Austin, Texas is a great place to live, but when the summer temperatures spike, Ken and Lorrie DeAngelis head north to Little Compton, Rhode Island. They prefer their ‘hot fun in the sun’ a little cooler – and the breezes off Narragansett Bay and the waves at Brigg’s Beach provide the perfect setting for their large family gatherings.
The home that hosts these memories-in-the-making had remained unaltered since Ken purchased it in 1998, but this summer the family will enjoy the benefits of a year-long rejuvenation.
“We got married several years ago and decided it was time to update it,” said Lorrie. “As a newly married couple, we wanted a fresh start and wanted to make the house our own. Together, we now have eight children, and the family will continue to grow.”
The DeAngelises enlisted the talents of their friend and neighbor Stacy Carlson, of Lou Lou’s Décor, to help them create what Lorrie describes as “a very livable place where you can put your feet up on the couch or coffee table and be together.”
“We definitely wanted to incorporate living so close to Brigg’s Beach,” Lorrie said. “We wanted the house to have a beachy, relaxed comfortable feel and be able to accommodate our growing family.”
The addition of a sitting room by the master bedroom allows the couple a private retreat when the house is full.
“The master bedroom is very soft and serene, which are great attributes for a sleeping space,” said Carlson. “We used muted neutral and aqua hues. The wool and silk area rug has a luxurious plush feel and the silk makes it glisten. The color is moonstone with tans and silvers that change in the light. The grasscloth wallpaper has a metallic running through which adds shimmer and texture. It’s a great backdrop for the tans and aquas in the window treatments.”
The plantation style bed, a custom dresser and built-in piece all feature bamboo detailing and painted wood finishes. Stools at the foot of the bed upholstered in cream chenille add a modern touch.
The master bath evokes a clean spa-like with custom vanities topped with white marble and a mosaic backsplash of grey Thassos stone. Hand-blown glass sconces flank both mirrors.
“They chose a beautiful Calacutta light marble with a pencil edge,” said Bill Place, owner of Granite Countertops by Quality Tile. “Some people are afraid to use marble but it is a very viable material. We were happy to be able to help the client achieve the color palette and clean look they wanted.”
A guest room is now all about crisp summer style with Lily Pulitzer bedding in aqua, white and lime green. Aqua and white horizontal striped wallpaper with a metallic thread adds a touch of glamor. Twin beds are tufted in aqua linen by Lee Industries and a tufted ottoman ball serves as chair or footstool.
Across the hall, grasscloth wallpaper and an aqua-painted ceiling are cool counterpoints to bold pink and white Chinese toile drapes. The bed is upholstered in white easy-to-clean Sunbrella fabric. Real starfish dipped in pink and encased in glass are a fun artistic nod to the nearby sea.
In the kitchen, hand-blown glass pendants by Juliska illuminate the white marble bar. Rattan stools are stylishly durable with cushions in an indoor-outdoor aqua and cream herringbone patterned fabric.
Twin pendant lights of natural quartz with blue soapstone beads bring an organic element to the dining room, as do framed cobalt sea fans.
“We really played with the color on the custom carpet to get just the right hue – not too bright or too dull,” Carlson said. “It’s a deep ocean blue with raised tufting in sand.”
Blues, greys and creams lend an ocean feel to the living room. The wool Stark rug in geometric greys and creams brings sophistication. Couches with bold stripes in light blue and tan linen complement club chairs in a periwinkle blue and white coral pattern. Rattan stools tuck beneath a round coffee table topped by a lacquered nautical chart.
Outdoors, a freestanding umbrella, dressed in aqua, brown and white stripes, coordinates with club chairs and loveseats. The glass-topped white resin table and teak bar cart enhance the ‘resort chic’ ambiance.
“It’s amazing how seamlessly Stacy made the project go,” said Lorrie. “In this role, you want someone with great integrity, great organization and a creative mind. Stacy is the full package when it comes to interior design.”
Her only error may be in making it too desirable. The beach is beautiful, but who wants to leave the comforts of this stylish home?
Article published in the 2013-14 annual issue.
Read about a kitchen redesign with a coastal palette in the article “Stunningly Summery.”