Some 20 years ago, designer Antoine Testard traded the bright lights of Paris for the eternal sunshine of Naples, and he’s never looked back. “I wanted a change,” he says. “I moved here and began doing the only things I was able to do right—my passion—architecture and interior design.” He has spent the last two decades building a reputation for his novel approach to contemporary interiors, placing an emphasis on circulation and continuity from room to room. Turns out, his talent and European flair are a perfect fit for upscale beach living stateside.
While Testard had little trouble making his mark on the Naples design scene, he and his wife, Debbie, didn’t experience the same good fortune when it came to finding a home that met all their needs. “It was always something. The kitchen and the living room were either too small or too big. It’s very difficult to find the right proportion,” he explains. “I wanted to build a house that fit my life with my wife.” So, armed with a list of their must-haves—corner lot, good location close to downtown and the beach, lively neighborhood—the couple began to search in earnest for a plot of land that checked all the boxes five years ago.
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Photography by Tina Sargeant