Modern Rustic #11

When it came to decorating this beachside home, the designers played it anything but safe…

Get the look: For natural stone cladding, see roccostone.co.uk.

THE PROPERTY

A newly designed beach house in Seabrook, near Seattle, Washington state. Spread over three levels, there is an open-plan ‘great room’ on the first floor, incorporating an entrance hall, fireside lounge, games area, dining area and kitchen, as well as a utility room, pantry and cloakroom. On the second floor, there are three bedroom suites, a WC and a sitting room, while three further guest bedrooms (two en suite) and another games room are on the ground floor. 

EXTERIOR

Hot orange, funky purple and mango yellow bounce off the surfaces of this beachside home, sending out its message loud and clear – as soon as you walk in, you know this isn’t a serious place. If you’re here, it’s to kick back and relax.

Get the look: For natural stone cladding, see roccostone.co.uk.

But this northwest US coastal hideaway can catch the uninitiated visitor by surprise. It’s built on a small hill overlooking the sea, amid tall shore pines. The exterior is clad in naturally grey timbers and stone, so the house almost blends into the seascape.

When the elevated, coastal spot was discovered, the owners were inspired to create a home that celebrated both the freedom and space of the beach below. They brought in architectural firm Lew Oliver to map out balconied bedrooms that would play to the amazing views and, inside, an open-plan communal hub called the ‘great room’, which could encompass different zones.

Get the look: Bobbin Bicycles has a great range of brightly coloured sit-up-and-beg bikes. For similar outdoor furniture, try Indian Ocean.

Landscape architect Stephen Poulakos also collaborated, designing three separate outdoor dining spaces that are great in spring and summer. If it’s a bit chilly, there’s an open-air fireplace (pictured top) – great for toasting marshmallows – and a 5ft-deep cedarwood hot tub.

Get the look: For similar outdoor furniture, try Indian Ocean.

Clean-lined architecture delineates the different levels of the house, which opens to the outside at every opportunity. This courtyard (above) is a morning suntrap.

ENTRANCE HALL

Inside, you might expect things to continue in classic beach-chic style, with weathered driftwood, bleached whites and sea-grass mats. Instead, you’re greeted by blasts of colour, plush velvet sofas and a vintage pool table that’s ready for the break shot. The shot of yellow lets guests know this is a house of fun.

Get the look: This is Piet Hein Eek’s One-Beam bench, with Kartell wall hooks in Matte White above.

GREAT ROOM

The décor reflects the ethos of the house, which is a holiday home and a place where you can slip into a holiday mind-set, cut loose from the everyday and see things afresh. This place was designed with downtime in mind, whether that means moments of calm contemplation or partying with friends.

The wire sofa is a show stopper.

Get the look: This is the Corallo wire chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra. Find it at Chaplins.

Robert and Cortney Novogratz, whose work had just the right mix of attitude, wit and modernity were brought on for the interiors.

In the great room, Novogratz touches include the crazy orange scribble of a Campana brothers Corallo wire chair, a goose-feather pendant suspended over the pool table like a giant powder puff and audacious, clashy-but-matchy fabric combos that zing with energy. The vintage Brunswick pool table was restored by a Pennsylvanian couple.

Get the look: Source a pool table at Brown’s Antiques Billiards and Interiors. The Kugel K goose-feather light is by Heike Buchfelder for Pluma Cubic. The kitchen barstool, left, is covered in remnants from B&J Fabrics in New York. For similar, try The Chair People.

It’s these pops of colour throughout the house that unite each of the style-savvy rooms as one coherent, flowing space.

Get the look: The Stars and Stripes artwork over the fireplace is by Ann Carrington, while the photograph of Marilyn Monroe swimming, by an unknown photographer, was a vintage find. For a similar print, visit 55Max.

A vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe swimming hangs above the sofa.

Get the look: The photograph of Marilyn Monroe swimming, by an unknown photographer, was a vintage find. For a similar print, visit 55Max.

