Double The Vision
Spectacular Gulf Views, An Inviting Front Courtyard And A Spacious Rear Entertaining Area Style This Stunning Home In The Aqualane Shores Community
Lisa Ficarra, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL
Giovanni Photography, Naples, FL
Randall Stofft and John Cooney, Stofft Cooney Architects, Naples, FL
Mike Assaad, Waterside Builders, Inc., Naples, FL
Koby Kirwin, Naples, FL
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This unique Naples home in the affluent neighborhood of Aqualane Shores is just steps from the beach and walking distance to shops and restaurants. “The home has two of everything,” architect John Cooney says. The spectacular 6,500-square-foot residence offers two master suites, two pools, two outdoor living areas and wonderful views from the front and rear. “It’s been ‘amenitized’ in every possible way,” the architect says. The home’s two gardens are enchanting with its enclosed front courtyard and casita, dramatic pool and cascading waterfall. And to capture the views, the two-story home is punctuated with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open to expansive balconies.
“The house is a West Indies style, but it has a transitional feel with contemporary flair,” Cooney says. “We accomplished that by leaving off typical West Indies details such as corbels, brackets and shutters.” The two outdoor areas also solved a site problem. Creating a large front courtyard with a smaller patio area at the rear of the house was the perfect solution for this pie-shaped property with northern exposure.
Dramatic sophisticated elements imbue the interiors as well. The sculptural stairway, an interior focal point, was created by Cooney and interior designer Lisa Ficarra. “I wanted a dramatic entrance with a stairway that appeared to be floating,” Ficarra says. With panels of glass framed in stainless steel, the treads and handrails are constructed of Sapele mahogany in an espresso finish. The flooring, custom designed by Ficarra, features insets of silver-vein travertine framed in Legno Bastone, taupe-toned oak planking.
As with the architecture, the interior design mixes textures, materials and styles. “I don’t have one distinctive style when I am designing homes,” Ficarra says. “I like to push myself to create something that can’t be labeled.” In the living room, serenity and elegance go hand-in-hand with furnishings that evoke Mid-century modern and contemporary using woods and finishes. The seating area is arranged with a Hickory Chair sofa upholstered in off-white linen, two Kravet lounge chairs covered in a blue-and-gray velvet chenille and a bronzed-geometric iron bench with a faux-fur seat by Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor. These are grouped around a custom mahogany cocktail table designed by Ficarra. “There are lots of textures in this space and mixing them together creates interest for the eye,” the designer says.
In the dining area, a Theodore Alexander dining table custom-finished in a silver wash is edged by Adriana Hoyos ebony wood chairs upholstered in a silver, blue and taupe textured fabric. “Ribbon,” a bronzed metal and blown-glass LED light suspends over the table by cables.
“The adjoining kitchen was the brainstorm of designer Bob Ostrowski, owner of AlliKriste,” Ficarra says. “He wanted to design something that didn’t look like a kitchen, so it’s design is very unconventional with large cabinet doors and glass barn doors set on a track.”
The master bath, fashioned with a freestanding tub, is also a unique space that offers tranquil bay views. “For the casita, I wanted to design something with a more casual feel. As a guest house, I wanted it to be more fun and coastal with brighter colors,” Ficarra says. The casita’s master bedroom features a high-vaulted ceiling with white planking, a white-and-beige color palette punctuated with pops of turquoise and green, and large, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that offer views of the tropical gardens. A Vanguard platform bed is upholstered in off-white textured linen. Behind the bed, an accent wall covered in a Jeffrey Michaels grasscloth in gray, turquoise and off-white adds texture. Nearby, two chairs in lacquered-white textured leather with metal frames are arranged around a branch table by Palecek to create a cozy breakfast area.
Outdoors, a plunge pool steps down to a patio with an expansive modular sofa in espresso woven wicker accented with white-linen cushions. “I attended an event here recently,” Ficarra says. “The guests enjoyed the outdoor area with views of the bay, hot tub and firepit as much as they enjoyed the interior.”