Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Zen Jewel

The La Castille in Quail West, built by Castle Harbour Homes, is a gorgeous 4,100 square-foot home, designed for the affluent homebuyer who enjoys playing golf and entertaining. This home is the quintessential environment for a discerning couple, reflecting a lifestyle of which some only dream. Architectural curb appeal with custom blended ledge rock, and a grand iron and glass front door set the tone for this unique residence.

John Dennis Miehle, President and CEO of Castle Harbour Homes says, “I am a fan of modern architecture, however, the majority of Naples and Fort Myers homebuyers are somewhat conservative. I had to find a balance between my buyers and my passion. I wanted cleaner lines, a bolder entry, and cladding materials that complimented that feel. I wanted to use more geometric lines, larger square windows instead of arches, and square instead of rounded columns.”

Custom designed 11-foot iron and glass entry doors welcome you into the home. Guests are captivated with the refreshingly transitional design radiating from the thoughtful interior finishes, creative interior detailing, and impeccable accessorizing. The elegant four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath open plan boasts unique ceiling and wall details in a strong geometric motif that is carried throughout the home in a sophisticated, neutral color scheme.

A modern application of warm, organic architectural features is what sets La Castille apart from so many other homes on the market today. “I am proud to say that everyone compliments the flooring in this home. It is a hand-scraped cerused grey oak, accented with stone and glass thresholds,” says Laurie Walter and Diana Hall of Cinnabar Design, the team responsible for the award-winning interiors.

Upon entering the main living area, you are greeted by the great room feature wall. “We wanted to incorporate the geometric designs and horizontal lines that are consistently featured throughout the home and are reminiscent of an organic, yet transitional, Frank Lloyd Wright style,” explains Walter. Flanked by “Lloyd Wright” inspired tone-on-tone applied molding millwork with amazing dimension and interest, the latte travertine marble soars in the center. The flush mounted gas fireplace adds warmth as well as a memorable and sleek design aesthetic. The curved sectional wrapped with metal and glass consoles is a memory point that creates an organic flow between the entry and outdoor living area. Guests feel welcome to sit down on the circular sofa, relax, and enjoy the captivating feature wall.

Anchoring the spacious kitchen is an oversized center island, providing any chef with more than enough space to create the perfect gourmet meal while entertaining guests. “If I can incorporate interior features that present themselves differently than more traditional ways, I am not afraid to give it a try,” says Miehle.

The kitchen pantry is a perfect example of this. Usually when entering a kitchen, the walk-in pantry is a very visible feature as a result of a more commonly used swing door. Cleverly, this walk-in pantry is incorporated into the cabinetry layout and utilizes millwork to conceal its appearance. “This created a cleaner look. Our guests are pleasantly surprised when they open what they believe are pull-out shelf doors, only to find a full walk-in pantry,” according to Miehle.

The master suite vestibule is a modified rotunda with impressive backlit geometric ceiling detail, reminiscent of the Frank Lloyd Wright style, and softly lit by wall sconces. “Walking into the elegant bedroom, your attention is captured by a glamorous upholstered tufted bed with pendant lights suspended over grey washed nightstands,” describes Walter. The disappearing pocket doors allow the room to open up completely to the outdoors. A luxurious double chaise is cleverly angled in front of the dramatic ten-foot tall sliders boasting a scenic view of the inviting lanai and manicured golf courses. This makes for a perfect place to relax and catch up with a good book.

The gracious master bath has exquisite transitional detailing. Matte porcelain tile in 12” x 24” format adorns the main bath and shower from floor to ceiling. There is a striking contrast between the deep richness of the wood cabinetry and the soft taupe tones of the Silestone countertops. Jewel-like hardware with an Asian flair adorns the custom cabinetry. Together these elements present a cohesive look that conveys a luxurious spa-like atmosphere. The overall essence that is created is that of a peaceful retreat.

The inviting outdoor living area seamlessly transitions guests from the main living space out to the expansive lanai. A palate of soft grey and sea foam blue, with the organic texture of the grey woven seating, are reflective of the interior furnishings of the home. Billowy ten-foot tall drapes frame the ledge rock clad architectural columns. A freestanding, double-sided, pre-cast fireplace is a memory point beckoning all to the seating area.

The blending of different design elements to create an overall mood that is calm and soothing defines its appeal. “We think the project was so successful because of the collaboration between Cinnabar and Castle Harbour. Dennis was synergistic with our design and totally open to our ideas,” explains Hall. La Castille has already won four Aurora Awards, three Sand Dollar Awards, and one Pinnacle Award. With a clean and customized approach, one thing is for sure; this home is a jewel in the Quail West crown.

Written by Kelsey Miklavcic
Photography by Giovanni Photography

Cinnabar Design
1939 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109

Castle Harbour Homes
12801 Commerce Lakes Drive, Unit 6
Fort Myers, FL 33913

All About Closets
5606 6th Street West
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

Quail West
5950 Burnham Rd.
Naples, FL 34119

Posted By