Foremost Line designer Stephanie Kraus introduced tropical prints and enjoyable pops of coloration to the Ocean Metropolis residence.
Wayne-based residential inside designer Stephanie Kraus is aware of the success of a customized construct comes right down to the designer-client relationship. So when she was employed to deliver to life, from scratch, a Bahamas-style trip residence in Ocean Metropolis, New Jersey, her first step was to ensure her shoppers’ aesthetic lined up along with her personal.
The shoppers, a Maryland household that summers on the Shore, needed a high-end escape that was additionally approachable, enjoyable, and paying homage to their favourite Bahamian lodge, the Dunmore. This imaginative and prescient meshed properly with Kraus’s knack for mixing impartial patterns with bursts of coloration, so she started working, partnering with Asher Slaunwhite Architects and customized builder D.L. Miner.
The undertaking itself — tearing down an older residence after which erecting a brand new six-bedroom residence on the oceanfront lot — started in November 2018 and wrapped in August 2020. The pandemic posed some sudden issues, however Kraus’s shoppers gave her the inventive freedom to dream up their dream residence. By means of her vibrant touches (a spotlight coloration in each bed room), family-first concepts (a bunk-bed room that includes two twin beds above two queens), and customized items (built-ins galore), she did simply that.
“If you step into your Shore home, you wish to depart your stress behind. We adorned to really feel like, ‘I’m on trip.’” — Stephanie Kraus, designer
Flooring-to-ceiling multi-slider doorways present an unobstructed view of the ocean. The inside flooring is totally flush with the deck flooring, making a cohesive indoor-outdoor house when the doorways are open. Within the household room, two customized L-shaped sectionals face one another, creating an space for each lounging and entertaining.
A customized pool desk that converts to a ping-pong desk is a spotlight of the youngsters’ leisure house. Behind the pool desk are a bit of colourful wall artwork and a kitchenette for sodas, microwave popcorn and extra.
Kraus introduced tropical vibes to one of many residence’s seven bogs through a palm-leaf wallpaper from Wallquest. “It makes a enjoyable little room that will in any other case don’t have any persona,” she says.
The shoppers’ desire for a extra conventional cooking house drove Kraus’s all-white design. Impartial touches — such because the natural white oak hood, rope bar stools, and gold Regina Andrews light fixtures — complement the room.
Printed as “An Ocean Invitation” within the June 2021 concern of Philadelphia journal.