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Idea House 2017 | Ground-Floor Living

A multigenerational home, the Beach House was designed in such a way that all the living could happen on the first floor. In addition to the first-floor master suite and ground-level laundry room, there are many thoughtful aging-in-place design features. Let us show you around.

Grand Entrance

Photo by Nat Rae

The entryway is clean and classic, with architectural accents like this arched ceiling and Chippendale railing, and rift and quartersawn white-oak floors stained to suggest driftwood.

Paint: Entry walls in Swirling Smoke; Trim, ceiling, and staircase railing in Delicate White by Olympic Paint

Chippendale Railing, Built-In Bench: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division

Interior Floors: White oak rift and quartersawn stained in Ebony and Country White by Duraseal, and topped with Bona Woodline Polyurethane in Satin

Front Door: Craftsman Style Two-Panel, Three-Lite Door Style 6803 with Craftsman Sidelight 6175 by Simpson Door

Hardware: Helios Lever Handle in Satin Brass by Emtek

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Light Fixture: Zelda Pendant Chandelier in Vintage Brass with Linen Drum Shade by House of Antique Hardware

Wall Art: Coastal Clouds” by Sheila Finch for Art Effects from hayneedle.com

Stunning Stairway

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

The creamy white Chippendale railing stands out against a bright-blue shiplap accent wall. A cushioned bench at the foot of the stairs with storage beneath provides a convenient place to take off shoes.

Paint: Walls, trim, ceiling and railing in Delicate White, accent wall in Everlasting by Olympic Paint

Chippendale Railing, Built-In Bench: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division; with Trinity Pulls by Emtek

Window Treatment: Portia Natural Woven Shade in Portia/White by Smith & Noble

Bench Cushion: Custom Cushion in Moriyama Lake fabric by Thomas O’Brien Textiles by Chris Upholstery; Carmichaels Embroidered Palm Design Cotton Lumbar Pillow, and Yarrow Throw Pillow in Dark Blue by Bungalow Rose, from AllModern.com

Wall Art: “Hedge High” by Cynthia Brown Studio

Barn Chic

Photo by Nat Rae

The study entrance is framed by handsome sliding barn doors with modern nickel-finish hardware.

Doors: Primed Double Z-Brace Barn Door Style 49852, stained in Varathane Carbon Gray, by Simpson Door Company

Hardware: Stainless Steel Barn Door Track Hardware with Brushed Finish by Goldberg Brothers

A Study in Blues and Greens

Photo by Nat Rae

Pops of lime peeking out from the open shelving serve to kick up the color scheme in this eclectic home office. Custom built-in cabinetry is faced with an X-front detail to complement the Chippendale railing on the stairway. A vintage free-standing desk refreshed in bright-blue paint, and a modern slipper chair in soft aqua, reflect the colors of the brightly patterned rug.

Paint: Walls, built-in, trim, and ceiling in Delicate White, and back wall of built-ins in Lime Green by Olympic Paint

Bookshelves, Cabinets and Window Seat: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division, with Alexander Cabinet Pulls by Emtek

Lighting: Mercer 4-light Chandelier in Heritage Brass by House of Antique Hardware

Window Treatments: Flat Roman Shade in Summerland/Soft White with Navy Gosgrain by Smith & Noble

Rug: Pierpont Blue/Green Abstract Indoor/Outdoor Rug from AllModern.com

Accessories: Sagebrook Home Ceramic Garden Stool from hayneedle.com; Custom Bench Cushion in Arvada fabric by Stark by Chris Upholstery

Shared Space

Photo by Nat Rae

The open-plan dining area and living room are separated by a custom cabinet-and-column divider that creates two defined spaces without interrupting the flow.

Divider Cabinet: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division with Grayson Crystal Knobs by Emtek

Seaside Dining

Photo by Nat Rae

Beneath a coffered ceiling, the dining room is furnished with sophisticated, sculptural pieces, including linen-upholstered spindle-back dining chairs and a white-oak veneer pedestal table. Pleated panel draperies in a lattice print add graphic punch.

