I have been saving this house in my files because of its yellow kitchen. I knew I wanted to write a post on it when I was in my “yellow phase.” So while many of you are still dealing with snow, I thought this would be the perfect time to show it to you. You probably need a vacation to a warm and sunny place…if only a virtual one. With spring break coming, you need a trip to the beach.
You might have already seen this house in Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, or perhaps the local magazine 30A. Yes, it is that famous.
Located on the beach in wonderful Seaside, Florida, the 3,000 square foot home was designed by Robert Stern, dean of Yale’s School of Architecture. The living area, dining area, and kitchen are all located on the second floor to allow for views of the beach. There are high dunes between the house and the water, so having the living areas high enough to see over them was an important part of planning the use of space. Although it doesn’t really look like a beach house room where you would sit in your wet swimsuit, the living room is a pretty space.
Here is the yellow kitchen that I just love. It has such a great use of materials …the planks on the ceiling and walls, the brick for the backsplash, the glass on the doors, wood flooring, mixed counter top materials… just everything. It is small, but I could definitely be happy cooking in this kitchen. Couldn’t you?
There is a porch overlooking the water on each of the three levels. This is the porch off the living area level (the second floor.)
There are four bedrooms in the house. Three are on the lower level (behind the dunes.) This is the children’s room with its precious built in bed. Wouldn’t you just love to curl up there, open the doors, and hear the sound of the waves as you drift off to sleep?…sigh.
You can see the lower level porch through the doors in the bedroom above.
Now the master suite is the crowning glory of this house. It is the entire third floor.
Love the copper soaking tub in the bathroom!
But the place I would most enjoy in this gorgeous home is the deck off the master bedroom. What a view! Give me a cup of coffee or an ice cold drink, and I could be happy there for weeks.
This house is available for rent through Seaside’s Cottage Rental agency…but it is thousands of dollars a night. So most of us will only enjoy it through photographs. If you want to experience it a little more, click here, and you can watch a virtual tour complete with the sounds of crashing waves and some beach music.
I’m trying to get you folks stuck in the snow some sights and sounds of spring! Hope this helps you a little. For the rest of us with no snow, it is still quite cold – especially for late March here in the South. While I stand with my students on the playground bundled up in my winter coat, I will just try to picture this sunny place at the beach.
Until next time…