Step off the private elevator at this Moraya Bay luxury residence, and you’re greeted with a beguiling “round” foyer with a coffered ceiling, a polished silver fixture reminiscent of the Atomic age, and a custom designed bench with playful tassel fringe. For designer Wendy Berry of W Design, this is the crowning jewel of a home filled with unexpected flourishes. “Our client wanted the feeling of a rotunda, and the original space was square. I’m very proud of the result,” she says.
The entryway has an immediate impact, with its gallery shelves displaying a selection of natural coral, and oiled oak plank flooring contrasted with a combination Calcutta and crema marfil mosaic marble. Throughout this four bedroom, three-anda- half bedroom condo, Berry and the homeowners sought a casual, yet sophisticated dynamic that walked the transitional line while maintaining a distinct, almost flirtatious personality.
That’s evident in the distressed oak floor that runs across the living spaces—warm and weathered, yet elegant in its geometry. The gallery serves as an open office area and pairs an aged oak desk and shelving unit with a dusky gray and white chevron upholstered wing chair. Overhead white beams are a crisp counterpoint to the walnut tongue-and-groove ceiling. In the living room, that ceiling gives way to a coffered white grid and matching white built-in units, a formal pinning for the laid-back sitting area that extends to a balcony overlooking the Gulf. An accent wall of stacked pebbles, coral printed pillows and linen fabrics are organic touches that connect indoor and outdoor, sea and land.
For Berry, who’s worked widely in the building, the challenge was in keeping the look fresh and wholly original. At that, she succeeds, says Inga Wilson, VP of Sales and Marketing for the beach tower complex. “Moraya Bay has earned a reputation in Naples as having trendsetting models and interiors. Wendy designed the formal model, and we didn’t think she could improve on perfection. But that is exactly what she did—she truly outdid herself with this home.”
With comfort a priority, the family room offers another area for gathering around an entertainment console with a cleverly concealed television. Berry chose an oversized buff color sofa and blue-green trellis-patterned rug to mimic the colors of the sea outside of the glass doors. At the same time, the attached kitchen’s white cabinetry, polished nickel accents and thick Calcutta gold marble waterfalledged slab countertops and peninsula are a solid anchor for all the ocean-breezy openness. There’s detail here for the discerning eye too: A backsplash of tile with a glass quatrefoil pattern plays on the silvery threading in glass and marble.
The dining area, divided architecturally by design from the hall with an open shelving unit, makes use of trompe l’oeil. Walnut framed mirror panels approximate the effect of French doors, expanding the visual sweep of the room. “The mirror was a way for us to open up the space, and adding the millwork leant it an effect like a folding screen or a passage to another room,” says Chris Hylemon of Hyland Custom Cabinetry, a Thomas Riley Company. The Swedish country-style table and chairs finished in an oyster hue and a polished nickel chandelier lend the room formality but not stiffness.
The two front-facing guest bedrooms have been dressed in light, playful pops of color. In one bedroom, two full-sized beds wrapped in complementary teal and cream stripe are crowned by twin classic yet modern style chrome and leather stools. In the second bedroom, sage green wall paneling and a painted end table have the cheerful ease of a Nantucket cottage, while dove gray, open-eyelet drapes and a metallic dresser are refreshingly contemporary. Here, as elsewhere, the natural glow through generous-sized windows is amplified by soft, well-considered lighting.
Luxury abounds in the master suite, where Hyland did quite a bit of custom woodwork. Pocket doors with harmon hinges, made from solid walnut with a frosted glass insert open into a concealed panel in the door jamb and fold back into their pockets at a right angle to the closed position. The palate of blue, cream and gray created by Berry is designed to soothe—that is, if the private lanai with chaise lounges doesn’t do the trick.
In the bathroom, Hyland built a vanity with a high-gloss white finish and custom shelving for the surrounding master closets. More stacked stone provides the backing for cantilevered shelving and the border between the expansive shower and the tiled flooring. Inside the glass-walled shower, a custom bench made of finished reclaimed marine-grade finished wood is a place for repose. “From the shower or Jacuzzi tub, you can look out through a huge window and view the Gulf,” Berry says. And there’s nothing illusory about that.
Written by Elisa Ludwig
Photography by Giovanni Photography
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