This Luxury, Coastal Oasis Evokes Easy-Going Elegance And A Whisper Of Nantucket Style Right In The Heart Of Olde Naples
Melissa Raucci and Carly Reed, VIV Homes, Naples, FL
Ken Siebenhar, Naples, FL
Falconer Jones, Falcon Design Consultants, Inc., Naples, FL
Developer and Builder:
Paul Stanton, VIV Homes, Naples, FL
Christian Andrea, Architectural Land Design, Inc., Naples, FL
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Looks can be deceiving. Such is the case with this beach cottage-inspired entry porch that leads into a 5,234-square-foot luxury coastal home. “We wanted to create a charming New England-style beach house appeal from the curbside,” says designer Melissa Raucci of the turnkey house located in the heart of Olde Naples a few blocks off the Gulf of Mexico.
Designed to withstand extreme coastal conditions, the home stands proud with full concrete construction, stucco clapboard and shingle detailing. Even the beach shutters are of white powder-coated aluminum. The glass-paned, custom mahogany front door, with its transom window, offers the first hint of the scope and sophistication inside. “Upon entry, you quickly realize the size, scale and mass of the home, which stretches from one end of the lot line to the other, and culminates in an L-shape surrounding a large patio and swimming pool,” Raucci says.
The home’s main level is an open floor plan with a subtle, neutral envelope, layered with timeless architectural details such as wide-plank white oak flooring and Calcutta marble. “The overall palette mimics the sandy feel of the beach,” the designer says. “It’s all warm skies, ocean air and organic driftwood.”
Effortless living is ever-present in the main social areas, where deep-seated sofas and linen slipcovered, Malibu-style armchairs form a conversation grouping. Intended for lounging, the easy-to-maintain furnishings are set about a large cocktail table wrapped in coastal-inspired natural sea grass to add a layer of texture.
This “beachy-chic” theme flows through to the adjacent kitchen lined with crisp, streamlined custom wood cabinetry topped in quartz stone. A custom stainless steel hood, with polished nickel straps and rivets, is both modern and timeless set against a marble herringbone backsplash. The statement piece here, however, is the thick, waterfall-edged Calcutta gold marble island.
Polished nickel accents continue in the dining area, where a wet bar boasts its own distinct design with stained dove-gray and onyx-glazed cabinetry, open-glass shelving and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator. “We also gave it a small galley sink to use as a place to scoop ice for a party or simply rinse a wine glass,” Raucci says. The dining table, surrounded by white barreled, Belgian linen slipcovered chairs, showcases an unpredictable, handmade statement piece on polished steel legs and connects to the coastal feel. The top is of cerused oak with an inset, holding large beach shells encased beneath a glass top.
A relaxing aura with a hint of sexiness wraps the master suite. The master bath’s soaking tub atop reflective white, Thassos porcelain flooring shapes a spa-like setting, where a hand-cut crystal chandelier is pure decadence. In the bedroom, over-sized bedside tables in a soft silhouette pair with a sumptuous upholstered bed. At its foot, ottomans in watercolor tones tie the decor to the pool outside.
Stepping onto the loggia, a porcelain tile fireplace in a bleached wood finish warms the open-air social spaces. “It’s glassed-in and see-through, so the alfresco feel is captured from all angles,” the designer says. Meanwhile, Syrian shell-stone flooring travels seamlessly out to the pool, offering texture and that beach-sand feel. The pool itself is lined with an iridescent glass water tile edge, adding a tropical flair for guests to enjoy while sunning in ledge loungers or relaxing in the spa.
“When the homeowners host a party, they can open up the whole house surrounding the pool,” Raucci says. “This maximizes its overall entertainment value, while creating separate vignettes for more intimate conversations.”