Hello, my dear friends! How are you today? Were you able to relax over the weekend? We’re having a very harsh winter and I felt I needed to take a few days to recharge my energy and try to stay positive, knowing that spring will show its beauty not too far from now. Talking about that, this dreamy and happy beach house by Marnie Oursler of Marnie Custom Homes (@marnieoursler) is a place that can certainly cheer you up and make your day feel brighter!
Here’s the homeowner and designer sharing more insights on this beautiful beach house:
“This 6,400-square-foot single-family Bethany Beach, DE home was designed, built and decorated by owner Marnie Oursler. This is Marnie’s former personal home located just one block from the beach with no detail overlooked!
The inverted floor plan capitalizes on waterfront views, with guest suites on the second level, a great room, kitchen and dining area on the third floor and a fourth-floor master suite. The top floor offers the best beach views, while the separate guest level provides privacy for visitors.
Marnie got creative with this home’s design with both the ability to maximize the available space—while efficiently adding custom built-ins, hidden doors, vaulted ceilings, doggie room, elevator and luxury finishes throughout. The home’s overall open plan is functional and modern with a vintage, beachy vibe.”
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Marnie wanted a classic New England look for her personal home, so she chose weather resistant NuCedar Shingles in Sherwin Intellectual Gray that gives the appearance of cedar without the maintenance.
The homeowner chose Benjamin Moore Heritage Red for her front door because it signifies good luck.
Front door – Custom Simpson Door- similar here – Color: Benjamin Moore Heritage Red.
The entry level includes a spacious foyer with tile flooring that mimics the look of brick.
Shiplap painted Sherwin Williams Pearly White.
Chair: Restoration Hardware – similar Chair & Ottoman.
Artwork: here & here – similar.
Table: Pottery Barn.
Flooring is 3×10 Jeffrey Court Specialty Brick Dias. This is a tile that looks like brick – very similar here.
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware, 19th c. English openwork pendant 12″. Color: gilded iron – similar here & here.
Off of the foyer leads to a game room with a custom weathered flag-inspired Ping-Pong table designed and built by Marnie.
Wall color: Sherwin Williams Modern Gray.
Vinyl Plank Flooring: Coretec Plus 7” Engineered Plank. Color: Waterfront Oak – similar here & here.
Ping Pong Table: Designed by Marnie.
Rug: Cotton Dash & Albert Rug.
A chalkboard wall, along with a custom barn door, becomes the focal point of this space. Door and trim paint color is Benjamin Decorator’s White in High Gloss (throughout the house).
All Shiplap is “Sherwin Williams Pearly White”.
To create the ideal kitchen, Marnie designed a 14.5-foot-long island with two countertops—a four-inch-thick walnut countertop provides a seating area for six, while a Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo white quartz countertop provides an ideal prep area.
Recessed lighting and a tray ceiling above both islands create a very clean look.
The kitchen provides the ideal space for prepping and entertaining with a bar in the adjacent family room that completes this entertainment space.
Barstools: Restoration Hardware Hudson Parsons – similar here & here – Other Popular Choices: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Pearly White.
Marnie chose two different countertops to break up the all white surrounding it and likes the wood for mealtimes as it mimics a kitchen table.
Cabinets: @DécorCabinets painted “Benjamin Moore Decorators White”.
The large island’s size maximizes the room’s storage and offers fully integrated appliances while the elevator’s close proximity is ideal for unloading groceries.
Dishwasher: ASKO Logic Dishwasher D5554XXLFI.
Additional elements include squares of beadboard in the coffered ceiling to add character, a stainless steel RangeCraft hood and a glass-mosaic backsplash from AKDO that correlates to the seaside setting.
Both islands are in white-washed wood complete with large galley sink and double dishwasher – similar Sink & Faucet.
A TV in the prep area links to an iPad for easy recipe viewing.
Island: Custom fabricated; walnut with sapwood.
Backsplash: AKDO Eternity Timeless Thassos with Azul Celeste – Other Beautiful Tiles: here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Range: Wolf DF366 36” Dual Fuel Range 6 Burners – similar here.
Refrigerator: Wolf 30” Designer Column Refrigerator with Internal Dispenser Panel Ready.
Freezer: Wolf 30” Designer Freezer Drawers with Ice Maker.
Countertop: Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo 5131.
Situated right off the kitchen, the vaulted ceilings are the show stopper in this dining area with tons of natural light.
Shiplap painted: SW Pearly White.
Hardwood: Solid Hardwood – White Oak, Rift and Quartered and Wire Brushed – Custom Stain.
Table: Restoration Hardware 17th C. Priory Round Dining Table. Color, Weathered Natural – Other Beautiful Tables: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Slipcover for Chairs: Parsons Slipcover Chair (with custom number monogramming) – similar here.
Chandelier: Interior Homescapes, Cabochon Chandelier 41”Hx30”D – Discontinued – Other Coastal Chandeliers: here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Curtains: Restoration Hardware – white linen – similar here & here.
You can’t go wrong with blue and white at a beach house. It’s a classic. Marnie did shiplap walls (painted Pearly White by Sherwin-Williams), added white oak floors from Old Wood Delaware (@oldwoodde) in a herringbone pattern, and painted the back of the bar and the coffered ceilings pale blue (Iceberg by Sherwin-Williams). A polished nickel light fixture and a stainless steel range hood from the nearby kitchen tie the spaces together.
Ceiling & Bar –SW Iceberg.
Side Chair: Restoration Hardware – similar here.
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware, Victorian Hotel Pendant – similar here.
Rug: Surya color “Tahoe”.
Coffee Table: RH.
