Grand homes of sensational design are not uncommon across many of South Florida’s finer neighborhoods, yet the desire to astound and surprise remains at the heart of those who create these masterpieces. The bar rises ever higher, as homeowners look for that something special to catch their eye. This gorgeous West Indies inspired home exceeds expectations by providing a tropical twist on traditional design.
It’s just this type of challenge that energizes John Cooney, principal at Stofft Cooney Architects. “This home is a great example of what we’re producing from a stylistic and quality perspective,” says Cooney. “It flows wonderfully while meeting the custom requirements of the client,” adds Cooney.
Offering solitary distinction while still meeting specific criteria is no small task. It takes a dedicated team of professionals working in unison to make the magic. With an all concrete construction on both floors, including concrete arches, lanai, and pool deck, this home was built to the highest construction quality and standards.
“The client had a vision and we, along with interior designers and other professionals, helped bring that to life,” says builder Michael Diamond, President, Diamond Custom Homes. The result is a property that not only offers the allure of a tropical winter escape, but also allows the home to stand out as something significant and special among other showpieces of architectural artistry.
Inside the home, authentic detailing indicative to West Indies style is complimented by a flair for the dramatic. The home’s dining room, which is open to the kitchen and great room, reveals the striking contrast between dark, ebony stained box beams and a white painted ceiling. Two impressive, climate controlled, custom wine rooms flank an impressive chandelier, designed by Pacifica Interior Design and fabricated by a custom metal worker. The custom fixture incorporates three tiers of sapphire blue Waterford cut crystal stemware, acting in place of traditional hanging crystals. These glasses are actually removable and usable and can then be rehung on the light fixture, similar to on overhead wine rack. “We believe good design is not about trends or rules, but creating enduring beauty that enhances one’s daily life,” says Lusia Shafran of Pacifica Interior Design.
Another impressive chandelier is perched above the elegantly appointed dining room table. A large Ralph Lauren Home equestrian-style lighting fixture, in polished nickel and black leather creates additional visual interest up high. The designers opted for a custom mural depicting an island plantation landscape in multiple shades of blue colored pencil to give the dining room that ‘je ne sais quoi.’
In the foyer, stately mahogany doors with milk glass beckon guests into a world of luxury. Chic marble flooring laid on the diagonal combine with a coffered tray ceiling with multiple crown molding to emphasize impact. An Asian inspired alter table designed by Pacifica Interior Design and huge pediment topped mirror grace the entrance. However, it is the grand, custom-created chinoiserie cabinet, finished in a deep, warm blue with antique silver painted scenes, which attracts the eye.
Illustrating an image of what today’s market portrays as desirable, the kitchen is crisp and clean as opposed to heavy with moldings and profiles. Designed as a team effort between designer Marcus Jelley and Pacifica Interior Design, this kitchen features inset shaker cabinets in a bright white that adds an airy feel to the room. Accentuated by the occasional use of glass-fronted cabinetry, the design features a rich ebony stain. Adding an element of the unusual, the television above the range was a special request of the owner and is protected by a glass cover.
Of course, state-of-the-art appliances are a must in a home of this caliber, “We pride ourselves on elevating the way you specify and purchase home appliances,” says Bruce Zachritz of Monark Premium Appliance Company. With unrivaled selection, the trusted advisors at Monark take great satisfaction in creating inspired spaces where builders can set plans in motion, designers can bring their visions to life and homeowners can dream.
The warm and inviting great room continues the home’s design theme and features a built-in, ebony entertainment center. Mixing classic, timeless style with a touch of modern aestheticism ultimately provides a home that feels timeless and classic, but without feeling old-fashioned. French doors open to a large outdoor lanai with scenic views of the picturesque lake and golf course.
In the luxurious master bath, multiple beams with crown molding painted in a radiant white, lend an incandescent glow to the contemporary space. The glimmer of the room’s sparkling chandelier and wall sconces sweep one’s thoughts away from the worries of the day and off to more peaceful places. Always in search of something to provide a little extra impact, the room’s shower features a decorative glass mosaic by Mandala sourced from Ceramic Matrix. “We specialize in personalized treatment and offer the latest and greatest decorative tile accents,” says showroom manager Gina Gilberto.
The more formal master bedroom emphasizes a contrast between dark wood floors and a magnificent multiple tray ceiling with crown moldings, again in a brilliant white. Wainscot adds just the right element of romanticism to this gorgeous room. A custom designed and manufactured four-poster bed by Pacifica Interior Design is the focal point. The seating area, with a deep blue velvet sofa and white linen swivel lounge chairs, offers homeowners a comfortable sanctuary to watch television or simply relax while getting ready for a night out.
The powder room offers singular characteristics that arouse interest and admiration. The cabinet custom designed by Pacifica Interior Design, finished in a warm brown, houses an Asian-style blue and white porcelain vessel sink with dragon motif. In this home, even the smallest details have been attended to with care. Designers chose to have the walls faux textured and finished in a crinkled silver blue, adding a luster that reflects the light from the sconces and the silver-and-glass bead flush-mounted ceiling fixture. The end result is a wonderful balance of materials, finishes, drama and elegance in a room that will regularly be used by guests.
In the more formal study, built-in cabinetry offers a dramatic flair and is lit by sconces, gallery lights, and LED lighting that highlights the various accessories. Dark hardwood floors add richness to the space. However, the focal point is the artwork named, ‘Winged Victory’ cleverly incorporating nine meticulously placed colored prints mounted behind plexiglass. The study also features a beautiful Ralph Lauren Home rug and elegant writing desk. Another multi-coffered ceiling maintains the level of elegance to which the homeowners have grown accustomed.
Since outdoor living is a mainstay of the ultimate Florida lifestyle, landscape architects have the unique challenge of balancing several different elements. “We try to play off of the architect’s inspiration and incorporate the client’s lifestyle needs, while ultimately combining functionality and usability to complete the design,” says Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. This home features a symmetrical pool with vanishing edge, detached edgeless spa and wet wall–all balanced by a trellis on the opposite side. The result is simply spectacular.
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by Giovanni Photography
Architectural Land Design
2780 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34104
2160 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109
Diamond Custom Homes
6646 Willow Park Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34109
Monark Premium Appliance Company
27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Pacifica Interior Design
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 130
Naples, FL 34109
Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail, North #300
Naples, FL 34102