Port Royal Home Embraces Cohesive Calm

Clean lines and a neutral palette enhance the minimalist vibe that transcends this modern Zen-style estate along the sparkling blue coast of Naples


adorned along the water’s edge of one of the most exclusive communities in all of Naples, this 16,397-square-foot Port Royal residence is a beacon of pure, simplistic luxury. This stately home exudes a mature yet modern take on what it means to embrace serenity, which was interior designer Lisa Lovetto’s inspiration throughout the design process. After having worked with the homeowners previously, Lovetto understood their desire for the home to be an escape; one that is easily shared amongst groups of family and friends. “Every project is truly different, but I always follow one basic principle, which is to listen,” Lovetto says. “I always listen to the client with an open mind and an open heart … for every home has its own story to tell.”

Architects John Cooney and Irma Sefa developed a plan that nods to the timeless tropical style of Naples, decorating the exterior in Spanish black stone, off-white limestone, and mahogany accents. The architects created a strong vertical emphasis in the home’s front entryway,  offering a grand and majestic impression that is softened by the accompaniment of wood and stone details. The elemental touches of the exterior play a pivotal role in the design concept, embracing the earthy materials that heighten the sense of calm before stepping inside. To create cohesion from the exterior to the interior, the design team strategically extended the use of Spanish limestone—a personal favorite of the homeowners—through to the interior entryway. Cascading the stone in a unique pattern draws the eye toward the rear of the home, highlighting a breathtaking view framed by a floor-to-ceiling window at the end of the hallway.

Lovetto and the homeowners share a passion for Asian antiques. So when they agreed upon a modern Zen vibe for the interior, the ideas came flooding out. The living and dining areas share a large expanse, allowing for continuity between the spaces. Custom area rugs from Davis and Davis are used to delineate the areas, while a one-of-a-kind, live edge walnut dining table with a cast bronze base takes center stage. Lovetto confesses that her biggest challenge with this project was finding a light fixture that was deserving of placement over this exceptional piece, so she designed a fixture that imitates the cast bronze base that resembles tree branches, marrying the two together.

Perfect for entertaining, the open concept of the main living spaces allows for large gatherings of guests to comfortably enjoy all of the facets this area has to offer. Elegant comfort is evident while relaxing in Colección Alexandra’s champagne silk armchairs that easily pair with Dakota Jackson’s modern black cocktail table. From the soft melodies that exude from Steinway & Sons grand piano to the mahogany ceiling treatment, serenity prevails.

Granting access to the kitchen and breakfast area are two 12-foot pivoting glass doors, fabricated by Belt and designed specifically for this space by Sefa and Lovetto. A round custom dining table and linear lighting are used to create a sense of diversity utilizing different shapes while the streamlined look of the light fixture mixed with the waterfall edges of UMI’s blue granite countertops in the kitchen adds a youthfulness to this shared space. Florida Stairwork’s glass-railed stairway ascends to the second level, illuminated by a Terzani chandelier whose 29 pendants hang at varying lengths. The wide-planked walnut flooring and stair treads invite a warm counterpoint.

A cozy retreat sits just off the main quarters, beckoning for someone to kick their heels up and enjoy the warm sun that cascades through an array of windows. This guest suite comforts with tones of green and blue, and a custom-designed bed upholstered around an antique Chinese panel from Midori. Nearby, an office, designed to feel clean and uncluttered, sports a Calacatta Borghini and walnut desk designed by Lovetto and manufactured to the homeowner’s specifications.

Having an outdoor entertainment space to stun was a must-have for the homeowners. Cooney and Sefa delivered a jaw-dropping oasis wrapped in limestone wall treatments and shellstone decking. A fire table and an assortment of Dedon furnishings decorate the loggia and pool area with modern touches that are interconnected with the interior design scheme, leaving a euphoric and Zen-like aura that blurs the boundaries between inside and out.

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Lisa Lovetto. Lovetto Design, Inc., Naples, FL

Architecture by Randall Stofft and John Cooney with Irma Sefa, Stofft Cooney Architects, Naples, FL

Builder Joe Smallwood, BCB Homes, Naples, FL

Landscape Architecture by Koby Kirwin, Exteriors by Koby Kirwin, Naples, FL

Text by Lauren Czipulis

Photography by Lori Hamilton, Naples, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Living Area

Armchairs – Colección Alexandra, Burriana, Spain

Fabric – Dedar Milano, Appiano Gentile, Italy

Cocktail table – Dakota Jackson, New York, NY

Antique Japanese Satsuma Temple Vase – Midori Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL

Wall sconces – Henge, Milano, Italy

Grand piano – Steinway & Sons, Astoria, NY

Area rug – Davis and Davis, Chattanooga, TN

Dining Area

Table and chairs – Hudson Furniture, New York, NY

Chandelier – Design concept by Lovetto Design, Inc., Naples, FL

Fabricated by Hudson Furniture, New York, NY

Cabinetry – Chai Ming Studios, Chicago, IL

Artwork above cabinetry – Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

Area rug – Davis and Davis, Chattanooga, TN


Console – Hudson Furniture, New York, NY

Antique Japanese panels – Midori Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL


Stairway and railing – Florida Stairworks, Fort Myers, FL

Floating bar – Hudson Furniture, New York, NY

Poster artwork framed at Gregory’s Frame Shop, Naples, FL

Artwork on landing – Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston, MA

Chandelier – Terzani, Firenze, Italy

Breakfast Area

Table – G&W Craftsman, Naples, FL

Chairs – Colección Alexandra, Burriana, Spain

Light fixture – Archilume, Vancouver, Canada

Artwork – Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA


Cabinetry and island – AlliKriste Fine Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Countertops – Naples Stoneworks, Naples, FL

Counter stools – Colección Alexandra, Burriana, Spain

Light pendants – Archilume, Vancouver, Canada


Desk – Naples Stoneworks, Naples, FL. And Southwest

Woodwork, Naples, FL

Desk chairs – Owners’ Collection

Wall and ceiling treatments – AlliKriste Fine Cabinetry, Naples, FL

Master Guest Suite

Bed – Custom designed by Lovetto Design, Inc., Naples, FL

Fabricated by Michael Schmidt Custom Interiors, Naples, FL

Headboard upholstery – Jim Thompson, Jerry Pair & Assoc., Hollywood, FL

Drapery fabric – Decor De Paris, Los Angeles, CA

Drapery treatment – Statewide Window Treatments, Naples, FL

Antique Chinese panel – Midori Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL

Loggia and Pool Area

Pool – Park Shore Pools, Naples, FL

Chaise lounges – Frontgate, Atlanta, GA

Daybed, sofa and armchairs – Dedon, Lüneburg, Germany

Fire table – BCB Homes, Naples, FL

Sofas and armchairs around fire table – Outdoor Décor Store, Naples, FL

Spiral stairway – Sunmaster of Naples, Naples, FL


Windows and doors – Tischler, Lowen, Canada

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