SUBTLE DESIGN WITH EXTRAORDINARY PRESENCE
A house initially built for a broad audience turned into an airy coastal home with modern design for one family to love. The complete white backdrop compliments the homeowner’s contemporary art collection. “Understanding negative space and using the design element to create openness, allows the homeowner to enjoy their personal artwork collection with their home and view both as one,” says Kelly Godsey-Smith of Kelly Godsey Design, Inc.
The travertine walkway is flanked with six sparkling fountains and leads to a mahogany-framed entry door and transom windows. This balanced pattern is repeated with the second level windows which floods all aspects of this refined home with natural light. “The roof lines are tucked away against the clean-lined gables giving an unexpected modern form of Caribbean Colonial shape,” describes Matthew Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning.
The framed gallery overlooks the living room below and feels like a floating walkway. “This home has the largest ‘open to below’ space we have ever completed,” notes Kragh. The glass rail emerges from the stainless steel frame posing as a contemporary molding treatment. “Crystal clear glass by Faour Glass Technologies allows you to look through without a hint of color obstructing the view,” describes Adam Smith of Naples ReDevelopment, Inc. Hand-blown glass spheres in the dramatic light fixture delicately suspend like air bubbles created in the ocean. “We wanted it to be eye-catching, but something you can look past like bubbles of floating light,” says Godsey-Smith.
The ceiling treatment frame traces the gallery with satin painted wood beams and exaggerated deep coffers. “Overall, there is very little drywall. Natural materials were used as much as possible to visually widen and expand the space,” describes Smith.
Furniture pieces offer a modern and simple arrangement with low standing, high gloss credenzas disappearing against the walls allowing for ample storage at the homeowner’s request. Armless sofas in white linen encompass an oversize grey leather cocktail ottoman. “The homeowner’s sculptures and featured artwork act as that pop of color,” describes Godsey-Smith.
The stainless steel encased television floats next to the storefront-style glass wine storage display below the staircase making commonly unused space another artful focal point. The stainless steel band highlights the wine room enclosure and is traced along the top of the kitchen cabinets. Part of the home’s central great room plan, a custom-size dining table features a bleached wood cut slab top and matching trunk legs joining the living room and kitchen.
When Jamie Lawrence of Elite Cabinetry, Inc. first met with the homeowner to design the kitchen, he encountered a true ‘Designing for the Sexes’ type of challenge. The Mrs. expressed a penchant for the traditional, and the Mr. was ultra contemporary. Lawrence masterfully blended their tastes into an eclectic and spectacular transitional design. The refrigerator French doors are enlarged to connect the sightlines of the surrounding cabinetry. The large scale double hardware on all drawer fronts acts as jewelry highlighting the clean profile along the perimeter, a bell-shaped stainless steel hood custom crafted by Elite Cabinetry, Inc. is flanked by stainless steel wrapped bookshelves. In the foreground is the kitchen island anchoring stainless steel wrapped legs, and drawer fronts with chrome hardware. “Exposed hinges and inset door fronts allow this island to stand firmly on its own,” says Lawrence.
The master bedroom exudes femininity with the grey-toned zebra print sheer drapery treatments and plush faux fur fabric on the bench and toss pillow. The softness is balanced with structured Roman Shades selected with the same color of the wallpaper. A glittered grey wallpaper with circle pattern in the master bedroom functions as the headboard. “The homeowner requested a grand feel with crystal chandeliers amid the cool contemporary palette used throughout the home,” explains Godsey-Smith. The man of the house enjoys a custom hidden closet concealed within the master suite, Lawrence designed a dual purpose wall unit and His closet space featuring side servo-drive cabinet opening system, utilizing the unused space behind the television for all his ties, watches, and belts which often get lost in a common drawer. “Maximizing space is a specialty here at Elite,” says Lawrence.
Variation in the wood floor continued from the bedroom brings warmth to the otherwise cool elements of the master bathroom. Crisp white cabinets are topped with Calcutta Gold marble and carried up the backsplash. A lavish fabric vanity seat floats with Lucite legs at the custom make-up vanity with hidden storage. “The make-up vanity wall was designed as the centerpiece with a full marble wall and a floating, back-lit mirror. The vanity also houses several drawers meticulously recessed in the wall between plumbing and studs,” says Lawrence. The make-up vanity and coordinating sink cabinetry feature dramatic 5” high tapered legs, skirt moldings and inset doors to convey the look of fine furniture,” says Lawrence. To highlight the variation in the marble, the homeowner requested minimally styled wall mounted plumbing fixtures.
Separating the master bathroom and closet is a contemporary take on the traditional barn door closure. “We decided to forego the traditional pocket door, and instead add to the home’s architecture by installing brushed chrome hardware to suspend a three-paneled gliding door,” describes Godsey-Smith.
The concealed custom closet utilizes every possible inch from the rolling ladder allowing a 10’ high access and LED back-lit shelves throughout, all starting with technical drawings and interior renderings provided by Elite Cabinetry, Inc. “We listened to this upscale homeowner closely to ensure that all shoes, handbags, and personal belongings of the lady of the home were celebrated.” The cabinetry detail of the master bathroom carries through the custom closet with inverted arched mullions on top of mirror doors. In addition, clear glass door fronts make the handbag of the day selection transparent. Working with a client who shares the same passion for design was truly a pleasure,” says Lawrence.
European hand-crafted flooring in Tudor Grey used throughout the home blends breezy coastal living with a modern European flair. The fully handmade flooring undergoes an indirect heat process using an acetylene torch. “This unique process results in a change of the graining of each board; a result of this treatment to the surface is that it will naturally create a denser and more resilient surface,” says Arturo Guido of Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring. Each plank is approximately 10” wide and has an average 9.5’ in length. “The end result is truly a work of art which is considered ‘fine furniture for your floor’,” adds Guido. This flooring is completely custom designed to represent the home’s individual expression.
Beyond the living room, the lush landscaping and sleek marble opens to an oversized pool and spa.
“The landscape became the color palette, and we allow it to play off the white fabrics and chrome accents. The fully upholstered chairs and ottoman act as giant pillows to create a comfortable and intimate seating arrangement,” describes Godsey-Smith.
The guest house’s cantilevered stairway stretches over the pool and is an architectural element that can be seen from anywhere in the house. “The floating stairway is its own sculptural artwork creating light and shadow. The cabana, outdoor living area, living room, and kitchen are designed as if they are placed around the pool and stairway,” says Kragh.
Written by Tye Davis
Photography by Giovanni Photography
Elite Cabinetry, Inc.
5435 Jaeger Road
Naples, FL 34109
Kelly Godsey Design, Inc.
P.O. Box 1309
Naples, FL 34106
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104
MHK Architecture & Planning
975 6th Ave., South
Naples, FL 34102
Naples ReDevelopment, Inc.
990 1st Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102