Before: A family beach house in Narragansett, Rhode Island that didn’t live up to its potential, with faded fabric, stained furniture and the general wear-and-tear that comes from years of unfiltered sunlight, spilled ice cream and sandy bathing suits.
Enter interior designer Kate Jackson, armed with fade resistant, cleanable Sunbrella fabrics and a no-holds-barred attitude when it comes to design challenges all families face. From fading and durability issues in the beach house’s living and dining room, to connecting the interior design to the backyard spaces with smart color palette choices, to designing a third floor bedroom/play space for two rambunctious tween girls, Jackson breathed new life into the beach house through her unique style, Sunbrella fabric choices and careful consideration of the family’s needs.
After: A family beach house makeover worthy of the New England lifestyle, with a sophisticated and kid-friendly coastal chic design.
The dramatic, east-facing floor-to-ceiling windows that were once the culprit, fading the furniture so badly that it had to be replaced several times in the span of three years, are now framed by Sunbrella sheers that let in just the right amount of light without obstructing the ocean view.
Durable and fade resistant Sunbrella fabrics in a nautical color palette of white, navy blue and light blue with orange accents flows effortlessly from indoors to out, and new, outdoor furniture is arranged to encourage conversation and maximize the vista from three distinct areas of the deck. Retractable window awnings on the exterior of the dining room blend perfectly into the beach house’s cedar shake siding while offering relief from the glare of the morning sun reflecting off the water.
The converted third floor bonus room for the girls now includes designated areas for sleeping, reading and hanging out with friends. Emboldened by the cleanable and stain resistant Sunbrella fabrics in her interior design arsenal, Jackson started with a neutral base of white walls and white fabrics and added ocean-inspired blues and greens with pops of feminine hot pink.
The homeowners loved the new look; do you? Check out The Beach House Décor Guide to source the fabrics, colors, furniture and accessories seen in all seven episodes. If you missed episodes one through six, featuring the house tour, makeovers of the living room, dining room, backyard spaces and the girls’ room, plus a bonus episode on how to incorporate rugs into your home’s design, catch up by visiting the episodes page.
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.