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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discreet screen: A casual woven window shade adjusts from the top and bottom, allowing outside light to enter the room without sacrificing privacy.
On Edge: Curtains crafted with solid-colored outdoor fabric are dressed up a tad with linen trim in a Greek key print.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.