Romanza Interior Design elevates waterfront estate in Port Royal

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Oct. 10, 2020


Inspired interiors from award-winning Romanza Interior Design will elevate a new London Bay Homes luxury custom home that showcases commanding views of Doubloon Bay in the prestigious Port Royal neighborhood.

Located at 4155 Cutlass Cove, the 6,569-square-foot estate is a London Bay Homes-led creative collaboration with Kukk Architecture & Design, Romanza Interior Design and Architectural Land Design. The home features a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces and an interior design ideal for both easy everyday living and gracious entertaining.

“Wide expanses of glass with fully retracting pocket doors showcase the cove from the great room, master suite, club room and VIP suite,” said Romanza’s Senior Design Director Jennifer Stevens. “We’ve created a clean, comfortable interior design that complements, not competes, with the home’s amazing views.”

A keyless Oikos door pivots open, greeting guests to a grand home that stylishly blends state-of-the-art automation, elegant finishes, built-ins and custom treatments in a soft contemporary design.

“We’ve introduced lots of texture throughout the interior finishes, from shiny porcelains to warm wood tones, to fabrics and wallcoverings,” said Stevens.

The rich palette takes its cues from the water and natural preserve views, employing warm neutrals and soft whites, accented with caramel, charcoal, chocolate and blues. To unite main living areas, Stevens selected a 40″ x 40” tile in a natural ivory sea-worn stone finish with subtle vein variations. A custom ceiling of wood and upholstered leather graces the great room.

Kitchen appliances are integrated within quartz-topped white dove cabinets with lit glass displays. The Soho Kitchen and Design cabinetry engages the ceiling, with transom glass at the range hood and bar that brings in light and views of the sky. An island overlaid with a low-sheen rift oak waterfall-style top creates a casual dining area, while a separate bar area with dishwasher drawers serves entertaining needs both indoors and out.

Encompassing an entire wing of the first floor, the impressive master suite features 8-inch white oak floors and frameless doors that seamlessly integrate into the wall plane. An oversize, sleek wardrobe space is outfitted with Poliform, an Italian-made closet system that’s further customizable to adapt to owner’s unique needs. Leather, smoke and clear glass combine with soft champagne, textured camel, and greige finishes in drawers, shelves and stylishly lit hanging displays for clothing and accessories.

“It’s a completely functional, sophisticated and elegant space with the feel of a high-end boutique,” said Stevens.

The sumptuous master bath’s custom slab porcelain walls are paired with light blonde cabinetry with crisp white countertops and polished nickel fittings. Featuring private dual water closet areas, the bath also offers a separate makeup area and linen tower with storage. A transom-topped “U”-shaped arrangement of windows with automated sill-up shades surround the Kallista soaking

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Al Khalili Group appoints Muscat Interiors for Interior Design & fit-out for its real Estate Development Projects

Muscat: Al Khalili Group, one of the most prestigious commercial groups in the Sultanate, has appointed Muscat Interiors to design and implement all finishing works for the Group’s real estate development projects. As the Al Khalili Group previously announced its entry into the real estate development field in cooperation with the tibiaan properties, and it has allocated 100 million dollars for these luxury real estate projects.

The agreement between Al Khalili Group and Muscat Interiors was signed at the Group’s headquarters in the presence of Fahad Al-Ismaili, the CEO of tibiaan properties who are the exclusive agent for marketing and sales. Sheikh Qais bin Salem Al Khalili, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Khalili Group, said, “Quality is the basis of our projects, and the delivery of units according to the highest specifications and finishes to our customers is of great importance to us and here comes the importance of cooperation with field experts, especially young Omani masters of their work.”

Mr. Sufyan bin Saif Al Harrasi, founder of Muscat Interiors, commented, “Al Khalili Group is one of the commercial groups that are keen to support Omani companies and place their trust in them. We thank them for their confidence in Muscat Interiors, stressing our role in providing the best for the group’s real estate projects.”

