Cozy Charisma in Old Naples Bungalow

Vibrant color and vintage accents speak volumes in a charming bungalow in Old Naples

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There’s nothing like a casual stroll through an Old Naples neighborhood to inspire a home purchase. Just ask a Midwestern couple who were searching for a low-maintenance retreat where they could experience the city’s lively culture, boutiques, and restaurants. Upon discovering a 3,800-square-foot bungalow surrounded by lush mature trees and situated just blocks from the beaches and the downtown pulse of Fifth Avenue, they knew they had found their Gulf Coast sweet spot.

“These clients wanted to be in town and part of the charming historic Naples scene,” says John Cialone, an interior designer with the Chicago-based firm Tom Stringer Design Partners. “We have worked together on several projects before and have become close over the years, so I knew their preferences.”

Built as a spec property, the house embodied a contemporary, coastal cottage aesthetic. Cialone expanded on this concept by adding accents of bold color and textural furnishings. He upgraded and added to the existing lighting and installed patterned and textured wallcoverings in a few key areas. For the design concept, he strove for a tropical-inspired oasis built around comfort and ease of entertaining. His primary goal was to enable the home to accommodate a large crowd without sacrificing coziness when it was just the owners. A crisp blue and white color scheme transitions into tones of sage green, coral, aqua, melon, and raspberry, creating a vibrant coastal vibe.

“I had been in Paris a few months prior and pulled two beautifully embroidered fabrics from Pierre Frey that reminded me of the textiles you see in Mexico and Argentina,” says the designer. “I knew these would appeal to the clients for their handcrafted beauty and intense use of color, so I built the design around them.”

With multiple grandchildren and dogs, the homeowners aspired to combine elegance with longevity without worries of wear or stains. The foyer’s indoor-outdoor woven sisal rug offers a stylish yet durable solution for this high-traffic area that doubles as a mudroom. In the dining room, bamboo-style McGuire side chairs upholstered in a deep blue indoor-outdoor Pierre Frey striped fabric bring vibrance to a neutral custom banquette covered in an all-weather woven. The watery blue Island Raffia wallcovering creates textural contrast against the room’s crisp white plantation shutters.

“The color palette and design style are very much a Florida theme,” says one of the homeowners. “John’s choice of fixtures adds to the beauty and complements our many art pieces.” 

Bridging the pool courtyard and great room, an open-air loggia with a television, fireplace, and spacious seating features pocketed sliding glass doors, allowing an authentic indoor/outdoor experience. “While I knew the house had great bones, my goal was to introduce elements that felt warm and collected,” says Cialone. “But the best part about this house is the warmth of the clients. My aim was to channel their exuberant and gracious personalities into the design, and we achieved that.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by John Cialone, Tom Stringer Design Partners, Chicago, IL

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder

Photography by Scott Wiseman, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Gallery Foyer

Bench designed by Tom Stringer Design Partners, Chicago, IL

Fabric – Pierre Frey, Holly Hunt, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Pillow fabric – Osbourne and Little, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 

Trim – Samuel and Sons, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Console – Tom Stringer Design Partners, Chicago, IL

Hanging pendants – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Lamps – Jata Shop, Phoenix, A

Foyer Entry

Chest and mirror – Made Goods, CAI Designs, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL   

Lamp – Stephen Gerould, John Rosselli & Associates, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Great Room

Sofa – O Henry House, John Rosselli & Associates, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 

Fabric – Perennials, David Sutherland Showroom, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Pillow fabric – Quadrille, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Trim – Samuel & Sons, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Cocktail table – Living Color Cabinetry, Oakland Park, FL

Sofa back table – Palecek, High Point, NC

Side tables – Made Goods, CAI Designs, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL   

Kitchen

Cabinetry and island – Griffin Builders, Naples, FL

Backsplash and hood – Griffin Builders, Naples, FL

Stools – Hickory White, hickorywhite.com

Fabric – Pollack & Associates, New York, NY

Island pendant – Visual Comfort & Co., visualcomfort.com 

Dining Room

Table – Hickory Chair, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Chairs – McGuire, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Fabric – Pierre Frey, Holly Hunt, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Banquette designed by Tom Stringer Design Partners, Chicago, IL

Fabric – Kerry Joyce, John Rosselli & Associates, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Chest – Hickory Chair, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Chandelier – Visual Comfort & Co., visualcomfort.com

Sconces – The Urban Electric Co., urbanelectric.com

Wallcoverings – Phillip Jeffries, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Baker Furniture, bakerfurniture.com

Nightstand – Century Furniture, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Bench – Oly Studio, High Point, NC

Leather – Edelman Leather, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Drapery – F. Schumacher, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL   

Wallcovering – Jim Thompson, Holly Hunt, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Area rug – Oscar Isberian, Chicago, IL

Exterior

Seating – Brown Jordan, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Side table – Brown Jordan, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Umbrella – Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com

Throughout 

Builder – Griffin Builders, Naples, FL

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