When interior designer Ashley Gilbreath discovered a rare home in foreclosure on the east side of Rosemary Beach, she snapped it up, converting it from a choppy, dated space into a light, open retreat for her family of five as well as a rental property when not in use by her brood. Inspired by its good bones and room for potential, she transformed the six-bedroom house (which includes a detached carriage house) into a property with clean and contemporary interiors, open rooms and enough space for family and guests.
The kitchen, living room and dining room required the most work; not only did the designer knock down walls that divided the space, but she reconfigured the layout and implemented a new design to make it airy, open and fitting of a contemporary beach home. “The goal was to create an easy flow and make sure we have room for everyone,” Ashley explains. “The big challenge came with tag-teaming the home into a rental program, as well.” Because of her goals to use the home as a rental property in her family’s absence, she was wise to play it safe with the interior design. “It is important to create a space that is very curated while meeting the wants and needs of guests and also stays current and timeless for the long haul.”
Durability plays a key role in the home’s overall design. Easy-to-clean fabrics were chosen to withstand the wear and tear of kids and guests, outdoor rugs cover the indoor flooring as extra protection in high-traffic areas, and Ashley chose lasting materials for the flooring and countertops. “If you are going to enjoy the home and rent it, you want to tailor the design to the rental market while incorporating smaller details for personality,” Ashley explains. The durable materials are paired with art and accent pieces that help the home feel lived-in and the design feel intentional. The neutral furnishings and decor complete a soothing palette that feels right at home in a beach house and reflect the designer’s style and the home’s surroundings. “It was fun to do a beach house with natural textures and tones that don’t scream ‘beach house.'”
Once this Rosemary Beach renovation was complete, Ashley and her family enjoyed living there full-time for five months before selling it and beginning renovations on yet another area home. Exploring this beautiful beach house only piques our interest for what Ashley will do next!
Photography by Laurey Glenn Photography.
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