Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Sophisticated Style


Ten years and two owners after this stately Estuary home was first built, new homeowners took on a re-design project to give it a modern lift. With strong architectural elements in place, compliments of the original architect Stofft Cooney Architects, Barbara Rooch of Barbara Rooch Interior Environments, Inc. (BRIE) worked to ensure the home’s architectural integrity while creating a distinctive, modern interior update. According to Rooch, the new homeowners wanted space for entertaining a large extended family that would be accessible to those with limited mobility. “We need it to be comfortable, sophisticated, modern, and tranquil. [The goal is] to create something streamlined and stylish that still feels restful,” adds Rooch.

Naples Build’s Richard Kemp attests to the importance of maintaining homeowner comfort through the remodel, “The experience of the client is key. We are creating a lot of dust while the clients are living in there. They have to keep adapting how they live with plastic walls, and we try to help keep life sane throughout the renovation.” To protect against the elements of Southwest Florida, Naples Build added a fresh coat of paint to the home exterior and sealed the roof tiles and driveway pavers.

The formal living room captures the essence of the entire project. High 17-foot ceilings, exposed beams, and tall windows from the original plans of architect John Cooney, Partner at Stofft Cooney Architects, create a perfect canvas for the design team to go to work. “This home is a perfect example of my firm’s philosophy. Exemplary, classical architecture regardless of style. I approach every residence the same way; to create a timeless home that meets the needs of my clients. If this is accomplished, the house will also meet the needs of future generations,” states Cooney. “Interior remodels will always update the home with modern amenities and finishes. The bones of the house need to last the test of time. One doesn’t know if this house was built last year, ten years, or 20 years ago… I am very excited to hear the next family will enjoy this Estuary home for years to come,” concludes Cooney.

Lighting First, an integral part of the design team, updated the landscape lighting and pathway lighting with LED fixtures. Lynne Stambouly, Senior Lighting Designer from the Specialty Lighting Division of Lighting First explains, “This house has LED lighting technology anywhere we could use it to make the home more energy efficient.” Stambouly purposely placed the chandeliers in the living room and dining room to be seen from the road to add extra drama and depth. This evening view of the home’s façade demonstrates exactly how the interior lighting can establish the ambiance of a home before even stepping foot inside.

Twenty-two foot ceilings in the foyer create a spacious feel in the open floor plan. “You can see right through the house to the pool when you come in,” Rooch describes. One of the designer’s priorities was to find a balance between the clients’ must-haves, like their desire for a powder room on the first floor, and her own passion for modern interiors. Naples Build helped make that possible. “We found an old elevator shaft and converted it to a powder room, but it was a challenge to find a space, have all the utilities, and then make it look beautiful,” describes Kemp. By embracing the original architecture and adding new features, Rooch’s “New” Hamptons style ties all of the rooms together with a seamless flow.

Nearly all of the furniture is sourced through International Design Source (IDS). “We are basically the back office for the interior designer community,” defines Emilio Sadez of International Design Source. He explains that as a wholesale operation with 40,000 feet of showroom, “We have the flexibility to select trend-setting, cutting edge pieces. The designers come to us for inspiration, and we help facilitate turning their vision into a reality.”

The Swaim sofas featured here hail from the IDS contemporary showroom, offering a graceful, curved back line with a lustrous, ivory, velvet fabric. Bergamo silk pillows in a “greige” color and custom lumbar pillows in a soft, blue silk finish the sofas. Nesting tables and a cocktail table from Swaim are perfect accessories to the elegant seating. The Aledecor mirror uses two stacked frames to add dimension to the wall. Stambouly notes that the Euro Fase lighting fixture was chosen after the mirror, precisely to reflect the beauty of the fixture from multiple angles. “The fixture is all a tiny mesh chain gathered together at the bottom. The edge highlights chrome accents throughout the house,” adds Stambouly.

The formal sitting room update would not have been complete without replacing the fireplace mantle. The new mantle joins six pieces of stained rifted oak, creating stylish lines and a unique edge detail. In addition, Naples Build widened the arched hallway openings for the noteworthy artworks by Jamali, and Lighting First skillfully added art lighting to the niches to further enhance the art. Final touches in this room came from Saundra Riccardelli of Sweetgrass Designs who punctuates with a custom white phalaenopsis orchid floral centerpiece. “This is a clean space,” Riccardelli asserts, “and every piece has a purpose and a reason for being there.”

