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Florida Home with a Relaxed Patina

Natural materials—many salvaged or antique—mix with subdued fabrics and an abundance of sunlight to create a coastal home with character.

Written and produced by Lisa Mowry
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    It’s not uncommon for vacation homes to overflow with bedrooms for family and guests, but Frankie and Charon Harris requested that architect Tim Adams place an emphasis on gathering spaces that would draw people together at their getaway in Watercolor, Florida. “This was a fun project because we didn’t just max out the space with bedrooms,” Adams says. “We designed the first floor to have tons of light and sprinkled sitting areas throughout.” 

    Photography: Emily J. Followill

    Architect: Tim Adams, TS Adams Studio, Architects, Inc., Atlanta; 404/262-3499; tsadamsstudio.com.

    Interior designer: Courtney Dickey, TS Adams Studio, Architects, Inc., Atlanta; 404/262- 3499; tsadamsstudio.com.

    Project manager: Noah Speights, TS Adams Studio, Architects, Inc., Atlanta; 404/262-3499; tsadamsstudio.com.
    Builder: Ken Minchew, Minchew Enterprises, 392 Cherokee St., Marietta, GA 30060.
    Landscape architect: Chad Horton, Horton Land Works, Destin, Florida; 850/699-1297; hortonlw.com

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    Great Room

    The home’s main level is wrapped around a courtyard that’s key to the airy look and casual feel of the interiors. Retractable doors in the great-room open to the courtyard.

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    Gorgeous Courtyard

    The courtyard includes a sitting area, water feature, and summer house—the latter a multipurpose television-watching and dining area that can be screened off from insects. “We love how the indoor and outdoor spaces flow together,” Frankie says. “We tend to spend our time between the kitchen, great-room, and courtyard.” 

    The al fresco living area is complete with weather-resistant sofas, a bar/potting shed cove, and container trees which serve as a room divider. Limestone tiles provide the main flooring for the space, but the water feature includes a small wooden bridge—a particular treat to play on for the Harrises’ young visitors. For the courtyard water feature, the architect combined a small gunite pool with a recirculating pump and copper spouts, keeping the depth very shallow. As an added bonus, the gurgling sound drowns out any neighborhood noise, and provides a spa-like visual presence.

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    Summer House

    A vaulted ceiling has a cooling effect on the summer house. Retractable screens help keep the bugs at bay.

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    Great Room

    The exterior’s hipped roof, shutters, and large columns take their architectural cues from French Low Country style. The interior pays homage to the style by calling on natural materials, such as reclaimed wood, Venetian plaster, and brick, to lend subtle yet rich texture to the walls. Heart-pine boards line the great-room’s 14-foot-tall ceilings, and reclaimed cypress cabinets in the kitchen add a layer of warmth. “Our family home in Louisiana is filled with antiques,” Frankie says. “So we decided to bring French and Louisiana influences to the beach.”

    The color palette in the great-room is restful and calm, allowing architectural features, such as an antique limestone mantel and Venetian plaster chimney, to shine. 

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    Great Room

    Changes in ceiling treatments subtly separate living areas within the great-room.

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    Kitchen

    A custom zinc range hood, Calacatta Gold marble countertops, and cypress cabinets lend rustic elegance to the kitchen. Light fixtures wear an aged patina.

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    Kitchen

    The Harrises opted for aged materials to provide instant patina. Much of the wood hails from an old sugar mill in Louisiana. Doors throughout, which sport original finishes, came from an old townhouse in Paris. The black-walnut flooring once formed a hay loft in a Pennsylvania barn. This natural foundation gave interior designer Courtney Dickey a restful backdrop for furnishings. “Because the house is so organic, we decided to stick with linens and other natural fabrics,” she says. 

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    Breakfast Room

    Large-scale modern light fixtures and contemporary art provide an additional layer of interest. “I love that this house feels coastal,” Dickey says, “but it doesn’t look like anyone else’s.”

    The breakfast room ceiling is covered in both heart-pine beams and painted wood to convey interest in a casual, beach-appropriate way. Café curtains address privacy concerns but still allow in light.

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    Staircase

    Metal railings and reclaimed wood flooring distinguish the staircase by the wine cellar. 

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    Stair Landing

    The upper-level sitting area off the stairwell is a haven for sunlight and guests. A lantern hung from the charming ceiling treatment stresses informality in this beach house. 

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    Master Bedroom

    Dickey balanced the patina of the master bedroom’s antique French door with a peeling-paint antique chest and weathered mirror. An upholstered bed in a soft pastel freshens up the neutral palette.

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    Bathroom

    Antique mirrors crown cypress cabinets in the master bath. A window niche houses a freestanding tub. 

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    Bathroom

    Calacatta gold marble runs floor to ceiling inside the spacious shower.

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    Guest Bath

    Gray cabinetry folds a guest bath into the home’s earthy color palette. 

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    Porch

    Custom diamond-pattern railings lend the front porch a modern twist.

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    Exterior

    In keeping with the coastal architecture of the live-work-play community of Watercolor, Florida, this home features a classic Shingle-style facade, hipped roof, and portico. 

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