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A Beautiful Beach House


My spring break is finally almost here, and we are staying home this year.  So let’s take a virtual spring break trip today – back to the Gulf Coast again.  Toby West has been one designer whose work I have admired for a very long time.  Whenever he did a room in a showhouse in Highlands or Cashiers, North Carolina, I made it a point to be there to see it.  At one point he had an antique shop (with the best selection of baskets and most anything I could ever want in wicker) in Highlands, but sadly, it has long since closed.  For years, I equated his style with “Highlands style.”  But then, along came this house….

And I realized that his talent was not limited to  homes in the mountains of North Carolina.  This house, with its refreshing shade of blue green inside and out, is in Watercolor – a development in Florida, a stone’s throw from Seaside.  I love how Mr. West mixes antiques in his rooms to give the space such a vintage feel.

The home was designed by Tom Christ for Charlie and Patty Renfroe.  The Renfroe’s have several homes in the area and another one in Highlands.  Obviously, it is not just Toby West’s work that makes this house beautiful.  The architectural details (and the location) work with the interior design to make it the gorgeous retreat that it is. As usual, I love the plank walls and wood floors.

Everything is that calming color throughout the house.  When it was featured in Veranda magazine, it was reported that Mr.West was the one who chose it with the intent of really making a statement with the color. What do you think?  Is it too much for you?

I thought the stairway treatment was great with its cleverly framed black and white sailboat prints and shells on little shelves.

One of the ways that I can usually recognize a Toby West house is to look at the bedroom.  He often uses a canopy treatment like the one in the master bedroom here.

I think he likes canopy beds…

Here is one of the bathrooms in the beach

The home is named Second Sandbar, and if you would like to see more of it, there is a virtual tour here. 

I wish we were spending spring break in a beautiful beach house in Seaside or Watercolor, but we are sticking around our own little house.  At least that means I can get more done here to show you on the blog. 🙂 (Just cross your fingers there is some sunshine to do a little photography.)

So what do you think of the color used throughout Second Sandbar?  Perfect or too much?

I’d love to hear from you.



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Susan Vanderhoek - April 5, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Love the colors inside and out . Our beach house has similar out door colors, but inside we couldn’t decide to went with a creamy antique white , so I can easily change colors with curtains and accents. Would love to know colors that were used on the interior !
I think a creamy antique white is gorgeous on a beach house (and a mountain house as well!) The paint used in Second Sandbar was probably a custom mix, but I bet Toby West could tell you. If you do a search of his name at you can find an email address to contact him through his company.

Kathy - March 30, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

Jennifer - March 30, 2013 - 9:41 pm

I think the colors in this house are beautiful, so soft and calming, just what you want at the beach. I recognized this house right away, we’re heading to Rosemary Beach in 2 weeks and adore the whole 30-A area. Watercolor has my favorite house color combinations, I really like the blues and greens together because they remind of the ocean there. The most beautiful area!

Paula - March 29, 2013 - 10:38 pm

I love the exterior of the house, both the style and color. I also like the interior color but I know it’s hard to tell the exact color on a computer. I would be more troubled by all of the heavy window treatments in a beach house where the emphasis should be on the view, in my opinion. Still a lovely home with great style!

Theresa L. H. - March 29, 2013 - 7:03 pm

In love with that shade blue! Beautiful. We love Seaside area but have never stayed there. We do go for drives there, shopping, and dining. Been going to Panama City Beach for over 30 years every October and love it. But the feel is way different. Someday! Thanks for sharing.

Victoria - March 29, 2013 - 6:16 pm

I too am a fan of Toby West and have the Veranda issue this
fronted the cover of. I love Toby’s use of color throughout
this beach house.One is never distracted from the views
on the exterior with the endless sweep of color merging
both worlds. Great post!I believe Toby and Tom Hayes have
done a number of projects together.

Dawn - March 29, 2013 - 5:07 pm

I think the color is wonderful! I would have gone a bit more sea foam green personally but it really works the way it is. I am staying home for Easter break this year as well and I am loving it! It is warm and sunny here finally. All of the snow has melted and things are starting to green up a bit. Enjoy your break!

Paula B. - March 29, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Just lovely, thanks for sharing. We have vacation in another week but enjoying this Easter long weekend at the Cape. Hoping for sun and warmer temps as April moves on in. Enjoy your week hope you’ll get a few fun day trips in.

Nancy Reves - March 29, 2013 - 10:59 am

Perfect! Beautiful eye candy! Thank you for sharing!

Arlene@Nanaland - March 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

My bedroom is also painted a similar color to the color used through out that lovely beach house. I think I could stay there and relax with no problem at all!!

Pat - March 29, 2013 - 10:03 am

Lovely…but I’d take a shack by the ocean and call it lovely too! This is by no means a shack, it’s wonderful! Lot’s of window valences, it looked like every window had one. As much as I like them, I think I’d leave them off in this setting and let the setting be the focal point.
I like the color, but I would like it even more one shade lighter. I don’t know that I’d like every room in that color, but it sure makes decorating and coordinating seamless. Lots to think about!

Tricia - March 29, 2013 - 9:37 am

Enjoy your break, Kelly. I am a teacher, too, and love my job but was really, really ready for 3 days off! I just painted my sewing room Sea Salt blue and love it but it would be too much for me in a whole house. I am in the process of repainting the first floor a color called “creamy” by Sherwin Williams. I am trying to go neutral so I can use pops of color in other things. I read blogs too much and sometimes it just confuses me because I love the style of whatever decorating blog I am reading! I can’t decide what is best for me. I do love your home and your use of wicker and baskets. I especially like your use of matching frames and black and white photos. Keep the pictures of your home coming and have a blessed Easter.

Design Chic - March 29, 2013 - 9:06 am

This is one of my favorite beach houses. Just love the serene color tone that is carried throughout, and the stairwell with the gorgeous pictures and wall shelves…stunning!!

Amy O'Quinn - March 29, 2013 - 8:21 am

Beautiful! I do like the color, and I especially like the first photo. As you said, his mix of antiques does give the room a vintage-y feel, and that really appeals to me. I probably would never go with that one color throughout the whole house, but I did recently paint my bathroom Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, which appears similar…and I LOVE it!

This post makes me long for our beach trip in July! Can’t wait to get to Amelia!

Hope you have a wonderful Spring break! We are taking next week off as well, since my oldest son will be out. I have lots of plans. 😉

Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Louvina - March 29, 2013 - 8:20 am

Living lakeside in FL, this color would work very well and since it is the lightest hue of my favorite color–a big YES I could live with it! I think it works really well with the light airy furniture– but like how the brown wicker worked in gave a nice warm contrast. Love the way shells are used– really loved this post! Have a nice “mind-rest” and do whatever you want, Kelly! What is “play” for you? Family coming home for holiday?

Nana Diana - March 29, 2013 - 7:01 am

I love it and think it is just beautiful. I think it is great for a retreat/vacation house but I don’t know if I would want to live with it everyday…..unless I lived on the beach!;>) xo Diana

Rose L - March 29, 2013 - 2:17 am

Very lovely home and the beach…sigh. I just painted my master bedroom this color (or close to it) and I do like it. It’s soft, comfortable to live with for the amount of time I spend in my room each day and it’s kind of dreamy in a way. I’m just not sure it’s the color way for me. I think my decorating style is in a state of flux. I want a change but I just can’t make up my mind what I really do want. Probably why I tried this newer approach in the master instead of another area of the house. It’s growing on me but I still can’t see anything but a very pale yellow on the walls in the rest of the house. It’s my tried and true.

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