Paint: Walls in Swirling Smoke by Olympic Paint

Rug: Kingston Area Rug in Round by Loloi, from hayneedle.com

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Lighting: Eric Cohler Chandelier (salvaged)

Window Treatments: Pleated Panel Draperies in Hypnotic/Biscay by Smith & Noble

Furnishings: Kennedy Buffet by Belham Living; Sunset Point Round Pedestal Table in White Oak Veneer and Sanctuary Tall Spindle Side Chairs with Linen Upholstery by Hooker Furniture, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Catalina Ombre Hobnail Pitcher by Global Amici; Sawmill Wood Lanterns by Melrose International; Cobalt Dinnerware and Turquoise Dinnerware by Fiesta; Indira Prya 20-piece Flatware Set by Cambridge Silversmith; Flora and Fauna Abstract Floral Napkins by E by Design; Iris Slate Blue Goblet Glasses, Misty Martini Glasses, and Jewel Wine Glasses by Artland, Inc.; Metal Oval Electroplated Tray by Urban Trends, from hayneedle.com

Wall Art: Coastal Clouds Triptych III Wall Art by Sheila Finch for Art Effects, from hayneedle.com

A Lofty Living Room

Photo by Nat Rae

The living room feels both beachy and elegant, with classic upholstered pieces and coastal decor elements. The vaulted ceiling and generously sized windows create an airy, light-filled space. French doors provide access to the screened porch beyond.

Paint: Walls in Swirling Smoke; trim and ceiling in Delicate White by Olympic Paint

Windows: E-Series Three-over-One from the Andersen Architectural Collection

Doors: Thermal French Door Style 7152 by Simpson Door

Rug: Dip Dye DDY711 Indoor Area Rug in Navy/Ivory by Safavieh, from hayneedle.com

Lighting: Voyager Two Tier 12-Light Chandelier by House of Antique Hardware

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Window Treatments: Ananda Woven Wood Shade in Ash by Smith & Noble

Fireplace: Town & Country TC36 Arch from Wakefield Fireplace and Grills

Furnishings: Harper Sofa with 6 Toss Pillows, Westcott Square Coffee Table, Edison Reclaimed Wood TV Stand by Belham Living, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Moody Swirl Glass Tray and Cara Fish Tail Wall Decor Set by IMAX; Dragonfly Outdoor Throw Pillow by Mina Victory; Frederic LevyHaddia Mosaic Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow by Kess InHouse; Wood Sandpiper Sculptures by Modern Day Accents, from hayneedle.com

Sound System: SoundTouch 300 soundbar by Bose

Wall Art: “East Matunuck Beach Dory” by Stephen Schultz. Coral Fan Cyanotype Canvas by Oliver Gail from hayneedle.com

Coastal and Cozy

Photo by Nat Rae

Despite the higher ceiling, dark-stained beams and a two-tiered chandelier make the living room feel exceptionally warm and inviting. In contrast to the otherwise neutral furnishings, a pair of royal blue velvet club chairs pack a surprising punch.

Furnishings: Avery Arm Chair with Back Pillow, Round Accent Table by Hooker Furniture

Lamp: Pacific Glass Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting

Blue and Bronze

Photo by Nat Rae

The spacious kitchen features maple cabinetry and a custom-crafted vent hood in stainless steel and antique-satin brass; stainless appliances and fixtures, and bronze cabinet pulls and pendant lights bring the look together.

Paint: Walls in Swirling Smoke; trim and ceiling in Delicate White by Olympic Paint

Cabinetry: Breman Door Maple Cabinets in Maritime (perimeter) and Coconut (island)

by Diamond Cabinets, with Freestone Pulls and Finger Pulls in Satin Brass by Emtek

Appliances: 7-bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler by Vinotemp. Bosch Microwave Combination Oven, Bosch 36” French Door Refrigerator, Bosch Bar-Handle Dishwasher, Marvel Refrigerator Drawers, and GE Profile Series Built-In Touch Control Induction Cooktop provided by Wickford Appliance and Lighting

Range Hood: Custom-crafted in Stainless Steel and Antique Brass by The Tin Shop

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Lighting: Lambert Chain Pendants with 12” Globes by House of Antique Hardware

Countertops: Perimeter in Organic White 4600 Quartz by Caeserstone. Island in Gray Skies Ash from the Driftwood Collection by Raging River Counterworks

Backsplash: Cool Elegance Glass Brick Mosaic Tile by The Tile Shop

Window Treatment: Flat Roman Shades in Yoruba/Mist by Smith & Noble

Accessories: Newport Backless Counter Stools by Belham Living; Acacia Stainless Steel Tea Kettle by Magefesa, from hayneedle.com

Splash of Style

Photo by Nat Rae

Diminutive glass mosaic tiles in varying shades of swirled blues and grays are tempered by a creamy- white quartz countertop. An industrial-style pull-down faucet and deep undercounter sink are sleek counterparts.

