The latest issue of House Beautiful featured a pretty project by L.A designer and Harbinger showroom owner Joe Lucas. Have you seen it? I particularly like the bedrooms shown in the spread, as well as the main living area. Designed for an avid sailor, this Jersey Shore home is a rebuild of a previous house ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Filled with beautiful nautical details, the decor is a nod to the seafaring ways of its owners – navy walls in the library and teal kitchen cabinets are softened by lighter blues and grays in the living room and bedrooms, sea glass and corals, and an interesting ceiling feature that shows changes in wind direction. How cool is that?
“The client is an avid sailor who loves knowing where the wind is coming from. So, hand-painted on the dining room ceiling is a compass rose with eight points and a brass arrow connected to the roof’s weather vane that lets you see the wind shift from east to west. On a windy night, it’s like a Ouija board! “ Joe Lucas for House Beautiful
Lucas’ work is a modern take on traditional design. His rooms are tailored and streamlined while still keeping traditional elements throughout – tufted chairs, gilt frames and ample millwork. It all feels masculine yet pretty. Don’t you think? Oh, and I’d love to see more of that cozy library/study!