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: Master Suite
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck

Master Suite

“A lot of master bedrooms become lady-rooms,” Susan says. “This one isn’t.” To strike a careful balance between the masculine and feminine, she paired a dark wood desk and clean-shaped, upholstered bench with a lighter custom headboard upholstered in a blue-and-cream print that is repeated in the bedskirt. Tailored linen draperies and Roman shades offer a soft contrast to the planked paneling, which Bobby likes to use in high-traffic areas such as beach house bedrooms. “They’re very forgiving,” he says. “You start out with something imperfect, and it only gets prettier with more nicks and knocks.” The chaise was custom made to fill the window nook. “That is prime real estate, so you want a sweeping gesture, something that takes advantage of the whole space,” Susan says. “Two people can curl up there and enjoy the view.”

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