House Tour: The Ultimate Beach House
They call it 'The Big Easy' and it's built for effortless entertaining.
There’s also a separate kids’ hangout space with its own TV, sectional sofa and a hanging rattan chair from Serena & Lily. For artwork, Anna Photoshopped silhouettes of their kids in different colors and had them professionally printed.
At 4,200 square feet, the place isn’t small by any means, but it’s packed space-saving features masterminded by Oursler, who is both a designer and builder by trade. “Marnie had a lot of ideas for using nooks and crannies, and vertical space” Anna says. Case in point: a cozy reading nook tucked into the cavity under the stairs, in what would otherwise be dead space.
The bunk rooms, outfitted with built-in beds with matching nightstand shelves and storage drawers underneath, also make maximum use of limited space by going vertical and eliminating the need for additional furniture.
A nautical themed bathroom stacks colorful lockers, which kids can use to store swimsuits and other beach items. “It’s a fun way to store kids’ gear instead of simple shelves,” Anna says. “It made the bathroom fun and unique.”
Blair and Anna’s bedroom features a shiplap-paneled vaulted ceiling, white oak floors and an accent wall clad in reclaimed wood. “It’s a very custom home,” Anna says. “If we had an idea, Marnie was always enthusiastic about translating it into reality.”
A powder room features custom wallpaper made from a nautical chart of the Eastern shore. The map highlights the stretch of shoreline from Fenwick Island to the Delaware beaches.
The Fernaus have nicknamed their home away from home “The Big Easy.” It’s an ironic reference to some early headaches with construction financing, Blair explains (which weren’t so easy), but it’s also a nod to the city where they married—and a reflection of their happy place, where they now go to decompress, often with friends.
“We’ve come to truly relax when we’re there,” Anna says. “No ‘to do’ lists.”