All in the Family: The New Beach House

Over the weekend I took quick trip down to Connecticut to not only pick up some amazing side tables I had made for the shoot we’re doing of my house next week, but also to see the progress on my parent’s new beach house my Dad and his firm designed. To my amazement, it’s almost complete save for a few details and landscaping.  Look how adorable!


Right down the street are a couple cute little lobster places with spectacular, quintessential New England coast views. I am pretty darn excited to have this place to escape to.

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I have the task of helping them decorate this beauty.  We already ordered these great Arteriors stools and some bold marine blue Windsor chairs from Ethan Allen as well as end chairs from Williams Sonoma.  We’re working on a much bigger table, rug and lighting.


I’m thinking a stripey dhurrie like this one from Serena & Lily– but maybe bringing in aqua, the other color in the scheme we’ve been playing with.


The kitchen is impossibly bright with gorgeous soapstone counters with white veining. Mom and I were joking that she might need to wear sunglasses while doing dishes.


The view from the sink and the vaulted ceiling in the living room.

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The colors we’re working with, like this Mally Skok fabric and Sanderson’s Ooti in Indigo.

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The inside of their TV cabinet built in is painted Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic, one of my favorite colors and we’re thinking of adding in some throw pillows in Studio Bon’s Fuzz print to the seagrass Pottery Barn wingsbacks that flank it.

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View from the dining/kitchen area to the living room.


The front door leads to the entry hall, at the end my Dad installed an old beautiful window we found at Brinfield five years ago and it looks so cool (behind it is a bar area and the pantry and laundry spaces).  To the right is the study, which Dad designed with wood trim and built ins to give it a more “old sea-captain’s house” feel.

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We’re thinking of using this vintage paper my parents have stock of in their barn somewhere in here- either under the chair rail or above.


I’m loving these Thomas Paul pillows for the chairs in there too!

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The first floor bath has Nantucket beadboard made of PVC wrapping all the way into the shower and a sheet of glass, half milky half clear that swings over the window for privacy and to keep water out but lets the light in.

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The first floor has a guest room (aka my room).  I already did a little board showing some ideas for this space- these will be adjusted but it’s a jumping off point!



Pottery Barn headboard // Stanley side tables // Stanley dresser // India Hicks for HSN skirt & shams // John Robshaw bedding // Jaipur rug // Teil Duncan art // West Elm lamps

Here’s the master bedroom (their bath not quite done yet) and the second floor guest bath, which I love.

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The glass subway is the prettiest shade of grey-green.  The Circa sconces are nautical and fun.

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A cool big antique anchor my mom and I found at an antique store and the pretty stone wall at the back of the lot overlooking the harbor.

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I’ll be keeping you guys abreast on decorating progress!!!


  1. I love this! Have you ever used the beadboard in a shower before? I am loving this – its a nice change from tile, and I’m wondering if it would be easier to clean than tile with grout.

  2. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these photos – your dad is so talented! I’m sure once his architecture is paired with your interior design ideas these spaces will be perfect. Can’t wait to see more photos of the decorating process!

  3. First, the light in that place makes me drool….what I would give! Its all gorgeous though, and actually I just want to thank you/your dad for solving a major issue I was having in my own home. I have an old window in our shower that my builder and I have been pondering how to make water safe without replacing with an ugly vinyl window. Hooray, I know what we’ll do know; )

  4. This is amazing!!! Reminds me of a Country Living spread of a house in Nantucket. I love this! What white paint did you use for the walls throughout?

  5. In LOVE with every picture — and in LOVE with how I can picture this home being so easily lived in — kudos to your Dad for his wonderful design. I have to thank you for the swinging glass window cover in the bath — we have the same issue and I’ve been racking my brain for a practical yet clean look. I’m totally stealing this idea – not the first design idea I’ve ever stolen from your blog ;) – thank you!!

  6. Are you kidding me with this place? It is absolutely stunning. All of your ideas for it sound completely perfect. I love the bar stools so much, I want those for my apartment! Anyway super excited to see the design process as you do it, although it’s already just incredible the way it is. Your father is so talented, guess it runs in the family!

  7. I noticed that the stove doesn’t have an overhead vent hood. We’re facing a similar issue in our kitchen. What vent option did they choose instead?

  8. Wow Erin, it looks amazing! No surprise since your mom was in good hands with you as her designer.
    In an interesting coincidence, my parents are moving into their new house in Clinton, CT next week. They’ve been renting a cottage down the street from it so we’re heading up this weekend to see the progress. They just started bringing in furniture today! I’ll have updates on my blog, next week.
    (And PS – all of us at Ladies’ Home Journal loved your piece about teenagers! It was brilliant.)

  9. Wow I’m all awwwss with the whole house, the view, your dad’s achitectural details and the turquoise chairs outside… ohhhh those are gorgeous. Just dying over the color! So happy for your parents to find such an amazing house. You know I’m his fan too, even more after meeting him in Paris!!

  10. OOOHHH Erin how quintessential Nantucket! I’m very excited to know that beadboard comes in PVC. I have been trying for years to talk clients into also painting “SOMETHING” Arsenic, as I adore this color also!

  11. love love love all of it.
    especially the mally skok fabric, and the kitchen windows, and the shower window, and the wood study, and the light filled great room, and the stools in the kitchen, and……….

  12. So cute! I would love to see a hint of gorgeous coral in there and check out for great painted furniture pieces that will fit perfectly. Just discovered them. Your dad is one talented guy!

  13. Question!

    The range looks to be in the peninsula(?) will a hood be added later, are they going hood-less, or downdraft? I am facing this same placement with my kitchen remodel and would love to eliminate the vent hood… thank you!!

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