North Beach Beauty
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The Golden Mean
Furnishings—selected with the assistance of Ricky Christian of Espirit Décor Home Furnishings in Chesapeake—combine the best of both worlds. The “Coastal Living” collection by Stanley Furniture proved to afford pieces that, like the flooring, create a harmonious duality of casual elegance in keeping with the rest of the home. Darker furniture with a weathered or distressed “driftwood” texture as seen, for example, in the dining room chairs and sideboard and in some of the master furnishings, brings together these two seeming opposites.
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The color white has a key role to play within the house. White can be associated with the ultracasual—think tidy farmhouses, crisp cotton sheets drying on a clothesline, and ships’ sails—or with the ultra-formal—think bone china and pearls. It can also be associated with the traditional—as in lace—and with up-to-the-minute chic—as in the any-color-as-long-as-its-white association with modernism. In the Idea House, it is all of the above.
A spectacular example is the master bath, where white marble shower walls and heated floors suggest the ultimate in traditional pristine luxury while three rain shower heads create, as Stephen notes, a more contemporary “spa-retreat experience to enjoy every day.”
Immediately adjacent, an exquisite crushed volcanic rock soaking tub with impossibly simple and graceful lines evokes the footed tubs of yesteryear but with a profile that is somewhat sleeker.