Both of the home’s cooking areas are proximate to ample seating.
S ome people think of the kitchen as the center of the home. Others might point to the family room. But with a large enclosed pool area in the middle of a household, each room ends up being defined by how it relates to that unique space. That is the dynamic that Lisa Davenport of LDD Interiors worked with in this Naples, Florida, home. “The clients were introduced to me by their builder, and it was a match made in heav- en,” says Davenport. “They wanted a home that wove their northeast roots with beautiful southwest Florida style, and I couldn’t wait to deliver up the designs.” In sourcing elements for the project, Davenport and her team looked to incorporate products made in Ameri- ca wherever possible. “LDD Interiors celebrates American craftsmen and manufacturing through our designs and strives to support home grown talent,” she says. The de- sign team also never lost site of the overall home as they tackled each part. For example, they chose furnishings for the great room that would not interfere with the view of the pool from the main entrance. “The pool has great visual depth,” notes Davenport. “Rich blue and black-tone glass tiles draw one’s eye deeper into the crystal-clear waters.” And no element calls to the eye quite the eye like the fire. “I don’t know if I can think of a combination that is T E X T PAUL HAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY DIANA TODOROVA
more complementary—while simultaneously contrasting— than fire and water,” Davenport muses. “The firepit in this design is slightly raised up on a wood deck, setting it apart and just slightly higher than the pool.” Davenport also looked to nature as a unifying element for the design: wood is referenced in the outdoor shower screen and ceiling fans. And with so many large windows, the landscape is omnipresent. “A home should be sewn together with a few common elements, colors, or textures. Subconsciously, we hold on to the elements as we walk through a home and connect the spaces,” says Davenport. In fact, she praises the therapeutic effects of design that connects homeowners to the outdoors. “The use of earth tones absolutely is a connection to the outside world and nature,” she says. “Mother Earth is a natural therapist. Ex- periencing nature centers us, lowers stress hormones and blood pressure, and—best of all—boosts serotonin levels,” she says. “The wall of sliders creates a seamless transition between the outdoors and indoors, ushering in nature.” Even spaces like the stunning primary bath feel con- nected to the earth without sacrificing function. “Nothing is more soothing than the view each morning behind the vanity,” she says. But when privacy is called for “above the windows, a narrow soffit hides motorized shades that drop
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