House Tour: Alys Beach House

Alys Beach house

If you’ve ever been to Alys Beach, you know the it has an impossibly chic, almost austere feel to it. 

Alys Beach house

An entire town of gleaming white stucco, with wood or black accents and even the occasional aqua front door, it is the poster child for luxurious uniformity. 

Alys Beach house living room

It is the kind of place where everything is similar yet each home, building or shop is differentiated from the next by a few special, unique features that make it stand out. In short, we absolutely love it and think that its power and glamour is in its elegant exterior.

Alys Beach house living room

Stepping inside this fabulous Alys beach home designed by the talented team at  Urban Grace Interiors, we think you might agree that its beauty is also in its interior.

This is the kind of home that whispers. It doesn’t jump out at you and say, “Look at me, look at me!”

It simply wraps you in its embrace and lets you relax, the worries of the real world floating out to sea. 

A calm and soothing palette extends from the outside to the inside, making the entire space feel cohesive and perfectly planned, 

And not the slightest detail or space–even the laundry room–has been overlooked when it comes to making this a retreat to remember. 

Full of comfortable spaces and cozy spots,

For friends and family members of all ages,

Alys Beach house bedroom

Texture and a pop of color combine to make this home simplicity at its finest.

Alys Beach house bedroom

Few accessories keep the space uncluttered so its inhabitants minds can be uncluttered as well.

Alys Beach house bathroom

And every space is perfectly appointed for relaxation in style.

Alys Beach house tour bathroom

Nothing in this well appointed home fights for attention. Instead, it all works together to bring a sense of harmony.

Alys Beach house tour

The inside is fabulous, sure. But, when we step outside again, back to that exquisite facade that makes Alys Beach so enviably lovely, it is a reminder that the outdoors are perhaps why we visited this spot in the first place.

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

Photography: Framework 

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In Good Taste: Old Seagrove Homes

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Alex and Cynthia Rice know good taste.

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The owners of Old Seagrove Homes, a build-and-design firm in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the fourth-generation builder and critically acclaimed artist-turned-interior designer came together to create a full-service home company.

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We’d say it was a match made in heaven. 

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While the couple has built and designed homes all over the southeast, they have a particular passion for the Florida Beaches of Hwy 30A. (Who wouldn’t, really?)

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As we all know, coastal homes can get a bit kitschy. 

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But the Rice team is wonderful at capturing the relaxed feel and vibe that living by the shore can lend without being too beachy.

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And creating beautiful bars for entertaining on a whim–because what else is a coastal home for?

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Chic and comfortable rooms that are pretty yet livable seem to be this team’s hallmark.

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Well-planned architectural details and charming decorative touches combine to create the stuff that dream homes are made of. 

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What more could you ask for from a beautiful beach house? 

We hope you have enjoyed the work of Old Seagrove Homes as much as we have–and are savoring these last, sweet days of summer. Thanks for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

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Cottage Charm in Beaufort, South Carolina

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Restored 1889 Historic Cottage

We are suckers for a fabulous historic cottage. They are so filled with charm and totally unique. Have you seen anything more adorable than this one? The symmetry lends instant appeal.

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Princess Diana ‘s White Garden and More!

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Princess Diana ‘s White Garden

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Tory Burch for Fall

 

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Tour a Fire Island Historic Cottage and More!

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Tour a Fire Island Historic Cottage

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Colorful Seating Adds Interest in Your Kitchen 

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Create a Beautiful Living Room 

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A Dream Bunkroom for Any Kid

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Tour the Manhattan Home of Chic Designer CeCe Barfield Thompson

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Choosing the Perfect Sofa

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Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific week. We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end here in North Carolina and, as usual, the start of the school year has us thinking about new projects we want to undertake in our homes. 

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

Undeniably one of the most important parts of the living rooms in our homes is the sofa. So, so many things come into play when choosing the right sofa that it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of our tips for choosing the perfect one! And click this link to check out some of the great sofa options available. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. Think about the purpose of your new couch. Is it more decorative? Do you want to be able to stretch out on it and take a nap? Do you want to be able to curl up and watch a movie with your sweetheart? If so, styles that are at least 40 inches deep (when the cushions are out) and 72 inches long are a must! 
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Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

2. What does the rest of the furniture in your room look like? We love sofas with legs, but in a room with all leggy furniture, it can be a little bit too much! Skirted sofas are perfect for rooms where there is already plenty of wood. Using a dark fabric is a great idea for a skirted sofa, as it makes dust, dirt and shoe marks much less visible.

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Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

3. Do you want your couch to blend in or stand out? Because of its size in comparison to the rest of the pieces in the room, the sofa makes a statement. We love neutral couches whose pillows can be changed frequently to tell a new story. But choosing a big, bold pattern or a fun color can totally transform a room.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

4. Does your couch need to be kid-friendly? Everyone thought I was crazy when I bought a pair of white leather tufted sofas for the playroom, but it was the best purchase I ever made! Everything wipes right off, and there’s even a handy correction pen for covering up travesties like permanent market. (Thank goodness we haven’t had to use that one!) Sunbrella or other outdoor fabrics are also great choices for kid-friendly couches.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. What is your ceiling height? For room with ceilings eight feet tall or less, lower-backed sofas are a must! They make the room seem much larger than an oversized piece would. Conversely, if you have extremely tall ceilings, make sure the back is tall enough to command a presence. 

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Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Are you a fluffer? For a low-maintenance look, tufted backs are wonderful and are easier to maintain than couches where both the back and seat pillows must be constantly fluffed. 

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One Kings Lane

 

7. What kind of arm is right for you? Just remember that arms take up lots of visual space and can look clunky. You can never go wrong with an English roll arm!

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

There is no doubt that the right sofa is critically important to a space. What do you look for when sofa shopping?

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