In the kitchen, De Giulio’s design is both casual and highly functional. The finishes and cabinets that meld seamlessly into the walls are second to the architectural feeling of light and space. De Giulio’s far-reaching list of materials—including marble, pewter, wood, granite, ceramic tiles, stainless-steel appliances, and butcher block—creates a range of colors and textures in the room. For example, the range is set into a niche and defined by an attractive paneled hood. A field of blue-and-white tile creates a backsplash between the range and hood. Flanking under-counter drawer units with granite countertops help create a vignette within the kitchen. Likewise, the refrigerator and freezer are set back in a recess on the opposite wall. Rather than draw up one large island to service the room, De Giulio created a grouping of separate parts. So, there is a stained-wood-and-granite main piece with a sink and room for dining. Perpendicular to that is a sort of white farm table with turned legs and a marble top for pastry preparation and to serve as a buffet.
The master suite also is located on the first floor and faces east to take advantage of spectacular sunrises. And of course, the room has a private porch accessed through French doors. The master bath suite consists of his-and-her bathrooms on either side of a spa tub set under an arched window.
All of which adds up to Cookie’s dream of what this house should be: "We wanted a house that felt like an informal, inviting beach home." And thanks to her design team, that’s what she got—from screened porch to veranda, plus a whole lot more."