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Luxury Home + Design

The Wow Factor

When doug and christine peterson purchased their Hickory Boulevard home on Bonita Beach—a 1970s teardown—they set out to do something unusual. In fact, the direction they gave their builder and interior designer was to make their new home as original as possible. And the team delivered a one-of-a-kind, four-story, light and airy home filled with contemporary art, exquisite craftsmanship, a sense of playfulness and plenty of eye-popping details.

From the winding staircase set with back-lit carved glass insets to the 32-foot chandelier to the heated teak floor in his master bath to the 3,000 Swarovski crystals set in the powder room—the home promises, as Doug Peterson says, to leave visitors saying, “You’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The main inspiration for the design, says Lora Potts of DesignWorks in Bonita Springs, was the nautilus seashell. They were used to satisfy Christine’s love of whimsy—swirling through the blue outdoor railings on each story of the home. And they served in a more contemporary way as 4-million-year- old pyritized ammonite nautilus fossils were embedded in the flooring.

“One-of-a-kind and unique—that’s what this house is all about,” Potts says. “Plus it’s livable and comfortable, and reflects their personalities.”


Tall story: Three levels of living space stand over the garage and overlook the salt-water pool and the Gulf beyond.

All in the details: The master bedroom, above, is anchored by a custom undersea lighted glass partition that acts as a headboard to the sleigh bed. Below the bed, an automatic pop-up television is tucked away, and just a touch of a button brings it up to viewing level. At right, a powder bath boasts a lighted granite sink and a faux finish on the walls that is embedded with nearly 3,000 Swarovski crystals.

Added sparkle: Semi-precious labradorite stone countertops are the jewel of the contemporary kitchen, above. At left, the stained-glass front doors lead into the grand staircase with glass nautilus inserts and custom railing.


Interior Design: Lora Potts, DesignWorks of Southwest Florida
Builder: Potter Homes
Faux Finish Artist: Andrea mongan
Custom Electronics: Specialty Electronics
Photography by: Tom Harper Photography

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