House Tour: The Ultimate Beach House

They call it 'The Big Easy' and it's built for effortless entertaining.

Photo by Dana Hoff

Inside, it’s built for socializing, with a big, open kitchen (designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Bethesda) that connects to a pantry/laundry room and a casual great room.  “We doubled up on appliances,” Blair says—two washer-dryers, two dishwashers and two refrigerators—to ensure capacity for big groups. The island has a built-in wine fridge on one end and a Scotsman Nugget icemaker on the other. The latter (one of Blair’s favorite toys) is handy for whipping up margaritas or Dark ‘N’ Stormies come happy hour.

Photo by Dana Hoff

An adjacent dining nook is anchored by a rustic Pottery Barn table and bench seating with extra storage underneath the cushions. The kitchen and dining area connect seamlessly to a great room with comfy furniture, a fireplace and flat-screen TV.  Cathedral ceilings with white beadboard make the whole space feel fresh and airy. And the great room has an adjoining screened porch.

Photo by Dana Hoff

When it came to furnishings, Anna got creative. She bought wicker chairs on Craigslist, selected colorful fabrics and hired a seamstress to make custom seat cushions and throw pillows. “The white sofas are from Ikea,” she adds. “I wanted white because it feels beachy. We bought extra slipcovers so they can be cleaned easily. You just throw them in the wash with some bleach and you’re done.”

The great room. Photo by Dana Hoff

A vibrant blue-and-yellow canvas, painted by Blair to match the color scheme, is an interpretation of the famous Japanese woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai.

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