Luxury Home & Design
In with the Old
EVOLUTION OF STYLE The Old Florida hotel-style décor in this historic cottage, called Westhaven, fell together easily, and it was no thanks to a professional interior designer. Its owner, Linda Morris, culled the furnishings from the Port Royal home she owns with her husband, Robert, and edited out what didn’t work, explains Joie Wilson, interior designer and author of the 2011 book Dream Homes: Historic Beach Homes & Cottages of Naples, in which Westhaven is featured. The juxtaposition of a traditional sofa with tricolored rope fringe and a Lucite cocktail table speaks to Linda’s innate sense of balance and scale in an interior, Wilson says.
LET THERE BE LIGHT The cottage’s traditional sun porch hearkens back to the days when most entertaining was done on porches. Dark wood furniture, coupled with Victorian wicker and the use of one tropical-printed fabric throughout, make it the perfect example of classic Florida hotel décor.
BE OUR GUEST Westhaven’s grounds are among the largest of Naples’ historic cottages, as demonstrated by its pool area and guest house. A little-known fact, Wilson says, is that guest houses can’t be built under Naples law—they must be “grandfathered” in. “That this property was of the size that invited a guest house and pool shows how truly livable it is,” she says.
GATHER ‘ROUND In many newer homes, classic formal dining rooms have fallen by the wayside. Westhaven’s amply sized dining room easily accommodates a table for eight, an element evocative of traditional Southern entertaining.