Classic and Contemporary Family Retreat

A blending of traditional style and modern architecture makes for a magical North Carolina escape on the shore.

Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

Natural Canvas

Watching the sun set on the marshes of Figure Eight Island is a little like peeking over the shoulder of an artist at work: First, the bright, unblemished blue of the sky deepens for a suitably moody canvas, and then the real show begins, welcoming wild streaks of coral, pink, and purple. It was this riotous act of color and composition that inspired designer Lindsay Henderson when she was tasked with dreaming up the interiors for a new family retreat for Steve and Jackie Bell. “The sunsets here are so amazing,” says Henderson. “I just incorporated some of the same shades in softer hues and carried that throughout the house for a seamless, magical experience.”

Get the look: The balcony seating is from Brown Jordan’s Fusion collection, with Sunbrella fabric on the cushions. The coffee and side tables are also by Brown Jordan. The rug is from Stark Carpet; the lantern and tray are from Crate & Barrel.

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