A brilliant composer may write the music, but it doesn’t attain its majesty until musicians combine their talents to bring it to life. Such was the case with the renovation of a Bay Colony condominium, reborn thanks to the efforts of the talented trio of builder Greg Brisson of BCB Homes, architect Rob Herscoe, partner at Herscoe Hajjar Architects and interior designer Julie Coleman of District Design.
The three were engaged by the clients, an oil executive and his wife, who wanted a vacation home to fit themselves, as well as friends, grown children, and grandchildren.
“Initially they only wanted to change the paint and hardware,” recalls Coleman. “But then they started talking about the best way to frame the gulf view and suddenly the project became a complete remodel.”
After many on-site meetings and exchanges of ideas, the scope of the project became clear. “We were taking on Pygmalion, transforming a shabby flower girl into a fair lady,” says Herscoe.
“What made the collaboration so successful,” explains Brisson, “was that each of us made a personal commitment to stretch our imaginations, act out the adage ‘leap and the net will appear,’ using all of our creativity to solve every challenge. The results are amazing and I am very proud of the work we did.”
“We were dealing with a unit that was very outdated and looked trapped in the 1980s. Our clients wanted their home to be very light, less cluttered, and more open,” says Coleman. “They completely trusted our vision, which allowed us to do what we have been trained for and what we do best. We wouldn’t even let the owners see the finished product until the big reveal at the end. When we did, they were speechless and delighted.”
To make the most of the living room’s view of the Gulf of Mexico, Coleman chose a soothing color palette suggested by the sea and sand below. Two 120-inch Hickory Chair sofas were clad in Kravet Lux Platinum cotton, and accented with Romo and Kravet pillows in shades of taupe, grey, and blue. A Christopher Guy ottoman with Java Café wood base features Barbara Barry fabric in slate blue. The café table and matching slipper chairs, also by Christopher Guy, are covered in Robert Allen Mulhouse Rain fabric. Underfoot is a Kravet silk and wool rug in mushroom with blue tones. Metal and glass column lamps light the Java Café finished end tables with glass shelves. The natural light from the windows is filtered by custom linen panels by Marcus Williams for Stout.
The old design of the entryway had awkward angles, unclear definitions, and appeared disjointed,” says Herscoe. The new plan emphasizes the sight lines down the corridor. A halo of light from the round tray ceiling and the quartz and blown-glass chandelier adds a warm glow to the room. Espresso-finished, rift-cut, white oak and iron doors by Ruffino Cabinetry lead to the elevators. Art deco-inspired metal sconces from Fine Art Lamps adorn the walls. The flooring is a wide 9-inch custom finished, artisan crafted, European white oak by Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring. Just beyond the foyer, dark wood doors inset with leather lead to the clubroom.
The new semi-circular espresso finished bar area by Ruffino Cabinetry features a wine rack, custom cigar humidor drawer, and backlit shelves. At the touch of a button, a specially designed television slides out for viewing without obscuring the window on the left. “Nothing like it existed,” says Brisson. “We had to design it and find a manufacturer to supply the mechanism.” Custom bistro stools by Christopher Guy are upholstered in Romo Zelva French Blue brushed silk. The braided glass and chrome chandelier from Trend Lighting casts a warm glow on the backlit, Snow quartz countertop.
The original kitchen was divided into small spaces with little visual connection to the rest of the home. Now a custom, opaque-glass barn door lets in light, accentuating the ivory Ruffino Cabinetry. A separate prep sink, wall-mounted Sub-Zero double oven, and a range with stainless steel and glass vent hood from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, are incorporated into the island topped with London Fog Caesarstone. The backsplash by Ceramic Matrix is a blend of polished Carrara, Thassos and Moonstone. The space is drawn together by new flooring by Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring. Bar stools from Hickory Chair are covered in cotton silk Romo fabric. The breakfast room features a Currey and Company Chanteuse chandelier of frosted crystal beads.
The clients were interested in capturing all light reflecting from the Gulf of Mexico just outside the master bedroom’s windows. To help accomplish this, a large two-sided mirror separates the bedroom from the master bath just behind it. Custom silver-leaf and quartz lamps hang in front. Coleman custom designed draperies in Black Edition Loma Romo fabric with sheers in Mark Alexander Nuance Moonshine by Romo.
The master bath was redesigned from a his and hers configuration to a combined space. “The owners wanted to be able to talk with each other while getting ready for their day,” Herscoe explains.
The streamlined palette of the home is continued in the elegant guest suite. The upholstered queen headboard was designed by Julie Coleman with Bergamo Song Acqua brushed silk. Coleman designed the duvet in Romo Lunnay Coconut fabric, adding banding complementary to the headboard. Accent pillows are made of Bergamo Song Acqua and Romo Silver Grey fabric. The sheers are Kravet Lateral Ivory Linen. Century oval side chests and the dresser are a Cordovan finish. Twin ebony benches are upholstered in Rubelli Song silk. Two custom Kravet benches sit at the foot of the bed. Milk glass lamps with banded linen shades light the scene.
What once was an office has been transformed into a multipurpose club room. A custom circular credenza in Zebrawood by Nathan Morrow for Generations Metier hosts a big screen television. A nearby desk space has a leather countertop with a pewter leather chair by Christopher Guy. The couch is upholstered in luxurious silver brushed velvet in Donghia Heirloom Blue. A tiered table of heavy bronze has a glass bottom and a lacquer top. Overlooking the scene is a nickel beaded chandelier with interlocking metal chains. “Not too heavy, it complements the shape of the room and adds a sexiness and sophistication,” says Coleman. “It has become one of the clients’ very favorite pieces.”
Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Lori Hamilton
BCB Homes, Inc.
3696 Enterprise Avenue
Naples, FL 34104
853 4th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Generations Metier, Inc.
883 NE 27th Lane, Unit 1
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104
291 Broad Avenue
Naples, FL 34102
2160 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109