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Featured in Gulfshore Life Magazine

Updated: Jan 23, 2023


For this Naples home, Calusa Bay Design created an open floor plan for easy gathering and entertaining. Rattan, shades of blue and soft woods recall the setting on Venetian Bay.


The scene is set before you cross the threshold: two deep daybeds hang in the covered entry, inviting family and guests to settle in and connect. In this Park Shore home, every aspect has been designed for ease and comfort. “It’s extremely homey because the owners want to use this house at any opportunity,” says Liz Brown, lead interior designer at Naples-based Calusa Bay Design. Throughout, mostly white interiors incorporate soft wood tones, subtle textures and ocean blues—an echo of the Venetian Bay view.

Just inside, a double-height foyer is clad in vertical tongue-and-groove paneling in varying widths. “It’s a really unique look—a fresh take on a classic feature,” Liz says. At the peak hangs a custom chandelier made of blue coco beads. “It brings in organic texture and adds a great pop of color,” says Randi Scott, Calusa Bay Design’s managing director and interior designer.

Just beyond the foyer is a generous family room, anchored by an oversized sectional. “Because it is so large, we opted to upholster it in a light, neutral fabric so it wouldn’t feel too heavy,” Liz says. The family room opens to the kitchen and dining area, as well as to a covered outdoor space with areas to lounge, cook and entertain. “They really wanted an open-concept floor plan that allowed the family to be in separate rooms while still enjoying the home together,” Randi says. Off the kitchen, the designers created an intimate morning room with two plush chairs and a television—the perfect spot to watch the news with a cup of coffee or wind down with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

In the kitchen, white cabinets are softened by a pale-blue island with a cream countertop and carved tile in the backsplash. “These elements add dimension without taking away from the bright feel of the space,” Liz says. The furnishings, decor and lighting fixtures bring in natural textures: rattan-wrapped chairs; a jute rug; a porcelain, beaded chandelier; and woven wall hangings all play off the white oak floors.

Each of the bedrooms continues the theme, balancing inviting textures and sea-inspired details. In an upstairs bedroom, detailed resin and bone nightstands add delicacy near a lampakanai rope-wrapped canopy bed. In a guest room, upholstered twin beds done up in crisp cotton sheets and matelassé coverlets are partnered with a rattan nightstand and coral-inspired benches. Other bedrooms draw on deeper blues and grays for a more masculine take. “We love how calm these rooms are,” Liz says.

The bathrooms use natural light and luxurious materials for a sunny, spa-like feel. In the primary bath, mirrors over his-and-hers vanities on opposite walls make the room appear spacious, and the marble tile in the double shower contrasts with the wood flooring. “Continuing the flooring from the bedroom keeps the space warm and cozy,” Randi says. In another bathroom, a mother-of-pearl mirror adds a hint of femininity to the space, and shallow upper cabinets conceal smaller items like makeup and perfume. A powder room features patterned glass tile to add interest to the walls. “We wanted to do something different, and this has a very organic look that’s in keeping with the rest of the home,” Randi says.

Together, every space in the home works to offer luxury and comfort, with a color palette emblematic of the region. “The different tones of white and whispers of blue feel like classic Florida,” Randi says.

Architect: Stofft Cooney Architects Builder: Knauf-Koenig Group Interior Design: Calusa Bay Design Photography: Venjhamin Reyes


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