Enlisting the help of interior designers Lucy Penfield and Stephanie Lalley, along with builder Peter Hagstrom, the clients wanted something that was fresh and quirky for their dream home — a 2,900-square-foot penthouse condo that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Fla. This was 25 years in the making as the couple had been eyeing the place for nearly a quarter of a century. What was once a neighbor’s home is now theirs, a comfortably chic representation of their zest for life and affinity for spending time with family. “It’s the hipper, younger sister of the two condos,” Penfield says.
Upon entry, the dining area is one of the first places that welcome a guest’s gaze with its clean, bold presence. “It makes me melt. It’s such a dreamy composition,” Penfield says. Focusing on color, the designers chose vivid accents with a blue, mixed-media piece that dresses the wall, and a chartreuse-hued “Panton” chair that heads the table with spirit and swag. The table’s hammered brass base is an unexpected fit. All this sits atop the original travertine flooring that was initially in disrepair. “It was grand in its day,” Penfield says. “We preserved it and cleaned it up with a matte finish, which made it more modern.”
Elegant and tailored fabrics continue a modern silhouette in the living area. In the background, the charcoal black of the dining chairs joins the cognac hue of the plush sofa clad in leather and armchairs covered in stone gray flannel with brown piping to match. Though a debonair charisma abounds, Penfield designed this space with modern and livable functionality.
Rings of light from Sonneman’s “Corona” pendants float above the great room, where the Roman goddess of love — transformed with vibrant colors in pop artist Andy Warhol’s Birth of Venus print — helps to bridge the main living areas. In the foyer, the inclusion of the Electric Slide print by Misty Hughes announces that art plays a major role in the home right from the start. “Though the art dots the wall in prelude to what is beyond, functionally, this is a drop zone, a beach bag zone,” the designer says.
Moving from the great room to the slightly more laid-back family room, Penfield positioned two art pieces that are the epitome of her fanciful theme. She calls it a kaleidoscope of color that transfers the space. Comfort and convenience reign in the family room with modern furnishings that yield a sophisticated coziness. “This room is a respite from the hullabaloo and action in the living room. It’s for end-of-day rejuvenation, breakfast time, or when the kids are watching a movie. It’s a getaway,” the designer says.
With no clutter to speak of, the master bedroom is lean and spare. In a day and age where surfaces amass mess, Penfield wanted to ensure something different – a perpetually clean look. “Nightstands are perches for glasses, drinks of water … not huge clutter piles,” she says. “The diminutive bedside table is the antithesis. Things are not going to gather.”
The home is liberally happy and flirty, the converse of serious and stiff. Tastefully curated to be a joy for the senses with balance and class, it’s the perfect setting that was a long time coming.