Let There Be White
Marked for Life
Tall double doors welcome visitors to the Jerabek home. Sydney hand-painted her family's name on a life preserver and attached a sailboat to create a one-of-a-kind house marker.
The Jerabeks' refurbished kitchen focuses on an open layout and neutral palette with deep-blue accents that reflect the harbor and pool. "I love the view out the kitchen window," Sydney says. "It makes doing the dishes less painful."
Sydney collected the wraparound porch's wicker furniture one piece at a time from various antiques shops around New England. She customized throw pillows with cutouts from sailboat-patterned fabric. "During the summer you can look out and see hundreds of sailboats racing by at any given moment," Sydney says.
The Jerabeks enjoy sunning by the pool or, on hot days, escaping to the cabana, which overlooks the Beverly town harbor. "The pool area has a lot of hard surfaces, with its bluestone decking and stone wall," Sydney says. "The cabana's furniture is decked out with pillows and fabrics to soften the space."
Into the Light
Sydney brightened the formerly dark and formal staircase by painting the black woodwork white to emphasize the light-welcoming windows.
A wood table paired with inexpensively slipcovered chairs creates a formal space while retaining the relaxed feel.
The New Black
"When we first bought the house, the woodwork was painted a dark ebony color. It didn't have the feel of a beach house at all," Sydney says. "By painting the woodwork white and adding lots of white furniture, we gave the house an open and airy feel. People think that white furniture is crazy with the grandchildren here all the time, but really it's great. I can just take the slipcovers off and throw them in the washing machine."
Service on Sand
White serving dishes form a striking display against the dining room's sand-color walls. "We chose white because it's summery and beachy, and it goes well with everything," Sydney says.