It all started with a dress. Interior designer Bethany O’Neil recalls how the defining moment of this project in the Doctors Pass area of Naples began when her client brought in a colorful dress to a design meeting. She wanted the home’s palette to reflect the colors. “I had no idea where to find these shades until she showed up with the dress,” O’Neil says. The outcome? A 4,500-square-foot cottage-style residence with a Palm Beach feel and spaces designed in bright colors with plenty of chartreuse.
On view from the front of the home, O’Neil considers the entry doors a special detail. Sidestepping the traditional dark and bold tones of mahogany, the doors are instead finished in driftwood hues. “It’s pretty much the handshake to the house,” the designer says. “We use the driftwood finishes generously throughout.”
O’Neil designed the entry with white columns, ceiling beams and a vintage-style chandelier from Visual Comfort. Stepping further inside, another lighting fixture illuminates a round rustic table with a unique tree branch base. The eyes travel through the entry to the living room, a bright and fresh space arranged with a modular sectional clad in a white Perennials fabric. Whitewashed panels in knotty pine climb 24-foot-high walls, where clerestory windows frame light.
A bright blend of fabrics in chartreuse and turquoise hues defines the living room. Armchairs and ottomans in matching patterned fabrics from Manuel Canovas reappear throughout the home. “My suggestion to keep the palette crisp white and use color and patterns in smaller scale pieces created the perfect outcome,” the designer says. “That way you have splashes of vibrant color without overdoing it.”
The kitchen and breakfast area is designed for casual entertaining. Chairs wrapped in a linen weave surround a custom Tritter Feefer breakfast table and a banquette clad in chartreuse is accented with pillows that echo the living room’s color motif. The bright dining ensemble stands out against the backdrop of a gleaming white kitchen fashioned with an arctic white granite-topped island and dark wood barstools to offer contrast.
Back outdoors, the designer creates a vintage-inspired vignette with a swing that hangs from a ceiling paneled with reclaimed cypress. A rattan chair from JANUS et Cie accented with a floral pillow, and an eye-catching rattan mirror complement the setting against a backdrop of whitewashed walls.
In the upstairs guest room that doubles as a family room, dazzling orange and fuchsia tones seem even more vibrant against a muted white background. A daybed layered with zigzag-patterned pillows, ottomans in the same fabric and slipcovered armchairs in a bold fuchsia hue create the perfect arrangement to inspire lively conversation.
Function meets aesthetic in a quaint office niche created with an antique secretary, hand-painted artwork and vintage lamps. Textured chartreuse wallcovering from Kravet adds interest.
In the master bedroom, floral accent pillows lend a tropical feel with old Palm Beach panache. A white chaise lounge offers a place to relax and enjoy a view of the pool through French doors.
The loggia’s dining area is the owner’s favorite place to host dinner parties. Set beneath a ceiling with crisp white beams, wicker chairs line a large teak table and a weathered-white Sarried buffet functions as a serving area. A view of the pool bordered by lush landscaping adds to the festive ambiance.
With the owner’s penchant for brightly colored fabrics coupled with vintage-inspired pieces, the designer created something unexpected and original. In an affluent community filled with luxury residences, this home stands out for all the right reasons.
Interior Design by Bethany O’Neil, Bethany O’Neil Interior Design, Naples, FL
Photography by Lori Hamilton, Naples, FL
Architecture by Alberto Abad, New Architectura, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Builder Mike Soule and Steve Watts, Gulf Shore Homes, Naples, FL
Landscape Architecture by Christian Andrea, Architectural Land Designs, Naples, FL
Text by Alexandra Roland