NJ Beach House: Painstaking detail went into designing the home. “Each piece was mocked up first, and many changes were made before we had the perfect ratio,” says designer/homeowner Kirstin Schultz. Painting the Craftsman-style millwork white—instead of the traditional stained finish—better suits the light and airy mood of a beach home. Contrasting dark-stained oak floors, laid on a 45-degree angle, juxtaposes the very straight lines of the recessed panels and trimwork, she says.
Guests often help with prep when families entertain, too, so De Giulio puts at least two sinks in a kitchen to allow for multiple cooks. He says that people don’t necessarily want to stand around a sink in the island, however, so he “softens” its utilitarian look by trimming upper side walls with marble.
Tucked between wall studs and just below the eaves, a beadboard-lined, trimmed-out cubby provides a perfect spot for extra towels in a diminutive powder room. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com