Old Naples Home Packs on the Alfresco Appeal

A new oasis in Old Naples enchants with its clean palette and unassuming island-style charm

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It’s every designer’s dream scenario: to create interiors for a brand-new home that channel your very own vision of easy tropical elegance. Then stand back and watch as captivated buyers clamor to move right in. That’s what happened to interior designer Tina Gulliford at a home in one of Naples’s oldest neighborhoods. The Bermuda-inspired, white stucco dwelling was love at first sight for Natalie and Craig Melograno, who wanted a family vacation home close to the beach that didn’t mimic the styles of neighboring houses. “The first time we walked in we knew we had to have this house,” Natalie says. “It met all of our needs with flowing interiors and outdoor spaces.” 

Meticulously placed on its lot, the 4,705-square-foot home presents with strong curb appeal as a one-story from the street with alley access that adds to the charm. But the eye is deceived as a two-story unfolds in classic courtyard style amid a sanctuary of abundant foliage, sunlight and relaxing water features. “We kept the courtyard open and airy,” architect Jon Kukk says. “And we custom-designed the pool as a major feature — the gallery, study, living room, lanai and second-floor balconies all hug the pool area.” 

Architecture and landscape design create a beautiful buffer zone for privacy. “It looks like a small cottage from the street and isn’t overpowering for the neighborhood of mostly older homes,” Gulliford says. “I set out to create an approachable yet elegant beach bungalow that pays tribute to the style and history of Old Naples. Being inspired by the natural tropical beauty of Florida, the interiors are modern but with a youthful and tropical vibe.” 

Upon entry, the traditional floor plan does not immediately give way to the view that wraps the house. “The main living spaces are light and bright via a cupola that was made part of the ceiling treatment,” Kukk says. “It provides very pleasant movement.” The dining area, kitchen and family room flow as one open space embraced by the coolness of white. “I went with white,” says the designer, “because I personally like white, and it’s a clean canvas for me to add personality through furnishings and wall coverings.”  

European white oak provides the anchor, while a pop of blue colors the kitchen island and aqua tones found in the dining area’s Inversion I and II giclées recall the ocean. Prints and patterns splash the family room in textural shades from gray to navy.  

Oceanic hues flow through to the private spaces, where the master bedroom conveys calm with sandy hued bedding, and aqua draperies that pull open to reveal poolside relaxation. White Beauty quartzite tops the vanities in the master bath, providing a perfect foil to the birch leaf printed wall covering.  

Nearby, a cloistered living room was designed for both relaxation and entertaining. “It’s a place to be away from TV … to read or to have a cocktail as the late day sunlight gently flows in from a large gallery wall of windows with a view to the pool,” Gulliford says. The room’s relaxed vibe flows effortlessly to the island-elegant lanai. Exotic Brazilian Ipe wood creates a textural focal point as it shutters the lanai and shapes the outside deck of the Zen garden. Here, the sound of trickling water creates a soothing rhythm that brings a certain order to the space.  

Since the Meloganos’ recent move here with their three teenage children and two dogs, they have been hosting visiting family and friends nonstop, and report that “no one wants to leave” this oasis of a home. “This house unravels as you walk through and it reveals how big it really is,” Kukk says. “The sequence of rooms moves you and turns you, until you are serenely ensconced in your own private tropical splendor.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Tina Gullliford, Kristina Gulliford Interiors, Naples, FL

Architecture by Jon Kukk, Kukk Architecture, Naples, FL

Builder Chris Eichhorn, CJE Construction, Naples, FL

Developer Thad Gulliford, Pere Development, Naples, FL

Landscape Architecture by Scott Windham, Windham Studio, INC., Bonita Springs, FL

Text by Rosemary Antonelli

Photography by Venjhamin Reyes, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

SOURCES 

courtyard

Pool – Park Shore Pools, Naples, FL

Chaise lounges – restorationhardware.com

Accent tables – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Wall lanterns – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Balcony railing – Aluminum Designs, Naples, FL

front exterior

Front doors – Naples Lumber, Naples, FL

Porch shutter doors – Aluminum Designs, Naples, FL

dining area

Dining table and chairs – restorationhardware.com

Centerpiece floral – Republic of Decor, Naples, FL

Chandelier – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Artwork – Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Drapery fabric – The Shade Store at Kravet, Naples, FL

kitchen

Cabinetry, island and hood – Edge Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Countertops – Classic Stone, Naples, FL

Backsplash – Ann Sacks, Miami, FL

Counter stools – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Light pendants – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Stove and double ovens – Wolf, Ferguson, Naples, FL

Refrigerator and wine refrigerator – Sub-Zero, Ferguson, Naples, FL

Pot filler and sink faucet – Brizo, Ferguson, Naples, FL

family room

Sofa, armchairs and lounge chairs – Lee Industries, MP Interiors, MDC, Estero, FL

Throw – West Elm, Estero, FL

Accent pillows – Ryan Studio, Chantilly, VA

Cocktail table – CFC, Los Angeles, CA

Sofa table – Noir Furniture, Gardena, CA

Chandelier – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

master bedroom

Bed – Palecek, IDS, Naples, FL

Bedside chests – Bernhardt, IDS, Naples, FL

Chandelier and table lamps – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

White lounge chair – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Green vases – Tozai Home, Elmsford, NY

Drapery and shade fabric – The Shade Store at Kravet, Naples, FL

master bath

Tub – Kallista, Ferguson, Naples, FL

Vanity – Edge Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Countertop – Classic Stone, Naples, FL

Mirrors – Mirror Image, Los Angeles, CA

Wall sconces – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Wall covering – Brunschwig & Fils, Kravet, Naples, FL

living room

Sofa – Lee Industries, MP Interiors, MDC, Estero, FL

White armchairs – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Fabric – Essentials for Living, High Point, NC

Circular cocktail table and mirror – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Occasional table – Noir, Gardena, CA

Chandelier and table lamp – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Console table – Century Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Artwork – Wendover Art Group, Largo, FL

Plantation shutters – Naples Shutter, Naples, FL

Planter – New Growth Designs, Greenville, NC

lANAI

Sofa – restorationhardware.com

Armless chairs, accent table and cocktail tables – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Fireplace – David Nelson Masonry, Inc., Naples, FL

Planter – Greenform, LLC, Hawthorne, CA

Plantation shutters – Architectural Design Shutters, Naples, FL

zen garden

Armchairs and cocktail table – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Rock garden – Windham Studio, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL

Ipe wood deck – Scott Marcotte Carpentry, Naples, FL

throughout

Area rug – Dash & Albert, annieselke.com

Flooring – Legno Bastone, Naples Flooring Company, Naples, FL

 

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