Step Inside This Bright Florida Beach House
This family’s four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house in Atlantic Beach proves that there’s no such thing as too much blue.
Michael and Brooke Brennan’s dream home started with indigo. When they approached Michael’s sister, interior designer Lauren Leonard, she wasn’t surprised to hear it. “It’s always been their color,” she says.
Leonard used not just indigo but a variation of blue shades throughout the couple’s nearly 3,800-square-foot home in Atlantic Beach, Florida. She placed chambray chairs from Lee Industries in the dining room, painted the cabinetry a bright, deep blue (Revel Blue by Sherwin Williams) in the pantry, and chose graphic patterns for the living room.
One of Leonard’s favorite elements is the Phillip Jeffries grasscloth wallpaper in the master bedroom. “It’s the focal point, and it really gave the room a distinct identity,” she says.
To temper the splashes of pattern and color, Leonard wove in natural textures, like and the hand-finished pecky cypress ceiling in the bedroom and the wooden beams in the living room and kitchen.
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With its handmade subway tiles, polished nickel hardware, and Raoul Textiles-upholstered stools, the kitchen shines as the star of the home. “Most of Michael and Brooke’s wish list items went into the kitchen,” says Leonard.
The list featured commercial-grade appliances (including a steam oven) for Brooke—a health coach—to test recipes; a sizable island where the couple and their two children convene for breakfast; and a scene-stealing, custom-made hood.
Leonard balanced ideas that reflect the family's style with design elements she knew would elevate their space, like the periwinkle lanterns from The Urban Electric Co. in the kitchen. “Michael and Brooke were very open-minded and receptive,” says Leonard. “We were in sync with a lot of the choices.”
The only snag? “Telling my brother what light fixtures cost,” says Leonard.
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