Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Fresh Perspective


The husband and wife team of Tom and Regina Scholten brings a new meaning to the term ‘custom building.’ “We are originals,” declares Tom Scholten, of the eponymous Scholten Companies. “We try to do our own thing; we don’t seek out other models to which to talk.” This singular focus on custom building produces unique homes of outstanding quality, which Tom then turns over to Regina as a blank canvas on which she applies her decorating talents.

Signature details abound in this Spanish style golf course Naples residence. Located in Talis Park, the model, named El Nido, was completed in 2014. The two-story CBS (concrete block system) home has just over 6,400 square feet and features five bedrooms, with six full baths and one half-bath. Double two-car garages plus a golf cart garage offer parking for five vehicles.

According to John Hillman of Talis Park, “Tom Scholten is a true craftsman builder who applies his passion and decades of experience to every home and project in which he is involved. Tom & Regina had a clear vision for El Nido from the very beginning in that it was to be true luxury, quality, and attention to detail. They also wanted it to be warm, offer a more contemporary Coastal flavor, and to be a home that was soothing to one’s being,” adds Hillman.

The dark wood trim, decorative shutters, and custom ironwork on the balconies are a stark contrast to the white exterior, and visually emphasize the extra-deep soffits and oversized wood corbels tucked under the barrel tile roof. The soffits are faced with cypress, not the typical stucco. Recessed lighting in the soffits enhances the architectural elements of the home. Half-round gutters are not only aesthetically pleasing, but have a larger capacity. Impact resistant windows and doors are used throughout the home. Upgraded lysine insulation, two high efficiency natural gas water heaters, a gas dryer, and the use of LED lighting throughout combine to create a highly energy-efficient home.

Scholten then turns the home, and the conversation, over to his wife Regina, who describes the interior decorating style as ‘Coastal Modern.’ “But not a Tommy Bahama look,” she insists, “It is a new coastal feel, full of sands and blues and aquas.” The entire project has a refreshing new perspective. “I really enjoyed working with Regina on this project, and I’m excited to have contributed to such a beautiful home. The natural gas copper lanterns on the front of the house create a lasting impression and greatly add to the overall curb appeal,” describes Steve Adams of Lighting First.

The living room opens to the lanai through French doors topped by a fixed transom window reaching to the top of the 12’ ceiling. Light washes down on a triptych above the tuxedo-style skirted sofa. The image is an actual aerial photograph taken in Alaska and exemplifies the personal and unique touches Regina brings to the home. All the furniture and art in the home was sourced at International Design Source. Owners Emilio and Linda Sadez spent countless hours working very closely with Regina to ensure all of her desired selections could be provided.

The random-width white oak flooring is topped by a Surya shag rug with a champagne metallic shimmer. Resting on the edge and keeping a watchful eye on the front door, a concrete dog statue adds a little whimsy to the setting.

Saundra Riccardelli of Sweetgrass Designs chose a silk grass arrangement in a cerulean container to answer Regina’s request for “something tall” for the furthest corner. And low-lying succulents, also from Sweetgrass, hug the coffee table top. Riccardelli describes the floral arrangements created for this home as, “clean, neat and purposeful.”

Industrial LEDs illuminate the kitchen, hung parallel to the nickel gap composite board on the ceiling (so named because the gap between the planks is the size and width of a nickel). The wall-hung Shaker style cabinets are painted, while the island cabinets are stained, giving a very different look to the same cabinet profile. Satin nickel hardware coordinates with the stainless steel Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Pull-down Grohe faucets serve the prep sink and main sink. The kitchen features practical and luxurious amenities such as the pot filler, refrigeration drawers, and 3” thick matte Corian countertops and backsplash. “I love the appliances, they are the latest and greatest,” enthuses Regina. “You can put a lot of people and chefs in this kitchen. There is a lot of working room.”

Riccardelli departed from the natural look to create a bit of fantasy for the kitchen with a terrarium housing turquoise lilies in water-look resin. “This is completely fanciful,” smiles Riccardelli, “There are really no flowers like this; it is strictly a décor color.”

More fancy ensues in the dining room, where fixed windows pour light into a uniquely shaped space. A custom-made dining table matches the wall art of natural Birchwood. There are three triptychs, all nine paintings resembling a forest when illuminated by the art lights recessed into the ceiling. A piece of driftwood serves as the base for Riccardelli’s arrangement of silk succulents.

“In the wine room, we took the flooring right up all three walls,” explains Tricia Pallak of The Wood Floor Company. “It is an emerging trend.” The smoked natural European white oak is wire-brushed and whitewashed. At 9/16”, the flooring is thicker than usual, and could be re-sanded and stained to change the color. According to Pallak, random width flooring is increasingly popular, and the wider the planks, the more custom the look. These are 3”, 6” and 9 ½”.

Frameless glass doors with silver handles front the wine room. The separate chiller and condenser are outside. The wine racks and all of the interior shelves were custom built by Scholten trim carpenters using white oak.

Nightstands of distressed driftwood flank the slim four-poster bed covered in geometric patterned linens of soft creams, aqua, and gray. The gentle curves of the upholstered headboard and footboard instill a sense of peace and calmness. A Candice Olsen Surya rug in shades of gray defines the sleeping space. The Raleigh gray linen chairs in the sitting area are Regina’s favorites. Behind them hang tapestry blackout draperies that are as functional as they are beautiful. An 8’ tall Travelers Palm tree fills one corner of the luxurious room. Regina brought the same colors to the two upstairs suites, adding coral for a feminine look to one, and indigo blue for a masculine look to the other.

Under the protection of the lanai, a custom-made dining table with a granite top has room to seat ten. A simple trio of outdoor appliances — Wolf grill, refrigerator, and a sink — serves the outdoor living area. Cooled by three ceiling fans, the space also features remote-controlled roll down screens and hurricane shutters for comfort and protection.

The Scholtens are continuing their legacy of custom building with two new homes in The Moorings. Tom promises “lots of bells and whistles” including a stairway featuring white oak treads and risers with glass panels for railings, calling it a “stairway to heaven.” Regina plans to carry her “Coastal Modern” decorating theme into the new homes. This pair brings their unique signature to every project.


Written by Ginny Cooper

Photography by Tim Gibbons Photography


International Design Source
1959 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109


Lighting First
4600 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112


Scholten Companies
3940 Radio Rd. #104
Naples, FL 34104


Sweetgrass Designs
1719 Trade Center Way #8
Naples, FL 34109


Talis Park
16980 Livingston Road
Naples, FL 34110


The Wood Floor Company
2122 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34102

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