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From Coastal Contemporary to Custom Aquariums – Renovators Get Busy

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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(incredible design ideas like aquariums as works of art in Naples home renovation – courtesy of Porter Dale of Magnificent Aquariums)

With prices rising and more than a few homeowners “staying put” and renovating their Naples Best Address we thought we would feature some local design ideas for your Naples home as well as interview some outstanding renovation specialists.

Property renovations in Naples Real Estate continue to enjoy a strong following for several reasons.  First, many property owners elect to sit tight and enjoy their current home but look to renovations to freshen the place up a bit.   Another reason for renovations – real estate investors see distressed property and elect to buy, renovate and then rent or sell the property.   Both are reasons for renovating and we certainly see both varieties going strong right now in Naples.

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(not good enough!  This place is getting a fresh new look)

Ok let’s say you are ready to renovate.  The first question is what design style are you going to follow?  We chose a soft British West Indies look for our Naples home as well as in our two new homes in Royal Harbor.  Last night we stopped by and the evening light on the soft colors along the bay were truly beautiful. But all tastes are different and market trends differ.  What is popular now in Naples?  What is a good example of renovation themes today?

We turned to Chris Hylemon to learn more about current trends and styles.  Chris’s work may be found throughout Naples but also in Manhattan Penthouses, the homes of Los Angeles celebrities and many properties in between the two coasts.  Let’s see what he has to say.

Chris, what designs are popular right now? Why don’t you pick a current and popular style and teach us about it?

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(Chris can create quite a look – on time, on budget and with one of a kind materials)

“I like to talk about Coastal Design right now.  This design style may be translated in many different ways depending on what part of the country you are from. In New England, the design incorporates a lot of dark woods mixed with crisp white and navy fabrics, and accessories from antique sailing vessels. In Florida, the term brings flash backs of pink and turquoise flame stitch upholstery, tropical pictures of monkeys and palm trees, and woods in pickled finishes.

But it is from the extensive coast line of California where a signature style is prominently found that is traversing the country. Coastal Contemporary has emerged as a design, and lifestyle, that is now referenced nationwide. Simply put it is a clean and uncluttered styling using soft lines, a warm and inviting color palette synonymous with transitional design, but with the addition of subtle hints of nature; primarily items referencing the coastline.

A great example of the above defined coastal contemporary style is demonstrated on a project we just completed where the designer was surprisingly NOT from a coastal region. Wendy Barry, president of W Designs, located in land-locked Chagrin Falls, Ohio created a stunning interior so inviting that you never want to leave. Barry used a neutral and light color palette which highlights the natural beauty of all the wood tones throughout the unit.

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(simple and different is ok too – look at these asian influences in a wonderful guest bath)

It was a pleasure to help her create her vision of a custom designed wall panel created by using separate and varying sizes of solid natural walnut blocks. The effect is something art-like. Adjacent to this free form wall is a more structured wine cabinet where a slightly darker walnut stain was used. The structured design of the wine bar provides contrast to the natural form of the block wall, but flows very nicely through the use of the same wood species.

Stainless steel pins were used to invisibly support the wine bottles as if they float within the cabinet. The display is clean, uncluttered, and contemporary. To accentuate the natural coastal feel, we used a variety of wood tones throughout the unit from beachy bleached and distressed woods, to smooth darker walnut stains.

All of the different tones add a warm feeling to the interior and deliver another layer of texture that is
harmonious with the subtle color palette. Yet the style of the application is very clean-lined and contemporary.
Whether or not you live near a coastline, you can still appreciate the inherent calmness from influences of the sea. We are especially lucky to live it every day in Southwest Florida.”
Thanks Chris!  Please contact Chris at Chris Hylemon Hyland Custom Cabinetry for further ideas.


(raise the roof on those old low ceilings for a more expansive uplifting feel)

With regard to the local renovators we at Naples Best Addresses see an attack on low ceilings and closed spaces.  Buyers (and owners) will go though quite a lot to find, renovate or build places with higher ceilings.  Gone are the days of the closed in kitchens as many of us like to see our guests while working the kitchen.
A few other subtleties are also at work here.  We see granite giving way to quartz as a popular counter top finish, Key West and British West Indies styles are making a come back after years of Mediterranean style building, and outdoor living complete with outdoor  fireplaces, fire pits and areas are part of the new plans.


(ok one more image from Porter Dale and Magnificent Aquariums – eye popping)

And not but last but not least are some exceptional “over the top” accents to make your place pop. One extraordinary idea right now in Naples are custom, saltwater aquariums. I know, I know you had a fish tank as a kid. These custom aquariums are NOTHING like your childhood apparatus – these are more like works of art. We spoke with Porter Dale of Magnificent aquariums about his company and his work. Porter is passionate about his designs for your homes or commercial buildings. Each are one of kind works of art which will add to your home and talk about conversation starters. They truly are magnificent. Please see their website at

Thanks for reading along today about renovation ideas. Give us a call or contact us to tell us more about what you are doing to brighten your home.

If you would like to know more about living here in Naples and Marco Island, Florida please give us a call at 239.595.3921. We have toured or owned property in Naples for nearly forty years and we are truly fortunate to call this wonderful paradise our full-time home.

Please consider reading our book “Understanding Naples Real Estate” to get you started on your real estate search or just give us a call about things to do here.

We look forward to meeting and talking with you soon,

Mark Goebel PA, Nan Goebel PA and David Goebel, PA
Co-Founders of the Naples Best Addresses team
Coldwell Banker
Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
REALTOR Coldwell Banker 5th Avenue South
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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