Tuesday, August 2

Beach House Dreaming

Oh my....how much of a slacker am I? I mean FOR REAL...it's been almost a year since I posted. That is unacceptable but perhaps just proof of how hard it is to be a working mom. Can I get an AMEN on that? Frankly, I'm impressed that my kids have regular (somewhat) healthy meals and not regular enough showers. But I have missed posting. I love decor. I love writing. I love procrastinating.....apparently.

This summer's theme has been making very detailed travel plans and then having to change them. A big trip to Italy was unfortunately not possible due to a family member's health, and since we were all bummed not to be able to go, I quickly searched for a beach house rental near to my in-laws home in New Jersey that would allow us all to be together. And boy...did I find one!

With the owners permission (who btw, was one of the nicest people I have ever met and who I tried hard not to hate for owning my dream house) I took lots of pictures so you too could oogle their gorgeous home. Ta daaaaa....

The house is located on Long Beach Island in NJ, which where I grew up going to the beach and where we have taken our kids every summer since they were born. Thanks to a ridiculous MTV show, the Jersey Shore has a bad rap and yes, there are places on the Shore where there is a lot of fist pumping and loud music but not at LBI. It's a quiet island full of families and many, many gorgeous homes.

This six bedroom home is ocean front and has stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The owners clearly wanted to take advantage of the location so the view is a main feature throughout. And the outside areas are designed to maximize the view too. Check out the pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen. In-cred-ible! As my niece said all week "Aunt Allie...there is a pool in the deck. In. The. Deck!"

Moving inside, it was easy to see that the owner and his lovely wife worked hard to focus on the tiny details. From the bead board ceiling to the gorgeous plank flooring, they didn't miss a trick. Every light fixture was stunning and unique and even the ceiling fans were pretty. Who knew that was even possible? The top floor of the house was the living room, kitchen, master suite and a nursery. Let's start in the living room...

It's minimal in terms of decorating but also cozy and warm. How did they do that? Light colors, details on the ceiling and perhaps the most gorgeous living room chandelier I've ever seen. Absolutely perfect for the space. 

Next up was the master bedroom which was easily accessible from the ground floor from an elevator, which may have been the highlight of the vacation for my son. This room was also elegant and well appointed with a four-poster bed and high-end linens and its own fireplace. Swivel chairs in the bay window were the perfect spot for my in-laws to sit and enjoy the view. 

And as if the room couldn't get any better....there was the master bath. The stand alone tub, the river rock shower floor, the teak details, the built ins around the sink...ahhhhh! It was truly like a spa. Just needs someone to bring you a cucumber water and some slippers and you are all set. 

The main floor of the house had a common area that leads directly to the pool. This was a favorite spot for the kids to hang out in. And check out the cute whale wall art. 

Speaking of kids, three of them shared this adorable, nautical themed bunk room and at least two of them are hoping we can transform their home bedrooms into this space (they are dreaming..) but it was really sweet. 

My husband and I snagged a gorgeous room decorated in corals and sea grass. I didn't get a good picture of them but the window treatments alone in this room where stunning. You'll have to take my word for it. The adjoining bathroom was light blueish-green and very pretty. 

This level of the house had three more bedrooms - all decorated uniquely. The one below was my favorite. So cool and calming even without a view of the ocean. 

The lowest level of the house was primarily a garage and storage space for the owners that also included an industrial strength set of washer and dryer to supplement the prettier version on the main floor of the house. Listen up future beach house owners....a second, powerful laundry set is KEY! Made it so easy to keep beach towels and therefore sand out of the main washer dryer. Also on that level were two huge outdoor showers and a cabana filled with beach toys, chairs, boogie and surf boards and everything else you can imagine for a beach week.

Ok...so by now you are probably wondering...did it have a kitchen? Oh yes my fellow design fans, it most certainly did. I have saved the best for last. You know how most beach rentals have small, outdated and grimy kitchens? Well not when you are a professional foodie/chef like the owner of this house is. Lucky us that we got to cook in this beauty for a whole week. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Two ovens, three dishwashers, a walk in pantry, that amazing wood island...sigh...truly a dream kitchen. And this was the daily view of the sunset from the deck just above the kitchen. 

So there you have it! A dream beach house that lifted all of our spirits for a week. Thank you to the owners who made this happen for us and for sharing their beautiful home with our family. We will never forget it. Until next time LBI!