Naples Home Radiates Joy with Sophisticated Touches

A Naples waterfront home transforms into a sophisticated retreat of happy spaces for a husband and wife who love to combine indoor and outdoor living


When a designer looks forward to working with her clients each day because they make her happy, it’s not hard to believe that the collaboration improves even more as the interior spaces progress. “This has been one of my favorite installations because the clients radiate sheer joy,” interior designer Megan Winters says. “The husband is low keyed while the wife is high energy, kind, loving and family oriented. She was a go-to on colors and feel, and such fun to work with.”

Winters immediately saw that their 9,000-square-foot Naples home had great bones. But she felt that the interiors needed more personal sophistication and a higher sense of style. Every room has wonderful water views, and since the husband loves yachting and owns a boat, the couple wanted an understated nautical vibe. “With this spectacular waterfront location, the spaces resonated happiness from the very beginning,” the designer says. “But the design had to reflect my clients and how they want to live. So, we went to work.”

To create harmony throughout the home, most of the flooring is walnut, walls are primarily painted snowfall white, and lighting is a mix of spectacular art fixtures. “We started by gutting and reconfiguring the kitchen, family room and living room,” Winters says. “The wife is beautiful, glamorous and loves to entertain for charity, family and fun, so I wanted to make the social spaces a reflection of her.”

Soft and intimate in shades of white and creamy beige, the living room sets a tone of sophistication for entertaining and lively conversation. With its high ceilings, Winters had to balance the scale with her choice of furnishings to avoid being too cavernous. The designer moved the fireplace and custom designed a new look with French brick inside and a French limestone mantel. “It’s a working fireplace that radiates such beauty and warmth that I thought the nearby cocktail table was a good place to display the wife’s collection of French antiques,” she says.

In the dining room, which the couple uses mostly for entertaining, Winters covered a wine room with a jib door to display an array of sailing art, a timeless collection of sepia-toned photographs from Trowbridge Gallery in New York. Against the creme with white trim walls, the detailed black-and-white scene exudes an aura of understated Hollywood glamour, like a dinner party setting in a movie.

The kitchen, breakfast nook and family room combine to shape one open space anchored by picturesque views of the pool and waterway beyond. “The black and white kitchen was a challenge because it had a lack of symmetry making it hard to create an architectural balance, but we fixed it with two tricks of the eye,” says Winters, who also designed the black-and-white striped banquette and chairs in the breakfast nook.

A favorite gathering spot, the family room ramps up the nautical theme with most of the furnishings clad in navy, bright blue and black for consistency. “I did a lot of mix and matching,” she says. “I used a Ralph Lauren rattan cocktail table in the middle to pull the room together, and gave it a touch of whimsy by hanging colorful framed swimsuits on reclaimed wood barn doors.”

Upstairs, the guest suite is a showstopper in bright aqua and yellow hues. The wall covering is so coastal chic that the space recalls a fancy island resort. While this enchanting room is a tribute to Florida’s vibe and climate, the designer’s strategic use of black-and-white, beach-themed photo art anchors the vibrant tone.

Dubbed “command central,” the wife’s office is both functional and fun. Since Winters worked with the homeowner on the colors used throughout the home and knew that yellow is a personal favorite, the designer went to town with the walls. “I chose leaping yellow zebras wall covering from Scalamandre,” Winters says.

And with custom white bunk beds appointed in white bedding with blue stitching and a sunny yellow blanket, the mix of colors in the children’s room is true Florida. “The couple loves when family comes to visit,” says Winters, who wanted the space to give them a taste of tropical life.

For the loggia, the designer chose a happy-go-lucky theme. Lounge chairs recline poolside with sizzling red pillows and festive umbrellas. Under a teak ceiling, the dining area easily hosts a party of eight while a vintage fishing trunk pulls double duty as a cocktail table in the center of a hearthside social grouping.

When Winters finished this project, she was able to see her clients’ personalities throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. “Every room has such a joyful look in either bright or understated tones,” Winters says. “The wife and I made a great team. She gave me jumping off points and I took flight. We had a blast!”

