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Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Blue Bayou

This spacious Naples home, built by London Bay Homes, with furnishings designed by Bay Design Store, is a study in darks and lights. The color blue takes center stage in this design, as the various hues of aqua, teal, and powder blue are offset by the rich dark browns of a decidedly British West Indies flavor. The high lacquer ebony floors are the foundation for the cool, crisp formality of the furniture selections. The sprawling single-story floor plan is warm and inviting while still remaining elegant.

London Bay Senior Project Manager Kevin Waldron, worked closely with the client to ensure the proper respect was paid to integrating the view of the outdoor elements into the interior living spaces. Waldron and the London Bay design team expertly coordinated the placement of the windows and expansive sliding doors, so that resort-like outdoor features, such as the waterfall, raised spa, vinecovered trellis, and multiple seating areas, could be seen from any vantage point in the home. “This was a dream client. Sue Hagemann personally led many of the material selections. This is one of the most beautiful projects I have ever worked on,” describes Waldron.

In the formal living room, a striking cocktail table with hand-hammered bronze “Wok” base takes center stage. Dressy pops of white and blue in alternating upholstered wing-back chairs combined with whimsical fabrics and embroidered linen create an area brimming with tailored sophistication. Jim Kunstel, Design Director for Bay Design Store along with design associate Kirsten Workinger, was integral in the design process. “The style is transitional–upbeat traditional with a current vibe,” says Kunstel. An elegant aqua sofa sits upon an impressive wool and silk custom rug that displays an interesting, iridescent leaf pattern. Crisp and clean, the room’s large-scale sconces make a statement without the addition of table lamps.

The overhead West Indies fan in the family room compliments the home’s exterior architecture and continues the Caribbean feel. Wood frame chairs with loose, leaf-patterned cushions maintain the presence of the home’s signature sea-salt blue, but the room’s most treasured element is a beloved cocktail table that the homeowners brought from their previous home. “This was a special piece,” says Kunstel. To accentuate its presence, a custom built-in entertainment center was created in the same rustic, textured dark wood, adding impact to the space.

The kitchen reflects the home’s transitional style by offering a softer, cleaner version of a more traditional kitchen. “We designed the space around the client’s needs, ensuring functionality and flow,” says Kevin Reid, Owner, Soho Kitchens. The island was done as a standalone furniture piece in a complementary paint and glaze which features custom cabinetry details to suit the homeowner’s specific needs. The cream painted Bremtown cabinetry is finished with a soft, light brown glaze that presents pleasing color variations depending upon the distance and angle from which they’re viewed. On the main focal wall, the curved, wooden hood was crafted using custom corbels and applied molding — becoming a work of art in its own right. “It’s a completely unique piece,” adds Soho Kitchen’s Senior Designer Brad Simmons. A mosaic tile ‘rug’ inset into the existing wood flooring distinguishes the area while offering practicality and durability. State-of-the-art Wolf and Sub-zero appliances inspire the gourmet lifestyle.

A tailored dining room was designed to place emphasis upon one of the home’s dramatic outdoor water features. To achieve this, the windows were deliberately left undressed to create an unobstructed view of a rock waterfall. The room is equipped with a Hickory Chair dining table with woven multicolored seats. Builtin cabinetry was created to appear as a free-standing piece of furniture. The room’s delicate design serves to further accentuate the beauty of the home’s dark stained, hand-scraped walnut flooring.

Almost monochromatic, the main guest suite seems intent upon engaging its occupants with thoughts of the sea. “We decided to go with a transitional upholstered bed in a dark finish in order to keep the room casual yet sophisticated,” describes Bay Design associate, Kirsten Workinger. The use of cream linen draperies with blue banding and a small-scale upholstered chair add an air of tranquility.

The youthful second bedroom deviates somewhat from the overall color scheme of the house. Fresh and flirty, the white furniture offers a relaxed feel. Three, playful, convex mirrors above the bed are adorned with a silver-leaf starburst pattern. Stacked ball Venetian glass lamps add a pop of turquoise and an element of fun.

The dark wood desk in the study is nicely balanced by the heavily textured linen draperies and reinforces the home’s casual island appeal. Faux coral lamps, an original landscape oil painting, and a sea-salt blue suede bench bring the water indoors. The room is completed by a striking hand-knotted, flat-weave rug done in soft blues and creams.

Stately and serene, the master bedroom offers a relaxing oasis from the cares of the world. The bed is adorned by elegant silk accent pillows with a gold coral print. Barbara Barry furniture, a Murano Glass chandelier, and a spacious seating area allow the owners to feel pampered and restored.

The master bath’s freestanding tub is like a piece of jewelry when combined with large, stone floor tiles laid on the diagonal. A built-in hutch with clean lines and a starburst mirror with silver finish add visual impact.

Outside, guests are delighted by the home’s open planters, river, and free-form pool. An outdoor fireplace and generous seating await the opportunity to transport all who visit to an island paradise without ever having to leave the premises.

Written by Marci Wise Photography by Giovanni Photography

London Bay Homes 9130 Galleria Court Naples, FL 34109 866.920.1754

Bay Design Store 326 13th Ave South Naples FL 34102 239.649.0906

SOHO Kitchens and Design 1610 Trade Center Way, Suite #1 Naples, FL 34109 239.992.7646


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