2017-04-20 / Real Estate News

From Tuscan to transitional

Kimberly Bright of Design West brings a Pelican Bay condo back to life
BY MICHAEL KORB
Florida Weekly Correspondent


Above and right: It’s hard to believe this bright and airy space was once dark and cramped and decidedly Tuscan. Removing a wall and installing light-colored hardwoods, white cabinets and shiny surfaces refreshes the entire kitchen/dining area. Note the waterfall edge of the quartz on the dining island, one of the designer’s favorite details. Above and right: It’s hard to believe this bright and airy space was once dark and cramped and decidedly Tuscan. Removing a wall and installing light-colored hardwoods, white cabinets and shiny surfaces refreshes the entire kitchen/dining area. Note the waterfall edge of the quartz on the dining island, one of the designer’s favorite details. It’s a story as old as time. Northern couple buys dated Tuscan-styled gulffront condo and calls talented interior designer to save the day. And just in the nick of time.

“It was heavily ornamented with a lot of orange and brown and dark wood with marble floors,” says Design West’s Kimberly Bright. “It had a formal dining room separate from the kitchen, which created a very small kitchen.”

At 2,200 square feet, the three-bedroom, three-bath condo could certainly benefit from a few fewer walls. Luckily, the new owners didn’t want the formal dining room, so Ms. Bright made a more casual dine-in kitchen that’s bigger and opens onto a smaller dining area.

“They definitely wanted to lighten up the space,” the designer says of the homeowners. “They had never really done much renovation in the past, so they were very trusting of us and let us take the lead.

“Their only (instruction) was that they wanted really clean lines and not a lot of goopy, tchotchke-type things.”

So by removing that wall in the kitchen, it allowed a great deal more light to flow from the east side of the condo right through to the gulf side.

The expanded space accommodates a beautiful kitchen island and peninsula surfaced by a silver-flecked quartz that “flows” over the side and screams luxury.

“Everyone who has come into the unit has commented on how beautiful that quartz is,” Ms. Bright says. “I love that waterfall edge. If you asked me what one of my favorite things would be, that’s it. It’s a really nice product.”

Paired with wide-plank European white oak flooring run on a diagonal throughout, the entire space feels impressively larger, brighter and much more current. And the muted blue glass backplash gives the space a hint of a coastal vibe without being overpowering.

Meanwhile, in the living room, Ms. Bright used Wood-Mode paneling for the entertainment wall and added cantilevered shadowbox shelving backlit with a wave wall to display decorative accents. The dining area features a wave wall that ties everything together nicely.

In the master bedroom, space restrictions made brightening the space a must.

“The bed that was in there before was a dark wood with red bedding, and there was a huge armoire that really weighed down the room,” she says.

An elegant new king-sized bed outfitted with lovely, light linens creates a classic, clean and restful vibe.

Mirrors over the nightstands reflect the light more and make the room feel bigger. “They kind of act like pseudo-windows,” Ms. Bright says about the mirrors, adding, “The owners really like that.

“I think the only thing we didn’t pick out in that (room) was the computer.”

In addition, the master bathroom was completely gutted. The old tub had a raised surface decking around it, so you had to climb into it. The new freestanding tub is modern and clean and makes a statement when silhouetted by walls of Carrera marble and outfitted by polished chrome fixtures. ¦

— Design West 9118 Strada Place Mercato, Naples 514- 1234; www.dwest.

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