2002 Idea House: Family Reunion

This oceanfront Idea House mixes nostalgic beach-home style with modern building technology. The result is an enduring getaway well equipped for large gatherings and generations of seaside memories.

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Living Room
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Funky Sophistication

Although the seascape commands ultimate attention, the great room beckons with its casual assembly of artwork and furnishings. The palette is so succinct that colors flow seamlessly throughout the great room's three areas: living, dining, and sitting.

On the room's two sofas, a tawny silk weave is visually reminiscent of burlap—but surprises the touch with smooth softness. Rattan chairs trimmed in jute piping compement the silk. Images of the West Indies are woven into the plush area rugs. Abundant rattan ta bles stand ready to hold cocktails or an interrupted book.

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