Having a view of the water is absolutely on my list of 'one-days'...that is, when I 'one day' actually buy a house!
Imagining a weekend in this seaside home (photos courtesy of this month's House Beautiful) whisks me right out of my somewhat dark, tiny NYC apartment and conjures cool breezes, lots of natural light streaming in, and decor that allows room for real living.
Owner Kim Dempster describes it as 'not too pretty' and more 'marine industrial' than 'kitschy nautical,' and I like that - no seashell-encrusted tissue boxes to be found!
I love the exposed roof trusses - with all the natural light & white paint, the room's cozy but feels airy, not cramped. Love the combination of white marble and dark iron chain link on the table. I'm also crazy about the proportions of the armchair - it's wider than normal and a little overstuffed.
The refrigerator was custom made by Antique Vintage Appliances to look like a retro icebox.
The combination of woods, whitewash, fabric textures, & iron make this feel cohesive but still casual and not at all 'decorated.'
Being a tiny apartment dweller, I appreciate that every inch of space is maximized in this bedroom.
That view! Also digging the tablecloth's retro Americana feel.
What the designer said about this house really sums up what I love about it:
"There's something magical about being in a small space. You don't feel lonely. Energy can only go so far, and when you walk into this house, you feel it. There's a sense of soul and spirit and nostalgia. There will be conversations around that fireplace for years. It will evoke memories and create a history for this family over time."