Our homes provide us shelter and safety, but the mark of an exceptional home is when it has lovingly been transformed into an oasis for our spirits. So it is with this Spanish Mediterranean inspired home designed by MAS Design and Planning. Majestic and refined, one look at the exterior invites guests to leave the tensions of the world behind. Carefully crafted by Imperial Custom Homes of Naples, the outer detailing of the home—with its barrel-tiled roof, window shutters, and heavy iron and mahogany double doors—are reminiscent of an upscale resort located on the sublime shores of the Mediterranean. The home is located in The Colony Golf & Bay Club, a master planned community being developed by WCI Communities. Posh Bismarck and Sylvester palms flank the entrance, while Italian cypress leads down the side drive and across the front of the home. Pops of color in the vegetation and an ivy-covered wall create a charming garden shaped by the landscape experts at Bello Paradise of Naples.
The true masterminds behind the fusing of elements are Renee Moore and Kirk Kaalberg, the home’s owners. Moore, who has been a luxury real estate agent in Southwest Florida for sixteen years, has turned her passion for homes into an outlet for unbridled creativity. Along with Kaalberg, the two have seen to it that every detail has been lovingly crafted, creating a welcoming home that encourages casual entertaining. “We love to cook and grill, so a comfortable outdoor living space was essential for us,” says Moore. The home’s open floor plan reinforces this desire.
To promote a feeling of spaciousness, the flooring of the living room ties into the flooring of a larger, connected outdoor living area. A custom taupe, linen sofa by Lee Jofa and Habersham entertainment center serve to draw visitors together for conversation and fellowship. “We’re passionate about our own design,” says Moore, as evidenced by an array of unique and eclectic artwork collected throughout the couple’s travels. Most impressively, the living room is topped by an elaborate hexagonal ceiling which has been crafted in dark woods, adding a heightened elegance to the comfortable room.
Just inside the foyer, a dark-iron chandelier holds an earthy appeal, while not being overly formal. Luxurious Dorado stone flooring with a natural mosaic inset adds drama to the entryway. A lovely botanical centerpiece, with pops of purple and white, sits atop a dark turtle table that integrates perfectly with the room’s wood beamed ceiling. “Kirk actually grows the orchids and makes the floral arrangements himself,” adds Moore. The addition of decorative-iron wall accents adds a pleasing texture to the space.
The home’s warm and rich kitchen has an inviting quality that encourages culinary creativity. Dark wood cabinets from Artistic Cabinetry of Naples feature a hidden pantry, shelving for the homeowner’s collection of cookbooks, and a remote controlled television that rises out of the island and swivels 360 degrees. Custom granite countertops finished with a triple edge add refinement. Paneled Sub-Zero refrigeration, three ovens and a Wolf cooktop are sure to bring out the gourmet chef in anyone. The room’s appliances were procured from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “The best part of my job is getting out of the showroom and showing clients what these premium appliances can really do once they’re installed,” says Gregory Bennett from Ferguson.
A dark wood beamed ceiling and custom-made table with leather and upholstered chairs, draw guests into the dining room. Aqua blue draperies tie into the pleasing colors of a large peacock portrait, as well as glass accents upon the table. For something unexpected, John Comito of Elemental Stone crafted a custom koi pond off the dining room, enhancing the peaceful setting. A one-of-a-kind, distressed pine china cabinet offers interest and contrast.
The custom, faux-finished master bath exudes a soothing quality. The room features a soaking tub and large shower with wrap-around seating area. Plentiful windows and a barrel ceiling make the room ultra-distinctive. The combination of elaborate tile work, fresh floral arrangements and pops of blue accent, create a serene sanctuary.
An ornate bed with shimmering silk, powder blue bedding, gives the master bedroom the feel of a restful refuge. Hickory wood floors add warmth, while a lively Maitland-Smith zebra ottoman introduces an element of surprise. A separate seating area overlooking the pool summons with the use of quilted leather chairs and ottomans by Century.
Despite its many unique elements, this home’s main emphasis is on enjoyment of the outdoors. In true Florida style, this home embraces this sentiment with multiple outdoor living areas which allow for year-round entertaining. “Remote controlled screens allow us to spend the majority of our time outside,” says Moore. The sparkling negative edge pool is flanked by two stone pillars that have sheer descent waterfall accents. A matching stone outdoor fireplace allows the couple and their guests to spend time by the waterside, regardless of the temperature. A low-profile Jardin table on wheels elevates entertaining options—and is adorned by a variety of charming lanterns showcasing candles and flowers. One, innovatively used as a terrarium, features oxtail ferns thoughtfully picked from the yard. For this Midwest couple, nothing is more enjoyable or important than sharing their home with family and friends while creating memorable moments.
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by Rick Bethem Photography
The Renee Team
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