Susan Taylor
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beach house living

Although I have designed several rental properties, I found I was learning along the way how to combine the practical with my love for #purestyle. Here, the centerpieces for the dining table are a simple pair of lacquered bowls, filled with my favorite Bucks County sycamore and sheet moss, each topped with an oversized succulent that just happens to have a beachy vibe! Easy to take off and on, placed just right.

There is a hint of the orbital light fixtures over the dining table here … three in total, two smaller and one larger. I’ll have to get you a better view! The island pendants are spotlighted below. Take a good look at the gray vinyl flooring, so worth a look! Practical for sand and water … and children, dogs, or toys. And I love the aesthetic!

You can see the table color perfectly here, with the sunlit shadows and gray exposed grain—a practical finish for crowds.



This shot shows the drama of 10 dining chairs, and believe it or not, they are quite practical! Synthetic fabric withstands peanut butter, chocolate and butter (I had my own test on a fabric memo prior to finalizing the purchase!). I loved the color, bringing the living room accent into the dining room and keeping some punch in the palette. Once again, marrying style and rental practicality—it’s a win-win.



Kitchen design for a beach property easily leads to white. White cabinets and white quartz countertops are practical, and then we take a page from #purestyle with the satin gold hardware and lighting choices.

Here is a good picture of the pendants and the barstools, again in the brushed gold finish that I love. The dramatic pendant in white enamel with gold accents are striking when arriving at the top of the stairs. I found these swivel bar stools in a performance leather and the brushed gold finish and couldn’t be happier. The function is fabulous, the style is perfect!



Simple, yet personal accessories add personality to the kitchen.



Although a bit difficult to see, I love the use of the matte black faucet here. Just a whim of a decision to compliment the brushed gold hardware, oversized whenever I could use it. Dramatic and stylish!



Entering the home, this second living space greets you. The home was designed with the master suite, kitchen and living room on the second floor—where the view is. The first floor has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and another living space. It makes the floor plan perfect for multi-family use.

The inspiration for this room came from the rug. I had just received the same rug for my retail store and fell head over heels for it. The color is so unique! Not quite orange, not quite coral, not quite pink…but a combination of all. It’s breathtaking!



It didn’t take long to develop the palette of coral-y/orange and navy—yes, in performance fabrics. I added a strong navy contrast welt to give some definition and change it up a little. This sectional houses a pullout queen bed, adding to the sleeping capacity. Note the contrast of the white sofa legs … just a little unexpected touch.



Two coffee tables booked together is a favorite suggestion in my design when space permits. These concrete-topped tables also have additional storage in the form of drawers, as well as the open space that can be used for books, tablets, magazines … one more feature for practical use.

Two navy and orange accented poufs add seating with a hint of a boho feel, light enough to move around when needed and full of style! I collected the bowl of oyster shells from the construction site! Many oyster shells are found in the soil near the beach, and one day on a site visit, I couldn’t resist digging through a large mound of sand. A quick wash and they became a memorable centerpiece. An oversized enameled bowl was perfect for them.



This is a favorite console, again in the concrete finish. Dressed with several navy-patterned vessels and a long tray with a string of light colored seashells, the accents low enough for TV viewing, yet complete the surface.



One of my favorite oversized art pieces found a home in the hallway, connecting the den to the bedrooms on this level. The colors couldn’t be more perfect and the size is “wow.” A small bench below can be used for shoes or even a quick perch for playing board games.