It is worth noting that the first phase of Al-Khalili Group Real Estate projects includes 67 villas in various locations in Muscat and a significant commercial project in Bawshar for which tibiaan properties is the exclusive agent for marketing and sales.
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Interior Design brings color to the Parade of Homes | Real Estate

The Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes started this weekend and continues today and next weekend, with eight homes that are available for online touring, and seven homes that are available for in-person visits. With the popularity of home remodeling shows from areas across the country, it’s easy to stay on top of home interior styles elsewhere, but the Parade is a great opportunity to see the styles that locals love.

The experts say that the Grand Valley is typically a few years behind the rest of the country when it comes to home interior design choices, but one thing is consistent with local design preferences regardless of whether a home was designed in Tuscan style back in 2006 or in modern farmhouse in 2020: rustic never quite goes away, and it’s not uncommon to see the outside brought inside with textures, colors and materials during the Parade of Homes.

“Western Colorado is more nature-oriented,” said Courtney Carrigan, interior designer with Porter Homes. Although the Porter Homes Parade entry has tile flooring throughout the house, wood flooring remains a popular choice for most people, whether it’s hardwood, engineered wood, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP).

Sitting on the edge of Colorado National Monument, the Porter Homes house on Broadway features quite a few wood accents, even though none of them are on the floor.

“The biggest feature in the great room is the 16-foot tall ceilings with the timber beams,” Carrigan said, adding that the outdoor kitchen and the front entryway also feature great ceiling detail with wooden beams and tongue-in-groove looks.

“Rustic is more regional,” Carrigan said, “timber beams are a trend everywhere; it goes with the farmhouse look, but it will stick here in western Colorado because of our proximity to the mountains.”

Neutral colors are still popular for permanent features, but greige, tan, charcoal and taupe are being added to the white, black and gray palette to make a home feel warmer and more inviting.

The Maves Construction Parade home is similar to last year’s Parade home, with a warm, contemporary look.

“The walls are light taupe,” said Marge Csikos, with MAC Design Studio, the interior designer for the Maves Parade home. “I’m not a proponent of white walls unless someone is hardcore, super contemporary. A little color on the wall is better.”

The Maves home also has some nice, bright pops of color, which is a trend that’s being embraced by many right now. Look for the teals and blues in the office and bright, happy colors of orange, green a blue in the downstairs bedroom.

The Lopez Construction home also has several punches of color, including an bluesy accent wall in the kitchen and a bed wall that combines color and texture.

“I’ve used accessories and artwork from local artists,” said Kendi Sisak of Design Works Studio. “We have really wonderful artwork by local artists. They’re very kind and generous, and I’m excited to display their artwork.”

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Parnham House: ‘Adventure stays’ plan for arson attack estate

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image captionJames Perkins said two ceilings had fallen in since he bought the property for £2.5m in March

A Grade I-listed stately home which was largely destroyed in a suspected arson attack is to be a base for “adventure” stays and visits, its owner has said.

Parnham House, near Beaminster, Dorset, was gutted by the fire in April 2017.

Its new owner, former rave scene promoter James Perkins, said his “unusual ideas” for the estate included roaming circus performers and giraffes.

Mr Perkins said he intended to submit a planning application to Dorset Council in January.

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image captionThe house was largely destroyed by fire in 2017
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image captionThe blaze destroyed most of the roof and many internal floors and walls

The fire broke out in the early hours of 15 April 2017 and took four days to extinguish fully.

Previous owner Michael Treichl was arrested on suspicion of arson and was found dead two months later.

Historic England previously said the house had been unprotected for two years after the blaze,

and it feared the “likely” collapse of external walls.

Its latest report, obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act, noted collapses in 2018 or 2019 of a roof, an internal room and a chimney.

It concluded: “The need for over-roofing and scaffolding support to the internal structure is becoming more critical.”

image captionHistoric England said stabilisation work was “critical” to prevent further collapses

Mr Perkins, 51, the former head of rave promoter Fantazia, said he paid about £2.5m for the estate in March.

He said: “Since I’ve been here, two ceilings have fallen in. If you allow yourself to get downhearted then you give up.”

He said he aimed to have scaffolding erected by Christmas, after Historic England previously offered to pay for stabilisation work.

Mr Perkins, who has restored other mansions, said the main buildings could become a “Batman house” with secret doors and contraptions.

