When creating a home that is authentically-coastal, it makes perfect sense to turn to the sea itself for guidance. This 4,200 square foot residence is an ode to the ocean with aqua shades that evoke ebbing and flowing waters, and neutral tones reminiscent of sandy shores.
“The client wanted a contemporary coastal feel, which I achieved by bringing in many natural textures both in the fabrics and the materials,” says interior designer Lisa Ficarra of Ficarra Design Associates in Naples. The objective of merging the indoor and outdoor spaces to convey a sense of oneness was met by a joint effort by Ficarra and architect Matt Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning. “The design maximizes the features of the rear yard and pool area to attain a beautiful indoor/outdoor arrangement,” remarks Kragh.
Openness, a central theme, remains at the forefront of all creative minds involved in the project. A large, living area includes numerous Andersen floor-to-ceiling sliders leading effortlessly to the covered lanai. “I really needed to create that open space from the double-height great room to the outdoor living area without making it feel like a big transition,” explains Ficarra. Aside from realizing the vision of unity from inside to outside, the floor plan allows for an easy flow between rooms. “The open configuration of the great room, dining room and kitchen encourages a dynamic lifestyle perfect for entertaining,” mentions Kragh.
The home has no shortage of natural light. From the outset, the builder was determined to maximize the uniquely diamond-shaped lot to reach its ultimate illuminated potential. “We wanted to take advantage of the amazing light and water views and really give it that coastal feel,” states Mike Assaad of Waterside Builders Inc. of Naples. Glass doors are therefore utilized wherever the opportunity presents itself.
Cohesiveness being the hallmark of thoughtful design, marine-like colors and materials sourced from nature make an appearance in every room, bonding the home’s elements as organically as the surf connects with the sand.
This dynamic home pays homage to the ocean environment on which it is situated. Even from the outside, one can imagine the openness and generosity of light that lies within. The front façade indicates expansive ceilings that go to great heights, and a second level to add character and desired space. “The challenge was achieving three front-loaded garages on the front exterior without overpowering the design. We achieved this by utilizing unique massing elements that break up the façade,” explains architect Matt Kragh.
With sand, surf, and sea glass in mind, the chosen color scheme for the great room is turquoise and chartreuse, combined with earth tones. A pair of Theodore Alexander club chairs is upholstered in an uplifting polka dot-printed cut velvet. Their counterpoint is a matching set of Vanguard Furniture modern armchairs in robin’s egg blue leather. Complementing the seating are Century reflective circular cocktail tables comprised of mirrored tops on shagreen bases. The Masland area rug, a combination of silk and New Zealand wool, cleverly provides texture while feeling pleasantly soft underfoot. The home office just off the seating area is afforded privacy from the great room via a contemporary glass barn-door design.
An espresso finished Vanguard shelving unit lines the back wall of the home office. A Century streamlined desk has a medium-toned wood top and base, acrylic legs and brass accents. To add interest, Ficarra places a Century wingback chair wrapped in a geometric turquoise, green, and brown chenille fabric by Kravet. The flatwoven abstract rug definitively mimics the ocean.
The kitchen backsplash once again unmistakably references the ocean, with textured subway-pattern glass tile in tones of gray and seafoam green. The clean and abundant cabinetry is courtesy of Stephen Ruffino of Ruffino Cabinetry. A trio of cylindrical hanging pendants in wrapped iron by Global Views alight a convenient island. The island is topped with white Macabus vein cut natural quartzite, as is the serving buffet to the left, while the perimeter surfaces are White Mist Pompeii quartz, all sourced from Coastal Stone. Three Hickory Chair barstools are neatly tucked away under the two-tiered island. Appliances are from Monark Premium Appliances.
The second-floor loft allows for unobstructed views of the spaces below compliments of open steel rail work. In keeping with the light natural flooring throughout the home, the selection of Legno Bastone La Famiglia Giuseppina European Grand White Oak professionally installed by Naples Flooring Company lends a distinctly coastal impression. A recessed ceiling detail allows for additional lighting to enhance a space already infused with sunlight.
In the master bedroom it’s easy to envision sea breezes blowing through the sheer linen drapery panels by Cowtan and Tout. The custom quilted-velvet coverlet is by Ann Gish. Century’s four poster bed features a metal branch design in an aged-gold finish. “I used a pecky cypress plank detail on the headboard wall that I had whitewashed to give a rustic, coastal feel,” describes Ficarra.
The centrally-placed bathtub provides a focal point to the master bath, enhanced by an iridescent mother-ofpearl mosaic accent wall. His and hers sink basins set in Bianco Lasso marble from Coastal Stone are illuminated by backlit wall mirrors. The cabinetry design by Stephen Ruffino of Ruffino Cabinetry adds handsome appointments and architectural detailing, and the shellstone flooring is a smoother rendition of strolling the granular seashore.
The outdoor sitting area is irresistible due to its proximity to the pool, and a warm and inviting fireplace from Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living in a wall of sculpted 3-dimensional limestone. Plump in feel yet crisp in color, custom throw pillows add both interest and softness to the handwoven Palecek chairs with rope detailing. The crescent, aged silver metal Century cocktail table comprised of four interlocking pieces is multifunctional. The chipper, pool hue-inspired, hexagonal-patterned outdoor rug is by Feizy.
The rear exterior is a resounding demonstration of how indoor and outdoor become one in this coastal home. From the ample swimming pool by Nassau Pools Construction to the fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, it’s safe to assume that sun and fun are a significant part of the lifestyle here. The view into the residence is unobstructed and clear as day; it’s almost indiscernible where the patio ends and the home begins, and that’s exactly the way the owner wanted it.
Written by Robin Hodes Photography by Naples Kenny
Andersen Windows 100 4th Avenue Bayport, MN 55003
Coastal Stone 371 Commercial Blvd Naples, FL 34104 239.596.7700 www.CoastalStoneInc.com
Ficarra Design Associates 633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 200 Naples, FL 34102 239.643.3450 www.ficarradesignassociates.com
Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living 7830 Drew Circle, Suites 1 & 2 Fort Myers, FL 33967 239.939.7187 www.gratefireplace.com
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring 2684 Horseshoe Drive South Naples, FL 34104 239.206.1898 www.legnobastone.com
MHK Architecture & Planning 975 6th Avenue South, Suite 200 Naples, FL 34102 239.919.0786 www.mhkap.com
Monark Premium Appliance Co. 27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.495.8535 www.monarkhome.com
Naples Flooring Company 900 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 239.263.1213 www.naplesflooring.com
Nassau Pools Construction 3420 Westview Drive Naples, FL 34104 239.643.0990 www.nassaupools.com
Ruffino Cabinetry 291 Broad Avenue Naples, FL 34102 239.939.1313 www.ruffinocabinetry.com
Waterside Builders 645 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 239.430.3883 www.watersidebuildersinc.com