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Balmy Days on the Bay

Throughout the house, stunning ocean vistas are mesmerizing, and most rooms employ the use of natural colors and textures to complement and enhance the seascape outside. A small breakfast nook surrounded by windows and accented with warm wooden seating invites the homeowners and guests to ease into their day, sipping coffee and basking in the morning sun, while the dining room features a large wooden table and wicker chairs with soft denim cushions. The dining table, which seats eight comfortably, and is inspired by the driftwood that washes up only meters away, welcomes diners to enjoy their dinner with a view. “We had that wood table handmade for this space; it’s that farm table, rustic, whitewashed look. And we went with the wicker chairs because of the natural elements. The wicker chairs and furniture with natural finishes are very organic and natural,” says Kira of the airy, light-filled dining room. “The goal was that casual beach house with organic elements here and there, because it’s all about the family. They love entertaining, and to them, that’s a summer beach house: hanging out in shorts, a barbeque on the patio, and relaxing on the beach.”

Kira Vath matches with the carefully selected fabrics in the living room.

The Spencer & Company team was just as impressed with the view, and the decisions surrounding the redesign of the home. “With so many houses in locations like that getting torn down and rebuilt, it’s a perfect example of not doing that, saving what you can, but really fixing it up. There’s nothing about the inside of that house that’s the same as when we first walked in,” says Ted Spencer.

No beach house would be complete without a spot to sit and watch the sunset. Here, it is without a doubt the marvelous stone patio. “I think that patio is going to be where they spend most of their time. They’re going to be eating all their meals out there, they’re going to be sitting around the fire pit every night. Whether there’s a good sunset or not, it’s just a great place to be outside and hang out,” says Kira. This is no ordinary patio. Accommodating a full dining set, an outdoor kitchen (and soon, a pizza oven), and a fire pit surrounded by cozy, comfy couches, it’s easy to understand her surety. No detail was too small when it came to creating this outdoor sanctuary. The masonry of the pavers covering the patio are crafted with seashells, resulting in a cool to the touch surface on even the hottest possible days in August. The fire pit and the outdoor kitchen island were created with cement and lit from within by LED lights, mimicking the stars above. The landscaping, done by Estates Landscaping, enhances and blends with the surrounding natural beauty. The addition of a future pizza oven is the only way the gorgeous outdoor kitchen could be improved upon. Who doesn’t want to come back from a day at the beach to smell homemade pizzas?

But the patio area and the adjacent deck that cantilevers off the living room over the beach, weren’t always so perfect. “We had to modify the shape of the deck. There was a curved component to it that we flattened out, so it expanded the waterside part of the deck, which was beneficial for the house too. We put the staircase in that leads to the patio area. And we replaced the storm panels in the screened-in porch area with Anderson casement windows, so that it would be more of a three-season room,” explains Ted. 

Despite the patio’s outside environs, thanks to Kira’s careful planning, it feels like a true extension of the home. The blue and white reaches out in the patio furniture, while the rock walls and stone and seashell pavers blend the space into the surrounding nature.  

What it all comes down to for the homeowners is creating a place for people to come together. “They’re all about having space where family can just come and hang out. They’re all about taking care of their guests. Every bedroom in their houses has its own bathroom, because they feel like their guests should have their own suite, and each room has a king bed, except the coral room, which has two queen beds! They’re all about comfort, which means having a king-sized bed and your own bathroom! I would come over to work and she and I would be at the kitchen island and he’d be in the kitchen making everyone breakfast,” says Kira of working with the homeowners. After years of a partnership turned friendship, she feels that sense of welcome and comfort, a feeling that can be felt in every detail she and the homeowners have placed throughout the home. From the contrasting warm sunsets and cool blues, to the clean white walls and natural elements, every corner of this house welcomes guests home. 

Visit Kira online at kiravathinteriors.com and Spencer & Company at spencerandcompany.com!



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