Photo Credit: Maria DeForrest.
Sofa: Restoration Hardware Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered U Sofa Sectional. Fabric: Brushed Belgian Linen Cotton. Color: Sand.
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Pro Tip: To make a powder room look larger, add wainscoting 2/3 up the wall as Marnie did here. This draws the eye up and makes the room brighter and look larger.
Vanity: Restoration Hardware Gramercy Metal Powder Washstand. Finish: Polished Chrome. Countertop: Italian Carrara Marble – similar here & here (double).
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware 19th C. Victorian Globe Pendant. 14” in Polished Nickel.
Paint: Sherwin Williams Modern Gray.
Marnie turned a former closet in the hallway into extra sleeping space for kids with folding doors and removable ladder.
Isn’t this a great idea for a beach house or even an airbnb?
Make sure to share this great idea with your friends! 🙂
A custom door with window cut-outs leads into a custom built-in bunk bed room perfect for younger guests.
Each bunk is outfitted with individual lights, outlets and drawer storage.
Bunk beds: Custom built by Marnie.
Lighting: Restoration Hardware Baby Industrial Era Task Sconce – Cream – similar here.
Tile on Steps: Aguayo Mosaicos Cement Tiles (Custom Color) – Others: here, here, here, here & here.
Wall color: Sherwin Williams City Loft SW 7631.
Bedding: here – similar.
Sink: Kohler Brockway 5’ cast iron wash sink.
Tile: Aguayo Mosaicos Cement Tiles (Custom Color).
Lighting: 20th C. Factory Filament Bare Bulb Rectangular Pendant. Finish- Aged Steel – similar here & here.
A cool, coastal retreat for guests who may never want to leave! Pro Tip: Can’t find a chandelier you like? Try using an exterior light instead like Marnie did here.
Accent Wall: Reclaimed wood from @oldwooddelaware.
Chandelier – Exterior lantern – similar here.
Coastal Bedroom Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 6210 Window Pane.
Affordable Nightstands: here, here & here.
Vanity: KBC Abbey 48” Single Bathroom Vanity.
Chandelier: Discontinued – Joss & Main– Others: here, here & here.
Floor Tile: here – similar.
This doorless walk-in shower features floor-to-ceiling marble tile and custom shelves.
This guest bathroom feels timeless and elegant. Shiplap paint color is Pearly White by Sherwin Williams.
Vanity: Restoration Hardware Weathered Oak Double Washstand Base. Finish – Distressed Taupe – Other Beautiful Vanities: here.
Sconce: Restoration Hardware Wilshire Single Sconce. Polished Chrome.
Mirror: Custom – Others: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Floor Tile: here.
The master suite has a Scandinavian simplicity with a combination of shiplap and reclaimed barnwood walls with a whitewash treatment. Marnie made this built-in platform bed and nightstands using the same whitewashed wood. For contrast, Marnie added swing-arm sconces in an oil-rubbed-bronze finish.
Bed and nightstands – custom built by Marnie Homes.
Shiplap & Ceiling painted SW Pearly White.
Wall paneling – Old Wood from @oldwoodde. It is 1×8 with an 1/8” shim.
Light fixtures – Restoration Hardware.
Curtains – Restoration Hardware –White Linen – similar here.
Sofa & Chair: RH – similar Sofa & Swivel Chair.
Bedding: here – similar.
Accent Pillow: here.
Frosted glass French pocket doors open to this spacious, marble master bathroom with vaulted and beamed ceiling that mimic the bedroom. Marnie streamlined the design by choosing one material (Carrara marble) and using it several ways. There’s a slab on the counter, rectangular tiles for the backsplash, and larger tiles laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor. The result? Subtle differences that don’t clash. She paired the cool stone with mirrors and sconces in a polished chrome finish.
Bathroom Floor Tile: Arabescato Carrera Marble 4×12 Herringbone pattern.
Wall tile by vanity & shower walls: Arabescato Carrera Marble 3×6 honed.
Mirrors: Pottery Barn Astor Medicine Cabinet.
Sconce: Restoration Hardware Wilshire Single Sconce. Finish: Polished Chrome – similar here.
Vanity & Side Chest: Custom by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Baths @jennifergilmerkb.
Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 7631 City Loft.
Tub: Langly 72” cast iron double slipper tub.
Custom storage and built-ins throughout and abundance of natural light create a tranquil and serene bath space.
Photo Credit: Maria DeForrest.
Shower Wall Tile: Arabescato Carrera Marble 3×6 honed.
Shower Pan Tile: Carrara White Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile with Bardiglio Gray Dots Honed – similar here.
Photo Credit: Maria DeForrest.
A Dutch door leads to the mudroom, laundry and powder room. Marnie chose Dutch doors for the laundry area and tied in the brick floor from the foyer along the mud room wall.
The floor is vinyl tile by Coretec that looks like wood. It’s a good choice for the entrance level because it stands up to all the water and sand that get tracked in from the beach.
Custom built in’s designed/built by Marnie.
A separate entrance is a must for a beach house after rinsing off in the outdoor shower.
Wall color: Sherwin Williams City Loft.
Pedestal Sink: Signature Hardware.
Flooring: Coretec Plus 7” Engineered Plank. Color: Waterfront Oak.
An outdoor living and entertaining area including a hot tub, built in grill/bar, screened in porch and three balconies to see those beach views.
Siding – NuCedar shingles in color Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.
Railings & Pergola – Intex Millwork.
Garage – Clopay Coachman Series CG21 Model. Color: White.
This shingle beach house exudes charm and a timeless curb-appeal.
Windows – Andersen Windows.
Photography: Dana Hoff Photography.
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