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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Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Classic Elegance

The corner étagère holds fluffy green towels, stacked and ready to chase away an after-shower chill. The walk-in shower's wall-mounted, handheld attachment makes washing off salt and sand easy. The sink faucet offers old-fashioned appeal with its cross handles and scripted labels.

Towels: Royal Velvet. Faucets and shower fixtures: Grohe.

For more information about the products featured in this home, please see the November/December 2002 issue of Coastal Living magazine.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.