A few weeks ago, Aimee at Sixteen Fourteen did a post on a dream house inspired by Pinterest photos. The house she “created” was a stone house with some beautiful rooms, and I commented that it was a very neat idea and I wanted to do a beach house (thinking that would be an easy thing to do – ha!) Do you know how many different styles of beach houses there are???? Melissa at The Inspired Room did a post about a week ago on all the different interpretations of coastal style. You’ve got nautical, tropical, vintage, rustic, romantic…and the list goes on.
Because I am such a believer in homes reflecting their location, my first decision before embarking on this “easy” task was to decide where in the world would I build this dream house. At first, I thought automatically of Florida because I love the beaches there so much. But then I started looking through all the photos on Pinterest to see which rooms would be in this imaginary house, and I kept coming back to one particular architect over and over and over again…and folks – it wasn’t a Florida house.
This would be my dream house, and the gifted architect is Patrick Ahearn, whose work has been pinned many times lately. What do you think of this lovely compound? It sort of reminds me of the movie Something’s Gotta Give. Here is a view of the front of the property.
Take a look at the charming pool house. (I’m thinking we could probably live in it.)patrickahearn.com
Look at our view down to the water. Gorgeous!patrickahearn.com
Here is the back of the house at sunset. Isn’t it wonderful with all those balconies?patrickahearn.com
Now as much I love the exterior of this home (and all of the above really does exist in a home in Edgartown, Massachusetts), I found the interior to be too formal for what I would want for a family in a house by the sea. So I looked at many of his other homes on Pinterest and have made my dream home here out of favorites from several of his firm’s projects. Just use your imagination, alright?
We would have this entry hall (but the left side would be open through the columns.)
Our formal dining room would be off the hallway.patrickahearn.com
Both of those spaces are actually in a commercial boathouse, but I really liked the nautical feel of them. The formal living area would be on the other side of the hall. (Just ignore that room beyond it. That room doesn’t exist in my dream house, and those stairs aren’t there either.)
Now here is the more casual living space. I think this is my favorite of all of the rooms his firm has done. Somehow this room has moved closer to the water than the view above shows – guess I can do that in a dream house!
Next to it would be this fabulous kitchen. Now tell me, doesn’t it look like it is similar to the one in Something’s Gotta Give?
And then we would have this more casual dining space. Just ignore the one up there off that kitchen. I like this one better- especially those chairs!
There is even a little office for me to work in near one of the staircases. My blog posts would be so much better in a place like that!
I would need a potting room to arrange all the gorgeous hydrangeas that grow in my garden, right?traditionalhome.com
There will also be a full bath downstairs just in case anyone comes in messy from the garden or wants to clean up after being at the beach.
The potting room and downstairs bath are not Patrick Ahearn’s creations (although the style works with his.) They were designed by Scott Hutton of Lyman Perry’s firm (an equally gifted group of architects) with interior design by Elizabeth Corker of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Near the back of the downstairs space, you would find this stairway up to the bedrooms. Look at that millwork!
When you get upstairs, there is a bedroom for the boys. The bedrooms are where I really had to leave Patrick Ahearn and find another architect (sorry Mr. Ahearn, but there were very few bedrooms I liked on Pinterest from your firm.)
And there is an unusual bathroom by Kim Dempster for the boys upstairs too. (I would change out those funky lights above the sinks though….need something more traditional in my dream house here.)
Then we have a girl’s room for my daughter right down the hall. (Those doors would open to one of the balconies.)
My dream house would have a bathroom for her next to her bedroom. bhg.com
There would also be a hang out room for the kids to play in (although I don’t know why they would want to stay inside when you have a pool and the Atlantic Ocean right outside your door!)
On the second floor of this dream home you would also find a guest bedroom. This is actually a room from a cottage in a resort, but I think it would work here too.
And they get a guest bathroom.houseofturquoise.com
At the other end of the upstairs space would be the master bedroom. This time I did go back to Patrick Ahearn for the room.
Here is another version of the exact same room I found on Pinterest. Isn’t that funny? And I had actually pinned both rooms! I would take the bed from the photo below and put it in the bedroom above. I am not a big fan of the quilt on the bed and yo-yo quilt pillow on the chair…like it to be simpler (but that bed IS beautiful!)
And finally, in my dream home on the water there would be this vintage style white master bath.
After building this imaginary house, I figured out exactly where I wanted it to go. It would be lovely on Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, but getting to those crowded islands is sometimes difficult. So I would plop it right down in Chatham, Massachusetts.
Chatham has a beach…. (although the water was freezing in late June!)city-data.com
a place for outdoor concerts (every Friday night in the summer if I remember correctly)…
and a VERY charming downtown shopping district.chathamshipslight.home.comcast.net
And last, but not least, there is the beautiful Chatham Bars Inn located on the beach in town, where we can dine if we live there in our dream home.chathambarsinn.com
I’m ready to go. How about you?