Nautical Notes Create Life-by-the-Sea Mood in Naples

Complete with an underground boat garage, a coastal contemporary residence in Mangrove Bay charms with maritime moxie


When a husband and wife toured what was to be a model home in Naples’ Mangrove Bay, they immediately saw its superb potential and knew it was for them. The clincher? A boat garage with access to the Gordon River built into the ground floor that they instantly knew would win their five sons over. The nautical addition was a first for Matthew Kragh and his team at MHK Architecture, but one he knew would appeal to a specific buyer. “It’s a cool man-cave experience,” he says. “I believe a great deal of time will be spent there.”

The boat garage is one of many alluring features in the 7,159-square-foot residence, a house that’s tailor-made for the Gulf Coast thanks to the efforts of Mangrove Bay Development and Lotus Construction. Just two floors above, open living areas proffer contemporary living, made all the more gracious by Sherri DuPont and Hailey Burkhardt of Collins DuPont Design Group, the team selected to spearhead the interior look. 

Because the home was intended as a model, the design team had made many of its furniture decisions before the homeowners stepped in with their purchase offer. Luckily, they were the right ones. “When they looked over our choices, they loved everything,” says DuPont. “We then revised some of the rooms to accommodate their family.”

DuPont and Burkhardt took their aesthetic cues from the surroundings and the Old Florida coastal contemporary style Kragh and his team had established architecturally. Because the Gordon River is a small yacht basin, the pair of designers surveyed the newest luxury yacht clubs throughout Hawaii, California, and Florida for inspiration. “We chose a contemporary nautical décor that doesn’t knock you over the head,” says DuPont. “The deeper navy palette with pops of cool reds nods towards a traditional maritime look with a wink and a smile.”

Equally on board with the life-by-the-sea mood, Burkhardt was also excited about the perfect blend of high design and casual comfort coming together: “The combination of high-gloss cabinetry mixed with the warm wood flooring and ceilings intermingled with the white trimwork helps further the contemporary sea feeling we had in mind.” That desired coastal vibe led to decisions such as the board-and-batten walls, a design touch found in many traditional beach homes but updated here with a semi-gloss paint in the same color as the trim throughout the house.

Another must for the design crew was leaning into the very intentional indoor/outdoor character of the house, something Kragh worked hard to establish. “We wanted to make the entire inside and outside areas work together as a huge, dynamic entertainment space,” says DuPont. “This is why we added the second island as a server between the kitchen and dining room. I think my favorite aspect is that the sliding doors can open up and create a seamless entertainment space.”

Kragh’s favorite elements of the finished home include how its positioning on a “cream-of-the-crop lot” within Mangrove Bay and the massing of its three-level design, which creates a careful balance of light, texture, and shadows.

“Our aim was to make a sophisticated but livable house for the family that would be using it,” says the architect. “We strive to take the roots of historic influences and detail our houses in unique and clean ways.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Sherri Dupont & Hailey Burkhardt, Collins Dupont Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL

Architecture by Matthew Kragh, MHK Architecture & Planning, Naples, FL

Builder Lotus Construction, Naples, FL

Developer Mangrove Bay Development, Naples, FL

Landscape Architecture by Architectural Land Design, Naples, FL

Text by Saxon Henry

Photography by Blaine Johnathan, Naples, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Dining Room

Table – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Hostess chairs – Designmaster Furniture, Hickory, NC

Fabric – Pollock, New York, NY

Chairs – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Chandelier – Gabriel Scott, New York, NY

Artwork – Mat Sanders, Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Drapery fabric – Schumacher, New York, NY


Console – Ambella Home Collection, Dallas, TX

Artwork – Thom Filicia, Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Great Room & Kitchen

Sofa – Vanguard Furniture, Conover, NC

Club chairs – Jessica Charles, High Point, NC

Cocktail table – Vanguard Furniture, Conover, NC

Seating grouping chairs – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Island designed by Collins Dupont Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL, and fabricated by Ruffino Cabinetry, Fort Myers, FL

Stools – Palecek, Richmond, CA

Guest Suite

Bed and headboard – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Stools – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Sofa and club chairs – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Table grouping – Hooker Furniture, Martinsville, VA

Area rugs – Nourison, Saddlebrook, NJ

Guest Bedroom

Bed – Vanguard Furniture, Conover, NC

Side tables – Bungalow 5, Oakland, NJ

Lamp – FlowDecor, Maple, Ontario, Canada

Drapery fabric – Schumacher, New York, NY

Primary Bathroom

Cabinetry designed by Collins Dupont Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL, and fabricated by Ruffino Cabinetry, Fort Myers, FL 

Mirrors – Uttermost Rocky Mount, VA

Sconces – Modern Forms, Lighting First, Bonita Springs, FL

Tub – Signature Hardware, Erlanger, KT


Dining table – Summer Classics, Pelham, AL

Chairs – Dovetail, Los Angeles, CA

Chaise lounge chairs – Pavillion Furniture, Miami, FL

Seating – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Wicker side tables – Summer Classics, Pelham, AL

Fireplace designed by Collins Dupont Design Group, Bonita Springs, FL, and fabricated by Lotus Construction, Naples, FL 

Pool wall designed by Architectural Land Design, Naples, FL, and fabricated by Custom Pools of Naples, Naples, FL

Hurricane shutters – Sentinel Storm Protection, Naples, FL

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