The Fun Factor

Have you seen the latest cover of House Beautiful? If not, check it out right away, it’s something else! It is the kitchen shot of a beach house project featured in the October issue. The cover caught my eye but the entire home is just as beautiful. Fun, quirky, unexpected, a breath of fresh air. Designer Colleen Bashaw designed the interiors of this 100-year-old Tudor house situated on the beaches of New Jersey. Severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, only the exterior survived intact, which gave the designer and the owners a blank canvas to work with. By the way, the owner is the founder of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters,  in case you need extra reasons to have a peek 🙂

Overall, the mood of the house strikes a balance between elegance and relaxed, earthy comfort. Quirky Anthropologie pieces are used sparingly throughout, as to avoid the showroom feel but still honor the owners’  life style.

I am crazy about this living room below! Such a fun mix of textures and different style furnishings. That painting above the mantel steals the show…or is it the fig leafs, or the console table in front of the couch, or the pendant lighting? I can’t decide what I love most about it, it all works beautifully.


Living Room



What about this kitchen?  Show stopper! Cerused oak cabinets, oversized brass pendants  above the sink and a tropical island color (Benjamin Moore’s ‘Turquoise Hay’) turn on the fun factor.


Dining Room

Same for the dining area.


Master Bedroom

…. And don’t even get me started on the bedroom- one of my favorite spaces in this project, along with the master bath.



Master Bath

I adore this bath: the wall treatments and floors, and the prettiest bamboo shades, light fixture and accent chair. What’s there not to love?! Ohh, momma!



In the entryway, if you were wondering, that is a sisal rug turned wall cover. I guess everything is possible when you have a skilled contractor, right? I hope you had fun checking out this home with me and if you saw something you liked, head over to HB for the skinny on all the sources.