Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Understated Elegance


Like the fiercely independent and spirited leading lady for which it is named, McGarvey Custom Homes’ Hepburn model in Stock Development’s Quail West features, “the elegance and charm of traditional style together with an emphasis on warm sophisticated comfort,” explains McGarvey’s Director of Sales and Marketing Brett Backus.

Residential designer Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs describes the architectural design of the Hepburn. “Everybody does retro linear design—lots of rectangles. We wanted to do angles,” says Guzman, claiming that, as the actress did herself, “Angles are making a comeback.”

The front elevation is clean-lined, from the flat cement tile roof with popular Caribbean-style corbels and shuttered turret and entry, to the gently curving driveway and circular motor court. Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design (ALD) placed a trio of Pygmy Date Palms in the rotunda of the motor court and repeated the circular design with plantings of Foxtail Palms surrounded by pink Silhouette™ Bougainvillea. The canopy of the Foxtail Palms creates a trellis effect. “We are landscaping the sky as well as the ground,” says Andrea. “When designing a landscape, we consider the sense of scale, the shadow patterns and the opportunity for up lighting,” Andrea continues.

ALD used naturalized plants, incorporating lower shrubs near walkways and terracing the height of plantings moving outward from the home. “We do that so you don’t feel claustrophobic,” explains Andrea.

The 4,608 square-foot-under-air Hepburn showcases an interior design by Susie Petril and Charlie Hansen of Clive Daniel Home that the duo calls “New Traditional.” Of the experienced designers’ first collaboration, Petril says, “We enjoyed it; we are diverse people, and that showed up in a really cool result.”

“Many people still want a traditional look, like you see in the Hamptons or West Palm Beach,” adds Petril. To achieve that, the design team chose a color palette of bramble green and bold eggplant, mixed with classic elements of cream and black, with a little gray. “We kept everything soft and subtle. We didn’t want the home to feel cold, we wanted it to feel like someone’s home, not a model,” explains Hansen.

In the foyer, an onyx inset creates a flair for the dramatic and introduces a variety of flooring. Glass-front lighted display cabinets finished in high gloss and backed with distinctive gray-patterned wallpaper are built into the foyer’s walls. Accessories are unobtrusive and neutral.

On either side of the fireplace, two over-scaled wing chairs in a cream and bramble velvet fabric combo make a statement in the reception area, together with a fully upholstered tufted ottoman. An oval antique brass cocktail table fronts a skirted Chesterfield sofa. An aubergine wool rug atop chevron-patterned walnut wood flooring enhances the elegant ambiance.

Cabinets finished in creamy white contrast with darker gray toned walls and ebony decorative wood beams in the expansive kitchen. Here the flooring transitions to an 18” x 36” staggered-set Ironwood porcelain tile that has the striated look of wood. The center island integrates a drop down table topped with end grain walnut. Chinese Chippendale chairs upholstered in eggplant are tucked neatly underneath. Petril and Hansen added vertical interest to the tablescape with a granite based cheesecake tray.

For the study, Petril and Hansen created an intimate seating group by duplicating a traditional reading composition of club chair, side table, and floor lamp. They placed the arrangement in front of custom-built counter height white book cases set below the angled windows. Dark bramble walls and the warm walnut flooring introduced in the reception area heighten the cozy atmosphere. Occupants of the upholstered wing back chair enjoy a panoramic view from behind the two-toned Charleston Regency desk.

A favorite feature of the Hepburn’s architectural design is the home’s interior courtyard. Easily accessed via the leisure room, two of the guest rooms and the guest suite hallway, and the mudroom; and overlooked by windows in the kitchen, the space is paved in gray cobblestone, is lushly landscaped and provides a secluded space for relaxation. “The interior courtyard creates a hub; it could be a meditation area, an exercise pad, a Zen garden,” suggests Guzman. “One reason it was created was so that the guest bedrooms could have outdoor space.”

A custom bed commands an audience in the master bedroom. The scalloped headboard is covered in bramble green with nail head trim. The side rails and foot rail are accented with bramble green welting and more nail head trim. A dark green velvet bolster pillow and coverlet contrast with the soft white linens and creamy walls. The upholstered, wood-framed bed is flanked by two built-in bookcases finished a whisper-soft pale green and recessed into the fully draped headboard wall. Fixed drapery panels in a restful taupe puddle gently to the Carrera marble-look porcelain tile flooring. Two chic armchairs and an accent table nestle into the curving bedroom wall.

Just beyond two enormous walk-in closets with custom designed storage from All About Closets, the sumptuous master bath features an octagonal shaped shower with dual full-body shower spray fixtures with rain heads plus a handheld shower wand. An oversized rectangular soaking tub stands in the wings. Separate water closets are becoming more typical of high-end custom homes according to Guzman. “They solve the dilemma of seat up vs. seat down,” he chuckles.

A powder bath adjacent to the study features a wall of 3” x 6” opalescent glass tiles and a bow front vanity with a cantilevered shelf and large corbel legs. The piece was designed by Petril and Hansen. Two opulent bronze beaded chandeliers flank an imposing aged wood-framed mirror.

On the lanai, a unique fireplace in spilt-faced marble, specifically designed by Petril and Hansen, provides the focus for the conversation area. A black ceramic cocktail table complements the dark licorice metal-framed open weave wicker sofas and chairs covered in soft gray and accented with plum. The outdoor kitchen includes a grill inset covered by a striking A-frame shaped hood in brick and wood. The kitchen island includes a granite top. “The Hepburn’s inviting expansive outdoor living area creates an extension of the home with the appealing backdrop of the beautiful custom pool and lush tropical landscaping,” concludes Backus.


Written by Ginny Cooper

Photography by Michael McVay


All About Closets
5606 6th Street West
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971


Architectural Land Design
2780 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34104


Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103


McGarvey Custom Homes
9260 Estero Park Commons Blvd., Suite #101
Estero, FL 33928


R.G. Designs, Inc.
28071 Vanderbilt Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Stock Development
2647 Professional Circle, Ste. 1201
Naples, FL 34119

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