Beach House Interior Design

One of my goals is to decorate a beach house during off-season.  Maybe this winter?  This could be me relaxing at the end of a busy day:

beachfront

I did a Design Inspiration Plan (an e-design) for a beach home in Florida last year, and I worked on one this week for the living room of a beach house in Hampton Bay. This is the room in its current state:

window wall

 

It has slate floors and a fireplace, but has some issues that makes it difficult to plan furniture arrangement without impeding the traffic flow from one staircase to another. And notice the change in flooring and little step-up towards the back of the room?

bathroom wall

 

Here’s where the seating arrangement should be centered – the main architectural feature of the room, the fireplace.  And of course, I want to make sure guests are able to take in the views from the windows (to the left of this shot) and the patio (opposite the fireplace).

fireplace wall

 

So, I put together a Design Inspiration Plan that solves all the unique problems of this space and capitalizes on its strengths.  Today I delivered her plan, which includes:

1) a furniture floorplan,

2) an Inspiration Board,

3) an 8-page detailed report of my specific recommendations, and

4) a Pinboard with the sources of the furnishings I chose and a few possible alternatives.

 

Although I’m not going to show you all of that, I thought you might like to see the Inspiration Board I created for this client.

OB-Michelle Ps Beach House

 

We wanted to create a casual yet sophisticated space where this client can hang out and watch the sunset with her friends, without a really obvious “beach” theme.  I can’t wait to see how this online design turns out in real life.  If you have any friends or family with a beach home (preferably down south) that needs decorating or updating, make sure you let them know I’m looking to do some winter design work on the beach!

 

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Phil
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Phil

Hey. Great post

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

Kristie,
Just wondering if the homeowner can change the location of the bathroom door—to the right?
Somebody…..didn’t look at the floor plan very carefully BEFORE the plumbing was established!
A toilet straight inside the door will never look right. Why doesn’t ANY builder EVER consult a designer before he lifts his hammer?
Sorry, it’s just all too common.
Looking forward to your solution. And, I do hope you get to do a beach house this winter!
(Need an assistant?)…;).P.

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

That sounds like a perfect foil for that bathroom Kristie—establishing a foreground to divert the eye! I just had to convince a young homeowner, who was agonizing over our paint choices that the walls will indeed become the background, while the furniture & accessories will be the foreground. (Her agony was over a particular shade of white, of all things! & a Palladian Blue bedroom, which really is pretty, but not what she’s used to, especially before the furniture went in). Also, a lady in Florida for whom I’ll be designing a new kitchen jumped the gun & called 3… Read more »

Mary CC
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Mary CC

Hi Kristie, Since this has been a beach week for you I am going to bring up a beach related paint problem I am having. We are renovating a 1911 beach cottage in CA. We had the house painted last year and are doing a touch up again now. The main color of the wooden exterior is a warm medium to dark brown and the trim is white white. Both are semigloss. It really looks good but The issue I am having is that because the house is 4 houses away from the sand we get sand blown from the… Read more »

Adrienne
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Hi Kristie!

Here’s a beach house updating project for you!

This is our new beach house that we purchased in May. OceanColony7.blogspot.com

We’re actually in the process of ‘un’ decorating it. The house has awesome beach views, but too much red, green and dark rattan and wicker inside. And way too many knick-knacks, many of which literally said ‘beach’.

Also, my 9 year old Decorologist-in-training says the wall are ‘too white’. 🙂

Adrienne

Williemae
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Williemae

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