Are you enjoying the sun and the flowers outside? In my opinion, this is the best time of the year and this California-inspired Beach House by Karen Wolf of Karen Wolf Interiors truly brings that welcoming West Coast vibe to Long Beach Island.
After purchasing the perfect lot, Karen designed the 2700 sq. ft. home from the ground up for herself and her extended family. Karen grew up going to Long Beach Island with her parents and has always wanted to design a beach house. After years of looking the family decided to build one together for an extended family experience and long-term living. The house was inspired by a Cali coastal bungalow vibe with ocean blue as the dominant color theme. With 2700 SF to work with, the interior space in the house was carefully maximized to accommodate 3 generations of adults and their friends and family. Custom cabinetry was designed for hidden storage and entertaining in mind.
Keep reading to know all of the details shared by this amazing interior designer!
Many of the decor & furniture are available through the designer’s store; K+CO Goods.
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“The exterior is designed to bring to mind a clean-lined California beach cottage. Reflecting the interior palette, the board-and-batten siding was painted in Sherwin Williams Blissful Blue” 😍 – Karen Wolf
Blue Siding Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 6527 Blissful Blue.
Metal Roof: White.
“The entryway into a vacation home always holds a little magic. Crossing the threshold shouldn’t just include beautiful design; it should hold that sigh of relief knowing that rest and relaxation can finally begin.” – Karen Wolf
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“This is one of my favorite images from our “Long Beach Retreat” project. I love how this simple vignette captures the beauty of mixed materials and beautiful accents. When adding your finishing touches think about the statement you want to make in your space.” – Karen Wolf
Floor Tile: here – similar.
“We used lots of texture in the living room of our “Long Beach Retreat” project. Here we used a nubby rug to evoke the look of nautical luxury and raw wood. Then we eschewed marble on the fireplace surround for tile in a subtle Moroccan pattern (Emma Gray) from Riad Tile, which infuses the room with warmth but doesn’t overpower the rest of the space. Custom swivel chairs were upholstered in an eye-catching blue ombre pattern and we finished the look with a Shop Society Social console table to match the front of the kitchen island!” – Karen Wolf
Coffee Table is Dovetail – Available through the designer.
Chandelier: Serena & Lily.
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“I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this living room from our “Long Beach Retreat” project. I just love the combination of textures and materials in a neutral palette.” – Karen Wolf
Sectional: Lee Industries – Available through the designer.
“While blue was an essential element of our “Long Beach Retreat home’s palette, we applied it lightly…. In the second-floor living area, we used touches of blue in a console table backing the white sofa and, most notably, in a pair of swivel chairs upholstered in a striking blue-and- white ombre pattern.” – Karen Wolf
The fireplace tile is Emma Gray by Riad Tile – similar here.
Window Shades: Custom – similar here.
“Bathed in sunlight and anchored by vast expanses of white, this living room combines textures and materials in a neutral palette with pops of coastal blue for a luxurious and comfortable scheme. The chair is a custom swivel with a fabulous tie-dye by Kravet Inc. and the monstera leaf artwork.” – Karen Wolf
“I spent many summers at Long Beach Island growing up. With those memories in mind, I knew I wanted a light and airy feel as a means for escaping the hustle and bustle of life when designing for this project. This cottage style home has so many comfortable nooks to sit back and reminisce!” – Karen Wolf
Console Table: Currey & Company Kanor Console Table.
Montserrat Leaf Wall Art: @kerriwalshfauxfinishing.
“This living space is as refreshing as it gets. The blue accents bring the perfect touch of coziness to this white room.” – Karen Wolf
Karen’s kitchen features custom cabinets with porcelain tops. White cabinets are Benjamin Moore OC-152 Super White.
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Kitchen Lighting: Hudson Valley BKO102-AGB Ivy One Light Pendant.
Kitchen Faucet: Brizo.
“I begin virtually all of my designs with the flooring whose tones I strategically echo throughout the space. Pale hardwood flooring is the backbone of this design, the thread that helped accomplish the ethereal feeling I was going for.” – Karen Wolf
Hardwood Flooring: French Oak, hand scraped wood through-out – similar here.
Kitchen Hardware: Marble Knobs.
“As a designer I see tons of products so when one of them actually sticks with me over the years I know it is a winner. This beautiful glass Herringbone has always been a personal favorite and I was thrilled to be able to use it for my own backsplash!” – Karen Wolf
Perimeter Countertop: Sapien Wood Grain Revere Buckskin Porcelain countertop.
Hood edge features the same hardwood planks used on the floor. What a brilliant idea!
“The palette from our “Long Beach Retreat” kitchen was based on the color of the hand-scraped, wide-plank white oak flooring. We decided to do a custom island in porcelain for extra durability while using coastal blues in Sherwin Williams Windy Blue on the front of the island. Then we used a tiled Maritime Blue backsplash from Glazio. We also decided to cover the ceiling in shiplap for a coastal feel; the beams are a slightly darker take on the color of the flooring.” – Karen Wolf
Blue Island Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 6240 Windy Blue.
Kitchen Island Countertop: Bianca Lasa Porcelain Countertop, Mitered.
“Just the right amount of millwork. We framed out the ceiling with rustic beams that coordinate with the hand-scraped, wide-plank, white oak flooring. From the ceiling, to table and floors we balanced the wood tones with white walls and chairs for an airy and welcoming space.” – Karen Wolf
Dining Chairs: Urbane Dining Side Chair – similar here.
Artwork: Benson Cobb Studio.
