It's not often that you can see a home in a magazine that belongs to someone you actually know. Which is why we were delighted to find out that the breezy beach house in Alys Beach, Florida featured in the July/August issue of Veranda belongs to the family of one of my friends/sorority sisters from U.Va. (although I will admit that sounds a bit six degrees of Kevin Bacon-ish when put into writing!).
Alys Beach is a community on the panhandle of Florida that is centered around the principle of New Urbanism, meaning that sprawl is minimized by creating a community where most everything people need is in walking distance. Sounds inviting, doesn't it? The architecture is reminiscent of a Mediterranean village, with a touch of Bermuda thrown in, don't you think?
That contrast between a bright blue sky and a stark white building? Gorgeous.
The interiors of the home are by Georgia Carlee. The main thing I love about this home is that is says, "beach," not "BEACH!!!!" It perfectly captures the spirit of the Florida coast, but does so in an elegant yet inviting way. Take a look and see what I mean.
Above- the breezy white drapes and seagrass rug keep things light, but the four upholstered chairs dress things up a bit and create an inviting space for cocktails. Notice the shell console on the right- fabulous! I also love the unexpected framed coral art above the windows.
Above- Lucky bamboo is perfect for beach/vacation houses because it doesn't need constant watering!
Above- the driftwood table really makes the room by adding an organic touch. In the magazine, you can see this living room as a double page spread, but since I had to get these pictures the old fashioned way (by scanning them in- thanks a lot, Veranda!) you are only seeing the right side.
Above left- the shell hanging above the bed is a unique touch. And of course, in the bottom right picture, I love those blue and white garden stools.
The furniture in this room has a sort of rustic French vibe. A weathered desk is perfectly casual. Notice the sea curiosities inside the glass-front shelves.
More driftwood on the lamps and at the foot of the bed.
An inviting entrance.
According to the article, the chandelier is made from old wine barrels! We'll drink to that. A globe chandelier is unexpected, and we like it!
Finally, the courtyard patio beckons for a leisurely lunch under the umbrella.
What is your favorite beach town? Is there any beach you're dying to escape to this summer?