Summer is finally here and in honor of these warmer temps, today I’m revealing a home tour of the most perfect summer home we just completed in Union Pier, MI! This client came to us just days within closing on their first vacation home and tasked us with the challenge of designing and installing the entire house in time for the summer. This design quickly became one of my favorites, right from the start. We integrated a warm, clean palette with pops of sage green and natural textures to create an inviting summer oasis for this family of four and all of their guests. Custom built-ins in the living room maximize the efficiency of the open concept space and celebrate the high ceilings. The most special part, in my opinion, is the solution we came up with for the extra space at the top of the stairs. Keep reading to see the full reveal!
THE DESIGN PROCESS
Right from the start, our team and client were aligned on the vision for this space. The open living, dining and kitchen areas have high, pitched ceilings and we wanted to celebrate them while also making the space as efficient as possible. We also knew we wanted a crisp, modern aesthetic with ashy wood tones contrasted with crisp whites, black metal and TONS of texture. Our moodboard for the project summarized the direction we saw the design heading in and translated perfectly to the final result (if I do say so myself).
As we developed the design, it was clear the large wall in the living room needed an epic built-in. We created benches beneath the windows with shelves and cabinets flanking the fireplace which we clad in ship-lap (because it’s a beach house) and black stone. We carried an ashy white-oak picture ledge across the top where we could arrange artwork to carry the eye up and take advantage of the high ceilings. Across the room, we painted the kitchen cabinets and swapped hardware out to create a cohesive look in the space, marrying the two areas with sage green accent paint in the bookshelves and lower cabinets. We ripped out the horrible stainless hood (that wasn’t even functional) and built out a paneled hood with the same wooden trim along the bottom and another picture ledge across the top.
My favorite design move was upstairs. There is a large bedroom upstairs but before you enter it, there’s a ton of dead space at the top of the stairs. We incorporated custom built-in bunkbeds to make the space more efficient and fun!
Okay, enough of the renderings. Time to reveal the final results!