Decorator Phoebe Howard applies her signature rules of Southern style to a family's Sea Island getaway.
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Sea Island Beach House
The beach house was inspired by the colonial vernacular architecture of Bermuda with a warmth that is indicative of Sea Island, Georgia, says the architect, Keith Summerour. Phoebe Howard stepped in to the project after the home was built, to give it her signature polished look with a lively personality that reflects the homeowners and their family.
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An upholstered ottoman instead of a coffee table makes this family room more inviting and comfortable to put your feet up.
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It's not always important to make a big statement in the foyer, as this one opens directly into the living room. Pairing dark wood with white walls adds just the right amount of drama.
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A large round table in a square dining room makes conversations easier and most have leaves for extra seating.
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Seating shouldn't be limited to club chairs and sofas. Utilize benches, ottomans, and odd side chairs to accommodate more people.
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Bright, warm colors in fabrics and accesories really pop against white walls in this bold bedroom.
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Bedroom Sitting Area
Wherever space allows, it's great to have a seating area in the bedroom. It gives couples a place to get away and chat privately. This is especially important in a beach house where you always have guests.
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Instead of using matching sets of furniture, combine textures such as wicker, stone, and wood for a more relaxed, natural look.