Working on this beach house in Phase 4 of Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL was such a wonderful experience. The home owners are from Texas, but wanted a place to get a way from it all with their family and friends and found just the right spot in the Watercolor community. We decided to use neutral upholstery fabrics with just a few small touches in a soft green. This was a big departure from their house in Texas, but that is the best part about working with someone on a vacation home- they are willing to go in a different direction than they would for their primary residence. We chose a large sectional sofa to really maximize the space in a relatively small living room and to ensure that Billy could lounge out with his 6’4″ frame! To compensate for how much space the sectional took up, we used two garden stools as a cocktail table, which were compact and moveable while bringing in that soft green we liked so much. Sometimes with beach houses the decor can lean towards “cute” versus “sophisticated,” so we made sure to have only subtle accents of starfish and shells while keeping with our neutral palette, so that their beach retreat will remain timeless. Textures such as seagrass, jute, and linen really build upon one another to keep the interior from being boring, while creating layers of depth.
For the master bedroom we began with the Ralph Lauren bedding my client found and built from there. I mixed in custom pillows made from Kelly Wearstler’s “Imperial Trellis” and this fabulous conch shell pillow I discovered at market this January. The nightstands and dresser were both in a distressed cream finish which we paired with the tall seagrass headboard. While we kept things mostly neutral in the living and dining room, Debbie and I wanted a splash of our one of favorite colors, turquoise, here in the master bedroom. The extra height of the lamps worked great since the headboard was so tall, and allowed for us to place these Suzanne Kasler pieces of art on the nightstand. We finished things off with the raffia stools at the foot of the bed and a striped jute rug.