New Rules for the Family-Friendly Beach House
Living Room Before
The interiors were traditional but heavy—the homeowners needed a bright, comfortable airiness to fit their family of nine.
Living Room After
The designer eliminated the weight of dark wood floors and dark walls with rugs and wallpaper in cool colors and modern prints.
Natural textures inside reference the stunning landscape design outside and the sea beyond.
Dining Room Before
The designer scrapped the dark finishes, hard edges, and the brick inside of fireplaces. She replaced it with tiles that evoke sea glass—a low-full way to add shore-inspired shimmer.
Dining Room After
The original dark oak floors became a dazzling white by sanding and painting them with a stark white polyurethane overlay—the same kind used on professional basketball courts.
Because the transformation was purely asthetic, the floor plan and footprint stayed intact, and all of the windows—with their views of the ocean—remained in place.
A crystal chandelier crowns the formal dining room, but in the breakfast room, a cheeky white antler fixture hangs over the table.
The homeowners kept the walls and floors, because they only needed soft wallpaper and coats of white paint to leave their drab, cumbersome past behind.
Less is more in this room with mostly bare walls and contemporary furniture. The designer lined the fireplace floor with broken sea glass as a reference to the ocean and a touch of shine even when it’s not in use.
Having less furniture puts a spotlight on the things you already have, so those pieces need to have impact. The extra-wide headboard with low-slung lines, linen upholstery, and nailhead trim, makes a statement and lends tailored glamour.
Furniture with narrow profiles and clean lines create a mood that is calm and uncluttered. Everything here is oriented toward the water view.
Graphic wallpaper, striped curtains, soft rugs, and a Dutch door keep the space sweet without being fussy.
The landscape bursts to life in the garden. Climbing roses, foxgloves, and sweet peas echo the lively household inside.