A talented group of luxury home experts joined forces with Home & Design to collectively design the home of Greg and Kristen Griffin in Olde Naples. The Griffins, principals of the renowned Foresite Homes, built this home for themselves and their new baby, Gregory. When Home & Design toured the empty home six months ago, an idea was born, the first ever “Home & Design Signature Home.” This is the first project in what will be an annual tradition that partners the magazine with a carefully selected dream team to decorate a home together.
Equally exciting to all involved was the process itself. Design team Wilfredo Emanuel and Susan Petril of Clive Daniel Home, residential designer Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, Steve and Kathleen Cantera and the Griffins all of Foresite Homes, Bob Ostrowski of AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design, Thomas Threlkeld from Nassau Pools, Sam Crow of W.A.F. Finish Carpentry, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, and Linda Donnelly and Kelsey Miklavcic of Home & Design comprised this elite inaugural group. Each individual brought their own creative inspiration, so the real challenge was finding which direction was best for the charming couple that gets to live there happily ever after.
Since Cantera and Griffin-—with over 50 years combined experience—have built over a thousand homes, with sixty in the Olde Naples area, they had a specific vision for the style they wanted for this personal project. They knew Rich Guzman was the perfect designer to draw the plans. Having partnered together on many homes already, the ‘marriage’ of Foresite and R.G. Designs has worked effortlessly over the years. For their own home, the Griffins wanted a modern twist on a more traditional floor plan. “We had lived in the open ‘great room’ plan in the past, and this time we wanted things a bit more formal,” explains Kristen Griffin. “We wanted the spaces to flow well into one another,” adds Greg Griffin. One thing is for certain, Foresite homes ‘live’ well.
Guzman credits Foresite with fully understanding the market in Southwest Florida. “Together,” Guzman says, “we brainstorm to find the right concept with the freshest approach to customizing homes for this market.” And this 4,800 square-foot home (under air) is the quintessential Olde Naples coastal cottage, with charming architectural details such as the dual pitched roof, standing seam metal roof, Bahamian shutters, and wide plank hardi-board siding. “Ultimately, it takes the best of all the projects we’ve done together, and puts them all in one house,” concludes Guzman.
According to lead designer Emanuel, “The inspiration was ‘New Hamptons.’ I wanted the design to be fresh, yet eclectic urban chic, mixing wrought iron with glam crystals, driftwood chairs with crushed velvet, tufted upholstery. I anchored the design with the Griffins’ favorite colors and styles, then brought it to a whole new level. Many of the pieces we created and combined are art by themselves. Together they are a truly custom design for this family,” adds Emanuel.
“The Aqua Chianti, Chihuly-like, blown glass chandelier by Cyan in the formal living room exactly mimics the unique electric blue of the pool water seen through the French doors onto the patio,” describes Miklavcic. “It really takes a bold design risk that I am proud to say, completely works,” adds Miklavcic. Petril selected the fabulous embroidered Kravat drapes that flank the large doors from the living room out to the veranda. Punctuating the room with style, many of the accessories are from Ralph Lauren Home. The structured Noir couch covered in a blue/grey Lillian August fabric creates a more tailored companion to the rustic Cyan driftwood block chairs, cleverly done in tufted crushed velvet, with accents of chartreuse and chocolate brown.
Through the formal living room and into the family’s informal living space, kitchen, and breakfast nook, the décor takes a rustic direction. An exposed brick wall and pale grey painted barn doors are a stylish nod to farmhouse chic. The Ralph Lauren Home pool table inspired coffee table is an interesting conversation piece, and the three different birdcage Chateau light fixtures of varying heights keep the interest sparked.
When Bob Ostrowski of AlliKristé made his cabinet, hardware, color, and surface selections for this simple white cook’s kitchen, he chose techniques to allow the space to have its own style and character. “Simple can mean more than just white cabinets. To pull this off we introduced other materials such as glass doors, wainscot panels, and stainless boots at the island legs,” explains Ostrowski. Since AlliKristé cabinetry is all custom, they can transform the space into a highly personalized expression of the client’s needs.
The Griffins designed their kitchen with the latest style and design components. The subzero 27-inch columns and the 48-inch wolf gas range is not only the very best in quality and function, it’s very popular and creates a professional and utilitarian look and feel. The Thermador dishwasher is top of the line and has a thirty minute wash cycle. Foresite homes is widely known as one of the most prestigious and popular builders in the Naples area and Ferguson is delighted to be one of their long-standing partners.
The formal dining room is a study in opposites. The wrought-iron chandelier base is rustic, but paired with three sparkling rows of prism crystals that are decidedly ‘glam.’ The farmhouse dining table is earthy, while the linen, skirted dining chairs are tailored. The custom finish carpentry details, created by Crow of W.A.F., include hand-crafted Colonial columns with carved capitals and are offset by the Natural Hickory, random length wood floor. Built-in shelves flanking the bay window are almost Puritan with their clean lines and purely white accessories. The collage of white urns, vases, whimsical animals and interesting shapes was the brainstorm of Miklavcic. “I love the purity of white. There are so many colors and textures happening in the rest of the rooms, I wanted white to make the statement here,” describes Miklavcic.
The master bedroom has an ethereal quality that is unparalleled. “The Griffins feel at peace in this room, waking up to a crystal chandelier swagged across and through the actual canopy of the bed frame itself, a unique approach to overhead lighting indeed,” adds Emanuel. “That black, iron, Old Biscayne canopy bed was hand-forged on a pecan farm in Georgia. And the 100-year old Chinese antique end tables make fitting book ends for the window seat,” adds Petril.
The intricate, tongue-and-groove, beam ceiling detail was expertly crafted by Crow. “That ceiling really made all the difference in that room. I love the way it adds that finishing touch of fine craftsmanship of which this home certainly has no shortage,” says Crow.
Through any number of doorways off the main rooms, the view depicts a casual, yet stylish approach to al fresco life. The classic rectangular pool shape designed and built by Threlkeld of Nassau Pools, serves as the traditional element with its spouting streams of water choreographed from the pool’s coping. But the unexpected edgy choice at pool’s end of the white bed suggests the iconic Fontainbleu in Miami. Crow took that area one step further by building a custom trellis surrounding the bed that offers shade, style, and design elegance. One can only imagine the relaxation of reclining in the shade on that white cushioned bed with a good book. Just add a chartreuse cashmere throw and the calming sounds of the water streams arching into the blue pool before you, and you will soon realize you are living in your dream home.
A truly ‘custom’ home design means that every detail chosen has come together in a unique and personalized way. This first ever “Home & Design Signature Home,” featured on this year’s Naples Garden Club “House and Garden Tour,” is a custom project that combined the talents and expertise of over a dozen talented people who came together over five months of planning. The team melded their individual perspectives into one unified result. The final product is simply stunning.
Written by Danielle Sternola
Photography by Gionvanni Photography
75 10th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
R.G. Designs, Inc.
28071 Vanderbilt Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design
633 9th Street North, #301
Naples, FL 34102
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104
Nassau Pools Construction, Inc.
3420 Westview Drive
Naples, FL 34104
W.A.F. Finish Carpentry
2545 SW 32nd Lane
Cape Coral, FL 33914
4573 Exchange Avenue, Unit 3
Naples, FL 34104