Think bright, bold, beautiful—and whimsical! Not many homes courageously go where others won’t dare on the color wheel. In a playful concoction of fuchsia, tangerine, lime, and turquoise, one homeowner and one designer saw a bright vision together and made a beautiful, bold statement.
Months were spent creating a plan that would meet the client’s desires, while still taking full advantage of the lot’s breathtaking views of Naples Bay and The Naples Yacht Club & Marina. The end result with the builder and design team is a remarkable 5,400-square-foot home, with five bedrooms, six full baths, an office, and three living rooms – with fun-filled amenities that its youthful occupants and bustling family enjoy.
The home’s bold and fresh feel mirrors the attitude of today’s upscale homeowner. It combines traditional elements such as dormers and gables with a Bermuda-style flat tile roof, white walls, and dark trim. Details such as the balconies, wood brackets, and pergolas with draping bougainvillea finish the look. The grand circular driveway in herringbone-patterned pavers is lined with 25-foot Royal Palms, ligustrums, and lush tropical landscaping creating a stately presence.
“Building a landmark residence such as this is always gratifying. The efficient use of space and fresh architecture make this home unique,” says Dan Sullivan of Sullivan Brothers Builders, a father and son building team with over 50 years of home building experience. He continues, “We were pleased that the owners entrusted us to transform their ideas into custom features. Getting positive feedback and seeing the homeowners get so much enjoyment out of the final product gives us great satisfaction.”
Inside, Clive Daniel Home’s leading interior designer, Charlie Hansen, was appointed to ensure that the client’s energetic and youthful personalities were reflected in each of its cheerful rooms. “Hansen really knows color, where and how to use it, and which colors work together to create excitement and a visual banquet,” shares Sullivan.
Punches of turquoise grass cloth wallpaper in the niches and tray ceiling establish the color scheme of the home. The bright, bold rug in the living room was custom-crafted from vintage rug designs, and is accompanied by four brightly colored chairs for cocktails and conversation. Custom pillows in vibrant Jaipur pink, lagoon, grass, and clementine accompanied by striped gusset detailing add more pop to the room. A casual cocktail table and colorful Parisian pleat side panels in Brunschwig and Fils fabric infuse the area with energy. The room’s gas fireplace is adorned with an intricate Scabos stone tile mosaic and is flanked on either side by decorative built-ins with travertine tops. The homeowner shares, “Charlie amazed us with his beautiful furniture selection, gorgeous colors, paint, and accessories. We have three homes in the Chicago area and have worked with many designers. I have never had a designer that completed the home from top to bottom in less than two months.”
The dining room boasts extensive carpentry, such as wainscot and chair rail, along with a lively orange and blue color scheme highlighted by an elaborate turquoise and brass chandelier. The natural driftwood dining table is accompanied by custom dining chairs in a woven orange caning fabric with white leather seats, adding a pop of visual interest in the otherwise turquoise room. Marcello Maple hardwood flooring was selected for its deep rich finish, which compliments the décor. Custom drapery panels in soft, crushed sheer fabric with turquoise header and wood trim detailing complete the room.
To add interest, the home incorporates bay windows, built-in bookcases, and niches. The walls of the dining room and accompanying niche are covered in Osborne and Little wallpaper continuing the turquoise color as the common thread throughout the home. A weathered, over-scaled shell mirror in the niche adds a visual exclamation point to the setting.
The orientation of the family room was designed to allow a view of the pool and sparkling canal—while serving as a center for activity. The substantial sectional sofa provides the perfect place to curl up and converse with family and friends or enjoy a movie on the 65-inch flat screen with surround sound. Accessories are large and simple with bright pops of chartreuse and coral to enliven the senses. The homeowner continues, “I was amazed with the colors of paint, wallpaper, light fixtures, and details. Charlie had me step out of my comfort zone, and I trusted him. I am so happy I did.”
The classic, white kitchen displays a timeless elegance. Hand crafted wainscoting and wood paneled columns on the bar exhibit exquisite carpentry work, while cabinetry features full extension dovetail drawers. An inner-island with a second sink includes glass door cabinetry featuring bright pops of vibrant colors to provide visual interest. The kitchen is outfitted with a 42-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, all Viking cooking appliances, and Bosch dishwasher. The Santa Cecilia granite counter tops offer the perfect transition between the stainless appliances and white cabinetry. Special touches, like cabinet knobs with crystal inlays and Hickory Chair saddle stools in a teal houndstooth fabric, continue to surprise.
With views of the pool and lanai, the casual breakfast nook allows for plenty of elbowroom. The craftsmen at Royal Palm Closet Design & Fine Cabinetry built a great piece of form and function—the custom window seat. “We were able to mirror the other cabinetry in the area and give them some extra storage by including drawers on the ends and in the middle section,” says design specialist Dan Meadows. Bright aqua cushions and coral accent pillows tie in with herringbone-textured coral fabric side chairs that continue the fun feel of the home. The addition of an inlaid shell chandelier reinforces a nautical flair.
In the office, white beadboard and louvered shutters paired with nautical artwork reflect the seaside atmosphere of this waterfront wonderland. Hansen adds a touch of whimsy by placing over-scaled Mad Hatter chairs in a bold print with the built-in granite desk. Stationary side panels in a tangerine damask fabric continue the playful atmosphere.
The master bedroom offers a serene retreat from the demands of the daily world. A fully upholstered tufted bed in a weathered finish combined with soothing celery walls and neutral linens have a calming quality. The room boasts raised ceilings, crown moldings, and a sitting area overlooking the pool. Hardwood floors, which feel cool and clean under the foot, have been carried throughout the home. The master wing also includes two large walk-in closets with impressive built-ins finished in rich Tafisa chocolate stain.
The finest tumbled travertine was chosen for the master bathroom floors and walls due to its richness and character. A travertine tile shower pampers its occupants with body jets and the Jacuzzi bathtub deck. The countertops are made of beautiful Botticino marble. Decorative grass cloth wallpaper in an aqua color palette adorns the room. In addition, glass tile borders and accents were also incorporated to give a lighter feel to the stone tile. Wooden furniture-style vanities have been finished in a burnished chestnut and contain full-sized framed mirrors.
The loft area wraps around the balcony above the foyer, a perfect place for guests to relax and feel comfortable. This room has pan ceilings with crown molding, built-in bookshelves, and an entertainment center. A morning kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, freezer and an island are nearby for quick snacks.
Outdoor living comes alive on the lushly landscaped lanai where there is a fully equipped summer kitchen. The gorgeous pool has a raised spa with a wooden pergola and water cascading from the Blue Bahia granite spillway. Inside and out this home makes a big, bold impression in a beautiful way.
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by Michael McVay
Sullivan Brothers Builders
230 10th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Royal Palm Closet Design & Fine Cabinetry
12830 Metro Parkway, Unit 10
Fort Myers, FL 33966