An Amazing Home In Naples Florida
Recently we received a call from a long-time customer of ours from New Jersey. He dropped in to visit and ask about one of his chandeliers. We spoke initially about changing the profile of the foyer piece in his Naples, Florida home. This opportunity seemed ideal to do an LED lighting upgrade so that got added in as well. And then, as we talked over his growing art collection it seemed obvious that this was a perfect time to do a subtle shift in the colors of the piece to add some depth and echo back the colors of other work of mine he has hanging throughout the house. After sorting out exactly where to go with the modifications and after finally getting everything scheduled we headed down to Naples.
Bill has added nine chandeliers and one sconce from Belle Mead Hot Glass to this residence over the years. As an artist it is great seeing how each one integrates into the space he chooses for it. Using color, size and profile as well as the selection of individual shapes that comprise the chandeliers he has created a thematic flow throughout his home and yet each chandelier looks unique and harmonious in its space. With our team we worked on two of them, adding to them, adjusting the overall shape and upgrading the lighting.
Naples is a beautiful town with gorgeous views of the water and lush tropical foliage. We spent a few days looking around the town of Naples and admiring the galleries and public installations there while visiting with customers who have moved there over the years and stopping in the local galleries. The light and views combined with the art and community for a very inspiring environment. Our customers graciously took us on a little meet and greet tour and wined and dined us spectacularly. Soon we began talking about bringing the glass collection outside and a conversation about sculpture in the garden began.
The homes on the waterfront in Naples have two different faces; one face they show to the street and one to the water. The challenge would be to bring the themes of the glass inside the home outside into each space while maintaining the different aesthetics that characterize the bright and open water views and the lush and private front yards. We had some great discussions over potential inspirations as we walked around the town admiring the public art and while sitting at the amazing local restaurants and watching the sky change in the evenings. And we came away from this trip with a friendly challenge to produce the perfect pieces for the front and back.