When the new owners of a third-floor residence in the Sancerre condominium sought out the talents of Romanza Interior Design, they asked for a home that spoke to their vision of a beautiful beach escape while reflecting its desirable location along Naples’ Gulf of Mexico.
“The clients live in the UK, and this is a true vacation home for them,” said Jennifer Stevens, senior design director of the full-service boutique firm. “They envisioned a sophisticated retreat designed around their priorities, incorporating a comfortable, coastal style and a focus on art. They also like color, dramatic interesting materials and beautiful decorative lighting.”
Opening closed-off rooms to beach and Gulf views and natural sunlight was one of the first priorities Stevens and the teams at Romanza Interior Design and London Bay Renovation addressed when redesigning the three-bedroom, four-bath residence. Existing built-in cabinetry, a green tile-clad fireplace, a small kitchen island and walls inhibited the prized flow popular in today’s open-concepts floor plans.
“We completely redesigned and reorganized the space,” said Stevens. “We improved the flow and functionality of each room, designed a new master suite, redesigned closets and modified all bathrooms.”
The redesign reflects the homeowners’ lifestyle, their design aesthetic as well as how they live and like to entertain – from a larger eat-in kitchen designed with a long island offering ample seating, blending a previously separated great room and family room into an open entertaining area comfortably accommodating a large number of guests, and creating a second master suite, a guest cottage and a fourth bedroom. The renovation provided additional storage, combined two walk-in master closets into a spacious wardrobe room and introduced the views from the elegant foyer hallway. The new open floor plan also expanded views throughout the residence’s 4,000 square feet.
New medium gray-brown wood plank floors establish a coastal look elevated by on-trend painted cabinetry and shades of soft blue, blue-grays and white complemented by denim and navy blues with pops of vivid sapphire. Fabrics, shagreen finishes and custom wallcoverings add texture with 3D motifs, woven surfaces, raised white flower petals fluttering down the master bed well, shining silver highlights and cross sections of gleaming Capiz shell in the master ceiling.
The redesigned kitchen features pale blue-gray painted cabinetry incorporating wall ovens, a concealed full-size refrigerator and freezer and full height wine storage. The oversized island accommodates the owners’ preferences for casual dining and is illuminated by five pendants featuring a flurry of metal shapes. The new bar in the family room boasts navy cabinetry and a beverage center.
In the master bathroom, the closed-in shower is reimagined as a lighted display niche with glass shelves and a linen closet was transformed to a dressing table with a lighted mirror and a translucent chair with a black-and-white palm-themed upholstery. The relocated light-filled shower offers glass barn doors and gray-white surfaces with darker striations and hexagonal patterns. A freestanding tub replaces the previous built-in.
“The big asymmetrical soaking tub in the master bathroom adds drama,” said Stevens. “We used large-format porcelain tile as a wall feature and a beautiful marble-patterned floor at the tub.”
Each guestroom offers a tailored look, access to a screened terrace and updated private full bathrooms with painted cabinetry and custom finishes. The additional bedroom, a guest cottage, was carved out of the den.
“We were able to accommodate every item on their wish list and create a beach home that really reflects their needs and desires,” said Stevens.
Romanza Interior Design is a full-service firm of award-winning design experts specializing in high-end residential design. Its integrative approach blends innovation and superior service to capture the spirit of each homeowner. Whether creating a new dream home, updating or customizing an existing residence or simply adding finishing touches, Romanza Interior Design brings creative visions to life.