Contemporary Comfort

Dark Woods And Mixed Metals Add Just Enough Warmth To This Waterfront Aqua II At Pelican Isle Condominium In Naples

Story Credits

Interior Design:
Jerilyn Antonacci, ASID Antonacci Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL
Lori Hamilton, Naples, FL
Text by:
Charlotte Safavi
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Fresh, crisp and clean are adjectives that come easy to interior designer Jerilyn Antonacci when describing the 4,000-square-foot model she designed in Aqua II at Pelican Isle, a waterfront condominium tower in Naples, Fla., overlooking Wiggins Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “But I also incorporated nods to the beach, the warm climate and the Florida setting,” she says.

The condo, with its polished white glass flooring and open floor plan, stretches in a sweeping crescent from the grand salon to the dining area, kitchen and great room beyond. “The windows are curved in this condo,” Antonacci says. “So I played with the interior scheme to reflect the overall architecture of the space.”

In the grand salon and dining area, Antonacci custom-designed floating ceilings and trim details for architectural interest and spatial definition. “I worked with the curvilinear wall,” she adds. “The floating ceilings gave me pockets for the draperies, created a contemporary look, and also allowed me to integrate interesting ambient and custom lighting.”

A Kelly Wearstler brushed-gold sculptural chandelier hangs above a sleek ebony dining table based in brass. “Everyone was into silver metallic finishes for a while, but now, it’s all about the mix of metals,” Antonacci says. “When you introduce gold in a more modern way, it adds warmth and can elevate the overall design.” Nearby, the grand salon’s white lacquered sofa table, with its textured gilt cutout, makes just such a statement. “I like the shape of it,” she says. “It’s very modern and organic and goes well with the architecture.”

Metallic hues carry through to the kitchen, where black silver nails trim white-leather bar stools that swivel on chrome bases, and linear stainless pulls dress warm, wenge wood cabinetry. Capturing light in motion, canned pendants cast striated light above a cantilevered breakfast bar. “I also added three laser-cut ceiling panels with a custom grid design in the kitchen,” Antonacci says. “They serve as light boxes and mimic the pattern of the tile-and-glass backsplash.”

Following the curve, the great room exudes a whimsical feel with its Indonesian-inspired cocktail table and three-tiered wicker chandelier above. Illuminated niches flank a “floating” console with its white lacquer and daisy-patterned wenge wood custom-designed by Antonacci. By contrast, the grand salon has a more formal vibe. A plush velvet sofa and sleek lounge chairs shape a hearthside setting atop a colorful custom area rug. Antonacci designed the gas fireplace surround of wenge wood and set it against a crushed capiz-shell feature wall covering that adds texture and sparkle.

“Textures are very important to me,” says Antonacci, who created the master suite’s lit headboard niche covered in patterned panels. “It is finished in a hand-cut wall covering with a Polynesian feel to it.” The master bedroom’s weathered wood flooring, wrought-iron armchair and velvet bench all play into that notion.

Even in the master bath, grass-cloth walls and woven-wood blinds share space with polished Calcutta marble countertops. On the floor, Antonacci opted for porcelain tile with glass inserts. “It mimics the look of the marble on the counters, but are more durable. They also work with the darker cabinetry,” the designer says. “The space carries that same high-contrast, crisp, contemporary comfort we created throughout.”