“It’s all about family,” states Chuck Gile emphatically. “That’s the most important thing,” agrees his wife Georgia. That was the motivation behind the couple’s decision to build a large, family-oriented home when their Naples condominium proved to be too small to include their two sons and daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren all in one visit. They spent two years looking for the perfect location before falling in love with a homesite overlooking a lake and the golf course. They chose the lot before the subdivision was even released for sale.
Architect Alberto Abad of New Architectura, Design West interior designers Brooke Meyer and Kelsey Talis, builder Steve Watt, and landscape architect Ed Westwood of GardenBleu Designs comprise the creative team that brought the Giles’ vision to life.
“We began with the builder’s Cielo model and customized the design,” explains architect Abad. The result was four bedrooms plus a study and four full- and one half-baths and a cabana bath artfully arranged in 4,757 square feet of living area. “This is definitely a lifestyle home,” says Abad. “It’s a merger of several styles; it’s clean and bright and has the beginning of modernism.”
Designers Meyer and Talis call the interiors transitional, with classic architectural elements of traditional design. “There’s a nod to coastal,” adds Talis. “The textiles and soft goods add character, leaning more toward contemporary.”
The Design West team brought several trends to the forefront. Myer explains, “Mixing patterns, scale, and texture is popular nowadays. The European white oak flooring is a lovely example of cerused wood—a technique that brings out the grain. Faux is coming back, in certain aspects. Nail-head trim is in vogue.”
The duo designed the built-in display walls flanking the fireplace in the great room. Of them Talis says, “This is a modern, trendy design, but it can be worked into their family life. The muted background palette allows for accents to pop, and they can be changed out seasonally.” She is quick to note the timeless features as well, “This is a durable house. Functional. Comfortable. The Giles are a key factor; they are constantly entertaining, so the textiles and finishes are intentionally not delicate. They were selected to withstand the owners’ routine.”
Involved from the ground up, Meyer and Talis say that organization was the key to the success of the project. “It was a lengthy process with many people involved,” explains Meyer. “It was a blessing to have the people we dealt with be just as organized.”
Talis expands the thought, “We wear so many different hats. Some days we’re project managers, some days we’re purchasing agents. Contrary to popular belief, we do more than just colors!”
Cultured stacked stone accents lend a contemporary element, while corbels and shutters nod to island style on the home’s façade. “This is a well-done, proportionate house that will not age,” says architect Alberto Abad. Savoy House lanterns in a walnut patina finish cast a welcoming glow through seeded glass. The side-loading garage allows for well-balanced symmetry; it does not overwhelm the elevation. The high level of finishes and quality of materials selected by the owners dramatically elevate this home.
In the great room, the focal wall features a gas fireplace with a precast surround set in white stacked stone. Carpentry clad boxes fashioned in wood tones match the finishes in the room. Woven grasscloth on the wall behind them gives depth to the open-backed, round-edged boxes. Lighting only the vertical boxes and floating the entire unit adds more dimension. A sectional from E.J. Victor in a neutral fabric, and a pair of leather and fabric sloped-arm Vanguard club chairs all have a low profile so as not to interfere with the view of the backyard and beyond. Hickory White end tables are finished in platinum gray. The Vanguard tufted ottoman with metal base and wood inlay is centered atop a wool and silk patterned area rug by Kravet.
The underlit built-in buffet by Tradewind Designs continues the style of the kitchen cabinets. To easily serve family and company, the Octo dining table from Ambella features a central Lazy Susan. The table is crafted from brushed American white oak with a grey ceruse finish. Metal feet, finial and stretchers are made of brushed stainless steel. Eight tufted Vanguard dining chairs with nail-head trim are covered in a durable spa blue and ivory woven fabric. An iron and quartz chandelier from Fine Art Lamps shimmers with an aged silver-leaf finish. Fixed, embroidered sheer drapery panels with undulating aqua wood-bead trim cover the wall and frame the recessed sliders.