In the foyer, the view from the kitchen reveals the grand entry way and the family seating area. “The family room is the hub, command central,” Rooch says. ‘“It’s important to have a lot of seating, which we get with the big, U-shaped sectional.” Covered in easy-to-clean Ultra Suede, the ivory colored Swaim sectional is soft and durable. A Holly Hunt quartz stone top coffee table provides a stylish and functional centerpiece, while the sofa table by Swaim continues the rift white oak and espresso stain design element.

A new architectural ingredient of the family room comes in the form of a stacked wall of split-face Ramie Rustic Chiseled limestone. It contains an 8-foot long LED fireplace that uses glass crystals instead of traditional wood for a soft blue glow. Riccardelli’s green spagnum moss balls add natural color to the space, while commissioned local artist Susan Dolgin’s original, wax caustic wall art pulls the color from the pillows to texturize the room. Stambouly credits the Joshua art lights from Tech Lighting for the clean and minimalistic lighting for the art. She also draws attention to the Minka Aire, liquid nickel ceiling fan named the Artemis. “The fan is so incredibly stylish. It’s a functional piece of jewelry,” suggests Stambouly.

The dining room offers sheer elegance to the home. A rift white oak table with espresso stain provides a beautiful seating area. Vanguard chairs with ivory herringbone fabric recall the lines from the formal living room. Below the table, a hand-knotted, custom bamboo silk area rug from Abbey Carpet & Floor ties the entire room together. Josh Skinner of Abbey describes, “The color of the rug changes from end to end quite dramatically. All the detail work that may not show up well in a photograph, certainly becomes apparent as you walk around this special rug.” Above the table, two Alpine Series lighting fixtures bring a sophisticated, simple spark to the dining room. Using two, square, open design fixtures doubles the elongated space. Another custom orchid floral from Sweetgrass Designs adds warmth while maintaining the contemporary, clean look.

The kitchen sees some minor upgrades in step with the design theme. A custom stainless steel hood by Domestic Custom Metals Company replaces a heavy tile hood over the stove, the cabinets are refinished in a darker stain, and the hardware is replaced with modern hammered stainless steel handles. A new pale blue paint color in the recessed ceiling creates an ethereal feel that brings in the colors from the family room.

Rooch added a 10-foot mirror in the master bathroom and flanked it with the same style columns of the living room tastefully hiding the shower and creating a gorgeous vanity space for the homeowner. By replacing the floors with 12”x24” Calcutta Gold Modern marble from Italy; laying an exotic, zebu cowhide rug; removing the tub; and extending the counter tops, Rooch re-fashions the entire space. The Christopher Guy, Mongolian sheep, wool wraps on the bench and chair set offer “a Hollywood glamor, a 1940s feel,” meant to pamper the homeowner. Coupled with the crystal cut wall sconces by Lighting First and the white, resin water florals by Sweetgrass Designs on the vanity, this updated master bathroom oozes luxury.

The master bedroom takes that rich, palatial feel even further. With upholstery and window treatments by Window Wear Design, Rooch wraps the whole wall behind the bed with a luxurious faux ivory leather fabric and pairs those panels with custom, sheer drapes. Cindy Gayer of Window Wear Design gives the nod to Rooch, “Drapery is part of her art form…you can see the balance in the room; [the drapery] does not distract from other elements, but creates a Zen feel.” At the heart of this ‘Zen’ room is a modern 4-poster bed by Swaim Furniture with custom silk bedding also by Window Wear Design. It all comes together beneath an elegant chandelier by Lighting First, stringing together crystal glass knots for that touch of allure.

With the interior design complete, updates to the outdoor living space come primarily through the selection of new seating. Brown Jordan furniture creates a comfortable venue under the covered lanai. A lounge area, an outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, and an outdoor fireplace are among the many amenities for guests to enjoy.

Stately architecture by Stofft Cooney Architects, a thoughtful renovation by Naples Build, and an experienced design team led by Barbara Rooch give this remodel a modern, clean expression that will pamper the homeowners and withstand the happy traffic of grandchildren.


Written by Kasye Beza

Photography by Giovanni Photography


Abbey Carpet & Floor
13250 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34110


Barbara Rooch Interior Environments, Inc.
2186 J&C Boulevard
Naples, FL 34109


International Design Source
1939 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109


Lighting First
Specialty Lighting Division
28801 South Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Naples Build
2186 J&C Blvd.
Naples, FL 34109


Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102


Sweetgrass Designs
1719 Trade Center Way #8
Naples FL 34109


Window Wear Design
6062 Taylor Road Suite 801
Naples, FL 34109

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