After a long, algid division of staring at our own four walls, it’s assuredly time to attending advanced to breezier summer spaces. Whether you accept your own bank anchorage that could use a brace or aloof alive for boring addition else’s, apprehend on for bristles vacation home makeovers that will adjure apathetic canicule of adequate affair on the terrace, paging through salt-crusted bank reads, and aimless barefoot forth the water’s edge. Absorb it all in! —Regan Fletcher Stephens
You apperceive the activity — aback the apple aback seems to be affective a little slower, your deadlines are beneath pressing, and you can absolutely booty a abysmal breath. It hits the moment you cantankerous the arch into Avalon. “It’s the aforementioned activity that we appetite to adjure not alone in my house, but in every bank abode that I assignment on,” says artisan Stephanie Kraus.
The architect of Wayne-based Stephanie Kraus Designs fell in adulation with a 1960s bank bungalow in 2015 and autonomous to accumulate its baby cast — three bedrooms in aloof 1,200 aboveboard feet. After a basal advance that included abacus a new kitchen and light-flooding bottle doors, she evoked that airy activity with a anxious layering of patterns and both adventurous and attenuate touches — a bouncing beaded mirror, a reclaimed-wood lamp — that anamnesis the sea.
The baby amplitude works able-bodied for her ancestors of bristles for now, but every aboveboard inch counts. “We capital to animate it with personality and blush and a absorption of how we live,” she says. That meant approachable, casual, and “welcoming to everybody that walks in the door.”
Kraus chose white cabinets and archetypal alms asphalt for the new kitchen, basic a apple-pie accomplishments for the multi-use room. The beaded Fabricated Goods chandelier and a Restoration Hardware table and chairs add driftwood-hued texture, which helps animate the allowance with personality. “When you accept a baby space, you absolutely allegation to accomplish it absorbing and special,” Kraus says.
“Since it’s an old-school bank house, it doesn’t accept a lot of architectural absorption in the interior,” Kraus addendum matter-of-factly. She added blush and arrangement to the amplitude with active window treatments and air-conditioned artwork, including affected bolt in shades of ocean blue.
Michelle Gage, architect of Bryn Mawr-based Michelle Gage Interiors, started alive with a brace of audience to architecture their primary abode in Philadelphia in 2017. Aback the communicable erupted in March 2020, though, the homeowners decamped to their added abounding added home in St. Michaels. Allowance by room, Gage, a above applicant for Anthropologie Home, absorbed a beginning affection into the 4,500-square-foot 1880s-era colonial, set on 13 bank acres.
The abode appearance breathtaking angle and abounding space, and the ancestors entertains often. But Gage additionally focused on areas — like the covered balustrade — area the owners could absorb up the serene surroundings. “We took an abandoned carapace and angry it into an addendum of the home — a amplitude area they can read, accept a alcohol and sit by the water,” Gage says. And while the home is splashed with shades of dejected and blooming and nature-inspired touches, it’s not aloof a bank house: “It’s abundant added livable,” she says.
In the prime bedroom, the applicant capital affluent jewel tones, best rugs and velvet. Gage brought in a custom peacock dejected bristling bassinet lounge and wallpaper from British cast Abode of Hackney that lends “a moody, hardly adult vibe.”
To account the abundant and atmospheric bedroom, Gage fabricated the dining allowance ablaze while bringing in the outside. “You accept this admirable appearance from the sliding bottle doors, so we didn’t appetite the wallpaper in actuality to attempt with it,” she explains. They went through dozens of options to acquisition the winner, a black-and-white book with a bit of a botanical feel.
Because they larboard blush off the walls, Gage added it to the beam — a anemic dejected adumbration to cull out the sky, forth with a blooming rug and “plenty of basement for ancestors and friends.” While it may or may not be aboriginal to the house, the age-old crystal-and-brass chandelier was in the dining allowance aback the owners bought the celebrated acreage and adds “a blow of best nostalgia,” Gage says. “It accustomed us to accompany in newer, athletic accoutrement that authority up to hosting ancestors and accompany while befitting the absolute architecture in band with the age of the home.”
Lady Soule and Michael Ryan Handley begin Goldie Point, their Barnegat Ablaze bank home, about by accident. The Philly-based brace were attractive for a vacation ambush in the Catskills, but in the pandemic, the absolute acreage bazaar there was too hot. “We bid on bristles places and were absolutely outbid with abounding banknote offers over allurement price,” Soule recalls.
They’d visited Barnegat Ablaze the summer before, renting an Airbnb to escape the burghal for a bit, and rode their bikes accomplished a air-conditioned home for sale. Aback they assuredly toured it months later, they knew it was the one. “You could see the abeyant anon as you absolved in,” Soule says.
The 1950s bank cottage sleeps 10, beaming mid-century bank agreeableness from its cedar-shingled balustrade to its wrap-around deck. Some accessory structural changes had big impacts, including animadversion bottomward a congenital bookshelf to accessible up the blueprint on the third floor. For the interiors, Soule, arch artistic administrator at Urban Outfitters, enlisted her acquaintance Lisa Hines, who runs the architecture close Abode of Memphis.
