Now that we’ve made it through the week of rain and dreary skies, we need a little extra sunshine in our lives, so we’ve decided to take a look at a beach house aptly titled the Sea.
That whole nautical theme for a beach house can be a bit overdone, but we still like our seaside residences to feel as though we’ve been transported from the urban jungle to the sandy shores. That’s why the Sea by West Chin Architects is the perfect getaway; it mixes contemporary décor with an easygoing design esthetic. Located in Long Beach, the Sea was designed to feel imposing, taking full advantage of its beach front location and stunning ocean views. Its other selling point is the abundance of outdoor spaces, including several balconies and terraces and the outdoor dining area with a bar and a lounge area by the pool.
The cool surfside retreat employs a clever split-level design that visually creates separate zones, but also maintains a unified feel. Since the interior is mostly open, large neutral area rugs are also used to delineate space function.
The double-height sitting area has a massive window that opens like a garage door, creating a true indoor/outdoor experience. Its crisp white walls and furniture provide the perfect backdrop for the sculptural staircase wall and 3D butterfly artwork.
The custom geometric dining table visually separates the raised kitchen from the sitting room. Flanked by two stairways, it also provides two separate eating areas; a more casual breakfast bar is at the top, with a more formal dining setting below. The kitchen’s white and gray palette matches the adjacent living space, and built-in appliances add to the sleek design.
Downstairs, the color comes out in a funky, more colorful living room. The rounded forms of the chairs, coffee table and sculptures balance the square architecture and couch while also emphasizing the casual nature of the space. This room is directly connected to the outdoor pool area. The bedroom and its covered balcony share the same seamless indoor/outdoor transition.
Of course, though, it’s the outdoor space that we can’t stop staring at. The bright pink and stark white patio furniture match perfectly with the aqua water of the pool and hot tub in addition to complementing the purple furniture inside. And the long white dining table and bar refer back to the kitchen counters. Want more summertime reminders? Check out all of West Chin Architects’ work here.
Photos via West Chin Architects
Neighborhoods : Hamptons