Home of the Month: Serene But Playful

With West Indies and California coastal touches, this Port Royal home avoids the look of the typical Florida house.

BY November 11, 2016


Welcome to the islands. Well, sort of. There’s no denying that when you pull up to 4090 Cutlass Lane in Port Royal, you’re greeted by what appears to be the West Indies. Architect John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects masterfully touched on all the styling cues one would expect—loges, flat-tiled compound-pitch roofs, cypress corbels and soffits, large overhangs and porches—in an effort to avoid what the owners term “the Florida home.” And thanks to a 23,500-square-foot lot perfectly plotted for privacy, the only thing that hints at not being in the tropics is reliable Internet.

But once inside, warm wood throughout (wide-plank white oak floors and details inside, extensive bamboo in the outside living spaces) and textures give off a California coastal vibe tinged with midcentury aesthetics. Yet it’s the use of color that whimsically hints that a beach is nearby. “I wanted it to be a serene setting, but I also wanted it to be playful,” says the owner, who is based in Pittsburgh with her husband. “I enjoy color. Nobody pushed me toward anything. In fact, I was pushing them.”

Not surprisingly, with homes scattered across the country, she knew exactly what she wanted in the 5,846-square-foot sanctuary. “We spend a lot of time in California and in the islands, so we wanted an open, airy floor plan with one giant living space. We were looking for a California coastal feel, which gave us those clean lines but with a lot of wood and textures that would warm it up.”

Plus, the use of turquoise and blues plays things up without being overpowering. From the master bath’s gradient glass tile wall to the guest bedroom’s energetic sea foam, color works its magic. But nowhere is that more true than in the kitchen, where custom cabinets in a pale Caribbean blue stand out from the white quartz surfaces and oversized subway tile backsplashes. “We wanted clean lines but not cold. And I didn’t want a white kitchen,” the owner says. “I had that color in mind. It needed to be subtle and yet a statement—there is a fine line.”

But perhaps the most important feature of the home is its sightline outward. Key rooms needed to have a view and/or open to the outdoors. Cooney, working along with landscape architect Koby Kirwin, created a space that begs to be experienced. From within the outdoor living room, eyes are directed across three different levels of water surrounded by lush vegetation.

“We wanted a resort-like feel,” the owner says. “We managed to create privacy on both sides, so we really feel like we’re by ourselves even though we have neighbors on both sides. We brought in all the planting. We really wanted the house to sort of sink into the land.”

And with that they created some island life right here on the mainland.


Warm white oak throughout the 5,846-square-foot home adds a natural livability that appeals to the homeowners, who were looking for a California coastal vibe.


Unafraid of color, the homeowner went playfully subtle in some areas and bolder in others. The blue and green Indian-print drapes in the living room match the ottoman and work in a chic retro style.


If you were to ask for the perfect kitchen, it would be hard to beat this expansive pale Caribbean blue space offset by white quartz surfaces.


If you had to define serenity with nothing but photographs, it would be difficult to beat the teak-dominated exterior living space.


Landscape architect Koby Kirwin tiered the water feature and pool area so that it appears you could almost wade into Naples Bay from the living room.


Builder: BCB Homes

Architect: Stofft Cooney Architects


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