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: Kitchen
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck


The kitchen design combines beautiful materials with practical functionality. Pecky cypress on the cabinets lends sea-inspired texture—as though the wood washed ashore, battered by salt, wind, and sand, says Susan. A custom concrete sink adds to the organic feel. In contrast to the rustic cabinetry, the Calcutta gold marble countertops and mosaic-tile backsplash are smooth and glossy. The black metal scrollwork and white shades on the light fixture, a find from the South of France, play off the room’s balance of light and dark. Barstools slipcovered in slick outdoor fabric wipe clean in a snap.

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