Fixtures: Pekoe 35x18 Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Edgewater Collection Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet with SelectFlo in Stainless Steel by American Standard

Backsplash: Cool Elegance Glass Brick Mosaic Tile by The Tile Shop

Window Treatment: Flat Roman Shades in Yoruba/Mist by Smith & Noble

Hand-Thrown Pottery: Courtesy of Cynthia Brown Studio

Serve and Store

Photo by Nat Rae

The wet bar area is perfect for entertaining, with ample counter space, extra storage for glassware and barware, a deep wash sink, a bottle cubby for room-temperature wines, a narrow, seven-bottle cooler for perfectly chilled beverages, and wireless mood lighting.

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Appliances: 7-bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler by Vinotemp

Fixtures: Pekoe Collection 17x17 Stainless Steel Bar Sink with Edgewater Collection Pull-Down Bar Faucet in Stainless Steel by American Standard

Accessories: Iris Slate Blue Goblet Glasses, Catalina Ombre Hobnail Pitcher by Global Amici, DecMode Wooden Cake Plate Set; Viola All Purpose Wine Glasses by Red Vanilla; Lyna Marble & Wood Cheese Board with Dome by IMAX, from hayneedle.com

No Space Wasted

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

Unique, curved pull-out shelves make typically unreachable corner spaces fully usable.

Photo: Cynthia Brown Studio

Cabinet Pull-Out: Base Corner Cabinet with Curved Pull-Out by Diamond Cabinets

Standout Surfaces

Photo by Nat Rae

Instead of matching the island to the white-topped, deep blue cabinetry, we created a driftwood-inspired centerpiece with a waterproof wooden slab atop creamy coconut cabinetry.

Cabinetry: Breman Door Maple Cabinets in Maritime (perimeter) and Coconut (island)

by Diamond Cabinets

Countertops: Perimeter in Organic White 4600 Quartz by Caeserstone. Island in Gray Skies Ash from the Driftwood Collection by Raging River Counterworks

Take a Powder

Photo by Nat Rae

Just outside the kitchen is the guest powder room, featuring paintable, patterned wallpaper, an above-counter vessel sink, and a 3-inch-thick agate and quartz countertop that evokes a rocky coastline.

Paint: Walls in Night Rendezvous by Olympic Paint

Wallpaper: Paintable “Pure” Wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Floating Vanity: Leeton Door Maple Cabinets in Storm by Diamond Cabinets, with Bristol Colored Glass Knobs by Emtek

Countertop: Nebbia 8311 Quartz in 3-inch Profile by Caeserstone

Fixtures: Berwick Monoblock Bathroom Vessel Faucet and Celerity Above-Counter Vessel Sink in White by American Standard

Lighting: Livingston 1-Light Bath Sconces by House of Antique Hardware

Accessories: Rectangle Mirror in Brushed Nickel by Wade Logan, from AllModern.com. CR Series Towel Ring in Brushed Nickel by American Standard

Wall Art: “Todd’s Dock” photograph by Cynthia Brown Studio

Multifunctional Mudroom

Photo by Nat Rae

The side entry leads to a combination mudroom, laundry room, and pet-washing station.

Paint: Ceiling and trim in Delicate White, Cabinets in Swirling Smoke, cubbies in Black Flame by Olympic Paint

Cabinets and Cubbies: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division, with Sandcast Bronze Cabinet Pulls by Emtek

Appliances: Commercial-Grade Front Load Washer and Gas Dryer in Stainless Steel by Speed Queen

Countertops: Raw Concrete 4004 Quartz by Caeserstone

Fixtures: FloWise Modern Water-Saving Shower System Kit and Berwick Valve Trim in Brushed Nickel by American Standard

Lighting: The Universal Gooseneck Light in Bronze by Barn Light Electric

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Window Treatment: Roman Shade in Tanzania/Aqua by Smith & Noble

Tile: Floor: Dal-Slate in Brazil Black; Dog-Washing Station floor: Botany Bay Stone Pebble Mosaic; Dog-Washing Station walls: Rondine/Sadon Living Series, all provided by Tile Craft Design Center

Built-In Bench

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

A cluster of cubbies and a custom-cushioned storage bench are the perfect place to ditch dirty shoes and stash various belongings.

