Blue Crush in Cottage-Inspired Naples Home

Two seasoned designers deliver an elegant dose of coastal chic at an Esplanade Golf & Country Club home in north Naples


Naples can be a small town. During a dinner party at their friends’ home at the Esplanade Golf & Country Club, a Minnesota couple fell in love with the art-filled spaces and “color chakra story” of the house. The interior design, they were excited to learn, had been spearheaded by Lisa Guild and Casey O’Brien of LMG Design, the firm the Midwestern husband and wife had just tapped for their own new residence in the area.

Known for Gulf Coast homes marked by texture and color, the Naples-based LMG had already tackled multiple properties at Esplanade. “That’s mostly how it goes for us,” says Guild. “The majority of our projects are referral-based, and these clients were no exception.”

At their first meeting with Guild and O’Brien, the couple (an attorney and a pro figure skating coach with multiple residences in their home state), expressed their desire for a coastal, cottage-inspired aesthetic for the 2,700-square-foot property, which would serve as a winter retreat for them and their two adult children. They also tasked LMG with enhancing the kitchen, primary bedroom, and lanai with structural buildouts.

The design team didn’t have to look far for colors and patterns to unify the home’s open living, dining, and kitchen areas with its remaining footprint. The dining room’s cheerful bird-and-blossoms themed wallpaper inspired the ideal hues of periwinkle, coral, and green found throughout the residence. Yet the winning shade of all is blue in various tonalities: a grayish version on an accent wall that frames the TV in the family room, a light variation on the Thibaut wallcovering in a guest bathroom, and multiple inflections of the color on accents, accessories, and art. 

Textures also play a big role in the coastal look of the home, with rattan, grass cloth, sisal, linen, and raffia in various spaces. Backdropped by whitewashed wood, the materials’ organic vibe is both casually elegant and welcoming. Further adding to the house’s charm are bespoke buildouts in the form of built-in chests, stone installations, and shiplap walls.

During the two-year project, the designers’ favorite moments were watching the wife’s enthusiastic responses to the multiple reveals. After completing the main core of the house, Guild remembers, “she walked in and began sobbing. ‘I never thought I would have a home that looked like this,’ she told us. Reactions like that are what we live for and why we do what we do.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Lisa Guild & Casey O’Brien, LMG Design Consulting, Naples, FL

Text by Kerry Shorr 

Photography by Shae Mermis, New York, NY

Open to see Interior Design Sources:



Cabinet – Bungalow 5, High Point, NC

Lamps – Robert Abbey Fine Lighting, High Point, NC

Wallcovering – Omexco,

Living Room

Cocktail tables – Gabby Home, High Point, NC

Blue/white stripped stools – Chelsea House, High Point, NC

Pillows – Thibaut, Brunschwig + Fils,

Sconces – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Wallcovering – Thibaut Design,

Dining Area

Table – Serena & Lily,

Chairs – Homeowners’ collection 

Fabric – Stroheim Fabric,

Lighting – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Mirror – Made Goods, High Point, NC

Covered Lanai

Sofa seating – Serena & Lily,

Sconces – Hudson Valley Lighting Group,

Daughter’s Bedroom

Rattan beds – Serena & Lily, 

White rattan chest – Bungalow 5, High Point, NC

Artwork – Gray Malin,

Primary Bedroom

Chests on sides of fireplace – Worlds Away, High Point, NC

Mirrors – Bungalow 5, High Point, NC

Framed vintage Hermès scarf above fireplace – Homeowners’ collection

Rattan benches – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Rattan settee – Serena & Lily,

Nesting drink tables – Regina Andrew, High Point, NC


Builder – Taylor Morrison, Bonita Springs, FL

Developer – Esplande Homes, Naples, FL

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