Covered in a Manuel Canovas solid cotton fabric, Brunschwig & Fils chairs in front of the fireplace circle a Charles Stewart ottoman where the kids play board games. The striped ottoman fabric is from Schumacher, and the rug is from Stark Carpet.
A view of the living room prior to the makeover.
Interior designer Kelley Proxmire selected indoor/outdoor fabrics for the living room, then created interest by using florals, stripes, and contrasting piping and trim to twist the tried-and-true color scheme. "Blue-and-white isn't original, but it translates so beautifully," says Proxmire. "We played with scale on the fabrics and used mitered stripes so this version of blue-and-white would have its own signature." Furniture frames boast dark wood tones, a contrast to the crisp white woodwork and furniture in other main-level areas.
Another view of the living room prior to the makeover.
A blue-and-white tile backsplash smooths the transition between kitchen and living room, where crystal lamps from Visual Comfort illuminate the same palette
The kitchen's unusual shape prevented both an eating area and a working island, so Cheryl opted to combine the two. The white marble island top gets a sunny lift from French bar stools painted in blue and yellow and cushioned with checks of yellow and white.
Pale-yellow walls frame a window seat where the kids can relax and talk to Cheryl while meals are prepared. Jillian the Shih Tzu obviously finds it a fine spot, too.
In the dining area a window seat, with its Schumacher pillows and Cowtan & Tout cushion, offers additional seating--just the spot to dive into a good book or linger for a long conversation.
The guest bedroom takes a formal turn with a regal brass chandelier and a checked canopy that adds height to the tufted white headboard. The pillows and duvet are covered in a pretty blue-and-white damask print.
When the weather is temperate, the Rabbitt children travel to school via the family boat. Visitors ascend the white-painted stairs to reach the front door and screened porch.
Bob and Cheryl Rabbitt and their children (from left) Ryan, 18, Olivia, 16, Alexandra, 14, Taylor, 12, and Jillian the Shih Tzu.
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Beautiful Waterfront House Remodel
A family converts its weekend waterfront getaway to a charming year-round home.