He said the 131-acre estate would be transformed into “magical gardens” for stays, visits and events, with resident acrobats and architectural follies.

The entrepreneur said he hoped to welcome the first visitors in 2021.

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$750K Grayson Estate Has Screened Porch, Marble Kitchen Counters

GRAYSON, GA — A $750,000 Grayson estate has a main-level master with its own deck, five-car garage, and a screened porch, according to This brick home has a remodeled gourmet kitchen with marble counters; fireplaces in the formal dining room, master suite and basement; a floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room; and outdoor features including a screened porch, three decks, stone patio and a fire pit.

  • Address: 2235 Wilshire Dr, Grayson, Georgia
  • Price: $750,000
  • Square Feet: 9338
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1994
  • Features: Beautiful 4 sided brick estate on Graysons nicest street. Move in ready 5 car garage parking. Curved staircase in the 2 story foyer welcomes you home. Formal dining room w/a fireplace. Gourmet kitchen has been completely remodeled w/carrara marble counters, stainless steel appliances, one of a kind glass backsplash. The family room has a stone fireplace that reaches to the ceiling. Master on the main level w/a romantic fireplace & luxuriously appointed bathroom. Deck right off the master suite. 4 children’s rooms upstairs. Walk up attic. Huge basement w/recreation room, home gym, trophy room & storage galore. Screen in porch. 3 outdoor decks. Gorgeous stone patio & fire pit. Extra large lot because the seller also owns & will convey the 1/2 acre at 2245 Wilshire.

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This six-bedroom Plano estate has a spiral staircase in a bathroom and room for your nine cars

Built in 1999, this $4.69 million estate sits on 2.73 acres in the Willow Bend Country neighborhood of Plano. It was recently updated and features a wealth of detailed design, from ornate crown moldings to a two-story closet.


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The property has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, but listing agent Michelle Field noted that there is an additional “in-law” suite and separate guest apartment that add three more bedrooms and two more bathrooms.

Field said she thinks the home could suit a family housing multiple generations, especially with the generous amount of extra space in the “in-law” and guest quarters.

She noted that the expansive home suits the pandemic lifestyle where families stay at home more often and everyone needs room to work.

“There’s a place for mom, there’s a place for your guests to come and stay in the apartment,” Field said. “There’s stuff for the kids to do, there’s rooms for everybody to do their homework, schoolwork, their work-work. You would never have to leave.”

Field described the exterior design of the home as Mediterranean and said the interior has transitional style. The circle driveway at the front of the home centers around a fountain. The fountain and the home’s entrance are flanked with statues of lions.

One step through the front doors and there is a straight-shot view through the foyer and into a living area that centers around three tall windows. The foyer is open to the second level, with high ceilings complemented by ornate molding details and Juliette balconies overlooking the foyer.

A sprawling staircase leads to the second floor.

The primary suite is housed on the first floor, with a large fireplace in the bedroom. The attached bathroom, which Field said is nearly the same square footage of the bedroom, has dual sinks, a water closet and a walk-in shower. The bathtub is a focal point in the bathroom, situated in front of a fireplace and windows, elevated by a set of stairs.

There’s a spiral staircase in the bathroom that leads to the primary suite’s closet, a two-story setup that Field said is more than 600 square feet. The second level of the closet overlooks the primary bathroom and has access to one of the upstairs suites.

There’s still more to the primary suite: an attached gym with a sauna that overlooks the backyard and has access to a patio.

The kitchen — which is open to a breakfast area and a living area — has a pizza oven, as well as a fireplace, plenty of built-in cabinets and ornate light fixtures and trim throughout.

Four of the bedrooms are on the second floor, all with en suite bathrooms, along with the in-law suite that has a kitchenette and spa bath.

Also on the second floor, there’s a large game room with an attached media room or home theater, and an outdoor balcony.

