Mediterranean Grandeur

This European-Inspired Home In Port Royal With Striking Views Of Naples Bay And The Intracoastal Is Designed With Sophisticated, Clean-Lined And Transitional Interiors

Story Credits

Interior Design:
Lauri Godfrey and Betsy Godfrey, Godfrey Design Consultants, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jeff Harrell, Harrell & Co Architects, Naples, FL
Joe Smallwood, BCB Homes, Inc., Naples, FL
Landscape Architecture:
Patrick Trefz, OPI Design, Outside Productions, Inc., Naples, FL
Text by:
Charlotte Safavi
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Situated in an ideal location between Naples Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, it is no surprise that this 6,625-square-foot spec house in the affluent neighborhood of Port Royal in Naples, Fla., sold within days of completion. “The owners — a family who already lived in the neighborhood — traveled to the opening night house party by boat. They fell in love with the site and bought the house that evening,” says interior designer Lauri Godfrey, who collaborated on the project with longtime colleagues architect Jeff Harrell and builder Joe Smallwood.

“The house is designed for outdoor use as much as for indoor use,” says Smallwood of its shady verandas, spa and pool area, and landscaped gardens. “With our temperate coastal climate, people live outside nine months out of the year.” The home’s architecture, which takes advantage of the breathtaking scenery at every turn, has a distinct Mediterranean flavor with an exterior of creamy hued stucco walls, cast stone friezes and corbels, and decorative arches along shaded verandas. Inside, the home exudes European flair with its columns, beams and moldings, “but it is clean lined and more transitional,” Smallwood says. “Nothing is overdone — architectural details are simpler yet more refined and sophisticated.”

Entering the foyer through mahogany front doors, French-inspired wrought-iron scrollwork, a dramatic groin-vaulted ceiling and a quartet of Doric columns define this open space. White Carrara marble and a perimeter of Black Absolute marble flooring define the entry, with decorative insets that tie them together. “It looks so striking when you enter the home,” Godfrey says. The eye travels across the room to a two-story living room with soaring floor-to ceiling windows and water views that make an even more dramatic statement.

To best showcase the architecture, artwork and views in the living room, Godfrey painted interior walls a neutral creamy hue, with moldings a touch lighter and brighter to highlight its features. A tone-on-tone color palette incorporates grays and blues, with dashes of silver, platinum and pewter. Godfrey enjoys mixing textures and patterns with accent pieces such as floral pillows on a tailored sofa from Hickory Chair and geometric pillows on wing chairs in gray leather from Holly Hunt. Floor-to-ceiling draperies in ivory wool add warmth but do not impede the water views.

The refined formal dining room is a more intimate space. Walnut dining chairs with seats clad in a patterned-platinum fabric from Cassaro surround a dark walnut table. “To me, the dining room feels like a jewelry box with its silk-upholstered walls, silver-leaf faux-finished tray ceiling and double crystal chandeliers,” Godfrey says.

Just steps from the dining room, the more casual breakfast area and family room with its vaulted ceiling and glass transom lend an open airy feel. Warmer in palette, the breakfast area is fashioned with taupe linen-blend covered dining chairs and in the family room beyond, comfortable armchairs are wrapped in a navy blue chenille. Here, strong architectural details can be found in a walnut door, metal-framed glass pendants and double grid-mirrored walls that reflect water views. “Instead of leaving the ceiling timbers and trusses rustic, they are painted,” Smallwood says. “It keeps the room more refined like the rest of the home.”

Godfrey furnished the outdoor spaces with a combination of wrought iron, woven rattan and teak wood furnishings. Viewed from the private dock, the house stretches languidly on its peninsula, and with its variety of rooflines, resembles a small Mediterranean village. “This house could be found on a Riviera hillside designed to take advantage of the water views, or it can be found in Naples, Fla., built to just out onto Naples Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway,” Smallwood says. “It’s all about great architecture on a very special piece of property,” he says.