Light and Neutral Design

By layering neutral colors, cool textures, and lots of natural light, architect Bobby McAlpine and designer Susan Ferrier created a Florida beach house that’s refined yet relaxing.

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Light and Neutral Design: Designer Tricks
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck

Designer Tricks

Run draperies along the wall behind a bed for a luxurious contrast to planked wood paneling.

Bobby and Susan dress beach house beds in light-colored linens that won’t fade in all that sunlight.

Shop the look: Drapery fabric, Lewis & Sheron

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.