On episode two of The Beach House, Part III of Perspective New England, interior designer Kate Jackson leads us through the beach house living room makeover from design inspiration to shopping for new furniture and accessories to the final reveal featuring fade resistant fabrics from Sunbrella.
First: the challenges. Unfiltered sunlight has caused serious fading in the beach house living room, and the awkward furniture layout lacks an obvious flow from kitchen to living room. The faded furniture is so bad that the slipcovers on the chairs closest to the windows have been replaced three times in two years. Plus, with two young daughters tracking in sand from the beach and dripping Popsicle juice on the sofas, the living room is in desperate need of not only fade resistant fabric, but also fabric that is stain resistant, cleanable and durable.
To diffuse the sunlight that is causing the dramatic fading in the beach house living room without obstructing the gorgeous ocean view, Kate installs Sunbrella sheers in Mist Snow above the transom windows. She stops in at Red Bird Trading Company, a furniture and accessories shop in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and finds two LEE Industries swivel chairs upholstered in Bisbee Wren to connect the living room and the kitchen and new sofas upholstered in Posh Parchment that offer plenty of seating to accommodate the whole family. The sophisticated color palette featuring navy and light blue with pops of orange, plus cool new accessories and art, picked up at Re a local Rhode Island antique store, contribute to the coastal chic design.
Love the look? Check out The Beach House Décor Guide to source the fabrics, colors, furniture and accessories seen in this episode. And don’t miss episode three of The Beach House, where Kate will address challenges in the dining room – including fading, durability and the glare from the morning sun – and reveal the new, seamless design connecting the dining room to the living room and kitchen.
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. Also check out 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.