Classic and Contemporary Family Retreat

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

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Living Room
Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

Balancing Act

The adjoining living room, too, was a delicate balancing act. The Bells wanted the room, which is open to the dining area, to be sophisticated enough for post–dinner party mingling, but not completely out of touch with the home’s family-friendly vibe. “We have nine grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 20 years,” says Jackie, “so we needed the house to be fun and easy.” To accommodate the Bells’ requirements, Henderson chose deep-seated sofas that are as comfortable as their silhouettes are beautiful, opting to stay away from stark white in favor of soft, delicate shades of blue and rose.

Get the look: The sofas and chairs are by Edward Ferrell. The coffee table is from Jerry Pair. The pillows are from Michael Devine, and the lamps are by Edgar-Reeves.

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