When Wendy Berry, interior designer and principal of W Design Interiors—based in Naples and Chagrin Falls, Ohio—was charged with designing this four-bedroom model home, she was directed not to do a typical beach home.
“We didn’t use shiplap or anything cottagey or beachy and made it more modern and minimal,” Berry says. “This unit could be in Chicago or New York. We achieved the Zen-like feel through natural products such as hardwoods, clean lines, and geometric shapes.”
Originally inhabited by the Florida Seminole Indians, the area is known for magnificent views and surreal sunsets. The home boasts spectacular views: on a clear day, you can see all the way to Sanibel Island from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
One of the more dramatic elements in the home is the highly reflective, lacquered, nine-foot-high ceiling that creates an umbrella of light over the great room and makes the ceilings feel taller. Creating it was a 15-step process, but worth the effort to bring sparkle and reflectivity into the space. Underfoot, European white oak flooring provides an anchor of warmth and beauty.
“For color, we used a calm neutral color palette of cream, white, black, brown, and a little woodsy green. Everything we did is in different combinations and repetitions, going from dark to light and different textures. There is a little of the expected and a lot of the unexpected,” the designer explains.
Custom designed by Berry’s firm, the great room sectional sofa is clad in soft, neutral chenille. Opposing lounge chairs are covered in a lighter cream-toned fabric and accented with custom pillows repeating the color scheme. The wood tones display a high degree of variation, adding visual interest. The elegant rug under the furnishings is fabricated from a cream and charcoal chevron-patterned needlepoint wool, whose geometric lines complement the shapes in the room.
“Most of the day, a large covered terrace outside the great room shelters the home from direct sunlight but allows a nice amount of light and sun into the home,” Berry says.
Different shades of white in the kitchen create an especially interesting design. A high-gloss, pillowed, and glazed tile backsplash adds dimension to the flat, white cabinetry.
The only dining area in the home is next to the kitchen and leads out to the terrace. Featuring an armless banquette placed against a wood feature wall, the vignette is completed by dining chairs inspired by mid-century modern design.
“I went out of my way to delineate the kitchen and the eating area by continuing the same high-gloss panels from the great room into the dropped kitchen ceiling,” Berry adds. “It contrasts sharply against the dark wood ceiling in the eating area. It also helps to create three separate spaces in the large, open-concept home.”
The custom, dark-stained walnut bump-out housing the TV created an architectural detail for the den, which does not have a Gulf view. White walls and the custom cream sectional sofa counterbalance the dark wood.
The fabric on the two queen-sized beds in the guest bedroom drove the room’s design. Layered in textures, the headboard and rails are upholstered in the same fabric. Knotted throws repeat the bedding colors in a different texture. Organic textures and natural fibers inform the bedside table and the woven chandelier.
Gray-green wallpaper from Schumacher enlivens the powder room and provides the primary color palette, which is also seen on pale gray cabinetry and quartz countertops.
In the master suite, dark-stained strips of walnut panels lead the eye out to impressive Gulf views. The ultra-modern, rich walnut headboard wall features a backlit ledge that stands out against an intricately textured wallpaper.
“When designing a master bedroom, I think of the finest hotel or spa and design serene and calm spaces,” the designer explains.
Berry thoroughly enjoyed designing this home, in part because the developer gave the design team a free rein. “I love this house,” Berry says. “I could live here.”
Interior Design by Wendy Berry, W Design Interiors, Naples, FL and Chagrin Falls, OH
Builder C.R. Smith, Llc., Naples, FL
Text by Mary Thurman Yuhas
Photography by Giovanni Photography, Naples, FL
Living Room Grand Salon
Sectional sofa – Custom designed by W Design, Naples, FL and Chagrin Falls, OH
Fabricated by W Home Collection, Taylorsville, NC Armchairs – Four Hands, IDS, Naples, FL
Stools – Vanguard Furniture, High Point, NC
Cocktail table – Taracea, High Point, NC
Sofa table – Century Furniture, High Point, NC
Area rug – Nourison, High Point, NC
Mirror – Arteriors Home, High Point, NC
Kitchen and Breakfast Area
Cabinetry – The Hardware Hut, Naples, FL
Island – C.R. Smith, LLC., Naples, FL
Counter stools – Uttermost, IDS, Naples, FL
Pendants – Arteriors Home, High Point, NC
Breakfast table – Four Hands, IDS, Naples, FL
Banquette – Century Furniture, High Point, NC
Chairs – Alder & Tweed, Salt Lake City, UT
Light fixture – Currey & Company, High Point, NC
Wall art – Celadon Art, Burlington, ON, Canada
Metal sculptures – Asian Loft, High Point, NC
Bed – Woodrich Furniture, Warrensville Heights, OH
Headboard and foot board –Woodrich Furniture, Warrensville Heights, OH
Back wall – Woodworkers Naples, Naples, FL
Fabricated by Woodworkers Naples. Naples, FL
Bedside table – Noir, High Point, NC
Chandelier – Made Goods, High Point, NC
Lamp – Visual Comfort & Co., High Point, NC
Rug – Carpet Source of Winter Park, Winter Park, FL
Sofa and fabric – Theodore Alexander, High Point, NC
Pillows – Kravet Inc./Lee Jofa, Bethpage, NY Cocktail table – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC
Artwork – RFA Décor, Boca Raton, FL
Ceiling fixture – Thomas O’ Brien, Visual Comfort & Co., High Point, NC
Area rug – Jaipur Rugs, Charlotte, NC GUEST BATH
Cabinetry – Atlas Homewares, The Hardware Hut, Naples, FL
Wall covering – F. Schumacher, Newark, DE Round mirror – Mirror Image Home, Los Angeles, CA
Sconces – Visual Comfort & Co., High Point, NC
Bed – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC
Headboard – Woodworkers Naples, Naples, FL
Nightstand – Noir Trading, Gardena, CA Ceiling light – Barbara Barry, Visual Comfort & Co.,
High Point, NC
Hanging table Light – Barbara Barry, Visual Comfort & Co., High Point, NC
Ottoman at foot of bed – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL
Area rug – Loloi Rugs, High Point, NC
Ceiling treatment – Woodworks Naples, Naples, FL
Artwork on wall – RFA Décor, Boca Raton, FL
Artwork near bed – Celadon Art, Burlington, ON, Canada
Flooring – Naples Flooring Company, Naples, FL
Ceiling lighting treatment – Woodworkers Naples, Naples, FL and C.R. Smith LLC., Naples FL