Farmhouse Chic

Introducing A New Style For This Transitioning 1970s Neighborhood, One Pine Ridge Estates Home Combines Simple Shapes With Contemporary Elements

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Farmhouse vernacular architecture, a familiar countryside sight, is infused with a certain sculptural purity that resonates. Close to Pelican Bay, Vanderbilt Beach and Mercato, the homes in the sprawling 94-acre community of Pine Ridge Estates are undergoing a major gentrification. “The interesting thing is, it feels rural — home sites are large and equestrian properties are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood,” architect Rob Herscoe says. Building a contemporary farmhouse there, on a large lot with mature trees in the midst of homes with varied architectural styles, offered Herscoe Hajjar Architects the perfect opportunity to push the envelope.

This two-story, 6,000-square-foot spec home is clad in stucco, scored to appear like board-and-batten siding, and the standing-seam metal roof is steeply pitched, allowing for voluminous interior spaces. Large picture windows pierce walls in the stairway and living room, and along with the formed cement portico, convey contemporary dynamics.

Welcoming, charming and chic, the home’s interior details include European white-oak flooring in a herringbone pattern, a variety of ceiling designs, reclaimed hemlock wall features and a certain layered dimension, with rooms that spill seamlessly into each other. Upon entering, an open floor plan comes into view. “This is where the home departs from a farmhouse — it reads as one big space,” architect Rob Herscoe says.

In the living area, comfortable seating is arranged into two groupings. “I wanted to divide the space into two areas, each with its own personality, but still have the room work as one large space,” interior designer Wilfredo Emanuel says. “I didn’t use large-scale furniture because everything is open. Simple lower pieces allow one to see through to the back and enjoy the outdoors.”

Near the fireplace, four Thayer Coggin chairs clad in cream tweed linen and framed in stainless steel are arranged around a matte white-laquer cocktail table. A citron-hued sofa clad in velour silk, two armchairs in ivory suede and two in a silk brocade print shape a second seating area. “The sofa’s bold color balances the ivory tones on either side and neutral Vanguard cocktail tables ground the room,” Emanuel says.

The kitchen is white and clean lined, with satin-finished cabinetry, Pompeii quartz countertops and a tile backsplash that mimics antique brick. Barstools from J Mark Modern Home pull up to a large island featuring an oversized Carrara Venatino marble top that is perfect for casual dining.

In the dining room, a driftwood dining table, based in brass and edged with linen-clad chairs from Hickory White, establishes a connection to nature and lends a Mid-century modern feel. Disappearing glass sliders open to the lanai and offer views of the pool, spa and award-winning outdoor living area.

The centerpiece of the master bedroom is an Old Biscayne iron poster bed with an off-white leather headboard. A Vanguard dresser and bedside tables are also created in driftwood and champagne-velvet covered swivel chairs by Paul Robert add a glamorous touch. “I played with the light tones adding blue and citron in the bed linens, the same colors used in the living room, to make the spaces flow,” Emanuel says.

The light-filled master bath features bold accent walls painted in a deep shade of eggplant — an unexpected and sophisticated twist. “We combined lots of different elements to make the master bathroom unique,” Emanuel says. The custom cabinetry is enveloped in Bianco Neve leather-finish marble from UMI which waterfalls down to an integrated lower stone shelf. “It gives the feeling of an Italian spa,” the designer says.

Outdoors, the pool and patio area is a private oasis that features inviting Ipe wood decks fashioned with luxury furnishings and a custom pool that is framed in charcoal-gray flamed granite.

“Bold colors, such as eggplant and citrus, as well as the use of cement finishes, introduce new concepts to Naples,” Emanuel says. “The project was very refreshing and fun, and I’m inspired to do more in this ‘farmhouse chic’ style … I think it’s going to be the new big thing.”

Interior Design
Wilfredo Emanuel, Clive Daniel Home, Naples, FL

Giovanni Photography, Naples, FL

Rob Herscoe and Michael Hajjar, Herscoe Hajjar Architects, Naples, FL

Richard Donnelly, R.O.I. Naples, Naples, FL

Jay and Mike Bowerman, Big Island Builders, Naples, FL

Landscape Architecture
Scott Windham, Windham Studio, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL

Text by
Christine Davis