Aqualane Shores Home is a Coastal Vision

In the private community of Aqualane Shores, clean lines and stunning water views offer style inspiration for one couple’s idyllic vacation getaway

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With its lush landscapes and stately sites linked by deep coves and winding waterways, Aqualane Shores continues to be one of Naples’ most sought after neighborhoods. The interior design team of Randi Scott and Liz Brown partnered with builder Matt Knauf to create this newly renovated 4,786-square-foot coastal transitional home. “There was a great team effort,” Knauf says. “We all worked hand in hand with the homeowners to accomplish their coastal vision.”

Looking for change, the homeowners were engaged in the design process and knew exactly what they wanted. They were seeking a casual coastal feel with clean, contemporary interiors to fill their airy new home. Scott and Brown incorporated unexpected elements into their design. “We implemented a soft, yet unmistakable color palette throughout paired with stunning millwork details,” Scott says. “Each room speaks to one another.”

Faced with a variety of spatial challenges, the design team put their creativity to work to come up with unique details that did not encroach into the actual livable space. This was a renovation, so the biggest challenge was reworking this previously outdated and chopped up home to a functional and practical floor plan that would withstand the test of time. Rounded windows and exterior finishes were removed and replaced with clean, modern options. “We took classic elements and altered them to fit the new space,” Brown says.

Although the foyer is open to the main living areas, the designers wanted to make it stand out. A soft blue grasscloth introduces the space’s coastal vibe, where a beaded mirror circles the wall above a hand-painted faux parchment console, and white plaster sconces add balance. Legno Bastone’s wide-plank wood flooring leads the way to a wet bar that opens to the adjacent spaces in order to achieve a great flow. Low-backed counter stools nestle under the driftwood hues of the bar topped in a backlit Crystallo quartzite.

In the great room, the design team struck a balance between high-end functional furnishings and the coastal color scheme. The dining area overlooks the loggia and water views, adding a reflective blue tint to the space centered with an expansive, solid wood table finished in a cerused gray tone. Side chairs are covered in a durable and comfortable navy fabric, while the host chairs are backed in a fun stripe for added detail. The oversized cast bronze chandelier formed to resemble branches provides an illuminating focal point.

The central stairway—with its custom-designed baluster in a flat black metal and its white oak handrail and treads—elevates the classic coastal look while embracing the pared down aesthetic of the kitchen. Here, white cabinetry is timeless. A pair of glass-globed pendants hangs above the driftwood glazed island. Woven rope counter stools add a touch of organic texture.

Designed as a space for family and friends to gather, the living area exudes a casual yet sophisticated ambiance. A two-tiered cocktail table joins a spacious sectional upholstered in sandy tones. Various shades of blue from the area rug connect with clean-lined lounge chairs sporting a whimsical blue and white stripe. More hues of blue pop in the assortment of accent pillows and accessories. “We achieved a soft contemporary, transitional style throughout the great room with a neutral palette, wood elements, and splashes of blue,” Scott says.

A true oasis, the outdoor living areas rank as favorite spots for fun and relaxation. The loggia consists of a comfortable hearthside social grouping and bar-height dining. “We added stained tongue-and-groove on the ceiling and flanking both sides of the fireplace,” Knauf says. “The fireplace and TV area along with a brand new outdoor kitchen were part of the remodel.” The soft gray and blue tones speak perfectly to the interior, while the light stone on the pool deck makes the patio light and bright. Chaise lounges with lively patterned accent pillows recline poolside.

Weaving a casual motif interspersed with purpose, this home sports functionality for family gatherings, a color palette supportive of a carefully curated interior scheme, and relaxed spaces that celebrate Florida’s coastal lifestyle. “This project truly was a creative dream from start to finish—from the construction to the furnishings,” Brown says. “The clear design vision, and clients’ trust, made for a perfect combination to produce a gorgeous finished product.”

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Randi Scott and Liz Brown, Calusa Bay Design, Naples, FL

Builder Matt Knauf, Knauf-Koenig group, Naples, FL

Text by Kim Mosley

Photography by Amber Frederiksen, Bonita Springs, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Front Exterior 

Front door – Feil, Inc., Naples, FL

Wall sconces – Hubbardton Forge, Castleton, VT

Dining Area

Dining table – Bernhardt, IDS, Naples. FL

Host chairs – Bernhardt, IDS, Naples. FL

Fabric – Kravet, Inc., Naples, FL

Side chairs – Bernhardt, IDS, Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Inc., Naples, FL

Chandelier – Currey & Company, AmericaMart, Atlanta, GA

Area rug – Nourison, High Point, NC

Kitchen

Cabinetry and island – Ruffino Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Counter tops – UMI Stone, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Classic Stone, Naples, FL

Ventilation hood – Ruffino Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Counter stools – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Light pendants – Icon LTG, Boca Raton, FL

Framing – Aldecor Custom Framing, Naples, FL

Sitting Area

Armchairs – Kravet, Inc., Naples, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Inc., Naples, FL

Cocktail table – Vanguard Furniture, Conover, NC

Artwork – Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Area rug – Momeni, High Point, NC

Living Area

Sofas – Theodore Alexander, High Point, NC

Fabric – Theodore Alexander, High Point, NC

Lounge chairs – Burton James, IDS, Naples, FL

Striped fabric – Kravet, Inc., Naples, FL

Square occasional table – Vanguard Furniture, Conover, NC

Round occasional table – Arteriors, Dallas, TX

Table lamp – Arteriors, Dallas, TX

Area rug – Nourison, High Point, NC

Loggia and Pool Area

Pool fabricated Pinnacle USA Inc., Naples, FL

Chaise lounges – Kingsley Bate, Manassas, VA

Sectional – Kingsley Bate, Manassas, VA

Nesting tables – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Fireplace – Napoleon Fireplaces, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Fireplace surround – Ceramic Matrix, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Knauf-Koening Group, Naples, FL

Wood wall fabricated by Murillo Construction, Naples, FL

Vases by fireplace – Zuomod, High Point, NC

High top dining tables – Seasonal Living, Austin, TX

Counter Stools – Kingsley Bate, Manassas, VA

Throughout

Windows and doors – Florida Wood Windows & Doors, Fort Myers, FL

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