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After a three-year hiatus, the Naples Woman’s Club is bringing back its house tour. Renamed the Kitchen Tour & More, it features 4 homes in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, and Old Naples. Roughly 500 guests will likely be driven by bus or trolley to the homes on Jan. 19 to view the exteriors, interiors, and tablescapes created for the event. Tickets went on sale Aug. 1 and sold out inside two weeks.

“There’s such demand for this experience of being invited into people’s houses,” says Stacy Vermylen, communications chair and past president of the Naples Woman’s Club. When the tour began 12 years ago, it focused only on kitchens, and chefs prepared food that tour guests could sample at each house. “It soon became clear that folks liked to see all of the living spaces,” Ms. Vermylen says. “So now we call it the Kitchen Tour & More.”

Two homeowners who’re showcasing their residences are Anthony Catalfano, president and principal designer of Anthony Catalfano Interiors, and Patty and Terry Cavanaugh, who renovated their home within the Little Harbor section of Port Royal after purchasing it in 2021.

CATALFANO “I at all times loved this house,” says Ms. Cavanaugh, who admits the couple considered buying the house when it was latest but ultimately selected one other property. When this house went back in the marketplace 4 years later, the Cavanaughs seized the possibility to live there. “My husband at all times desired to be closer to the beach and I at all times wanted water behind us,” she says.

The 2-story, five-bedroom home with about 5,000 square feet contains a first-floor main bedroom, lounge, dining room, island kitchen with a 6-burner gas stove, and an office. Though the house was fairly latest when the couple moved in, they renovated to make it their very own. They turned a back bedroom right into a TV room, added a door from the pool area to a first-floor bathroom, and created a second-story laundry area for guests. A Hunt Slonem painting pulls together the colours of the lounge while built-in bookshelves hold items collected from world travels at the house of interior designer Anthony Catalfano. And despite the fact that the home got here with the furniture, the Cavanaughs brought their very own and added more colours — resembling aqua — to the neutral color palette.

Décor will likely be the main focus at the house of interior designer Anthony Catalfano and his partner, Steven Kafhemmer. The couple purchased the five-bedroom, two-story house 4 years ago, drawn by the tall ceilings and huge entertaining area that opens to a pool. Before moving in, they got a brand new roof, updated the bathrooms, and added hurricane-rated windows. The kitchen is being renovated prior to the tour with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, latest wood cabinetry, a deep green and white crosshatch wallpaper, and leaf print fabric on the drapery that ought to convey a tropical theme. “Our house is different than most homes being built today which have massive kitchens which can be open to the family room,” says Mr. Catalfano. “For us, it’s a more intimate space where we create before bringing food out to other areas.” Interior designer Anthony Catalfano likes a “collected space” aesthetic featuring items he and partner Steven Kafhemmer have purchased while traveling.

As tour guests visit the house, Mr. Catalfano says they may see furniture, art, and accessories that the couple has purchased while traveling together the past 30 years. “We’re collectors of art and anything interesting that appeals to us.” He calls the lounge “a collected space with no real particular style. I prefer designing like that. It’s more interesting and more ‘Old World.’” As an alternative of hanging curtains, the couple invested in stone relief carvings across the windows. There’s a French antique hand-carved picket mirror that got here with the home, and a colourful Hunt Slonem painting that inspired fabric decisions for some upholstery. A rug and painted by hand silk panels within the dining room come along with coral-colored silk drapery. Another elements got here with the home, including the bookcases within the den which can be crammed with books and collectibles. “It’s a feast in your eyes,” Mr. Catalfano says. “There’s lots occurring, however it’s interesting.” The Cavanaughs’ two-story home has five bedrooms and a neutral color palette accented by aqua to reflect the pool and water.

In the course of the kitchen tour, each bus or trolley may have a tour guide who’s trained to share facts about Naples, Port Royal, and Aqualane Shores. Volunteers on the homes will indicate interesting features within the rooms. Ms. Vermylen says the Naples Woman’s Club hopes to net no less than $100,000 to donate to charities, including Wounded Warriors of Collier County and the David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health.

The Kitchen Tour & More gives guests a sneak peek inside homes they wouldn’t otherwise see.

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