It is a rare treat for a designer to work with clients that give creative free reign. Laura Parsons, owner of Pure Design, found herself in this position with the new owners of a home in Port Royal. Their visual direction was given over lunch at Old Collier Golf Club. They wanted their new home to have a similar look and feel as the club. As the design developed, it turned to a lighter, more modern and glamorous version, yet retained the comfort and classic elegance of the club.
The architecture was inspired to meet the needs of a family with an appreciation for beauty, taste, and elegance, while maintaining an active and full lifestyle. As you enter the Port Royal Neighborhood, a canopy of foliage embraces the boulevard. Designed by Don Stevenson, President Don Stevenson Design and Lotus Architecture, this home’s extraordinary architecture abounds throughout taking every advantage of its gorgeous waterfront view.
“The expansive glass window elements were designed to take full advantage of nature’s color to bring light accent views to every part of the home. This spacious home affords a sense of individual freedom and privacy, while an abundance of amenities within the home promote an active lifestyle,” describes Stevenson.
This subdued Tuscan style marries classic beauty with all the latest home technology and comforts. The home has a full range of textures including the finest stone, wood, and marble to accentuate design features such as the custom ceilings, floors, and trims. Custom designed stone details trim the exterior of the home in exquisite style.
Adds Stevenson, “The layout is a spacious open floor plan with large master suite and dramatic bath with walk-in closets. The expansive radius glass window walls create a view that takes your breath away.”
Teresa Gilger and Liz Brown, interior designers at Pure Design, collaborated with Parsons on this project. “We were fortunate to have the clients complete trust with our selections. It is a beautifully built spec home, our job was to transform it to a comfortable yet chic family retreat. We began with changing the exterior color from a dull gold and repainted it a creamy white,” concurred Gilger and Brown. Custom wood shutters painted a soft, vapor blue replaced brown shutters. All of the dark espresso stained woodwork was painted a warm white, this color was also used on the walls. Bevolo copper lanterns and coach lights replaced the builder spec lighting.
Knowing the clients wanted a fresh take on a classic look, Pure Design set out to lighten and brighten, while remaining elegant and sophisticated. “We redesigned the fireplace in the parlor with a grand yet simple stone surround. We removed thick shelving flanking the fireplace so we could accommodate a lovely pair of Austrian chests that we procured for our clients” states Brown.
Gorgeous fabrics in tones of cornflower blue and peridot green complement the expansive oil painting by Belgian artist Luc Leestemaker. “It was great fun to incorporate antiques such as the Biedermeier chests, circa1825, along with Harvey Probber footstools from 1950, which we had reupholstered a labradorite blue,” says Parsons.
Custom down-filled sofa and club chairs paired with carved, gilded armchairs look chic yet welcoming in the sun-filled parlor. Linking it all together is a stunning art nouveau silk rug..
According to Jim Freeman, design consultant of Busby Cabinets, “when we were designing the kitchen cabinetry we intended to hit that fine line of ‘transitional.’ We encompassed traditional detailing, but in a clean relatively sleek way, using a clean lined stainless hood, free floating stainless shelves, minimal moldings, and some simple geometries in the door configuration.”
“In the master bath, the intent was to make this space more elegant with the longer length doors and curved details in front of glass. The transitional look takes traditional styling, with a clean more tailored look,” adds Freeman.
An elegant table and chairs by Dessin Fournier grace the dining room. The curved shape of the chairs is echoed by the curves of the tray ceiling. The decorative ceiling in the parlor and dining room were both accented by a misty blue color and applied silver leaf panels. “The silver leaf reflects a soft glow from the chandeliers,” states the lady of the home.
“Drawing from factory cues, the Industrial Chic trend celebrates functional form with designs that complement both masculine and feminine spaces. Strong materials are offset by smooth curves, muted tones, and softer textures,” states showroom manager Henry Jeannin of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Naples.
The master suite is an absolute jewel. The designers opted to cover all walls in a neutral grass cloth. The carpet was replaced with wood flooring. A stunning pair of rock crystal chandeliers defines the two areas of the suite. Motorized drapery panels in a Tiffany blue offers total privacy for this romantic retreat. The custom upholstered king bed is flanked by a pair of Murano glass lamps, c.1940.
The couples’ main residence is in Colorado. Their mountain home is rather masculine, and so the husband wanted their Florida home to be whatever his wife wanted. She requested a feminine guest bedroom for her friends. “This room is like a fairytale. We had a good time creating this ladylike guest bedroom complete with pale pink papered walls, antique French chandelier and pink mohair throws,” notes Parsons.
The tastefully designed pool, spa, and terraced deck area create a perfect setting to enjoy the tranquility of Gulf Coast living. The rear exterior of the home is true oasis for the couple,” states Stevenson.
Photography by Daniel Newcomb
1016 Collier Center Way, Suite 107
Naples, FL 34110
Don Stevenson Design & Lotus Architecture
2950 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 16
Naples, FL 34103
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104
Pure Design of Naples
1500 5th Avenue South, Suite 111
Naples, FL 34102