This Timeless Florida Home Reflects A Durable Take On Luxury Living


loggia with blue striped couches,...

Designer Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang acquired the loggia’s furnishings from International Design Source, including Summer Classics’ Montecito sofas and Roma lounge and dining chairs; she paired the latter with Four Hands’ Portia chairs. Pavilion’s Brickell dining table and Crandon counter stools round out the assortment with Bernhardt’s Tenerife cocktail table. Axor’s Montreux faucet from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery emerges from the counter, while Big Ass Fans’ Essence model keeps things cool.

entry with white console, black...

A chair from Judith Liegeois’ showroom adds color to the entry, home to Kelly Wearstler’s Linden table lamp. A Maitland- Smith statue and mirror join Hickory Chair’s Plaited buffet. The wall, painted Sherwin-Williams’ Snowbound, meets Legno Bastone’s Giuseppina white oak flooring.

bar with shimmering backsplash, round...

The bar’s backsplash from The Tile Shop sets a shimmering scene for Visual Comfort pendants. Hickory Chair’s Newbury stools perch near the brand’s Laurel armchairs and Knole sofa. The Jeremy Jones Fine Finishes side table is from Judith Liegeois’ showroom.

sitting area with white walls,...

Kelly Wearstler sconces frame a Samsung television in the great room. A Lulu and Georgia side table stands on a rug from International Design Source. The Hickory Chair coffee table and benches complement the billiard room’s stools, also by the brand, beneath Jean Kenna art.

kitchen and living area with...

Visual Comfort lanterns oversee the kitchen counter opening to the breakfast nook and family room. All furnishings are Hickory Chair except the Framburg chandelier, Lulu and Georgia side table, rug from International Design Source and Serena & Lily lamp.

guest bedroom white pink bedding...

In a guest bedroom, the clients’ bench rests by City Furniture’s Palma bed. Allison Cosmos art is showcased behind Bernhardt’s Dekker armchairs and Linea side table as well as Serena & Lily’s Flynn floor lamp. The rug is from International Design Source.

guest bathroom with pink patterned...

Lee Jofa wallpaper enlivens a guest bathroom displaying a custom mirror and vanity, which is topped with Marseille quartz from Stone Warehouse. Aerin sconces from Visual Comfort brighten the space. The Delta faucet and Emtek’s Haydon knobs are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

A little more than 10 years ago, when a young family purchased a home in Naples, Florida they conveniently found design assistance from the person who knew the house best: the seller. The previous owner, designer Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang, happily agreed to outfit her former dwelling for its new occupants—and then another residence the couple later acquired in the Northeast. Before long, though, “we needed more space and storage,” the wife says. “We always have so much family over, and I wanted a playroom for the children.” So they contacted the designer for their third and greatest endeavor: a 14,000-square- foot Naples home to be constructed where three others once stood on more than four acres, land they had purchased a few years earlier. “Every square inch of the house gets used,” Vogelgesang says. “There’s not a room that’s just for show. It’s a well-thought-out design.”

The West Indies-style structure, by general contractor John Covelli, welcomes natural light through generous windows and features touches of coastal elements, paying tribute to Naples’ tropical landscape. This applies to the functionality, too, as he considered protection from water intrusion. “We brought in 1,200 loads of dirt to raise the property and the house several feet above the street,” he says. Like a boutique hotel, the interiors offer desirable amenities such as a library, theater and gym, all presented through a graceful flow conducive to everyday living. “Much of the house is on one floor,” notes Covelli, who worked with residential designer Chris Godwin. “But we created a façade that looks like a two- story home, with glass doors and windows along the second floor.”

To ensure the structure’s scale wouldn’t feel overwhelming, the clients desired an intimate atmosphere. “They wanted it to be welcoming, approachable, timeless and luxurious,” Vogelgesang says. To implement the owners’ vision, she translated their personalities through her creative lens. “I associate my clients with fabrics and colors,” the designer muses. “This family loves simplicity and wanted a casualness, so they are denim, whitewash and crystal. I continued to go back to that combination—for what best represented them—and weaved it throughout the house.”

Her approach is first experienced in the great room, a 25-foot-tall space that contains the foyer and is lined with shiplap. “It’s somewhat arresting when you walk in because of the size,” Vogelgesang acknowledges, “but it still has this feeling of warmth.” To fill the immense area, the clients had a light fixture in mind. “I took a video of a gorgeous chandelier in the foyer of a home we toured up north,” the wife recalls. The husband demonstrated just how large: “He put out his arms and said, ‘Kelli, I want the chandelier to be the size of a small car,’” the designer laughs. Inspired by the wife’s video, she conceived a 6-foot-wide design to crown the foyer—then added a twin over the room’s sitting area.

Tapping into the wife’s love of white, Vogelgesang outfitted this gathering space with slipcovered linen sofas and armchairs, silk curtains and ivory tweed stools that mimic a Chanel jacket. One side of the area features a bar with an antique mirrored-tile backsplash that reflects the opposing wall’s double-sided fireplace, which also warms the billiard room. “The tile plays with vantage points and adds a level of luxe,” the designer explains.

From the “wow” factor bar, the layout smoothly transitions to the family room, home to a low-pile chenille sofa, an airy chandelier and a breakfast area with a cozy banquette. Studded with considerable windows, the sunny space contains doors that open to the pool grounds and expansive lanai, with Turkish marble flooring, earthy wicker dining chairs and grand sofas for alfresco napping.

To balance beauty with durability, Vogelgesang reached for no-fuss fabrics, such as wool carpets, seersucker lanai armchairs and an outdoor-grade textile on the breakfast nook chairs. “As pristine as it looks, it’s really family-friendly,” she observes. Scale also remained top of mind when it came to choosing rugs, art and, especially, lighting. “We were thoughtful about incorporating as many light fixtures as we could,” the designer says, “because they add warmth and style and are atmospheric.”

Settled into their forever home, the family takes advantage of every space. “It’s a house that’s filled with love and countless experiences—and is getting used to the max,” the wife says. Most of all, it reflects their dressed-down approach to luxury.

“This is my interpretation of them,” Vogelgesang says. “It’s clean, bright, fresh, young and comfortable.”