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Luxury Home and Design

Modern Wonder

The remodeling of Bill Zwart and David Berchenbriter’s Gulf Towers apartment was a reunion of sorts. The owners originally purchased the home during a weekend trip to Naples in 1986. At that time, they ventured into a furniture store where they met Janet Bilotti, who helped them pick out pieces for their beachfront home.

Fast-forward 12 years and they sought out Bilotti again, now running her own interior design firm, for their remodel project. “The before look is 1980s laminate,” Bilotti says. “Because they were renting the apartment out, they wanted to have it very durable, and using the colors at the time—seafoam and peach. If you look, you can see that we stayed with same colors, it’s just more sophisticated, subtle and mature.”

Zwart says the goal of the redesign was to “eliminate all the frumpiness and make it as sleek and modern as possible.” Bilotti answered by opening up the kitchen, raising the ceiling and installing cabinetry that pairs, white-washed oak with maple and dark granite countertops. Zwart says the end result was just what they were hoping for: “Modern, sleek looking and nothing froufrou,” he says. “Just really clean lines.”

Do over: The once kitschy, tropical-inspired furnishings, above, were replaced with a mahogany dining room table, flat-stitched Italian leather chairs and Italian ceramic tile on the floors, left. Shallow custom cabinetry in white-washed oak and maple, designed by Pam Durkin, houses electronics and completes the clean lines of the home, below.

Gathering spot: (left) Both homeowners love to cook, so remodeling the kitchen from what was a closed-off galley (far left) to an open, functional room, was essential.

Interior Designers: Janet Bilotti, Pam Durkin

Contractor: Glenn Jenkins

Kitchen Designer: Missi Davis, Bailiwick Inc., Fort Myers

Lighting Designer: Mitch Fogelman, Design Electric

Photography by: John Stillman

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