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: Dining Room
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck

Dining Room

Because the homeowners have four children and love to entertain, the dining area was designed to accommodate a crowd. The star here is always the beach, so the 12-foot-long table, low, neutral chairs, and backless benches don’t block the view. “There is a lot of architectural pattern in this room—the grid of the windows, the ceiling beams, and the cross-sections below the table,” Susan says. “There’s no reason to complicate the space with fussy fabrics.”

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