The home has covered space for nine cars between the garage and porte cochere. A separate guest

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Meet the ‘no cap’ offer: Escalation clause to win a real estate bid

  • Matt Bauscher is one of Boise’s top real estate agents, and recently used a ‘no cap’ offer to win an in-demand home for his clients, at $125,000 over-ask. 
  • The ‘no cap’ offer is an escalation clause modified to outbid any other offers on the table. 
  • Bauscher said he’s done hundreds of escalation clauses before but never a ‘no cap’ deal: ‘No one had ever heard of what we did here either.’
  • Leader of one of Idaho’s top real estate teams, Bauscher says he’s designed many escalation clauses before, but they all had caps on them.
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“No one had ever heard of what we did here either,” Matt Bauscher told Business Insider.

Bauscher, a top Boise real estate broker with Amherst Madison, was talking about his recent success winning a home for his clients with a “no cap” offer. 

Bauscher has been in real estate since 2014, and leads one of the top real estate teams in Idaho, per Real Trends.

“It was the first time I’ve ever done it — I’ve done hundreds of escalation clauses, but most with a cap.” 

Bauscher’s “no cap” offer came about as a result of the feverish Idaho real estate market, where realtors are describing a market overwhelmed with bidding wars and sales often going for $100,000 over ask. It’s a real estate “feeding frenzy,” as Bauscher puts it, as city dwellers flock to the Gem State.

While typical escalation clauses make a contractual provision in a home buyer’s offer letter that seeks to outbid competition by a designated amount, the “no cap” offer means a buyer is essentially writing a blank check for a home — determined to successfully outbid any other offers on the table. 

“I often do an escalation clause on my offers when I’m representing a buyer,” Bauscher said. For example, “I will write in the contract, ‘Buyer agrees to beat any competing bona-fide offer by $5,000 over the highest competing offer. A copy of the competing offer must be provided for escalation clause to be valid.'”

Bauscher used the example of a house being listed at $1.5 million, for which you could do an escalation clause beating any offer by $10,000, up to a max of $1.7 million. The ‘no cap’ would mean you are going to beat any competing offer for just what it sounds like, he said — without a cap.

Bauscher said the “no cap” requires proof, too: The listing agent has to provide a lender approval letter or proof of funds of the competing offer, so they can’t falsify an offer. 

It’s simple, but it works, according to Bauscher, who used the “no cap” offer to win his clients — who were coming from an affluent area out of state — a Boise home at $125,000 over ask.

“Many urban cities are losing people to Boise,” he said, pointing to the city’s safety, low cost of living, and seasonal weather, adding that residents can work from home and

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French country architecture meets luxurious and timeless masterpiece with this mansion, boasting a theater, game room, and luxury outdoor kitchen. 

The mansion, located at 216 Princeton Woods Loop, has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, with 4,434 square feet, and is listed for $949,900. 

Walking through the front double doors into the foyer, 12 foot ceilings and antique pine flooring throughout lead to an unbelievable living area with custom drapes. French country architecture meets luxurious and timeless masterpiece with this River Ranch mansion, boasting a theatre room, game room, and luxury outdoor kitchen. (Photo: Parish Pix)

Walking through the front double doors into the foyer, 12 foot ceilings and antique pine flooring throughout lead to an unbelievable living area with custom drapes.

The kitchen has white macaubas natural quartzite countertops, backsplash, and custom cabinetry throughout with top of the line Dacor Brand stainless steel appliances including a pot filler, gas range and oven, built in refrigerator, wall oven and microwave.

The mansion has updated designer-end light fixtures, hardware throughout and interior has been completely repainted.

Off of the kitchen there is a second living area and breakfast nook overlooking outside into the gorgeous courtyard and backyard oasis. The home has been updated with all new windows so natural lighting can spread throughout. 

The theatere room is decked out, giving the complete surround sound theater feel. Upstairs there is a huge landing zone perfect for a play area or reading nook.

The opulent master suite is truly a dream, with the space anyone desires and French double doors overlooking the courtyard. 

Outside, the newly added outdoor kitchen is paired with the striking brick patio, custom outdoor fireplace and beautiful granite slab countertops. The outdoor kitchen also has top of the line stainless steel gas grill, griddle, and outdoor refrigerator.

The large yard is perfect to add a pool, with newly added lush landscaping throughout the front and backyard with underground drainage built in.

