Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Livable Luxury


Upon hearing the design concept at first, ‘tranquility and comfort paired with palatial decor and elegance,’ it didn’t seem possible. But it took less than a year for the design team to bring that concept to fruition. “We blended the owners fine taste and opulence with beach-friendly, livable furnishings,” recalls Wendy Berry of W Design Interiors. “The design we created takes it back to livable luxury.”

From the moment the private elevators open to the grand entryway, a peaceful feeling is evoked, like entering an epicurean hotel at a secret beach. But then the eye is drawn to the shimmering chandelier with hues that match the early morning beach sunrise. The light rays bounce off the sea-green, green grass mosaic tile that is paired with polished nickel. Textured walls and deep mahogany stained wood with artisan detailing ensures that comfortable rotunda-like space is punctuated with luxury.

This beautiful home at Moraya Bay, an architectural masterpiece that offers mesmerizing views of the Gulf of Mexico from its 72 units, was a complete remodel. “We have been lucky to work with some incredible designers, like W Design, who designed our models at Moraya Bay,” comments Inga Wilson, Vice President Sales & Marketing Kalea Bay. “They contributed to the success when we sold out at Moraya Bay last summer. Fortunately the same developer and designers will be working with us on our new project, Kalea Bay, which begins construction this summer,” concludes Wilson.

The theme of Moraya Bay is “upscale beach house” and it boasts three bedroom-suites, an office and floor-to-ceiling windows that display either the Gulf of Mexico or the bay, depending on which side, east or west, the homeowner is facing. “We really made an effort to make sure we got the lighting right at all times of day,” Berry said. “It has a real special glow in the whole area.”

The grand salon effortlessly flows from room to room. Baker sofas were juxtaposed with a refined rustic sofa table made from a slice of wood with a smooth finish. And it’s that type of unlikely pairing, that of refined sofas with a rustic table, that make this home so unique. The sofas could easily have been the perfect touch in a different home and a completely different environment, Berry explained, but with the right colors, they blend seamlessly with more austere elements, like the coffee table.

The walls in the room were covered with custom designed built-in shelving from Hyland Custom Cabinetry, a Naples-based woodworking company specializing in luxury homes. Hyland worked seamlessly with W Design to provide the inspiration for some of the custom furniture pieces. According to Berry, some of the homeowner’s personal art was also used as inspiration for the color palette.

“We used a combination of walnut, Sapele and Rift White Oak throughout the condo,” said Chris Hylemon, director of Hyland Custom Cabinetry. “All of the finishes were completely custom and specifically created for this project with a refined look to them, which relaxes the lavishness of the home,” describes Hylemon.

“Unlike other projects of similar design intent, the products we produced in this condo have extremely clean lines and were void of the normal distressing and bleaching that have highlighted this style in the past,” Hylemon said.

And that is achieved despite challenges, like being limited by ceiling heights and various existing conditions that must remain in place and existing millwork that needed to remain. But they were able to incorporate the limitations into the design while still allowing the transformation.

That attention detail was certainly brought to fruition, especially when looking at the walls and the floors. The walls throughout the home are textured and the floors are wood, but what really unifies the home is the way the colors- — blues, greens, beiges — fade effortlessly into one another in just the same way the Gulf of Mexico fades onto the sand.

Berry ensured that the entire unit conveys a feeling of being on the beach and being surrounded by shimmering sea glass. And that effort to maintain seamless, and yet unique, is reflected in how each room draws from the same color palette. This is most evident in Berry’s favorite room of the home – the main king guest suite. Not only does it bear one of the most special features of the home, a chartreuse upholstered padded wall, it is the most dramatic and elegant bedroom in the home.  It boasts color blocking all in the white family – beige, creme, off-white. Through the use of varying textures, like marble to linen to smooth wood, the space doesn’t appear to be static.

Even though the home is luxurious, it feels comfortable. And Berry makes sure that no detail in the project is left out. The furniture in each of the rooms is positioned to provide maximum water views, to “remind you of the special place in which you are living,” concludes Berry.


Written by Sabina Bhasin

Photography by Tricia Shay Photography


W Design
79 North Main Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022


Hyland Custom Cabinetry
1510 Railhead Blvd.
Naples, FL 34110


Kalea Bay
13910 Old Coast Road
Naples, FL 34110

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