Vintage Floridian and Coastal Elements Meld in Marco Island Home

Boasting Unparalleled Views Of Caxambas Bay, This Waterfront Estate On Marco Island Captures The Perfect Balance Of Classic Old Florida And Relaxed Coastal Elegance


Beautifully poised amid two acres of lush tropical landscape, this custom estate home on Marco Island capitalizes on its breathtaking views of Caxambas Bay. Encompassing nearly 10,800 square feet that includes the porches, terraces and lanai, this magnificent home embodies the classic Florida lifestyle of relaxation and elegance.

“When the homeowners first purchased this enchanting lot, their objective was to make this expansive home feel intimate and comfortable, yet polished,” lead interior designer Chrissy Howard says. “These clients have followed Jinx McDonald’s work for a number of years and they knew exactly where to start to build the team that would bring their dream home to life.” Architect Jonathan Kukk joined the team along with builder Mark Smith, who had previously done extensive remodel work for them at their Mediterra home in North Naples.

“I was particularly thrilled to get this project because I have always loved the strong cultural history of the land,” McDonald says. “Calusa Indians were the original inhabitants of this area.” Reverence to the land’s beauty is showcased by the lagoon-style pool that pays homage to the natural springs, and lush landscaping that was strategically chosen to represent the native flora of the setting.

“The home’s style is a mix of classic Old Florida with a new coastal twist,” Smith says. “With classic details including lap siding, corner brackets and exposed rafter tails, it emulates the architectural features often found in Old Florida homes. The coastal flair comes in with the color palette, trim styles, interior accents and roof-tile selection.”

Inside, several full-size windows and transomed French doors take advantage of the amazing views and natural light. “This home is all about the views,” Kukk says. “It was designed in an island tropical style with transitional interiors. Each space is oriented to the view and the home has different projections to maximize the focus on the waterfront peninsula setting.”

The great room is a high-volume and symmetrical living space designed with an integrated stairway and clerestory windows to move light through the room. The color palette is layered in soft neutrals — whites and ivories with calming aqua accents. To capitalize on the grand scale of the room, the design team created custom driftwood stained beams and a custom light fixture that emulates a fisherman’s net stretching 20 feet wide and 10 feet long across the ceiling.

“In this open concept plan, it is very important that the dining room feels intimate and distinctive even though it is flanked by the great room and the kitchen,” Howard says. To make the space feel more independent, tongue-and-groove driftwood climbs the wall, crosses the lowered ceiling and transforms seamlessly into a dry bar with cabinet storage, an under-counter wine cooler, and an antiqued mirror backsplash. Expansive windows offer splendid views of a private garden courtyard off the kitchen and study, while the guest room boasts a breathtaking vista of the bay and surrounding tropical landscape. Outside, a breezy alfresco living space pays homage to the extraordinary beauty of the home’s natural environment.

“From the start, we knew this home would have a vintage Florida vibe seasoned with classic components and unconventional surprises around every corner,” Howard says. “Early on, the homeowners said there was nothing we could put inside the house that could compete with what is outside the windows … the view is the soloist and everything else just needs to harmonize.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design: Chrissy Howard with Barbara Schwenk and Jinx McDonald, Jinx McDonald Interior Designs, Inc., Naples, FL

Architecture: Jonathan Kukk, Kukk Architecture and Design, Naples, FL

Builder: Mark Smith, Harwick Homes, Bonita Springs, FL

Landscape Architecture: Brad McKinzie, Custom Lawn Creations, Naples, FL; Christian Andrea, Architectural Land Design, Naples, FL

Photography: Amber Frederiksen, Bonita Springs, FL

Text: Jeanne Delathouder

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

front exterior

Front doors – Davanti Doors, Fort Myers, FL

Railings – West Coast Florida Enterprises, Fort Myers, FL

Sconces – Capitol Lighting, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Pavers – Artistic Paver Mfg., North Miami Beach, FL


Stairway – Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, Fort Myers, FL

Grand piano – Owners’ Collection

Mirror – Century Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

great room

Sofa – Hickory Chair, IDS, Naples, FL

Blue armchairs and stools – Wesley Hall, IDS, Naples, FL

Brown armchairs and chaise – Sherrill Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Armchair fabric – Duralee, IDS, Naples, FL

Chaise fabric – PT Designs, IDS, Naples, FL

Cocktail table – Century Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Round occasional tables – Old Biscayne Designs, Naples, FL

Square occasional table – Woodbridge Furniture, Naples, FL

Accent tables – Theodore Alexander, IDS, Naples, FL

Sofa table – Hickory White, IDS, Naples, FL

Turquoise table lamps – Wildwood Lamps, IDS, Naples, FL

White table lamp – John-Richard, IDS, Naples, FL

Chandelier – Custom designed by Jinx McDonald Interior

Designs, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Transverso Lighting, Marseille, France

Drapery fabric – Gianti, IDS, Naples, FL

Wood ceiling beams fabricated by Advantage Plastering

and Finish Carpentry, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL

dining room

Countertop – Classic Stone, Naples, FL

Dining table – Hickory Chair, IDS, Naples, FL

Host chairs – Thibaut, IDS, Naples, FL

Side chairs – Designmaster Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Centerpiece – Sweetgrass Designs, Inc., Naples, FL

Chandeliers – Swarovski, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Wood ceiling and wall treatment fabricated by Advantage

Plastering and Finish Carpentry, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL


Countertops – Classic Stone, Naples, FL

Backsplash – Lunada Bay Tile, Design Works, Naples, FL

Counter stools – Wesley Hall, IDS, Naples, FL

guest room

Bed and bedside chests – Vanguard Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Bed upholstery and draperies – Kravet Fabric, IDS, Naples, FL

Bedside chests – Vanguard Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Table lamps and bench – Owners’ Collection

Chandelier – Regina Andrews, IDS, Naples, FL

Carpet – Karastan, Abbey Carpet & Floor, Naples, FL

master bath

Tub – MTI, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Faucet – Delta, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Framed wall tile – New Ravenna, Ceramic Matrix, Naples, FL

Accent table – Vanguard Furniture, IDS, Naples, FL

Light fixture – Kichler, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Wall treatment – Ceramic Matrix, Naples, FL


Desk – Hickory White, IDS, Naples, FL

Armchair fabric – Maxwell Fabrics, IDS, Naples, FL

Chandelier – Visual Comfort, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

Shelving and window seat – Busby Cabinets, Naples, FL

Sconces – Hudson Valley, Ferguson Enterprises, Naples, FL

lanai and pool area

Pool fabricated by Barnes Pools, Fort Myers, FL

Aluminum shutters – Perez Industries, Bonita Springs, FL


Cabinetry – Busby Cabinets, Naples, FL

Recessed lighting – AVL Pro, Naples, FL

Windows – Andersen Windows & Doors, Naples, FL

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