely through the main spaces of the home. The table with cerused finish ties into the other driftwood tones found throughout. The print on the host chairs ties into the chartreuse color of the four side chairs. A set of cabinets extends the size of the kitchen, providing more storage. Ceiling details give a nod to the coastal setting of the home.

“The master bathroom is spectacular!” exclaim Hall and Walter. The shower and floors are covered in crosscut Delicato marble, which creates soft streaks on the white background. The furniture-style vanities feature jewel-like hardware and silver ‘slippers’ on the feet of each neutral colored cabinet. A free standing tub is flanked by floating shelves, a signature Cinnabar Design choice for adding both function and style to a bathroom. Light fixtures in the master bath are loved for their play on both modern and classic lines.

The master bedroom is anchored by the bed which mixes wood and upholstery for a dramatic statement. The comfortable bench is covered in a nubuck leather and “softens the lines of the bed,” says Walter. Comfortable Wainscott bedding in ‘Buff’ is modern and warm. Two mirrored nightstands contrast the wood of the bed frame and shimmer under the sleek lighting choices. The vaulted ceiling adds to the open feel of the already nicely-sized room. The area rug is a Thom Filicia Home Collection piece called Jasper Crackle Hudson Grey.

In one of the three guest bedrooms, a creative upholstered headboard wall uses wood details and gray cloth. Accents of orange and tangerine match the Marvel Tangerine bedding with watercolor speckles. Another hair-on hide rug sits beneath the bed, and the metallic finish adds glamor to the natural feel and matches the stylized chrome shade on the light fixture above.

The covered lanai offers three separate groupings, including an outdoor dining room and kitchen, as well as an area with a fireplace for cool evenings. The seamless flow from the inside to the outdoor areas enhances the entertaining possibilities. In the main seating area just off the great room, four club chairs surround a faux stump table. The colors of a Thom Filicia Home Collection rug are pulled out through throw pillows, the accent tables, and accessories.


Written by Channing Spano

Photography by Giovanni Photography


Cinnabar Design
1939 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109


Coastal Stone
371 Commercial Blvd
Naples, FL 34104


International Design Source
6001 Taylor Road
Naples, FL 34109


MHK Architecture & Planning
975 6th Avenue South, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102


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


Ruffino Cabinetry
291 Broad Avenue
Naples, FL 34102


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


Waterside Builders, Inc.
790 Harbour Drive
Naples, FL 34103


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