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Megan Winters, Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Text by Linda Marx

Photography by Julia Stotz, Los Angeles, CA

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


living room

Sofas – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Armchairs, lounge chairs and chests – Maison Jansen, Greenwich Living Antiques, Greenwich, CT

Sofa, chair and drapery fabrics – Schumacher, Chicago, IL

Vintage occasional tables, French cocktail table, bench and

mirror – Greenwich Living Antiques, Greenwich, CT

Chandelier and wall sconces – Ironware International, Holly Hunt, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Vintage Italian table lamps – Karina Gentinetti, 1st Dibs, NY

Series of photographic artwork – Newzones Gallery of

Contemporary Art, Calgary Alberta, CA

Art lights – Circa Lighting, Chicago, IL

Area rug – Merida, Fall River, MA

dining room

Dining table – Maison Jansen, Greenwich Living Antiques,

Greenwich, CT

Chairs – Ferrell Mittman, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Host chair fabric – Schumacher, Chicago, IL

Side chair fabric – Dadar, Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL

Vintage Italian chandelier and wall sconces – Valobra Antiques, New Orleans, LA

Photographic art – Trowbridge Gallery New York, NY

breakfast area

Light pendant – Circa Lighting, Chicago, IL

Table – Julian Chichester, Anthony, Inc., Design Solutions,

Chicago, IL

Banquette and chairs – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL 

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Banquette, chair and window shade fabric – Kravet, Inc., Chicago, IL


Cabinetry, island and hood – Custom designed by Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Cabinetry and island fabricated by Bona Fide Corp., Chicago, IL

Counter stools – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL 

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Light pendants – Circa Lighting, Chicago, IL

family room

Blue sofas, white sofa, lounge chairs, ottoman and cocktail

ottoman – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Blue and white fabrics – Schumacher, Chicago, IL

Print cushion, accent pillow and drapery fabric – Osborne & Little, Chicago, IL

Four blue armchairs – Scalamandre, Chicago, IL

Print fabric – Kravet, Inc., Chicago, IL

Cocktail table – Ralph Lauren, Chicago, IL

Wood wall panels and white tray – Custom designed by Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Bona Fide Corp., Chicago, IL

Silver accent table – Phillips Collection, High Point, NC

Floor lamps – Restoration Hardware, New York, NY

Chandeliers – Rose Tarlow, Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL

Blue-and-white striped area rugs – ABC Carpet & Home,

New York, NY

guest room

Aqua wall covering – Osborne & Little, Chicago, IL

White sofas – Pottery Barn, Naples, FL

Yellow-and-white accent pillow fabric – Kravet, Inc., Chicago, IL

Plaid accent pillow fabric and draperies – Lee Jofa, Chicago, IL

Bed – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Bedside chests – Bungalow 5, New York, NY

Chandeliers – Urban Electric, High Point, NC

Framed photography – Trowbridge Gallery, New York, NY

Area rug – Anthony, Inc., Design Solutions, Chicago, IL


White cabinetry and shelving – Custom designed by Megan

Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Bona Fide Corp., Chicago, IL

Desk – Maison Jansen, Old Plank Road Antiques, Chicago, IL

Vintage desk chair – Owners’ Collection

Zebra fabric and wall covering – Scalamandre, Chicago, IL

Vintage desk lamp – 1st Dibs, New York, NY

children’s room

Bunk beds – Custom designed by Megan Winters Design,

Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Bona Fide Corp., Chicago, IL

Yellow window treatment – Schumacher, Chicago, IL

Area rug – One Kings Lane,

loggia/pool area

Chaise lounges and dining chairs – J-Art Iron, Los Angeles, CA

Red umbrellas – Santa Barbara Designs, Oxnard, CA

Sofas – Megan Winters Design, Lake Forest, IL

Fabricated by Eli Wynn Upholstery, Chicago, IL

Fabric – Romo, Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL

Armchairs and ottoman – Scalamandre,  Chicago, IL

Vintage trunk cocktail table – Owners’ Collection

Dining table and light fixture – Antiques on Old Plank,

Chicago, IL

Blue and white area rug – One Kings Lane,

Woven area rugs – Merida, Falls River, MA


Framed swimsuit art – Petrie Point Design, New York, NY

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