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  Issue 20-2

  NATURE REVEALED
One British Couple’s Captiva Home Is A Calm Oasis With Balinesean Influences

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Jenny L. Carter, K2 Design Group, Inc.,
Bonita Springs, FL

ARCHITECTURE
Jenny L. Carter and Stuart Jones, K2 Design
Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL

PROJECT MANAGER
Debbie Melbinger, K2 Design Group, Inc.,
Bonita Springs, FL

BUILDER
Benchmark General Contractors, Inc.,
Fort Myers, FL

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
R.S. Walsh Landscaping,
Fort Myers, FL

TEXT
Mary Lou Smart

PHOTOGRAPHY
Doug Thompson, Bonita Springs, FL


 

Nature rules at this 5,800-square-foot Captiva Island retreat wrapped with an additional 5,700 square feet of decks, balconies and outdoor living areas in southwest Florida, where one British couple reenergizes while on assignment with their worldwide travel agency and away from their homes in London and West Sussex, England. Considered by many to be the world’s best spot for shelling, Captiva Island is a favorite beach destination for families, and its exclusive South Seas Island Resort community is ideal for the homeowners and their daughters. And for a luxury designer with a passion for contemporary design, a residence celebrating clean lines and tropical finesse is nirvana.

Enter architect and interior designer Jenny Carter. “The soul of the home is revealed in open rooms that respect nature,” Carter says of the island getaway, where bamboo and graceful veitchia palms frame coquina walkways flanked by reflection pools that lead to the dramatic front entry. “Just inside, hard woods, stone and bursts of brilliant color capture the romantic Balinese aesthetic that the homeowners love.”

Inspired by Indonesia’s tribal gathering houses, wide-open spaces are key to the great room’s design. A pattern play of wood and stone adds character throughout. The vaulted ceiling that gathers dining, living and kitchen areas into one central zone is a precision 12-foot-high grid of mahogany timbers over woven seagrass-clad panels. Comfortable sofas and armchairs lined with woven reeds are designed for low maintenance and instant relaxation. In the heart of the home, a palette of neutral shades and accents of melon, cantaloupe and tomato blends well with the kitchen cabinetry crafted from warm mahogany and sapele woods all sourced from renewable forests. “These are hard woods, rainforest trees, but farmed,” Carter says. “The wavy grain of the sapele combine with the melon tone of the quartz countertop to create subtle touches that instill character.”

“The homeowners are a British couple that loves Bali for its hot, sultry climate,” architect and interior designer Jenny Carter says. “They chose Florida’s Captiva Island for its laid-back ethos and wide sandy beaches.”

Warm woods and neutral tones transition to the private spaces with soft blues and pale yellows that complement the water views. The well-traveled homeowners are especially adept in the fine art of making a home oh-so-restful with just the right colors, fabrics, bedding and linen. “Being British, they cannot help but channel a bit of Laura Ashley,” Carter says. “It was challenging to stay on track with the design aesthetic and still achieve what they agree is very comfortable and familiar.”

With panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, the open master suite is in little need of adornment. Here, a headboard designed in the regal fashion of a ceremonial throne arches over the bed and is wired for leisurely reading. Lighting around the bed’s base casts a warm glow over the brownish-
red tropical Ipe flooring (also known as Brazilian walnut) that runs through to the master bath. “The clients wanted beautiful wide-plank wood floors, but we’re in a subtropical climate and need to be careful with wood selection,” Carter says. “Ipe has the ability to resist moisture and decay.”

“From the onset, the idea was to blend the romance of Bali with open architecture,” Carter says.

Behind the unique headboard and just past a pair of African mahogany doors that flank the bed, stands an Asian-inspired custom vanity designed with vessel sinks, sconce lighting and a minimalist style. The mirror peers into the stunning stone bath accented with crimson urns in lit niches.


Nothing spells island living like spacious verandas with generous exterior overhangs. And in this tropical paradise, expansive outdoor rooms both above and below facilitate open-air lounging and entertaining beneath ceilings clad in indigenous Florida pecky cypress. “From the onset, the idea was to blend the romance of Bali with open architecture,” Carter says. “In the subtropics, where the climate is absolutely perfect, we celebrate the water and the view. In such a pristine setting, this home is magical.”



