Entering from the lower level, a rich navy sea-inspired wall covering transports you into another world of oceanside living and exudes the impression of being under the sea. This walk-in area shares a glimpse of the rest of the home’s exquisite nature; the artwork adorning the space and the mahogany paneled ceiling achieve their desired air of sophistication. “I wanted the Cole & Son Fornasetti Acquario wallpaper pattern to create the feeling of being underwater, so that when people came up the stairs, they would be prepared to ‘emerge’ to the ocean views that greet them at the top,” the homeowner shares.
Reaching the top of the stairs, the detail is clear, with a soft overall aesthetic that invites the outdoors in. “All window treatments and light fixtures were designed to be able to look past them to the outside,” Shulman notes. From the natural edged geodes, to the dining table and window treatments, the range of color and texture is an interplay of the natural world and every kind of art that is influenced by its ethereal beauty.
When planning the great room, Shulman suggested it be divided into three distinct areas since it was such a large space. The homeowner was initially stymied by its magnitude, but the result became complementing open areas to gather, each with their own functions: dining, entertaining and relaxing. “The most important tool we used was carpeting to define each space. We chose three compatible ones, each containing the furnishings of the dining room, fireplace and living room areas,” Shulman says.
Overlooking the marsh, the living area is defined by a brighter blue carpet, large sectional, and an over-sized ottoman with a natural wood overlay that floats above the upholstery in order to provide a cocktail table space at any point along the long sectional. The choice of patterned throw pillows, as well as colorful accent pieces, further tie the marsh’s hues into this comfortable corner.
The middle of the great room features a cozy four-point seating area that focuses on the fireplace. An adjacent bar area sets the stage for a rich area for evening conversation and cocktails. Panning over to the beachfront windows, the dining space is bright and airy. The round table, custom designed by Shulman and fabricated by one of her trusted craftsmen, perfectly fits the area, with its natural aesthetic blending with the water views.
In the kitchen, deep tones mix with lighter hues for a blend of sophistication and coastal style. The upper tier of the island, a breakfast bar, flanked with mahogany paneling, is topped with a deep counter of granite in organic earth tones. As with the remainder of the kitchen, the lower tier of the counter continues with granite. The soft white used for the cabinets and island keeps things bright, while the darker toned hutch adds depth to the space. In the corner by the water, a stunning collection of mirrored glass wall sculptures gather to create a three-dimensional layer of art. The neutral wall covering also gives the illusion of sand, visible beneath the water view beyond.
Up on the top floor, the homeowner chose to rethink the rooms to maximize views and space. “It was a natural decision to locate the master bedroom in the largest room, but we had a decision to make regarding the bedroom that faced the ocean and the bedroom that faced the marsh. We ended up deciding, thanks to a suggestion from my sister, to utilize the room facing the ocean as a study and adapted the same window treatments and furnishings we had used in our apartment,” the homeowner says.
The study overlooking the ocean was surely a wise decision, as it captures the sweeping views and is perfectly adorned to become a quiet, peaceful space. Here, the level of color is just right amidst the deeply-hued furniture pieces. The vaulted ceiling expands the room, and Shulman found a perfect home for two pieces of blown glass sculptures for the second-floor alcove. Past the glass door, the deck, which the homeowner named the SkyBox, is a serene oceanfront retreat.
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