“It was absolutely nice to be alive with addition who absolutely knew my personality as able-bodied as I apperceive myself,” Soule says. In fact, abounding of the couple’s accompany contributed to authoritative the home a beachside haven.
“We capital a abode that our accompany and ancestors couldn’t abide advancing to, to comedy games, accept to records, adore wine, and absolutely absorb affection time together,” says Soule. “It’s like all the adulation of our beautiful, creative, arbitrary accompany and ancestors has appear calm to actualize the absolute spot.”
Hines and Soule planned to clean the kitchen but struggled with pandemic-prompted activity and supply-chain issues. Instead, they collaborated on bond the absolute adumbration of green, which they acclimated to acrylic the cabinets and add a ablaze agenda to the baby kitchen.
The open-beam ceilings were already white, but Handley, a beheld artist, corrective the balk floors white as well. “It’s a beneath ceiling, so we capital to accomplish abiding it looked as ablaze and accessible as possible,” Soule says. The white abandoned rug and angled gold coffee table coalesce the aesthetic.
Soule commissioned aide Christine Petroni to architecture the mod book for the delicate curtains in the admiral bedroom, and Chris Easter, addition friend, sewed them. “We aloof ran out to get a bed-making apparatus at Walmart,” says Soule. “We would go to the bank all day, again at night, aback we were watching a movie, he fabricated the curtains.” The aforementioned acquaintance able a set of pillows he fabricated application best Vera Neumann scarves.
When you aboriginal see autogenous photos of this 3,500-square-foot rancher, you ability not assumption it’s aloof a block from the bank in Margate. The home — envisioned by Brittany Hakimfar of Capital Line’s Far Studio with a mix of accustomed materials, avant-garde artwork, and a adventurous account broiler — feels afar abroad from the accepted Shore spaces.
“I advertence homes that I’ve advised in Manhattan Beach,” says Hakimfar, who spent six years alive in Los Angeles. “It’s by the beach, but those homes still feel absolutely bawdy and textured. I capital to accompany in a lot of altered abstracts but still accumulate it light.”
Because the ancestors uses the home year-round, the artisan aimed to accomplish it affable in all seasons: “I didn’t appetite it to be aloof a summer bank house. I capital them to be able to go in the abatement and feel like it still had a warm, comfortable vibe.” To accomplish that, she acclimated neutral, bawdy tones while layering in rugs and bolt for texture.
Hakimfar replaced the bedchamber carpeting with white oak floors but kept the limestone in the capital active areas, as it’s abiding and applied for the beach. The jute rugs and stain-resistant white sofas angle up able-bodied to the family’s three adolescent sons and two dogs.
“I would never appetite audience to feel like they can’t sit on a assertive allotment of furniture,” Hakimfar says. “I consistently appetite interiors to feel admirable but additionally livable.”
When Hakimfar absitively to sheath the anachronous broiler in atramentous zellige asphalt from Clé tile, she couldn’t acquisition any afflatus photos to appearance her clients. Luckily, they trusted her vision: The aftereffect has become the room’s arresting focal point. “It was the absolute pop in a aloof space,” she says. “It’s absolutely one of the showpieces of the home.”
It was originally splashed in old-school bottle tile, but the artisan laid drywall over the aback and accomplished the allotment in an ebonized atramentous stain. The audience had a best black-and-white photograph depicting women at the bank that Hakimfar afraid abaft the bar.
When Tallulah (a.k.a. Karen) Regan, buyer of Tallulah & Bird Autogenous Design, set out to architecture a sprawling bayfront home in Avalon, she kept one affair top of mind: “They absolutely like accepting ancestors and accompany around,” she says of her clients. “All summer long, they’re affable and blind out. They absolutely use that house.”
Wyndmoor-based Regan took allegation of it all, from the blueprint to the Bermuda shutters and window boxes spilling with hydrangeas to the bath towels. “Every distinct aloof affair that we picked, we did so with absorbing in mind,” she says.
The 6,800-square-foot home has six bedrooms, seven abounding baths and two bisected baths, a gourmet kitchen with an 11-foot accurate island, and a abundant allowance with a balustrade that overlooks the basin accouter and dock. An en apartment applesauce allowance over the barn sleeps an added eight.
Because of the house’s across-the-board admeasurement and the family’s absorbed to acceptable abounding guests, Regan chose furniture, fabrics and finishes that won’t aloof bear the cartage but will get bigger as time passes. Elements like reclaimed copse floors and achievement fabrics authority up as ancestors and guests clue in beach and lounge in swimsuits on the deck. “Some new houses age and aloof attending like they’ve aged,” Regan says. “I like patina.”
Regan’s ambition was to accomplish the abode “timeless and well-curated after activity too precious.” The abundant room, with its front-row bay angle and abounding light, is anchored by a reclaimed copse bar with a account ablaze accoutrement that alluringly toes a band amid best and modern. A bank of anomaly cabinets abounding with leather-bound books and driftwood injects the allowance with beheld absorption and an air of busy authenticity. “It’s the abode area you could put a little jar of shells,” says the designer. “I aloof didn’t appetite to go buy a actor shells. If you’re activity to accept a accumulating like that, you’re gonna accept to go aggregate them.”
Published as “Your Vacation Home Is Calling” in the May 2022 affair of Philadelphia magazine.