Nestled in the heart of Port Royal on a deep water lot on Morgan’s Cove, is a home in which the builder’s level of craftsmanship equals the timeless elements, making it enduring for decades to come. It is the meticulous effort of a masterful team led by design/developers John and Karen Melk of JMKM Design.
“Being from Atlanta, Georgia, I envisioned a home with the same lasting appeal as the great southern homes,” says Karen Melk, who also designed the home’s interior. “We wanted a residence of enduring Anglo Caribbean architecture that was inviting, inspiring, graceful, tranquil, and most importantly comfortable for the future owners of the home.”
John Cooney, partner at Stofft Cooney Architects, says the uniquely shaped waterfront lot dictated design. “This was a sleeper lot and the existing house blocked the view. As soon as we walked around back, we saw this incredible long vista down the waterway. The goal then in designing this home was to create a classical, tropical home that had an open floor plan and capitalized on all of the water views,” says Cooney.
The Williams Group was both builder and consultant, ensuring that the level of fit and finish in the nearly eight-thousand square foot home equaled the design elements. “We were tasked to incorporate modern methods and technology with old school quality craftsmanship,” says company President Joe Beauchamp. “The end result is spectacular.”
Selected were only top-quality materials with timeless appeal, including classic wide plank hardwood floors, rich marble countertops, custom built-ins, and interior architectural details. The team made those backgrounds inspiring yet neutral, with great attention paid to utilizing natural light. “From the moment you enter the grand hall, the light filters down from the second-story, setting the tone for the entire home,” says architect Cooney.
With that stage set, much thought and time were given to the selection of paint colors. For the home’s five bedrooms, eight baths, study and various other living areas, Melk says she likely considered more than 500 different colors to be certain that every room is harmonious with every other. The result is a gorgeous home — even before the furniture, window treatments, accessories, and art.
“The home has a feeling of calmness and lasting quality. When you walk into any of the rooms of this home it is inviting; you feel good,” says Melk.
Classic Anglo Caribbean architecture is enhanced by the gently curving, long brick and grass paver driveway. Trellis detail softens the front facing garage door on the right. Traditional carriage lantern lighting adds a soft glow while shutters of a delicate seafoam green give the home a southern charm.
The impressive entry foyer allows for a clear view to the water ahead, and soars at 28 feet with a catwalk around three sides on the secondstory. The sculptural 60-inch wide chandelier in antique brass is by Julian Chichester. On the elegant staircase, the traditional style is offset by a gray and tan cheetah print runner by Stanton. Legno Bastone Dolce Vita Collection hardwood flooring, known for its nearly 10-inch width and long planks, begins in the grand hall and spans the entire first floor, bringing an inherent warmth and character to the home. The seagrass rug is flanked by a white lacquer cabinet to one side and a breakfront and pair of winged back chairs from the Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture. A colorful ensemble of four works of art completes the entry statement.
Sweeping water views are the backdrop for this classical contemporary great room. At the far end is a Chesney’s limestone fireplace mantel with custom built-ins and a pop-up television on one side. Sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting illuminate the subtle art above the mantel and shine down on two side chairs from Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture. A contemporary light fixture with amber glass and vintage style bulbs is at the center of the room. Four cream leather chairs oppose one another, with a sofa at the far end — all from Sherrill Furniture. Leopard blown-glass table lamps are set upon the three-tiered end tables. Behind the sofa, a high-sheen clear lacquer accentuates the rosewood veneer of the sofa table.
Clean and classic, the kitchen focal point is the massive 8-foot-by-6-foot center island of 2-inch Mystery White marble in a honed finish with a mitered edge from Naples Stoneworks. The same marble is carried throughout the kitchen and full height backsplashes. The island dimension helps to balance the 60-inch wide Viking professional range from Monark Premium Appliance Co. A Thermador refrigerator and freezer and dual Viking dishwashers complete the gourmet design. Two polished nickel and glass pendants by Rohl illuminate the island work surface. A wall of windows strategically placed in the center of the kitchen over the main sink captures a sea of southern light. A pale gray/blue linen Roman shade by Statewide Window Treatments hangs over the main sink. The entire workspace looks out toward Morgan’s Cove.
Subtle sophistication defines the formal dining room. At the center, a chandelier from Arteriors in antique pewter with vintage style bulbs hangs above the high-gloss finish J. Alexander table. Maurice dining chairs from Sherrill are a light-gray with nail-head detail and Sugar finish legs. Underfoot, the Stark contemporary area rug in subtle gray and white sits atop the rich wide plank flooring installed by Naples Flooring Company. To the left, a glass door leads to the one-thousand bottle climatized wine room. The walls are covered in a subtle sage green grass cloth wallpaper from Thibaut.
Melk’s intent was for the master suite to mimic the unfussy and understated appeal of the rest of the home. She selected creamy white bedding with accents of sage green. A bolder pop of color is incorporated in the wall art and Barbara Barry deep jade accent pillows on the bed. Night tables and lamps are from Max & Company. A Square Peg Round Hole bench from Sherrill sits at the foot of the bed. Neutral draperies from Statewide Window Treatments hung on antique finished hardware are both elegant and functional for darkening and privacy.
The owner’s bath is a his and hers configuration, connected by a walk-through shower. Shown is her bath, which features Statuary Marble vanity tops with polished nickel fixtures by Rohl. Custom plantation shutters shield the freestanding tub for the ultimate in luxurious indulgence. A shimmering silk area rug in a soft sage is a feminine element in her glorious retreat.
The outdoor living area is accessible from the entire main living level. The covered outdoor area provides an additional living space with fireplace, seating area, and outdoor kitchen with appliances from Monark Premium Appliance Co. A floor of Mediterranean Shellstone leads to the custom pool and spa crafted by Jackson Pools, overlooking Morgan’s Cove.
This home was offered by Tim Savage, Gulf Coast Inernational Properties.
Written by Lisa Mishler
Photography by Naples Kenny
Gulf Coast International Properties
1144 3rd Street South
Naples, FL 34102
Jackson Pools, Inc.
19910 South Tamiami Trail, Suite A
Estero, FL 33928
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104
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
2259 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109
Statewide Window Treatments
2047 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109
Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102
The Williams Group
40 10th Street South
Naples, FL 34102