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Front Exterior
Water feature, entry trellis and copper gutters - Custom designed by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Entry trellis fabricated by Raber Industries, Fort Myers, FL
Wall sconces - Justice Design Lighting, NuLite, Boca Raton, FL
Brick pavers - Ruck Brothers Brick, Fort Myers, FL
Coquina walkways - Architectural Accents of Naples, Inc., Naples, FL
Foyer stairs and railing - Custom designed by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Fabricated by Trim Craft of Ft. Myers, Inc., and Oney Sheet Metal, Inc., Fort Myers, FL
Windows - Megrame, Lithuania Doors - Plaza Door Company, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Slate - SRI Marble and Granite, Inc., Naples, FL
Living Area
Sofas and woven-insert ceiling - Custom designed by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Fabric - Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofas fabricated by Burton James, City of Industry, CA
Geometric accent pillow fabric - Arc Com, Orangeburg, NY
Woven lounge chairs - Whitecraft, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floral accent pillow fabric - Knoll, Inc., East Greenville, PA
Cocktail table - Adriana Hoyos, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor pillow fabric - Cassaro, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Roman shades - Castec, Inc., North Hollywood, CA
Ceiling fans - Minka Group, New York, NY
Windows - Megrame, Lithuania Doors - Plaza Door Company, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Window treatments and bedding fabrication - Laurens Window Fashions, Bonita Springs, FL
Area rug - Robertex Assoc., Inc., Calhoun, GA
Kitchen
Cabinetry - Custom designed by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Fabricated by Irpinia Kitchens of Naples, Bonita Springs, FL
Countertop - Silestone, Cosentino USA, Inc., Stafford, TX
Counter stools - Casa Italia, Estero, FL
Appliances - Miele, Inc., Princeton, NJ
Door pulls - Top Knobs USA, Hillsborough, NJ
Track lighting - Tech Lighting LLC, Skokie, IL
Windows - Megrame, Lithuania Doors - Plaza Door Company, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Dining Area
Dining table - bon, balance order nature, inc., Miami, FL
Chairs - David Edward, Ltd., Baltimore, MD
Fabric - Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Windows - Megrame, Lithuania Doors - Plaza Door Company, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Pendant - Hubbardton Forge, Castleton, VT
Master Bedroom
Bed and feature wall - Custom designed and fabricated by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Bench fabric and wall covering - Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Throw fabric - Lee Jofa, Bethpage, NY
Brown-floral accent pillow fabric - Christian Fischbacher, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Drapery panels and turquoise accent pillow fabric - Maxwell Fabrics, Blaine, WA
Bedside reading lamps - Condor Lighting, Inc., Somerset, NJ
Roman shades - Castec, Inc., North Hollywood, CA
Ceiling fan - Fanimation, Inc., Zionsville, IN
Windows - Megrame, Lithuania Doors - Plaza Door Company, Inc., West Palm Beach, F
L Window treatments and bedding fabrication - Laurens Window Fashions, Bonita Springs, FL
Ipe wood flooring - Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, Stoddard, NH
Area rug - Stark Carpet, Estero, FL
Master Bath
Vanity and closets - Custom designed by K2 Design Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
Fabricated by Irpinia Kitchens of Naples, Bonita Springs, FL
Wall sconces - Hubbardton Forge, Castleton, VT
Door and drawer pulls - Top Knobs USA, Hillsborough, NJ
Countertop - CaesarStone USA, Van Nuys, CA
Vessel sinks - Porcher USA, Chandler, AZ
Wall-mounted faucets - Hastings Tile & Bath, New York, NY
Second-Floor Rear Balcony
Dining table - Bali, Indonesia Side chairs, wicker lounge chairs and cocktail table - Mondecasa, Pavilion Furniture, Inc., Miami, FL
Ceiling fans - Minka Group, New York, NY
Railings fabricated by Trim Craft of Ft. Myers, Inc., and Raber Industries, Inc., Fort Myers, FL
Flooring - Architectural Accents of Naples, Inc., Naples, FL
Pottery planters and area rug - Owners’ Collection
Rear Exterior
Pool, spa and water feature fabricated by Contemporary Pools, Cape Coral, FL
Pool deck and coping - Architectural Accents of Naples, Inc., Naples, FL
Waterline and planter tile - Mastercraft Tile, Sarasota, FL
Throughout
Electrician - Mabry Brothers, Inc., Fort Myers, FL
Audio/Visual - Advanced Audio Design, Naples, FL

 

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