Mantoloking Beach House

The Challenge

When their cape style house in Mantoloking was totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, these long time Jersey shore residents did not give up. Left with only a staircase and partial roof standing, they were determined to rebuild.

A local architect and builder were commissioned to create a classic shingle style structure on the property with room for visiting family and friends.

I was asked to collaborate on the long distance construction project by selecting all finishes, fixtures, and furniture and accessories for the new beach house.

Design Goal

Create simple, calm and uncluttered interior spaces with all the things the clients loved about the old house; indoor and outdoor spaces that work for entertaining and relaxing – in the easy traditional style they find comfortable.

Design Services

  • Chose a single wall color and contrasting trim color to provide a unified backdrop for the living spaces, and highlight the architectural elements.
  • Designed floor plans to accommodate collected and newly purchased furnishings and accessories for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Specified natural walnut for the flooring through out, with light textured rugs where needed.
  • Sourced fabrics in simple patterns incorporating colors inspired by the beach, bay, sea and sky.
  • Simplified window treatments; shades or woven wood blinds designed to let natural light to infuse the rooms.
  • Selected kitchen finishes using shades of gray and white with natural quartzite counter tops and simple herringbone backsplash.
  • Specified finishes and fixtures for all bathrooms. Keeping a similar look but varying the finishes in each bath depending on use.
  • After an eighteen-month collaboration, the clients truly feel it’s wonderful to be back in Mantoloking again, and in such a beautiful home.