The glassed-in wine room with stacked-stone walls features a Dacor by-the-glass wine dispenser and a custom backlit metal and wood wine rack to match the cabinetry in the adjacent kitchen. A series of arches leads the eye toward the vestibule of the master suite where a Bernhardt metal and stone console table sits beneath an oversized mirror framed with distressed silver leafing. The Fine Art Lamps ceiling fixture and the wall sconce pictured in the foyer both feature a silver leaf finish. Translucent mica shades diffuse the light.
Light pours into the kitchen from a trio of clerestory windows and a pair of backless, glass-fronted cabinets hung in front of exterior windows. A hidden pantry is accessed to the left of the Miele double ovens from Monark Premium Appliances. A quartet of Fine Art Lamps’ metal-framed pendants hangs from artisan square-link chains, spilling light from mica shades onto the dual islands topped with Cristallo quartzite. Swivel stools from Century in an aqua and white zebra print provide seating at the dining island. Wood-Mode custom maple cabinets in Vintage Nordic White line the walls. The range hood and island bases are Wood-Mode Heirloom Harbor Mist with Pewter Glaze, all from Tradewind Designs. The 3-by-12-inch stone backsplash brings in the colors of the cabinets and islands. A tile inset commands attention behind the Miele 5-burner gas cooktop also from Monark Premium Appliances.
The master bedroom is a serene combination of blue and ivory. Sheer ivory window coverings are bordered with a contrasting charcoal sateen. Approximating the border’s height, the charcoal gray Hickory Chair nightstands and dresser, and gray chenille Hancock and Moore oversized chair-and-a-half, add a visual third dimension to the border effect. Suspended above each nightstand is a trio of pendant lamps from Fine Art’s Natural Inspirations collection. The fully upholstered Hickory Chair bed with nail-head trim is dressed with custom blue and ivory linens. At its foot is a Hickory Chair bench with a wooden base and a lightly patterned taupe and gray upholstered top.
In the master bath, dark charcoal gray-stained cabinetry plays dramatically against the marble floor and wainscoting. Ronbow laboratory vessel sinks with Delta brushed nickel fixtures are centered in each of the vanities. A Jessica Charles textured gray vanity chair tucks into a kneehole. A Villeroy & Boch Labelle freestanding tub rests in front of the window. Atop privacy shades, a shaped-bottom fabric cornice defines the window.
Guests in this suite are treated to a magnificent view as the sun sets beyond the golf course. Walls of windows are covered with ivory drapery sheers, banded on the edges in slate blue. Two sets of woven wood shades retract when not in use. One set filters light; the other provides complete privacy with blackout properties. The Vanguard bed features a tufted headboard upholstered in woven ivory fabric. A shimmering ivory duvet with a hint of taupe covers the bed. Pillows are in the same tone, accented by slate blue. Seeded glass table lamps with ivory linen shades from Curry sit on Vanguard nightstands, finished in deep gray. The custom chevron-patterned rug is from Kravet.
The bunk room is the brainchild of Grandma Georgia. Four built-in TVs operated through headsets for ultimate viewing control are a favorite feature of the Gile grandchildren. Double bunks on the bottom and singles on the top mean this room can comfortably sleep six. Each bed features monogrammed pillows. Bailey, the family dog, waits patiently next to a Stanley dresser crafted in deep-toned cerused wood. The en suite bathroom beyond features a walk-in shower and personalized towel hooks for its young guests.
The curve of the steps and the sun shelf are favorite features of Westwood, who designed the pool, terrace, spa, fire table and seating, water pots, swim-up bar, outdoor hardscape and landscape. Noting that this is easily the largest private pool in the community, Westwood says, “It was fun to create. The biggest challenge was to make sure all of these elements felt appropriate for the space, and not like a showroom of outdoor living accessories.” An outdoor kitchen, and dining and living areas are tucked under the lanai. Summer Classics’ cast aluminum chaises sit on the sun shelf.
Written by Ginny Cooper
Photography by Blaine Johnathan
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