Little Harbour Home Is A Timelessly Traditional Canvas

Twenty Years After Move-In Day, This Charming Winter Retreat In The Exclusive Little Harbour Community Was Ready For An Extreme Makeover

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A palette of white-on-cream with hints of sky blue and celadon green lifted the veil, bringing light and sunshine into what had been the heavy Tuscan interiors of a New Jersey couple’s winter retreat in Little Harbour on Naples Bay. In this quiet enclave where extreme makeovers are trending, the homeowners commissioned interior designers Lisa Ficarra and Kealy Stapleton to refresh the main living areas of their 4,900-square-foot home.

“I talked with the homeowners to get a feel for their personalities and an idea of the timeline,” Ficarra says. Then, the designers developed the initial concept for a living room and kitchen makeover. With the clients’ love of and Stapleton’s personal affinity for traditional decor, an interior scheme took shape. “Kealy really had a vision for how grand the space could be,” Ficarra says. “From there, the project just grew and grew and grew.”

Built in the early aughts, the home’s great bone structure is evident in the towering interior columns, soaring coffered ceilings, and full-length sliding doors with transom windows that capture lake views. What began as a decorating project quickly became a full renovation after Ficarra and Stapleton presented their clients with design concepts illustrating furniture choices, textiles and finishes. “It was a great canvas and palette to work with,” Stapleton says.

From the foyer, columns announce the formal living room. It was important to find a beautiful console to back the sofa — paired with mood lighting from shimmering wall sconces and a stunning chandelier — to create the grand entrance the couple desired. Beyond, a plush sofa and armchairs form an inviting hearthside setting. Shell stone completely refurbishes the fireplace finished with a brass screen. Floor-to-ceiling draperies pull open to reveal the loggia. “We wanted the loggia to feel like an extension of the indoors,” Stapleton says. “We brought the outside in.”

The color scheme carries through to the dining room. “We love that playful stripe pattern and the blue and green hues throughout the house,” Stapleton says. Beneath a brass candelabra chandelier, a walnut wood pedestal-based dining table expands to entertain extended family. Painted and refreshed, the graceful balustrades of the nearby stairway ascend to the second-level guest suite.

Fresh white and creamy toned surfaces, and handmade ceramic tiles complement the cabinetry and island in the kitchen. Woven shades and natural wood flooring make a seamless transition to an outdoor entertainment area.

On the loggia, traditional carriage-style lanterns join the fireplace as inspiration for the selection of wicker and rattan furnishings. Lime green and creamy tones complement the interior scheme, while the neutral tones blend with the surrounding landscape that frames an infinity edge pool. The soothing sound of falling water spills away toward the lake. The end result is an elegant and refreshing change that brings the interior forward without deviating from the home’s original style.

Story Credits:

Interior Design: Lisa Ficarra and Kealy Stapleton, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Photography: Venjhamin Reyes, Miami, FL

Text: Marimar McNaughton

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

living room

Sofa and occasional tables – Theodore Alexander, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Cowtan & Tout, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Lounge chairs – Century Furniture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Armchair – Hickory White, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Ottoman – Hickory Chair, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Metal console – Vanguard Furniture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Cocktail table and artwork – Owners’ Collection

Table lamps – Wildwood Lamps, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Chandelier and wall sconces – Visual Comfort & Co.,

Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fireplace surround fabricated by Coastal Stone, Naples, FL

Decorative urns – Legends of Asia, Visual Comfort, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Accessories – Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Drapery fabric – Stroheim, Visual Comfort, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Area rug – Kravet, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

dining room

Dining table – Old Biscayne Designs, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Host chairs – Hickory Chair, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Side chairs – Hickory White, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Theodore Alexander, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Centerpiece – Owners’ Collection

Chandelier – Visual Comfort & Co., Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Buffet – Century Furniture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Artwork – Paul Robinson Fine Art, Marietta, GA

Stair runner – Naples Floor Coverings, Naples, FL

Area rug – Designers’ Rug Center, Naples, FL

kitchen

Countertops – Coastal Stone, Naples, FL

Backsplash – Ceramic Matrix, Naples, FL

Mother-of-Pearl inset – Ruben Sorhegui, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Austin Reed, Naples, FL

Counter stools – Vanguard Furniture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Light pendants- Urban Electric, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Candleholders – Owners’ Collection

loggia

Sofa and wicker lounge chair – Lane Venture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Upholstered lounge chairs – Century Furniture, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Cocktail table – Janus et Cie, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Garden tables – Emissary, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Wall sconces above fireplace – Owners’ Collection

Fan – Fanimation, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Area rug – Couristan, Designers’ Rug Center, Naples, FL

Dining table – Summer Classics, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Side chairs – Woodard, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, FL

Umbrella – Outdoor Decor Store, Naples, FL

throughout

Window treatments – Cover Up Designs, Naples, FL

Electrical contractor – JS Carroll Electric, Naples, FL

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