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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Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

Family Affair

Having a place to go to unwind and play is a nice perk when the Bells need a break from the normally high-paced lifestyle they’re used to, especially when the whole family gets together on the Fourth of July. Last summer, for example, they hosted a weeklong, multigenerational family Olympics, where the entire clan divided up into two teams of eight to participate in events like balloon tosses, swimming relays, a putting contest, and even a competitive hunt to find the largest sea creature. Steve went so far as to craft his own medals for the final ceremony from shells that he gathered at the beach right across the street, drilling holes in them and stringing them through with ribbon. “There’s always something to do here,” Jackie says fondly, “but the best part is getting to do it all together.”

Get the look: The barstools in the kitchen are from McGuire. The backsplash is by Waterworks.

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