2012 Ultimate Beach House Room Tour
In the storybook coastal town of Rosemary Beach, Florida, an all-star design team crafted a sophisticated seaside retreat.
Glam Appeal: The grand entry sets a sophisticated tone with a soaring 12-foot-high domed ceiling and the glossy plaster walls, which reflect sunlight into the dramatic space.
Shape Shifter: A glass-topped hexagonal accent table brings just the right amount of edge to the oval-shaped entry.
East Meets West: A decorative brass chandelier is designed to resemble a compass (a nod to the home's east and west wings, which commence here).
Indoor lighting: Circa Lighting
Middle Ground: Doorways lead from the bright entry and the cozy den into the dining room, which takes notes from both: Plates trimmed in gold reflect the metallic sheen of the entry chandelier; the driftwood gray table mentions the den's white-washed wooden walls.
Have a Seat: A settee upholsted in outdoor fabric fits perfectly into the carved-out dining alcove; the dining chairs can be added or taken away as needed.
Durable Goods: An outdoor-friendly rug and striped slipcovers on the chairs stand up to everyday wear.
Smooth Move: Bullnose doorway trim adds a sculptural feel to hallways throughout the house.
Speak Easy: In a conversation space, furniture should feel cozy, not crammed in. Garden stools don't overwhelm the floor space and are just the right height for setting down a cocktail.
Choose Sides: Oversize floor lamps are a fresh alternative to the standard lamp-and-side-table pairing. Here, the fluted shades reference the quatrefoil shape of the coffee table.
Sheer Genius: Floor-to-ceiling draperies crafted in sheer indoor/outdoor fabric keep out the harsh afternoon sunlight and are impervious to fading over time.
All in the Details: A seaside locale calls for a subtle decorative coral accent, woven window shades, and white-painted planked ceiling.
Luxury Underfoot: An antique Turkish rug ties together the room's palette of green, gray, and ivory, and establishes a formal vibe to complement the clean lines of the sofa and armchairs.
Set in Concrete: The sand-colored floors are a natural choice in a beach house, thanks to their durability and minimal maintenance. Here, they balance out the more formal qualities of the kitchen (like the marble backsplash and countertop).
Mixed Metallics: Combining different hardware finishes—such as the brushed bronze faucet, industrial steel range hood, and vibrant brass lamp shade lining—helps prevent the space from looking overly matchy and makes the room feel as though it evolved over time.
Kitchen Confidential: Wooden cabinets keep appliances like dishwashers and microwaves hidden from guests who sneak a peek inside the scullery's doorless entry.
Shelf Life: Three tiers of open shelving provide plenty of storage for glasses and china—and make prep for parties a snap.
Form and Function: Enameled cast iron cookware and dishes in a saturated color are pretty enough to display.
Sleep in Style: A traditional wooden four-poster bed establishes the master suite as the most formal bedroom in the home, while coastal accents like a sea grass rug and bamboo-shaped lamp keep it from being overly so.
Wonder Wall: Grasscloth walls provide just enough textural interest without being distracting.
Water Colors: A single, ethereal painting ties together the beachy blues and greens throughout the first floor.
Modern meets traditional: The vanity's contemporary qualities (square drawer pulls, floating installation) pair well with traditional Calcutta gold countertops and brushed brass faucets that match the bedroom's classic style.
Discreet screen: A casual woven window shade adjusts from the top and bottom, allowing outside light to enter the room without sacrificing privacy.
Pretty Inviting: The guests rooms riff on the palette of the neighboring master suite with shades of mustard, turquosie, and pea green. Linens are kept solid and simple, allowing the patterned bed frame to shine.
On Edge: Curtains crafted with solid-colored outdoor fabric are dressed up a tad with linen trim in a Greek key print.
Hang It Up: In the bath, an oval mirror gets suspended in front of the window so as not to sacrifice the natural light for function.
Wash and Go: The overhead rain-style shower head and handheld sprayer are all controlled digitally, so guests don't have to fumble with unfamiliar fixtures.
Different Strokes: Fixtures throughout the first floor's three baths share the same finish but in different styles, creating a custom but cohesive feel.
Color Family: Painting everything in this room a variant of one color (the walls and beds in Pratt & Lambert's smoky gray Dependable, the ceiling a shade lighter, and the ladders in between ) gives the space depth.
Dual Purpose: The top bunks' safety rails double as tracks for ladders that slide along the beds.
Shine a Light: Each bunk has a privacy curtain and a sconce controlled by an individual switch so kids can stay up and read or snooze as they please.
Earthy Accent: A subtle tan stripe on the bunk curtains picks up the natural hues of the concrete flooring and woven shade.
Get in Line: An angled ceiling rules out traditional second-level sleeping in the girls' bunk, so two lanes of twin beds embrace the room's horizontal space.
Color Block: Solid custom-crafted beds have simple design details, making them perfect canvases for a pop of bright color, like Pratt & Lambert's Hedgerow Mist.
Ready for a Sleepover: Caged lights and a wallpapered starry sky give the girls' bunk and fun and feminine summer camp vibe.
Go the Distance: The long lines of the sea grass runner play up the length of the room, pointing guests to a painted door that leads to a closet.
Double Duty: A Ping-Pong table painted with beachy seafoam green cabana stripes is a stylish treat. Remove the net and it transforms into an extra dining table perfect for seating kids.
Tactile Display: Mounting a piece of fabric under a sheet of acrylic makes instant wall art; sandpaper-covered Ping-Pong paddles are a playful complement.
Natural Wear: White oak floors with a whitewashed finish are hardy enough to stand up to heavy foot traffic without losing taht gently weathered coastal feel.
Soft Approach: Cozy carpeting, curved linen chaises, and grasscloth walls soften the room's angled ceiling.
Set the Mood: Sconces at each end of the seats imbue the room with move-theater style—keeping all lighting on a dimmer makes it feel that much more luxe. (And the home's generator means stormy-day movies never get interrupted!)
At Your Service: Industrial-chic concrete garden stools beside each of the loungers bring an edgy touch to the space and give every moviegoer a personal place to keep soda and popcorn close at hand.
All Ears: Surround sound goes undercover with hidden speakers built into the grasscloth-covered ceiling, providing all the cinema experience in a much comier setting.
Liquid Assets: The pool comes complete with water features, a barrier wall for privacy, and two in-water chaise lounges.
Great Divide: A Greek key valance that defines the boundaries of the outdoor seating area makes the space feel like an indoor living room.
Air Raiser: A long, steeply sloping cedar-shade roof acts as a natural coolany by moving hot air up and away from the living areas throughout the home.
Round it Out: An oval cutout on the back wall allows air to flow into the outdoor living room and acts as built-in artwork.
Lookin' Up: Cypress planked ceilings stained soft gray add warmth to the stucco walls and stone floors.
Stepping Stone: Manmade concrete pavers that mimic the look and texture of natural stone are specially designed to hold up to coastal elements.
We've Got the Blues: The stormy gray-blue painted doors and window frames give the white stucco siding a face-life, and hint at the serene cerulean and light gray hues inside.
Coastal Roots: Indigenous grasses and walkways made of crushed oyster shells make for a textured, beachy poolside landscape. Native palms provide scenery and shade from the afternoon sun.
Tough Stuff: The contemporary lounges are made of wicker designed the withstand extreme sunlight and have midew-resistant cushions that shed water. Lime accessories pep up the deeper shades of the plantings.