A beach house provides a relaxing retreat where you can forget your worries and while away the days reading a book, digging for clams or napping in the sun. But a beach house can also be a nonstop source of chores: sweeping and mopping sand inevitably tracked in by little feet or scrubbing and wiping away spills from an afternoon treat.
As most homes, the Perspective New England beach house in Narragansett, Rhode Island, encompasses both worlds: leisure and housework. That makes it the perfect challenge for our interior designer, Kate Jackson, founder of Kate Jackson Design, who is armed with a chic sense of style and durable Sunbrella fabric for our seven-part series, The Beach House, Part III of Perspective New England.
Kate’s task is daunting. Not only does she have the sun, sand and spills with which to contend, but also a family that includes two adolescent girls, whose embrace of their beach escape keeps their parents on the lookout for messes. They’re close sisters who love to read, play together and roughhouse on the furniture.
Kate will need kid friendly fabric that can withstand spills (both from visitors and from the girls), but still has color and designs that create a vibrant, fun space for the girls.
For mom and dad, the beach house is a setting for gatherings of friends and family. But that also means accidental spills, and wear and tear. What this house needs is a durable fabric that withstand a raucous dinner party. A soil resistant upholstery fabric that’s no test for the family’s two dogs. A kid friendly fabric that can handle sandy, salty bathing suits fresh from the beach.
Enter Sunbrella, an easy-to-clean fabric that brings style and sophistication with it, too. In our seven part series, follow Kate as she identifies the challenges of the beach house: extreme sun that causes fading, an open floor plan in need of a different furniture arrangement, a large backyard where guests need defined spaces for dining and relaxing, and two daughters whose personalities should be reflected in the design of their shared bedroom/play space.
The Beach House video series is part of Perspective New England, a design journey exploring the versatility of Sunbrella fabrics for every aspect of your life—at home, on the water or on an adventure. Be sure to watch The Rhode Yacht, a 1977 Airstream Argosy transformed by Sunbrella, and The Real Yacht, a Morris Yachts M36 brought to life with Sunbrella. Follow the entire project on Twitter and Instagram @Sunbrella and #PerspectiveNE.