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Color-Happy Beach House

From the Editors of Traditional Home
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  • Photographs by William Stites
    Written by Pamela J. Wilson

  • Lighthearted Foyer

    The foyer greets with happy-you’re-here colors, a handmade ship, and a quirky painted duck. Speert designed the awning-stripe stair runner.

  • Living Room

    The living room beckons with bamboo-covered walls, comfortable seating (upholstered in stain-repellent fabrics), and seashore-related accessories. The artwork above the sofa is actually two horizontal canvases hung tightly together.

  • Living Room from Dining Area

    A view from the dining area shows hints of tropical pink in the living room, which crescendo into the kitchen.

  • Living Room Details

    A mirror framed in seashells brings the beach inside.

  • Dining Area

    New chairs in the dining area are upholstered in coral fabric to tie in with the color of the adjoining kitchen. The farm table is a piece that Connie has owned for years; the candle-powered iron chandelier is new.

  • Dining Area Details

    New chairs in the dining area are upholstered in coral fabric to tie in with the color of the adjoining kitchen. The farm table is a piece that Connie has owned for years; the candle-powered iron chandelier is new.

  • Cottagey Kitchen

    To keep the kitchen in a cottage frame of mind, all countertops (except the stone around the sink) are white-painted wood. Shelves on either side of the range are stocked with flamingos found online and cookbooks.

  • Exterior

    With its multiple French doors and expansive terrace, the back of Connie and Chris Nast’s home offers front-row views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

  • Portrait

    Chris and Connie relax on the steps of their beach home.

  • Patio

    Nestled between the house and the garage (where Chris keeps his collection of classic cars) is a cozy sitting area used by the Nasts when it’s too windy on the beach.

  • Master Bedroom

    Walls the color of palm fronds add a tropical touch in the master bedroom. Loved by Connie because it’s ultrafeminine, the room charms with a Wilton carpet strewn with roses, floral prints by a local artist, and a collection of pottery plates.

  • Master Bedroom Details

    All items on the dresser—except the lamp and the vase—and the mirror above it are fortuitous online finds.

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