Coastal Chic Paradise in Bonita Springs

Dynamic architectural elements, fascinating furnishings, and soothing shades that resonate with the beauty of the outdoors capture the essence of coastal living

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What started as a challenge evolved into a masterpiece with three bedrooms, five baths and more than 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Referred by the developer of the high-rise building, designers Kim Collins and Alina Dolan drafted a new floor plan to merge two units into one large home. “It started with two very linear spaces that we unified together to create a natural flow,” says Dolan. “Having to work around the structural elements was very challenging,” adds Collins.

To dress up the support columns, the designers layered them with beveled bronze mirror panels—creating a warm reflection of the Gulf. The integrity of architecture is captured in the home’s coffered and tray ceilings. Subtle LED downlights are sprinkled throughout, offering effective and flattering illumination.

The designers deemed the living room as the entertainment area, which became one of the most important spaces of the home. “We wanted everything unified for family and friends to join together while having individual areas for recreation along with intimate seating sections,” Dolan explains. Here, guests can play the piano or some pool, enjoy the views and gather together for conversation. The backdrop is defined by warm neutral shades of gray and white, with pops of blue and green found in the drapes, accent pillows, and area rug pulling in all the colors from the outside. The deep rich wood floors are distinctive, with a cream-colored washed cerused treatment that displays a hand-scraped pattern to highlight the beautiful wood grains. The designers commissioned a wool and silk color-block rug from artist Benson-Cobb to contrast the dark floor and bring in another layer of color.

Nestled in the living area of the room, four swivel chairs from Theodore Alexander fill the space with charisma. “They have a very soft subtle texture in mink gray with a silver sheen undertone along with a dark wood trim,” Collins says. Compelling textures play a key role across the room, with metallic nuances integrated within the fabrics. Light fixtures from Fine Art dazzle without detracting from the water views. “We wanted interesting pieces that are all unique while working together in harmony,” the designers explain. In the center, gold and alabaster modified lanterns dangle over the space; nearby, two linen drum shade floor lamps from Visual Comfort add dimension.

Drama and sophistication carry on to the dining room with an oversized oval coffered ceiling that sits in the center of the square grids, becoming the focal point of the space. The dining table from Baker features a walnut inlay top that rests upon a see-through cut-out base with gold metal side panels that display an artful scroll design. Eight upholstered wing chairs are cloaked in a white and cream textured fabric, creating dimension with its high-low pile and contrasting with the dark wood legs. The credenza, from Alfonso Marina, is a work of art with a chalky geometric overlay that accents the rich wood of the base underneath. “It’s a statement piece,” say the designers.  

What was once just an idea and a dream became a joy for the homeowners and a proud project for designers Kim Collins and Alina Dolan.

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Kim Collins and Alina Dolan, Collins DuPont Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL

Builder Melvin Engel, BCBE Construction, Naples

Text by Regina Semeraro

Photography by Lori Hamilton, Naples, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Living Room

Sofa – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC

Square occasional table – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC

Cocktail table – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC

Armchairs – Theodore Alexander, Highpoint, NC

Round occasional tables – Marge Carson, Pomona, CA Bench – RC Furniture, Industry, CA

Fabric – Edelman Hornback Leather Hide

Accent table by bench – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC

Floor lamps – Visual Comfort, Houston, TX

Chandelier – Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Hialeah, FL

Fireplace – Marble Designs, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Paperman, Naples, FL

Vase on mantle – Cyan Designs, Fort Worth, TX

Area rug – Creative Touch, Secaucus, NJ

Dining Room

Table – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC Chairs – Baker Interiors Furniture, Connelly Springs, NC Centerpiece – John Richard Collection,
Greenwood, MS

Chandelier – Lighting First, Bonita Springs, FL

Cabinetry – Alfonso Marina, Palm Beach, FL

Ceiling treatment fabricated Christine Moore,
Bonita Springs, FL

Area rug – Creative Touch, Secaucus, NJ

Game Area

Billiards table – RC Furniture, Industry, CA

Light fixture – Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Hialeah, FL

Stools – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Area rug – Creative Touch, Secaucus, NJ

Guest Bathroom

Vanity – Furniture Guild, Canton, GA

Countertop – Furniture Guild, Canton, GA

Pendants – Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Hialeah, FL

Wall covering installation by Creative Tile & Hardwood Floor, Naples, FL

Piano Vignette

Piano and artwork in hall – Owner’s Collection

Art installation on column – John Richard Collection, Greenwood, MS

Artwork by piano – Framing Wholesalers, Fort Myers, FL

Chandelier – Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Hialeah, FL

Throughout

Developer –  Anthony Solomon, The Ronto Group, Naples, FL

Builder – Melvin Engel, BCBE Construction, LLC, Naples, FL

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