Americana on the Jersey Shore

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

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.

 

American Idyll: Kitchen

Rick Lew

Nautical Vibe

The sea-inspired color scheme set the stage for a few decorative nods to maritime life, starting in the kitchen, where a pair of lanterns hangs above a rounded, hull-like breakfast bar. Barstools upholstered in a crisp blue-and-acid green stripe add a jolt of color.

The barstool upholstery is by Lee Jofa. The lanterns are from The Urban Electric Co.

American Idyll: Family Room

Photographer: Rick Lew

Uninhibited Views

Florida-based designer T. Keller Donovan applied the same shipshape aesthetic in the kitchen to the upstairs family room, where the sofa and banquette are bedecked with yacht-printed pillows. And for window treatments, he used pleated valances to add a touch of style without blocking the ocean.

 

American Idyll: Dining Room

Photographer: Rick Lew

Durable Fabrics

The designer took a no-muss, no-fuss approach to the textiles, opting for sturdy upholstery fabrics that could handle not only children and pets, but also the rigors of coastal life. "Seventy-five percent of the fabrics I used in the house were indoor/outdoor," he says. All of the furniture in the high-traffic areas, such as the living and dining rooms, are covered in all-weather acrylic, woven fabric that can withstand even a red wine spill.

 

American Idyll: Master Bedroom

Rick Lew

Color Change-Up

Keller veered away from the navy-and-white palette in the bedrooms, instead playing up a sea glass green shade that's a mere accent in the living areas of the house. In the master bedroom, the walls above the three-quarter-height tongue-and-groove paneling reveal a touch of pale blue, while below, the wood is painted a crisp, glossy white.

 

American Idyll: Master Bedroom

Photographer: Rick Lew

Happy Haven

The striped upholstery on the master bedroom chair is by Carleton V Ltd.

American Idyll: Master Bath

Photographer: Rick Lew

Occasional Uniformity

The master bath follows the master bedroom’s sea glass hues, playing with a white base and green and blue accents.

 

American Idyll: Bunk Room

Photographer: Rick Lew

Bright Kids' Room

The kids' bunk room features a lively mix of coral, pink, and chartreuse on the built-in beds, painted chest, and plush window seat.

 

American Idyll: Balcony

Photographer: Rick Lew

Best of Both Worlds

The balcony’s Platinum chairs and ottoman are from Lane Venture.

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