Welcome to almost 7,000 square feet of inspiration just steps from the Chesapeake Bay.
The mahogany front door teams traditional design with a weather-resistant finish. Its brushed-nickel handle set pairs security with beauty. Handcrafted copper lanterns and teak planters accessorize the home's shingle-style architecture.
In the entry, a glass-panel, Craftsman-style pine door lends prominence to the powder room. Antique heart-pine floors showcase a honey-hued shine. Stair treads and banisters finished in a rich, long-lasting stain repeat the look of the floors' reclaimed wood.
Just off the foyer, a study exudes masculinity with stained paneling and built-in bookcases. Twin leather armchairs and an ottoman gather in front of a fireplace. Above, an artist's rendering of sand dunes adds one more view of the shore.
In the main living space, pale blue walls soothe the senses and act as a skylike backdrop for off-white furnishings. French doors lead to a wrap-around porch with views of Chesapeake Bay. Craftsman-style columns define the living and dining spaces.
In the dining room, a traditional Queen Anne-style dining table gets a modern update by replacing some of the chairs with a cream-color, tufted-leather settee. Overhead, a sculptural glass chandelier almost disappears against a bank of windows and bay views.
"I wanted the kitchen to look as though it had evolved over time," says architect Gerrie King West. Frameless cabinets with updated Shaker-style doors in two hues―enamel-glazed latté above, and toffee-stained cherry below―help to accomplish the look. Dishes and dry goods fill glass-front cabinets and acrylic-front drawers. To contrast the antique look, modern stainless steel appliances are strategically placed in centers around the room.
This nautical-inspired space is fit for the young and young-at-heart. The bed is dressed in soft blue and white linens. Tall pine bookshelves on either side of the bed replace traditional night tables. Porthole mirrors hung above the bed lend ocean-liner flair.
Geometric black-and-white fabric covers the queen-size bed in this guest suite. On each side, three-drawer, burnished leather chests trimmed in antique brass nailheads support contemporary glass bubble lamps with rust-red shades. A green-and-blue coastal landscape brings in seaside color but echoes the wall color with hints of coral.
Muted botanical prints complement a four-poster, king-size guest bed. At its end, a demure chair with a rolling back and arms pairs with an ottoman and floor lamp to create cozy seating near French doors and a covered porch.
Built-in bookcases in the second-floor gallery continue from the study below. The shelving acts as storage and display space for all things sea-related.
A retreat untol itself, the master suite occupies the entire third floor. A plush settee covered in resilient outdoor fabric invites homeowners to the master suite's sitting room. Beneath a bank of windows, a leather-topped, campaign-style desk and chair peer out over the bay.
In the master suite, a low wall behind the king-size sleigh bed separates the bath without blocking the scenery. Craftsman-style pine doors with textured-glass panels admit light while preserving privacy.
Beyond the master suite's French doors, outdoor-fabric curtains in a cabana-inspired stripe provide shade and privacy. A pair of clean-line chairs and an ottoman bask in the breeze. Weather-resistant cushion fabric in a traditional taupe-and-white check pair with papaya-hue accent pillows.
A private cottage above the garage explodes with color and funky, modern styling-vivid painted wicker and wood, playful patterns, and tonal striped walls. The contemporary-cottage juxtaposition extends to the convenient kitchen, with its eclectic mix of wicker accents, stainless appliances, farmhouse-style sink, and soapstone countertops.
A deck of honed, Tennessee crab orchard stone, part of more than 1,800 square feet of open-air spaces, surrounds a small pool.
"[The stone] has enough texture to keep people from slipping, but is still comfortable to walk on barefoot," says builder
Jim Sykes. Where the stone gives way to composite decking, a round teak table, folding armchairs, and a parasol offer shady
alfresco space for dining near the firepit. The screened cabana holds an outdoor kitchen.
For more information about the products featured in this home, please see the November/December 2005 issue of Coastal Living magazine.