More luxury real estate: Mansion features oversized tree house, giant oaks, mosquito misting, and complete game room

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This Vayu Planter Deserves Your Kitchen Real Estate

This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now.

My kitchen recommendation of late is plants. Your home is likely already filled with them, but we don’t always give edible plants the same real estate as giant fig trees and ferns. For all your basil and cilantro, I advocate getting a nice planter like Light + Ladder’s sculptural Vayu planter.

Most planters are quite uniform: round and consistent. What makes Light + Ladder’s planters so striking is that their surface plays with dimension, resisting the typical house plant pot dogma with designs reminiscent of 20th-century Brutalist architecture. Sweeping platforms wrap around the planter’s walls and the result is something that’s both awe-inspiring and calming, a feeling we could all use in the kitchen these days.

Farrah Sit, the designer behind Light + Ladder, creates many beautiful objects for the home, but she thinks her planters are the ones with the most avid following because her love of gardening is apparent in the design. “The aesthetic [of the planters] was an expression of that focused concentration and peace that you feel when you’re gardening,” she told me. “As I was taking care of a small veggie farm on my roof, at a particular time in my life when I was trying to figure things out, it gave me such a sense of peace. I wanted to bring that feeling to the planter design.”

Many of us are staying inside our homes now more than ever, and I not only find some solace in these beautiful planters that keep me company, but I’m also able to use them to cultivate a micro-relationship with the world. I’m growing my own food at a small scale and engaging with the ecosystem in a new way. And when my tasks and days bleed together,  I find that plants are more reassuring timekeepers than calendars and clocks.

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Is it time to remodel that bathroom? | Home/Real Estate

Total renovations of 30- or 40-year-old bathrooms in Santa Fe account for a good chunk of DMC’s bread and butter. It’s not just about updating faucets and floors and showers; it’s also usually about going to a more clean, contemporary look. “Definitely,” said owner Douglas Maahs. “For us it is. Our customers seem to really want less stuff, cleaner lines, cleaner finishes.”

That shows up pretty dramatically in today’s color palette: cool, neutral grays with crisp whites. However, those choices are never made without reference to the house itself. “If there’s a lot of wood, we’ll go with warmer neutrals to complement the house,” he said. “Our philosophy is to make it look like it never happened. We try to stay within the confines of the design of the home and incorporate fresh, new design into that.”

The remodeling of bathrooms built in the 1980s and 1990s “seems to be a big window in the Santa Fe market,” Maahs said. “It’s getting rid of jetted tubs and deck tubs and a lot of freestanding tubs, even with our older clientele; they’re finding that they would much prefer that that freestanding tub look a little more contemporary, for a little more of an open feeling.

“People are really tearing out the old Jacuzzi tubs and wanting a simpler technology that is a little more bracing, including the new bubble-tub technology and the warming-tub technology.”

DMC often converts the old, standard 60-inch bathtub in the corner to a walk-in shower. “The philosophy of the real-estate agents is to keep at least one tub in the household. Whether that’s the main bedroom or the secondary bathroom, we do try and leave one. But some of our more mature clients really don’t care. They say, ‘We want the convenience and we don’t do soaking,’ so we eliminate tubs. That trend is growing.”

If it’s possible, Maahs will alter walls to enlarge the bathroom, but the majority of time the remodel happens within the existing space.

Countertops are a big deal in bathrooms. They provide practical space for storing and setting things, and because they occupy an expanse, beautiful new countertops will elevate the whole room by several notches.

Solid-surface tops are still king.

“There are so many varieties of granite and quartz and the newest are porcelain countertops,” the contractor said. “Porcelain is able to infuse a lot more movement into the top, much like natural granites and marbles.”

By “movement” he means the color variations within the veins that run through the material. “It wasn’t always as easy to do with quartz, but with the porcelain technology and inks being embedded in the material as it’s formed, they’re coming up with amazing stuff, and it’s quite thin. The new countertops in my showroom are a half-inch thick.”

Like much else in the construction world, prices have increased because of trade duties and COVID-19 difficulties and transportation costs. But Maahs said he can still do custom countertops for between $100 and $150 a square

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