Naples Home Boasts Tropical Transitional Elegance

Two Naples homeowners take a leap of faith into transitional design with a seasoned team at their side


Although she had known the homeowners for many years, designer Adriene Ged was rather surprised when they approached her to redesign their new house. “Most of their previous homes were very formal and had a lot of trim, decorative molding, and extensive details, and that’s not really me,” says the director of interior design at EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, a Naples-based firm that’s true to its moniker. “I always want to push design boundaries a little bit.”

Once the new clients revealed they wanted to move away from their traditional style in favor of a more contemporary and comfortable home, Ged was eager to get started. Also involved in the process was builder Michael Diamond, whose Naples-based Diamond Custom Homes has been erecting award-winning dwellings throughout Florida since 2010.

The homeowners, who had recently become empty nesters, envisioned a single story, “tropical transitional” house on an oversized lot with a large pool and entertainment area, as well as a guest house for visiting family and friends. Inside the nearly 5,000 square feet of living space they wanted a grand floor plan with high ceilings throughout. It was a tall order, but Diamond was certain his crew would come through. “We are very fortunate to work with the leading architects and interior designers in town,” he says. “We love to execute ambitious projects and give them our own spin.”

Although they agreed about the exterior design and layout, the husband and wife were not always on the same page about the indoor environment, so Ged served as an arbitrator of sorts. “The wife kind of drove the bus in terms of aesthetics,” says the designer. “When it came to palette, sometimes the husband needed a little push. I was happy to coax him when required.”

In fact, one could say the entire design process was an exercise in compromise and trust for all parties involved. When larger than anticipated decorative beams were suddenly a must for the great room, the homeowners hesitated, but Ged assured them they would make the big statement the room needed, and she was right. When the kitchen needed a transition to delineate it from the other main areas of the home, Ged proposed a thick band of black paneling to frame the opening and connect it to the black-on-black bar at the opposite end. Again, the clients were apprehensive, but were immediately convinced once they saw the drama such a feature imparted. And while they all agreed that the study was an ideal room to introduce bold color, the husband wasn’t too keen on the way it was done: cabinetry painted in Sherwin Williams’ Gale Force Blue, a Vanguard sofa made of soft vegan leather to match, and gold accents for shine. “We had to convince him about the use of blue and gold together,” says Ged. “He wasn’t too thrilled about the modern gold light fixture at first, but he came around.” And rightly so.

The husband had a win of his own when it came to the exterior. While out golfing one day, he saw the exact type of black metal pergola he wanted for the pool deck and reported back to Ged. “As soon as he told us we switched gears,” says the designer. “The landscape architect and everyone involved in the pool design made it happen. And it was the right decision.”

In the end all the second guessing and back-and-forth thinking paid off with an elegant and contemporary home that feels as at home here as it would in southern California.

“Adriene steered us in the right direction,” says the wife. “We love her vision and we love our new home.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Adriene Ged, Edge Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, Naples, FL

Architecture by John Cooney & Randall Stofft, Stofft Cooney Architects, Naples, FL

Builder Diamond Custom Homes, Naples, FL

Text by Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Lori Hamilton, Naples, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Living Room

Sofa – Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, NC

Club chairs – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Cocktail table – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Sofa back table – Noir Furniture, Gardena, California

Side tables – Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, NC

Table between club chairs – Uttermost, High Point, NC

Chandelier and lamps – Lighting First, Naples, FL

Area rug – Loloi Rugs, Dallas, TX


Cabinetry designed by Karen Velasco-Carter, EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets , Naples, FL, and fabricated by Quality Custom Cabinetry, New Holland, PA

Stools – Arteriors Home, Dallas, TX

Pendant lighting – Lighting First, Naples, FL


Cabinetry and island designed by EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, Naples, FL, and fabricated by Quality Custom Cabinetry, New Holland, PA

Chairs – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Desk designed by EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, Naples, FL, and fabricated by Quality Custom Cabinetry, New Holland, PA

Desk chair – Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, NC

Lighting over island and desk – Lighting First, Naples, FL

Family Room

Sofa – Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, NC

Side chair – Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, NC

Cocktail table – Universal, High Point, NC

Chandelier – Lighting First, Naples, FL

Area rug – Surya Rugs, Atlanta, GA

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Century, Hickory, NC

Chest – Theodore Alexander, High Point, NC

Table lamp – Uttermost, High Point, NC 

Club chairs – International Design Source, Naples, FL

Accent table – Uttermost, High Point, NC

Abstract artwork – SunPan, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Artwork over bed – Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Tree artwork – Uttermost, High Point, NC

Chandeliers – Lighting First, Naples, FL

Drapery – Raebecca Drapery, Naples, FL

Primary Bathroom

Shower designed by Adriene Ged, EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, Naples, FL, and fabricated by 3rd Generation Tile & Marble, Naples, FL

Tub – Ferguson,

Bench – SunPan, Ontario, Canada

Artwork – Four Hands, Austin, TX


Sofa, club chairs and side table – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Cocktail table – Arhaus Furniture, Concover, NC


Lounge chairs – Southern Outdoor Home, Mobile, AL

Pool designed by Outside Productions International, Naples, FL, and fabricated by Nassau Pools, Naples, FL

Fire elements – Grate Fireplace, Fort Myers, FL

Sconces – Lighting First, Naples, FL


Landscape architecture – Outside Productions International, Naples, FL

Ceiling designed by Adriene Ged, EDGE Cabinetry | Interior Design | Closets, Naples, FL

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