A Naples home tour

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This gorgeous Naples home belongs to my in-laws, the "serial remodelers" as my husband likes to refer to them. Just over two years ago they sold their sprawling home in Rolling Hills and bought a retro modern home in Naples. With all 5 kids off to college and out of the house they opted for a smaller home in a more social neighborhood. When they first bought the house I really thought I liked it, now looking at the before photos I'm not as sure. One thing I know for sure the finished (well almost) house is stunning. There is still some decorating to complete, an indoor fountain to get built, and a few other finishing touches to be finalized.

Prior to the remodel the kitchen, dining room, and main living area were upstairs which maximized the view, but did not allow for the indoor/outdoor living that is so nice on the canals. The master was upstairs in the back of the home and the smaller bedrooms and a tiny living room were located downstairs. Now the living, dining and kitchen areas are downstairs, along with a raised patio with better access and improved view. The master bedroom remains upstairs but now faces the canals with a balcony to really enjoy the view.

These before and afters are pretty dramatic - enjoy!

Exterior before

Exterior - after

Amazingly the youngest of the Stratford siblings designed the facade and the outdoor firepit - not bad for a college kid!

Downstairs living room area - before

Downstairs living room - after

The sliding glass doors

Custom entertainment center and display

Throughout the home, they included shelving to highlight works done by the artists in the family.

Kitchen - before (upstairs)

Kitchen - after

View from kitchen out with automatic shade down, we can see out, but they can't see in.

Dining room before

** An important disclaimer: these before photos were taken with the previous owners furniture, pretty sure it had been there since the Sixties!

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The only recognizable part of the interior! These stairs were gorgeous as is. Under the stairwell is where the fountain will go, yet again designed by Katie (she goes to UCLA, which is probably why she is so talented!)

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The above wallpaper, was very cool and kitschy, but not quite their style.

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Oh, yes I believe I could live in this bathroom, so spacious and filled with light, like heaven!

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I know, I know this is the longest blog post ever, but I do need to include a few detail shots, since these are my favorites.

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Now to complete the lovely home tour I take you down to the dock where you'll find the Duffy - no home on the canal is complete without one!

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