Photos by Dianne Ahto Graphicus 14
Simplicity and attention to detail make for the successful design of this family beach house in Surf City. The homeowners enlisted the help of Ann and Sara at The Red Chair in Harvey Cedars, who worked closely with the builder Kevin Engelken of KHE Construction to create a home where the elements of nature serve as the inspiration and create beautiful focal points.
When the homeowners asked for a home that “felt like summer,” designers Ann and Sara were instantly flooded with ideas. In the master retreat, raffia wall-covering mimics the texture of sand dunes and colors of the sea. The white bed connotes a crisp, sunny day. Both boys’ rooms come to life with water-like prints in blues and teals to evoke surfing and water. Rattan beds suggest a Caribbean lifestyle, and the surfboard art is handcrafted locally.
The open floor plan for the kitchen, dining, and main living area is composed of custom furnishings in subdued colors, natural stone, and lighter wood finishes. The driftwood coffee table contrasts with the sleek finish on the pendants hanging over the marble kitchen countertops and backsplash. Marble and stone finishes were carried throughout the house to each of the eight bathrooms, creating a cohesive look even with individual details that set them apart.
Another key point in the design plan was creating a sense of seamlessness between the many living spaces. It was crucial that the indoor and outdoor “rooms” work together to make numerous areas where the family can entertain and relax. While sitting on the rooftop deck at a custom designed acrylic-topped bar that lights up at night, you can hear the ocean waves. Just steps from the bar is a cozy sectional with cushions upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabric and styled with custom sailcloth pillows that feature “LBI” and “08008” graphics to showcase the homeowners’ love of Long Beach Island.
The natural, simple, and comfortable design is exactly what the homeowners envisioned. Whether spending time in one of the many outdoor spaces or enjoying the views from the main living area, this family beach home is a perfect place to spend summer days.