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Spacious Summer Home on the Jersey Shore

Cares drift away on ocean breezes that waft through this smartly tailored weekend retreat on the Jersey shore. 

Written by Jan Soults Walker
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    How’s this for a weekend to-do list? Savor a glowing sunrise as seagulls gracefully swoop over rolling waves. Pedal a bike down meandering paths and trails; breathe in fresh air. Dig bare toes into warm sand on a pristine, uncrowded beach. Have friends over to share some laughs and a casual meal.

    A custom-built bench constructed from live-edge planks floats on the wall in the foyer, nodding to this New Jersey getaway’s nautical surroundings. 

    Photography: Laura Moss 
    Produced by: Lauren Payne

    Architect: Mark Asher, AIA, Mark Asher Architects, 115 West Ave., Suite 305, Jenkintown, PA 19046; 215/576-1413;
    Interior designer: Barbara Bottinelli, Barbara Bottinelli, Inc.; 610/331-2455;
    Kitchen designer: Sandra Aromando, CKD, Euroline Designe, Inc., 751 Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ 08244; 609/927-1111;
    Builder: Jim Leeds, Leeds Builders, 101 N. Washington Ave., Suite 3-A, Margate City, NJ 08402; 609/822-4506;  

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    Nautical Living Room

    There are no hectic schedules to keep during summer weekends in this light-filled Jersey shore vacation home built for a Philadelphia couple with three grown children. That’s something interior designer Barbara Bottinelli, who grew up in this area, deeply understands. She thoughtfully chose materials to withstand salt air, wet bathing suits, and sandy feet, combining classic nautical touches with a cool simplicity that welcomes the restorative powers of balmy air, clear blue skies, and lapping waves.

    An inverted floor plan that puts the main living spaces on the upper level takes advantage of the view. Flexible seating is stylish and durable, with frames wrapped in leather-look vinyl and cushions upholstered in outdoor fabric.

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    Blue and White Delight

    Although the home is new, the look gracefully bridges the gap between present and past. White paint simplifies, brightens, and unifies generous vintage-style architectural details such as coffered ceilings and shiplap walls. Even porcelain tiles imitate the bleached, weathered look of driftwood. Touches of blue throughout—like the notably rich navy in the public spaces—work with silky oak flooring dyed (rather than stained) the color of sand to play up the beachside setting. “The flooring is wonderful under bare feet,” Bottinelli says. “It’s so smooth and comfortable—like an old boardwalk might feel.”

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    Spacious Kitchen

    Kitchen designer Sandra Aromando included an extra-long island, ideal for hosting a crowd as they share good conversation and a bottle of wine.

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    Kitchen for Entertaining

    Kitchen cabinetry echoes the style of the shiplap walls for a seamless look. The extra-long island accommodates a standing crowd or comfortably seats six. A wall clad in porcelain tile creates the illusion of sun-bleached wood planks and contrasts with chunky white-painted molding and refined white marble countertops.


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    Dining Area

    Covered decks and uncovered windows in the common areas provide plenty of opportunities to contemplate rolling waves. An open layout for the kitchen, dining area, and living room accommodates the homeowners’ love for entertaining large groups of family and friends.

    Director’s chairs bring the casual feel of a boat deck to the dining room. They’re also lightweight and easy to move into the adjoining living area when additional seating is needed. 

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    Perfect Porch

    Weather-resistant teak furnishings occupy a comfortable upper-level dining spot with breathtaking views. 

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    Small Details

    The two-story home is clad in cedar shake siding and poised at the very tip of the island. “Not a Starbucks in sight,” Bottinelli says. “Few people live in this neighborhood so it feels secluded, yet it’s nestled between Atlantic City and Ocean City.”

    A vintage pulley extends the nautical motif to a hanging planter on the front porch. 

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    Breezy Bedroom

    Shutters installed throughout the home introduce another notable beach element, bringing a look that’s updated yet nostalgic. “Forty or 50 years ago, people would use shutters to close up their summer homes for winter,” Bottinelli says. Here they gently adjust the abundant natural light and minimize heat. The overall effect is pure serenity. “It’s all about leaving your cares at the door and just enjoying the weekend,” Bottinelli says.

    Shutters in the master suite flip up or swing open to allow an abundance of sunlight inside. Shiplap walls provide vintage charm. Interior designer Barbara Bottinelli spaced the planks about an inch apart to create a shadow detail. 

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    Bedroom Art

    Graphic sea turtle art provides interest above the bed in the master bedroom suite. A simple corbel-style nightstand continues the clean, uncluttered look. 

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    Shutters on sliding barn-door hardware enable the homeowners to quickly divide the master suite into more private areas for grooming, dressing, or relaxing. 

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    Master Bath

    Porcelain wall tiles instill the look of bleached wood planks while providing moisture resistance in the easy-maintenance master bath. 

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