Sunset Spectacular : A Waterfront Revival on Hickory Beach

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” The words of the late world renowned designer Charles Eames are the essence of this Hickory Beach revival. What began as a renovation to create a modern beach bungalow took on a life of its own — leaving no surface untouched and creating a visual feast.

Owners Deb and Greg Petersons’ search from Sarasota to the southern Keys for a home with a view nearly led them to a beachfront condo. But, after considering the inconvenience of high-rise elevator living, they toured this four-story 30-foot wide home with spectacular multi-tiered views of the Gulf.

“We looked at this house as it was before and instantly loved the views to the outside,” says owner Deb Peterson.

The Petersons wanted to capture the views, open the floor plan, and bring in the natural light. They turned to Kevin Claes of Bucklebury Home and West Berkshire Design for the fine architectural details and interior design they desired, and that is when the real transformation began.

“With this home being more than twenty-five years old it had its challenges. In remodels of older homes, ceiling height is an issue as we try to create volume. I wanted to push the envelope toward a transitional look while using some traditional elements fitting for the age of the structure. I incorporated this take on modern classic in the octagonal wainscot up the staircase, and in the ceiling detail in the great room,” says Kevin.

Focusing both on the interiors and outdoor living areas, the project from start to finish added a garage and pool, exercise room, cabana room, all new baths, ample comforts for family and guests, and also designed a penthouse owner’s retreat. The attention to detail in each room highlights the customization and full-service design detail of the Bucklebury brand.

“This home has its luxury design in the interior architectural flair, in the bones of the home,” says Kevin, adding, “When so much attention is paid to the lasting finishes, the actual furnishings don’t make the design but instead complement it. They neatly tie it all together.”

“We had a vision of what this house could be when we bought it, but this far exceeds what we imagined was possible,” beams Deb Peterson of her newly renovated home, adding, “Now the views on the inside rival the natural beauty on the outside.”




Reviving a once mundane exterior to one with superb curb appeal meant balancing the existing structure with new architectural elements. It was important to the homeowners to keep the Florida vibe in the forefront. The fresh green color with the Bahama shutters, architectural accents, and stacked stone create a welcoming entry.


As you enter the home, the art-glass chandelier sets the tone for what lies ahead. The white wainscot is a new take on the traditional, with an updated, octagonal design. Simply furnished with a comfy sofa from Elegant Outdoor Living, the foyer is more than just an entry. Naturally lit, the room provides a great reading nook or quiet respite from the day.




The great room was transformed from floor to ceiling, becoming as inviting as the sunset view. Custom wide plank, white oak Madrid hardwood flooring by Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring expands the space. Neutral area rugs add texture without distraction. Inset beams added to the tongue-andgroove ceiling give the illusion of height. Two stunning, natural agate stone lamps with a contemporary polished nickel twist coordinate with stone cocktail tables from Clive Daniel Home. “Using a light color palette and lots of texture made the space interesting and fun. It was important to maintain a beachy feel, making it casual and relaxing,” says Kevin.




Light and artistic, the kitchen is now full of flavorful details. At the heart of the space, a 5-inch Quartzite countertop bridges across the custom precision-crafted stainless steel island base from West Berkshire Design. This artistic piece complements the patterned backsplash of pearlized glass tile which glistens with every sunset. White custom cabinets are embellished with warm, carved wood hardware and a vent hood over the natural gas cooktop. Decorative art glass pendants cast a soft, warm glow through their rich gold ombre finish. Stainless steel Miele appliances from Mullet’s Appliances coordinate with the stainless steel surface of the two-tiered island. Hidden from view is a Sub-Zero refrigerator from Monark Premium Appliance Co.


The master suite is a seamless vision from indoors to outside, with shimmering tile embellishments from Porcelanosa and Eleganza capturing the light as the sun dances on the ocean surface. The brass four poster bed with soft sand-toned textured bedding has a nautical flair. The wide plank wood flooring installed by Naples Flooring Company continues in the master suite.


When not in use by guests, the room next to the master suite is an open, tranquil setting for morning yoga. The flexible design incorporates a king size wall bed. Designed by California Closets, who provided all of the home’s custom closets and storage, decorative panels were included to add interest to the unit when closed. Materials were selected from the Tesoro collection imported from Italy which offers distinctive wood grains and textures.




A hallway leads past his and hers closets by California Closets and on to the master bath. There the walls are enlivened by large porcelain tiles. Brass accents marry the space from bedroom to bath. The vanity countertop is also full-slab porcelain that’s relatively new to the market, providing greater durability and little maintenance. Additionally, the vanity backsplash and shower floor have Venetian glass mini-subway tiles for a touch of glam and sparkle. The soaker tub was something the homeowner was passionate about, so Kevin designed a dramatic nook with full length drapery panels in fabric by Chivasso.


Inspired by the Miami-NY pop culture artist Peter Tunney, this cabana lounge is a hip, relaxing room to enjoy after a day at the beach. From the colorful surf boards set against the greytiled walls, to the American flag painting, each highlights Peter Tunney’s inspirational mission. Colorful lounge pillows by Brown Jordan rest on a large cord shag rug. Lights from modern Italian designer Contardi hanging overhead and an acrylic tripod floor lamp supplement the abundant natural light.


The outdoor oasis was crafted with stone columns, walls of glass, and glass deck-railing, creating a modern look without blocking the view. A new pool and spa, pod lighting, comfortable club and lounge chair seating options, and a dining table from Outdoor Décor Store finish the retreat. A spiral staircase leads the eye upward four floors to the crow’s nest and spectacular sunset views.

Written by Lisa Mishler

Photography by CJ Walker

Bucklebury Home
331 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

California Closets
2950 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

Elegant Outdoor Living
28811 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104

Mullet’s Appliances
2194 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109

Monark Premium Appliance Co.
27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Naples Flooring Company
900 5th Avenue South, Suite 102
Naples, FL 34102

Outdoor Décor Store
3375 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

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