“A vacation home should be a private escape. Nestled on a small porch doesn’t this space just give you pause to say, “Ahhh!” – Karen Wolf
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“Blues can be neutral too! As displayed in this Long Beach home bathroom, the gold metal accents and textured mirror serve as the statement pieces while the natural, beachy elements are presented through the soap holder and wallpaper. Relaxing touches make this space feel like vacation. 🛁” – Karen Wolf
Powder Bath Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 6240 Windy Blue.
Metal accents and a textured mirror serve as the statement pieces for this bathroom. Relaxing touches give the space a vacation-like feel.
Sconces: Hudson Valley Lighting.
Knobs: Crowned Quartz Knob.
Mirror: Capistrano Mirror.
“Love this shot from our “Long Beach Retreat” project. 🏖️ Art is so important to a home’s finished product.” – Karen Wolf
“Light + Air + Casual = Chic Comfort. We are known for our layering of materials and just the right use of color. It was so important to us in this vacation home to maintain the airy feel of relaxation and rest while elevating the home with sophisticated finishes and accessories!” – Karen Wolf
Coffee Table: Dovetail – similar here.
“This home is making waves. It’s blue, white, and sand palette creates that getaway feeling we all love.” – Karen Wolf
Side Tables: Serena & Lily.
Bar Paint Color: Benjamin Moore HC-154 Hale Navy.
Glass Beads: here.
“A glass chevron backsplash added so much interest to this cool tone kitchen. Loving this moment of mixed textures!” – Karen Wolf
“Taking tickets on who gets the best seat in the house. This chair is so comfy. If you are looking for chic comfort, we’ve got you covered.” – Karen Wolf
Curtains: Available through the designer – similar style: here.
“We fell in love with the fun over scaled circle tile on the back wall. As much time in life as we spend doing laundry, the washroom deserves to make you happy. Who else agrees!?” – Karen Wolf
White Laundry Room Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Super White.
Knobs: here – similar.
“Mixing patterns can be considered tricky business if not done from a professional Interior Strategist. That being said, the technique works with use of spatial reasoning and color balance. This bedroom is a great example of how cohesive line patterns and neutral tones calm the space while still creating a bit of playful movement.” – Karen Wolf
Chandelier: here – similar.
Wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries – Available through the designer.
Artwork: Iconic Pineapple.
“We wanted to give our “Long Beach Retreat” project an “all-year round-feel, so while you can use it for the pool, you can also sit down in the middle of winter and enjoy the space in warmth and comfort.” – Karen Wolf
Chandelier: Lakesha 3 – Light Unique/Statement Empire Chandelier.
“Though summer is clearly our “Long Beach Retreat” house’s flagship season, it was designed to be used and enjoyed throughout the year.”- Karen Wolf
Bunk Beds: Pottery Barn.
Bedding: Pottery Barn.
Lighting: Regina Andrews.
Rug: Annie Selke.
Chest: Hooker Furniture.
“I love this custom resin surfboard by @sharibethsusskind. This room was designed for my college-aged twins and for future grandkids… But adults seem to not mind sleeping in there.” – Karen Wolf
“Go ahead and hit snooze. 😴 Only restful mornings in this paradise of a bedroom!” – Karen Wolf
Nightstand: Somerset Bay.
Table Lamps: Jamie Young Catalina Wave Table Lamp.
Rug: Dash & Albert.
“White on white can go along way especially when mixed with a few natural materials like wood and rattan.” – Karen Wolf
All cabinetry designed by the designer, Karen Wolf. Paint color is Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152.
“The hotel-style master bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house, thanks to its livable yet luxurious feel.” – Karen Wolf
Rug: Chunky Wool/Jute Rug.
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“I layered warm tones and natural elements for a sophisticated and casual beach vibe, including a cream-colored, beaded chandelier, smoky textural blue and cream pillows, and a neutral-colored four-poster bed.” – Karen Wolf
Bed: A farmhouse-style canopy bed is made of oak and rubberwood veneers and works well thanks to the room’s high ceilings.
Curtains: Room darkening motorized shades are covered with linen-colored curtain panels, suspended on squared beechwood rods.
Floor lamp: The body of this 8’ single bulb floor lamp is made of natural wood and is paired with a linen shade to add extra light to the space. Floor lamp is Surya Duxbury Floor Lamp.
Mirror: Handcrafted of aluminum and steel, the sculpted leaves have the look of aged cast leaves. Mirror: Leaf Petal Mirror.
Bedroom Color theme: Modern shades of white, cream, tan, and soft blues give the space an airy and light feel.
Wall art: A custom-designed canvas depicts where the ocean meets the sand, setting a peaceful yet sophisticated tone for the room.
Bench: A nautical-inspired mahogany bench is made of woven rope and displays decorative pillows – similar style: here.
Dresser: The grey-topped six-drawer dresser has a modern, triangular design on the drawer fronts.
Statue: The figurine reflects a quiet, Zen moment and doubles as a jewelry holder.
“A space-saving white barn door slides open to reveal the master bath.” – Karen Wolf
The Primary Bathroom features a veneered floating vanity with large pulls and a stunning accent wall tile.
Bathroom Mirror: here – similar.
Accent Tile: “One of my favorite tile patterns from @artistic_tile tambourine traps.” – similar tile: here.
Floors: The French-style, natural-colored engineered oak floors are hand-scraped and wax-finished for a beachy look – similar: here.
Subway Tile: here – similar.
“Who said poolside furniture couldn’t be irresistibly comfy? Soak up all the good views here.” – Karen Wolf
Cocoon Outdoor Chairs: West Elm.
Ahhh… Summer is almost here!!! 🙂
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