The New Classic Beach House
Designer Lynn Morgan gives a Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, house a nautical, chic look—without going overboard.
But after 15 years, the owners, a family of six Connecticut, decided the house needed some updating. Installing a new kitchen and stairwell turned into a full-blown renovation and addition—including a new family room, master suite, and pool—by Essex, Massachusetts--based architect Robert MacNeille. Then the family turned to Rowayton, Connecticut-based interior designer Lynn Morgan to infuse their home with a style that would reflect the seaside setting.
To offset the ocean colors, she incorporated a lot of natural elements, such as the ship-inspired mahogany windows, sisal area rugs, and grasscloth lamp shades. Lots of white, from the living room's garden stool and coffee table to the high-gloss paint on most of the trim, also tones down the bright hues.
The living room walls are painted Wispy Green by Benjamin Moore. The sofas are upholstered in fabric by Romo; the fabric on the pillows is from Lee Jofa's Seacloth collection. The garden stool is from Emissary Home & Garden.
The copper pendant lights above the island are modeled after captain's lights on a boat, while the rounded island itself, with its teak countertop and beaded board paneling, looks built to sustain strong gusts and swells.
The master bedroom walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Sweet Bluette. The bed is from MItchell Gold, and the bedding is Matouk. The custom benches are covered in Romo fabric. Pillow fabrics are from China Seas, David Hicks, and Lee Jofa.
The master bath's glass tiles are from Waterworks.
The mudroom pillows are from Jonathan Adler.