Boating enthusiasts Dennis and Cindy Reilley originally chose
to the water. They decided to renovate rather than relocate and
their multi-level Mediterranean style home in Bonita Bay as
once again called upon Collins & DuPont.
the perfect complement to their coastal lifestyle. The fourbedroom, four-and-one-half bath home in the Marina Isles neighborhood offers the convenience of stepping out their back door and onto their boat for a quick west coast excursion into the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The home site and floor plan made the most of the magnificent views of the marina fringed with natural vegetation. The Reilleys hired
“The Reilleys wanted their new interiors to match their lifestyle - elegant and easy,” explains Sherri DuPont. “We came back in to ‘de-Med’ this home,” she chuckles. She coined the phrase to describe the process of transforming the dark, heavy Mediterranean-style interiors typical of homes built in the early 2000s into modern spaces.
Collins & DuPont to design the home in keeping with the
It wasn’t the first time the award-winning design firm has been
popular Mediterranean look of the day - ornate dark wood
called in to “de-Med” a home. They are often asked to “lighten”
furnishings; plaster-like faux finishes on every wall; heavy,
a home, to create a look that is not “as serious,” sometimes re-
layered window coverings.
planning the space to better suit the client’s lifestyle.
Seven years later the Reilleys began looking for a larger home,
The work on the Reilleys’ home began in the kitchen. The old
but they were enamored with their location and loved being
stone floors of small-squared Saturnia marble were replaced
able to “lock up and go” when the opportunity arose to take
with 24” x 24” limestone. The arches and wooden headers THE DESIGN ISSUE 2015