Dressed Up!


In the small town of Seaside Florida you will find more than just peace and tranquility Seaside is a coastal community whose way of life is easy and simple, with less motorways and more walkways. It was founded in 1981 and is a pioneer of the movement New Urbanism, a concept which makes small communities self sufficient, by making everything within walking distance. When the owners of this home first visited, they new instantly they wanted to live here. But the strict community guidelines for building meant they had to get a little creative on the floor plan. The house is built on 3 floors and the layout is upside down.

Designed entirely by architect Robert A. M. Stern Architects,  the home features bedrooms on the lower level, and more common living spaces upwards.  This would allow for spectacular ocean and town views.  The home has several terraces that are designed more like rooms, where the family occupies most.  It's obvious the architect was thinking upwards because every ceiling is also dressed to perfection.  From trim to panels to paint, there is no surface left untreated.                    The full story was featured in Architectural Digest, April 2008, and more photos can be viewed online at Robert A M Stern Architects.

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  1. OK, now this is my kind of beach house. Love it!

  2. Charm and elegance personified, architecturally, great warmth!

  3. WOW that last pic is heavenly!! Hope my upcoming Florida vacation is just as picture perfect!

  4. The ceiling treatments were one of the first things that caught my eye... very interesting...

  5. OMG I also instantly want to live here!
    What an amazing place. There is so much beauty here I find it hard to know where to start so let me summarise and say that love ALL of it!! From the out-of-this-world floors, to the ceiling, the light, the soft colours to the amazing terrace and view.. Mama Mia, I am in heaven!!

    x Charlotta

  6. Wonderful!
    The terrace on the sea he is just a dream.

  7. Great post. Seaside is where they shot The Truman Show with Jim Carrey. Its picture perfect.
    Barbara Baekgaard creator of Vera Bradley has a home there too.
    I reccomend a visit for anyone who loves beach life.

  8. I've done a little research on new urbanism, and it's a facinating way of looking at how we live, work and play in our communities. This home is a great example of what can be accomplished when out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That layout is pretty common- everybody does that in beach houses. Looks good though

  10. Beautiful architecture and interiors

  11. I have been to Seaside several times and have loved it. Charming!!

  12. GASP I love that daybed niche!


  13. *** Ohhhhh, how I l*o*v*e EVERYTHING about ALL of this!!! A true but comfy & simple, Shangrila~~~ just the way it SHOULD be!!!!!!!

    Thanks SOOO much for sharing~~~ you made my day!

    Linda in AZ *


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