Americana on the Jersey Shore

A Manhattan family creates a charming retreat that’s just as practical as it is pretty.

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A Classic Exterior
Photographer: Rick Lew

A Classic Exterior

Classically picturesque, storybook perfect but never prim, this house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, exudes a happy balance between practicality and panache. The New York-based homeowners needed their beach house to have enough dexterity to handle sun, salt, and sand—plus all the wear and tear an active family can dish out—while maintaining its graceful New England cottage charm.

An Americana mix of blue and white starts outside, with classic white trim, a refined gray-shingled facade, a white fence, and smart navy shutters. That classic style hints at the nautical palette throughout the home's interiors, which met the owners' desire for down-to-earth aesthetics.


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