TERRACE

The first-floor terrace, with an ocean view, is an extension of the great room and a favourite spot in the property.

The architecture of the house pays homage to the northeast’s Arts and Crafts tradition, with solid, unfussy balustrades and porticoes painted white so they shine out against the slate-grey cladding.

KITCHEN

This pared-back aesthetic is echoed inside in the kitchen, with its sweep of white metro tiles echoing a traditional, country feel.

Get the look: Source white metro tiles from Fired Earth and a Le Creuset casserole dish from John Lewis. For a similar marble worktop, try Mandarin Stone.

The mood in here is simple, stylish and very functional, but without being a cold, stainless-steel space.

Get the look: Source white metro tiles from Fired Earth and a Le Creuset casserole dish from John Lewis. For a similar marble worktop, try Mandarin Stone.

This is where everyone gathers from the first coffee of the day right through until dinner – there’s plenty of character going on.

Get the look: Source white metro tiles from Fired Earth and a Le Creuset casserole dish from John Lewis. For a similar marble worktop, try Mandarin Stone.

DINING AREA

The citrus walls are the brightest, boldest shade in the house, but it’s still refreshing.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Grape Green emulsion. For similar, try Designers Guild’s Primrose. These are the Stick Around side chairs and Hearty table, both by Novogratz for CB2; and the Sara glass chandelier by Canopy Designs. For similar, try Holloways of Ludlow.

SITTING ROOM

Mixing graphic patterns – ikats, stripes and tribal prints – creates an opulent, but informal mood.

Get the look: This Moda sectional sofa by Novogratz for CB2 is teamed with a vintage table. In the master bedroom beyond is Marc Newson’s Orgone chair. The blinds are both made in fabrics by Robert Allen.

The sitting room has a series of quiet nooks for reading, a glass of wine, or both!  

Get the look: The Paris Review is by Alex Katz. Find prints at theparisreview.org. The acrylic and mirror wine bar is a vintage piece. For similar, try Carew Jones.

Simple shelving, painted white, provides a neutral backdrop that keeps the focus on graphic album covers, displayed as artwork.

Get the look: For vintage turntables like this, see idealprice.co.uk.

CLOAKROOM

Punchy purple walls add warmth to rustic wood. 

Get the look: The basin is Kohler’s Botticelli in Carrara marble. Source similar wood at Surrey Driftwood. For a similar vintage mirror, try The Chandelier & Mirror Company. For a similar paint shade, see Crown’s Reds & Pinks range.

GUEST BEDROOM

Vibrant brights are the ideal palette for a sunny bedroom with sea views.

Get the look: table is by Area 51. For similar, try Kartell at Heal’s. The Líneas wallpaper in Rosas is by Tres Tintas Barcelona. The bed is Serena & Lily’s Fillmore with nailheads, upholstered in Lattice cotton in Saffron/Putty.

GUEST BATHROOM 

A plain white bathroom is given a lift thanks to a ceiling shade that pops. 

Get the look: The metalware is by Kohler. The stool was a local find. For similar, try Retrouvius. Earthborn’s Storybook is a good match for the ceiling shade.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom zings with punchy colour combinations and quirky yet classic motifs.

Get the look: The bed is Serena & Lily’s Pondicherry with nailheads, upholstered in the brand’s Kuba cotton in Navy. The wallpaper is Bergius in Cobalt by Designers Guild. This is the Rouge coffee table by Novogratz for CB2.

This room has amazing views; you can lie in bed – or in the en-suite bath – and gaze out at the sea.

Get the look: This is the Rouge coffee table by Novogratz for CB2. This is Marc Newson’s Orgone chair (blue). The blinds fabrics are by Robert Allen.

See more Novogratz designs at thenovogratz.com. For information about Lew Oliver, see wholetownsolutions.com.

Photography / Matthew Williams

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