Home of the Month: Welcoming … With a Touch of Shimmer – Gulfshore Life – October 2018

From strong stone to glittering gold, this current design mixes glamour with livability.

By Michael Korb

Mixing stone and stone-look tiles with natural-hued pavers makes this outdoor shower feel both rugged and elegant, while cross-patterned beams above add strength and style.

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Blaine Johnathan Photography


Warm, inviting and on-point. That’s probably the best way to describe this beautiful new transitional Quail West home. And apparently the new owners felt that same way, because the home sold the first day it hit the market.

Coming in at 4,347 square feet under air (5,903 total), the three-bedroom (plus den and study), 4 ½-bathroom, one-story home is a balanced approach to the continually changing Naples landscape. Amid cottages and modern structures trying to duel it out for supremacy, this St. Martin II design nicely keeps an even keel.

The home was built and designed by Florida Lifestyle Homes with interior design handled by Luanza Maitland and Sydney Leigh Warren of Norris Furniture & Interiors, and visitors immediately notice the multi-tone coloring and welcoming nature of its furnishings and accents.

“We started (designing) this home around a beautiful new faux painting technique we placed behind the TV,” Maitland says, regarding the media wall in the home’s living room. “It’s a capiz and mica shell layered over a faux paint. It’s shimmery but not feminine. It has a structure to it. It’s silver and taupe with touches of champagne gold. We had never seen it used before.”

That focal point sets the mood for the rest of the open-concept home, where Maitland and Warren mixed neutrals with warm gold accents in room accessories. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the 48-inch gold chandelier that hangs from the gorgeous 18-foot ceilings, which feature dramatic deep-set coving.

“Also, when you walk in the front door, we wanted to engage with our design ideas so we have horizontal wood panels in the niches,” Warren says. The element appears again on the aforementioned media wall and ceiling, as well as elsewhere throughout the home, such as the den and the study. In fact, for the latter, the pair worked with the cabinet company to design custom offset wood details under a barrel ceiling.

More dramatic ceiling details take place in the large, open kitchen, which was designed with entertaining in mind. It features two islands (one for prep, the other for service), a refrigerator/freezer unit with a wine fridge between them (great idea), a 48-inch Thermador range, a butler’s pantry and surfaces in White Oblivion granite. A contrasting dark hood over the range syncs with the cabinet display niches.

A few steps away, the home’s dining room is defined by marble flooring inset with the wide-plank European white oak wood flooring finished in a warm gray/brown mink stain. The room’s coffered ceiling mirrors the marble’s pattern below.

All main living spaces open onto the property’s expansive outdoor living area, which includes an outdoor dining room and kitchen, a seating area and a living room replete with tiled fireplace. The space and pool overlook the golf course and lake, making it a perfect venue for entertaining.

“The amount of people you can circulate without feeling crowded is just amazing,” Warren says.

Here’s hoping the homeowners throw an event sooner rather than later and we all get an invitation.


The study features beams as a wall detail that adds warmth and masculinity, while also providing the perfect opportunity to incorporate lighting. More gold tones and a partner’s desk reside under a dramatic barrel-shaped ceiling.


If ever there were a doubt that gold was making a comeback, look no further than this gorgeous kitchen. With more than a few hints of the tone, designers Luanza Maitland and Sydney Leigh Warren, of Norris Furniture & Interiors, went with two islands, White Oblivion granite surfaces and fabrics utilizing a modified Greek key design. A nook floating buffet features extra wine storage.


The designers chose a new faux painting technique featuring Capiz and mica shell for the great room’s entertainment wall, and that became the inspiration for the rest of the home. Gorgeous ceiling detail mimics wall patterns that begin in the home’s foyer, while gold accents continue.


Metallic found its way into even the master suite, with everything from decorative wall discs to reflective side tables and the bedding itself. A mid-stain wood flooring and a plush, silky area rug grounds the room (which opens onto a beautiful outdoor living space) with warmth.


BUILDER/ARCHITECT: Florida Lifestyle Homes

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Luanza Maitland and Sydney Leigh Warren of Norris Furniture & Interiors



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