Traditionally, vacation homes in Florida bring to mind thoughts of seafoam green and peach dancing among jars of collected shells. But this vacation home sets the record straight: you CAN capture a beachy feel in a tasteful and natural way.
“Even though the house is painted all white, it’s an interesting play on materials,” says architect Paul Geary, of T.S. Adams Design Studio in Atlanta. “The whole home is a testament to textures, from the old cypress wood used throughout to the marble floors in the bathroom.”
For the exterior architecture, Paul designed a shingle-style cottage, such as one might see on Nantucket. “It’s the use of materials and architectural details that give the home a quaint beach feeling,” he says.
The homeowners previously owned a condo in the area, but outgrew it as grandchildren came along. Their preferences? Clean lines, no fuss, no bookshelves and simple, classic wood walls. As a textural feature, they requested cypress ceilings, an ideal wood choice for a beach house because of the weathered, light patina.
Interior designer Courtney Dickey, also with T.S. Adams, picked up the colors of a beloved painting above the fireplace and used them throughout the living room. The blue and natural tones of the fabrics are a play off of the painting. “The homeowner loved the colors in that painting, so we instantly had a color palette,” says the designer. The sofa and club chairs are both Verellen and are slipcovered in a natural linen. The rattan chairs are from Selamat and are upholstered in a John Robshaw fabric.
As a nod to grandchildren and beach living, Courtney chose kitchen counter stools with slipcovers made of durable fabric able to be washed over and over. She made sure there was plenty of seating in the kitchen area, since it’s the heart of the house. “There was limited space due to the elevator,” she explains, “So the solution was a banquette, which was able to seat all their children and grandchildren. The slipcovers kept the atmosphere casual and are very easy to clean, since they are made from indoor/outdoor fabric.”
Grass cloth in the powder room and master bedroom adds another layer of texture, particularly interesting with the use of grass cloth on the bedroom ceiling, rather than the walls. Aged beams line the ceiling in the sitting area, filled with comfortable furnishings and more slipcovered furniture.
Every room has some unique feature, but the overall look is uniform and custom to this family—and very conducive to a vacation. Says the designer, “The classic monochromatic palette and simple, restrained details make this relaxing home particularly special and inviting.”
Thanks to photographer Tony Thagard for the lovely photos.