Named for the statuesque lion who stands guard over the cascading waterfalls, pond and gazebo that serve as a private retreat, the “Cascada Lione” in Estuary at Grey Oaks is an example of a traditionally designed sanctuary that conveys a sense of warmth and appeal. Designed by the late Eric Brown of Eric Brown Design Group and built by Harwick Homes, this residence features 10,546 square feet under air and an additional 6,459 square feet of outdoor living, pool and garage space. The exquisite interior is by Collins & DuPont Interior Design in Bonita Springs.
The owners have a collection of French Renaissance antiques, books and fine wine,” said Sherri DuPont, ASID. “Incorporating the collections in the design was the main focus. Their unique furniture pieces set the tone. The owners had ideas about the stone details in the floors. There is a very Italianate utilization of the colors of the stone and insets. Our challenge was to bring the traditional elements into the new millennium, to bring light into the home and to make the entire presentation fresh, comfortable and magnificent.”
DuPont’s approach is apparent in the living room. The ceiling soars to 27 feet at center. After researching Italian and French architecture from the 15th and 16th centuries, she brought human proportion to the voluminous space with a frieze detail about 13 feet above the floor. Layers of gold on the wall from floor to ceiling create an interesting effect. In keeping with DuPont’s penchant for symmetry, the diamond shaped coffered ceiling points to a fireplace that is an adaptation of one found during her research. The chairs in the room belonged to the owners and were recovered by DuPont. The owners were involved with the selection of all new fabrics and furniture, including the new sofas.
An antique desk from the owner’s collection served as DuPont’s inspiration in the study. A mahogany credenza with Black Absolute granite wraps around the back of the desk. Bay windows provide an outdoor view. The walls are terracotta and gold-toned faux finished antique plaster. The floor is hand scraped walnut and a sitting area is set over an antique area rug. The ceiling is a layered-moulding treatment with a series of intersecting beams set on the diagonal.
The owners’ antique stone-topped table sits in a wine room and provides comfortable seating. The room has a barreled ceiling segmented with brick pavers and finished with a painted and glazed terracotta finish. An arch treatment above a corking station has a tile detail and appliqué depicting Bacchus the Wine God. The floor is rustic peach marble. The wine racks were custom designed by Collins & DuPont.
The owners have a collection of over 4,000 books. DuPont’s inspiration for the library was Hearst Castle and other turn of the century libraries. The ceiling has beams connected to shelving that aligns with the walls. Recessed lighting has been installed in the beams. The floor is lighter toned hand-scraped walnut topped by an area rug. The owners’ favorite reading chairs were recovered.
A traditional French staircase with dragon newel posts spills into a beautiful hallway with travertine floors detailed with Black Absolute, Inca gold and dark Emperador marble insets. Three arches grace the hallway and its views of a lake and pergola outside. A one-of-a-kind Maitland Smith chandelier has the look of a French gaslight. A replica purse cupboard is positioned adjacent to a powder room.
DuPont believes dining rooms should be romantic spaces for sharing a meal and a glass of wine. The Cascada Lione’s dining room includes antique art from the client’s collection and new custom designed furnishings, including a circular dining table that seats twelve and Italian Renaissance replica chairs from Ybanno Soberon. The entrance includes an absolute black granite inlay that defines an entry framed by pre-cast stone columns and arch.
The kitchen’s paneled refrigerators are separated by a hidden door to a secret pantry. Arches are set above each panel. The hood over the stove is an old hearth adaptation. Granite countertops over walnut stained cabinetry play against rustic travertine flooring with Terracotta and gold highlights. A dramatic octagonal coffered ceiling provides an impressive memory point.
DuPont created a frieze in the tall family room at the 13-14 foot height. She also created pilaster details on two walls for displaying colorful tapestries. A television is set in a tall built-in that has the look of an elegant mantle. Two sofas and side chairs with terracotta fabric and dark wood frames provide comfortable seating. Pocketing sliders open to the outdoor living area.
The ceiling in the master bedroom is another result of DuPont’s architectural research. An intersecting groin vault is painted with the story of Antigone against a faux finished background. The walls are a darker tone. The headboard wall includes an architectural element with columns and detailing that provide a major presentation for the Marge Carson Baroque-style bed. The draperies include layered fabrics with sheers, over draperies and a valance.