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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