As summer's heat bears down on me, making every trip in the car a punishment and driving our electricity bill up so far we'll have to take a second mortgage to pay it, I look at this room and feel a little better. It's a house on the coast of Florida by Atlanta designer Jackye Lanham, and I think she's the best at creating easy beach houses that don't look like they were ordered from a catalogue.
So many beach houses are sterile builder boxes, so a beamed ceiling can be a powerful tool in adding character to a room. With the wood left unpainted, either waxed or stained, it can introduce a note of natural texture into the room, as well as lend a sense of architectural integrity to an undistinguished space.
This designer is masterful with fabric, adding casual details to this slipcover that make it fit loosely but neatly. Black accents and dark wood around the room add substance and contrast.
―Lydia Somerville, MyHomeIdeas.com