It seems like yesterday that the VIV Homes design team began this Naples spec home project. Now, two years later, a labor of love results in a day-dreamy reality that embraces the natural world with elements of surprise in every space. With nearly 8,500 square feet, the allure of this Naples home captures the essence of its Aqualane Shores community with branching streets and gracious properties linked by individual waterways that offer direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Working closely together, the design team made enormous strides in creating an environment that is both relaxing and recreational. The timeless architecture, white stucco and rich mahogany doors of this British West Indies style house lend itself to the outdoors with an enchanting sub-tropical setting.
Inside, a neutral palette creates a backdrop of soft elements and natural accents to promote a seamless flow that blurs the boundaries between inside and out. Everything is aligned symmetrically with high ceilings and windows that frame the exterior, allowing picture-perfect views. A little dimension goes a long way as wood ceiling beams are stained in pickling whitewash to promote a modest rustic flair. Meant to be comfortable, oversized furnishings in pale-beige linen shape a conversation grouping. Armed with quiet colors and a gentle pattern, clusters of throw pillows from Laura Park give rise to the natural setting of the space. In an effort to incorporate a coastal element, a trio of chandeliers wrapped with tiny woven coco beads in soft white offers a beachy appeal.
Not just a place for cookery but also a place for guests to gather, the kitchen is expansive, practical and aesthetically appealing with sleek white cabinetry that lines the walls. And in the center of it all, an oversized Calacatta marble waterfall island swirls with striations of dark gray and warm brown.
Textures are abundant in the adjacent dining area styled with an oak dining table topped in polished white lacquer and centered with linen slipcovered chairs. The rustic yet modern oak wall unit — a practical built-in with two Sub-Zero wine coolers — adds a touch of sophistication with its matte shale with pewter glaze, while a sisal area rug from Dash & Albert continues the organic vibe.
Part of the home’s charm is the aged furnishings that are infused throughout. In the study, a dark wood sideboard is distinctive with masculine appeal that pulls warmth into the room. A little bit of history dwells with a vintage map of Florida that dots the wall, while a mesh wrought iron globe captures attention in the corner.
Stepping into the master bath is like stepping into a five-star retreat. An oversized shower and floor-to-ceiling marble tiles complement the pearl gray marble countertops and crisp white cabinetry. With that, the porcelain flooring in “Perfect White” lends itself to the style and elegance the design team had in mind. Tranquility prevails in the master bedroom with French doors that open up to a spellbinding view. Soft tones and textures canvas the private space — all pioneered for excellent slumber. Carefully selected, the bed’s white, tufted headboard is sumptuous while complementing the tufted bench at its foot. Gray and blue accent pillows create connectivity with the sky and water while dark mahogany bedside chests add contrast to the space.
Outside, the loggia is all encompassing with a kitchen, dining area, infinity pool, fire pit, and a cozy entertainment area with a fireplace and TV. The open-air space is styled with traditional rattan furniture that envelops a glass dining table from Ralph Lauren. Shellstone pavers naturally influence the space while a wood tongue-and-groove ceiling grants dimension. In the outdoor living area, comfortable furnishings shape a hearthside social grouping. With hints of nature sprinkled about, the organic teak cocktail table’s sculptural shape becomes a conversation piece.
Going above and beyond had purpose for the VIV Home design team — reaching unprecedented heights of excellent style while delivering the ultimate surreal lifestyle in a home to love.