The beachside town of Alys Beach boasts white-sand shores and equally bright white homes with a distinct flavor of architecture—from Mediterranean to Moroccan influences—sure to inspire wanderlust. Among the luxurious buildings of the Floridian escape is a stunning beach house featuring Bermudan architecture, built-in 2016 and designed by Eric Watson. The airy, 3145-square-foot home offers a spacious open floor plan connected to a sprawling courtyard and showcases four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a bunk room for the little ones. Working closely with the owners, Chelsea Robinson of Chelsea Robinson Interiors sought to transform the space into a dreamy second home for their growing family.
"My directive for this beach home was for my client to feel completely transported and instantly placed in a state of tranquility," says Robinson. "The interior provides a feeling of complete understated elegance." Natural, unfinished woods and coastal elements are abundant throughout the light-drenched home, so the task felt appropriate. "All of the many uses of different textures, elements from nature, and the mix of modern and Old World throughout the entire home accomplish this goal of a peaceful, understated elegant retreat," she explains.
Head below to tour the beautiful beach retreat and read more about the inspiration and direction from the designer.
"I created a natural feel in keeping the outdoor elements connected with the indoor spaces. My goal with this new construction home was to incorporate Old World finishes and natural elements into a new beach home."
"Upon entering the front gate, you are greeted by an outdoor foyer enveloped in white. The white stucco walls and white concrete pavers create an immediate sense of tranquility. A simple Turkish jar filled with palm fronts is intentionally the only decoration."
"I love antiques—especially when mixing them into a modern, clean environment. I believe every room in any house should have at least one antique piece."
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"Here in the living room, the character of these unique pieces really shine against the white plaster walls and draperies. For example, I found an antique Spanish architectural column that I had transformed into a floor lamp."
"Also the carved English chest on chest brings a sense of depth to all the light finishes and fabrics. These pieces give character and warmth to the palette."
"The use of Calacatta gold marble countertops and tile throughout the home and Dominican shell stone add to this natural feel. The plaster walls throughout the entire home add character in every room and add a sense of culture dating back to its historical roots."
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"The kitchen's stunning cabinetry is a rift sawn oak with a custom wash to give it a natural and modern feel. Beautiful Calacatta gold marble countertops paired with a Calacatta gold subway backsplash that goes up the entire back wall of the kitchen."
"In the dining room, my challenge was to create an intimate space out of this pass-through room open to the staircase and living room. I decided to drape the stairwell from the second-floor ceiling all the way down to the first floor, creating a wall for a more intimate setting for dining. This added so much drama and completely changed the space."
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"I also draped the back wall of the dining [room] so one would feel enveloped in these layers of white gauze fabric. I'm always collecting things on my travels and buying trips and ended up with quite a few gilded artifacts that I had framed in acrylic boxes and designed for them to float over the draperies. A statement driftwood console piece anchors this art installation while also mixing that element of nature."
"Textures play a huge role in all of my rooms. I am a lover of neutrals, so to keep things interesting and balanced, I use as many textures as possible, from the natural woven sisal rug to the Belgian linens on the bedding and heavy weaved linen draperies."
"For the nightstands, an antiqued mirror hangs above a gorgeous bone inlay chest."
"Antique bowls hang as art on the white plaster walls over the reading chair."
"An antique French writing desk paired with a modern desk chair."
"I layered texture in every room through the use of fabrics—linens, gauze, velvets, jute, white cowhide, rugs, brass, iron, marble, antique mirrors."
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