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White-sand beaches with shockingly blue waters, charming seaside towns and coastal communities along the scenic stretch known as 30A are at once inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Idyllic Seaside bustles with families who retire to their pastel homes after lunching at the local waterfront restaurant. Alys Beach’s brilliant, white architecture defines the quiet town, which itself delivers an upscale alternative to the more laid-back Grayton Beach, with its quirky cottages that live under canopies of trees. A new boutique community near Watersound Beach, on the eastern end of 30A, boasts an architectural style more akin to the Hamptons.

“The distinct architectural standards of each community make 30A so uniquely interesting,” says Jennifer Suddes of the Atlanta-based Magnolia House Design Group.

Jennifer became intimately familiar with the new 48-home community, Grace Point on 30A, during the design of a 4,925-square-foot speculative home. She joined the project about a month before completion and delivered a design dictated by texture. Through a combination of rich textures and pops of color, she achieved a balanced design fitting for a seaside setting and created a home that feels “soothing and simple, yet sophisticated.”

Although housing many elements of your typical beach-house design, this home could work in almost any setting. With the structure of the residence firmly in place, Jennifer was left to work within the walls of what had been created.

A tabby shell finish and cedar mantle on the fireplace, white oak floors, cedar beams and tongue-and-groove pecky cypress walls are only a few examples of the unexpected materials used to introduce texture (something the home begged for) into the design. Texture translates to warmth, and Jennifer prioritized both qualities to enliven the design and lend contrast to the home’s simple architecture. “It was my goal to bring in as much dimension as possible using texture-rich material to create a look that goes beyond the typical beach-house design.” In achieving this goal, the use of color was perhaps as important as the use of texture. Natural tones, including the cedarwood and lined white oak floors, are layered with whites and beachy blues to create an easygoing elegance. Although a blue-and-white color scheme is commonplace in many beach homes, Jennifer implemented the color creatively. A grayish-blue coats the kitchen island, for example, and jewel-toned blues run throughout the bedrooms.

Light streams in through huge windows on the main floor highlighting the breezy aesthetic and revealing views of the large pool, outdoor entertainment space and Florida’s Gulf. Large doors open from the kitchen to a screened-in porch, where you’ll find a replica of the indoor fireplace with the same intentional use of texture and pops of color. An adjacent entertaining area allows for dining alfresco (on lovely teak furniture). Both areas open beautifully to the private pool and courtyard.

Living room- Hilary & Reverie

In a family-friendly space, the living room is of the utmost importance. Two large couches were chosen to accommodate the whole family as they gather around the fireplace.

 

Texture- 30A beach house

Texture abounds — from the spindle chairs and geometric coffee table to the shell-finished fireplace.

Main floor plan- 30A beach house

The main floor, with its large floorplan, is home to an open living space, dining area and kitchen. “With a floorplan this size, you run the risk of it feeling too large and dramatic in scale,” Jennifer explains. “Thereby, I tried to harmoniously incorporate layers of texture and color while staying in line with the simple, elegant design.”

Light fixtures- Hilary & Reverie

Thoughtfully chosen light fixtures provide additional layers of texture. Jennifer turned to Visual Comforts for the majority of the lighting needs in the home, including this chandelier that hangs above the dining table and the polished nickel pendants that bring drama to the kitchen.

Kitchen island- 30A beach house

A sizable island dominates the contemporary kitchen, with its large-scale Carrara marble backsplash and acrylic barstools.

Screened porch- 30A beach house

Replicating the use of texture inside, the screened porch shares many design elements with the living area. Most notably? The fireplace with tabby shells and a cedar mantle.

Private pool- 30A beach house

Take your pick of the beach, which is steps away, or the private pool. We are inclined to say you can’t go wrong with either choice.

30A beach house- outdoor kitchen

At any beach house, alfresco entertaining is essential. Here, it is made easy with an outdoor kitchen and dining area that opens to the courtyard.

First- and second-floor masters are two of the five bedrooms in the home. Serene views, a soothing color scheme and custom-made beds are hallmarks of both spaces. One of Jennifer’s most significant challenges throughout the project was the second-floor suite, specifically the master bathroom. Once cold and lacking energy, the bathroom became “one of the most unique and warm bathrooms” of Jennifer’s 27-year career. Her additions to the design include a window seat, tongue-and-groove ceilings and walls, a contemporary chandelier and an oriental rug. Now, the spa-like space is showstopping for all the right reasons.

Master bedroom- 30A beach house

The first-floor master overlooks the pool and courtyard, and we can’t imagine more enjoyable morning views. Jennifer applied a customized color (50% Benjamin Moore Silver Gray) to the bedroom walls.

Upstairs master- 30A beach house

In the upstairs master, Jennifer enhanced the architectural lines by painting an accent wall in Sherwin Williams’ Stardew (customized at 50%).

Master suite bath- Hilary & Reverie

The large master suite demanded Jennifer’s attention. Layers of texture are again used to create the desired warmth.

Bunk room- Hilary & Reverie- 30A beach house

The original design did not include a bunk room, but Jennifer felt strongly that the home needed one. Stretch rope railings drive home the playful, coastal design.

Custom art piece- 30A beach house

An 18-foot wall with 11-foot ceilings upstairs posed another design challenge. Jennifer warmed the space with large-scale lanterns and wood ceilings and chose a custom art piece as the focal point. A father-and-son team in Northern California created this piece.

30A beach house exterior

The outside view provides a better understanding of the home’s scale. Just inside, beautiful design awaits!

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Photography: Provided by Hilary & Reverie
Designer: Jennifer Suddes | Magnolia House Design Group
Architect: TS Adams Studio Architects, Inc.
Location: Grace Point on 30A, a community managed by Hilary & Reverie