Photo: Cynthia Brown Studio

Paint: Wall in Shark, cubbies in Black Flame, door in custom color by Olympic Paint

Bench and Cubbies: Sweenor Builders Cabinetry Division, with Sandcast Bronze Cabinet Pulls by Emtek

Cushion: Custom cushion in Upstream/Aegean by Pindler fabric, by Chris Upholstery www.chrisupholstery.com

Doormat: Jute Doormat by Terrain

Safe and Sound

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

We selected smart home systems to maximize security, and Bosch’s integrated security system monitors more than just windows and doors—it also detects smoke and CO gas, and the user can control the system from a smartphone or tablet.

Security System: Bosch Integrated Security System

A Masterful Suite

Photo by Nat Rae

The ground-level master bedroom is designed for serenity and relaxation, with a soft purple palette, a vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams, antique-white furnishings, a fully adjustable king bed, and smart systems—like wireless lighting and window shade controls and a 7-day programmable thermostat—for individualized comfort.

Paint: Walls in Silver Chalice; accent wall in Smoky Grape; trim and ceiling in Delicate White by Olympic Paint

Lighting: Vertigo Arc Swing Wall Lamps by Pacific Coast Lighting, Landon Wide Table Lamp by Surya, from Hayneedle.com

Lighting System: Wireless System with In-Wall Dimmers from Caseta by Lutron

Ceiling Fan: Light Wave 52” Ceiling Fan by House of Antique Hardware

Rug: Muscle Shell Indoor Area Rug by Couristan Sagano from hayneedle.com

Bed: Split King 360™ i10 Smart Bed with FlexFit™ 3 Smart Adjustable Base, by Sleep Number®

Furnishings: Kasey Panel Headboard by Magnussen; Sojourn 9-Drawer Dresser by Universal Furniture; Sedona Mirror by Uttermost, from hayneedle.com

Bedding: Lyocell Ultimate Sheet Set in Ivory for Split King and Medium Contour Edge Down Alternative Pillows by Sleep Number. Domino Duvet Cover in Gray for Christy of England from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Upscale Getaway Lil Diamond Jill Decorative Pillow in Purple and Botanical Blooms Decorative Pillow in Lavender by E by Design; Nearly Natural Mixed Hydrangeas in Glass Vase;

Wall Art: Purple Fly Canvas Wall Art by PTM Images, from hayneedle.com

Systems: Carrier Core WiFi Programmable Thermostat; Bosch Security System

Room with a View

Photo by Nat Rae

Generous bay windows offer an expansive view of the backyard and beyond; when you’re looking for privacy, these battery-powered shades can be adjusted by remote control, or from anywhere in the world using your smart phone.

Window Treatments: Sheer, Single-Cell Honeycomb Battery-Powered Shade in White by Serena Shades. Custom drapes in Joplin by Osborne & Little

Furnishings: Nala Arm Chair with Nailheads and Santorini Ceramic Garden Stool by Belham Living, from hayneedle.com

Accessories: Botanical Blooms Decorative Pillow in Lavender by E by Design

The Master Bath

Photo by Nat Rae

The master bath has a curb-less, walk-in shower and lever faucet handles for ease of use, and a luxurious, heated tile floor. Its ocean-motif wallpaper sets a sophisticated tone, which is carried through in the polished marble floor and wall tile and quartz vanity top.

Paint: Trim and Ceiling in Delicate White by Olympic Paint

Wallpaper: Derwent by Osborne & Little

Vanity: Breman Door Maple Cabinets in White

by Diamond Cabinets, with Freestone Cabinet Pulls by Emtek

Vanity Top & Thresholds: Blizzard 2141 Quartz by Caeserstone

Lighting: Hampton Single Wall Sconces in Antique Nickel with Linen Drum Shades by House of Antique Hardware

Mirror: Arch Vertical Wall Mirror by House of Hampton from AllModern.com

Fixtures: Townsend Collection: Wide-Spread Bathroom Faucet, Shower Head, Wall-Mount Arm, Towel Bar, Toiler Paper Holder, Robe Hook and Towel Ring, all in Brushed Nickel; Times Square Shower System Kit, Boulevard Collection Under-Counter Sink and FloWise Right-Height Elongated One-Piece Toilet in White, by American Standard

Tile: Hampton Polished Barrington Marble Mosaic wall tile and 3” Hex floor tile by The Tile Shop

Accessories: Dancing Lady Silk Flower by Nearly Natural, from hayneedle.com

Bathroom Installation System: SCHLUTER-KERDI waterproofing membranes and DITRA-HEAT electric floor warming by Schluter Systems

Ventilation: WhisperFit® EZ-FV-08-11VFL5 fan/light by Panasonic

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