Key Largo Abode Goes Nautical For A Large Family


modern exterior neutral landscape driveway...

Nautical accents fill a Key Largo beach home where three generations vacation harmoniously under one roof.

modern entry beams lantern blue...

For the entry of this Key Largo home, interior designer Tracie Schumacher collaborated with architect Robert Richard and general contractor James Gregory on the design and installation of the beams and trusses from Wood Zone; new hurricane-resistant doors open to the space. A lantern from The Well Appointed House hangs over a blue-and-white West Elm rug that helps establish the home's color palette.

modern neutral blue living room

Pillows from Wisteria as well as custom ones on the RH sectional evoke the color of the waterway visible from the living room. Behind the sofa, a pair of glass lamps by Arteriors continues the water-inspired palette, while the wood coffee table from Cottage & Bungalow mimics the driftwood-stained ceiling beams. A white Savanna side table by Noir and Thos. Moser recliners join the setting to rest on a Perennials rug; a Midas chandelier by Fisher Weisman hangs above.

modern sitting area indigo chairs...

Schumacher designed the staircase to be wrapped in blue-stained-pine panels from Wood Zone, creating an interesting backdrop for a cozy, out-of-the-way gathering spot, which includes cushy indigo chairs by Lee Industries and a durable rug by Perennials. In the corner, a Mariella lamp rests on an Emmett table, both from Arteriors. Here and throughout the house, the floors are white oak from Arrigoni Woods.

modern living room blue rug...

The fun, relaxed family room is punctuated by shots of orange in the light fixture and on the leather-and-wood side chair; the light fixture is from YLighting, and the chair, along with the room's tripod floor lamp and striped rug, is by Ralph Lauren. The sectional is from RH, and the whimsical yellow and black Muuto tables are from Danish Design Store.

modern dining room magenta chairs

Positioned across from the kitchen island, the dining nook provides some of the seating for the three families. The concrete table and the chairs are all from Mecox, with the latter sporting vibrant Castel fabric from John Brooks Incorporated in Denver. The Rope chandelier by Fisher Weisman adds a whimsical seafaring feel, and the window shades are by Hunter Douglas.

modern dining area blue bamboo...

In the kitchen, Schumacher designed the cabinets and the reclaimed-driftwood table that wraps around a corner of the quartzite-topped island. The bright blue bamboo chairs are by Bungalow 5, and the rope-and-glass fixture is from Currey & Company.

modern hall to kitchen wood...

A wood display stand filled with small treasures and a pair of mirrors, all from Wisteria, create a chic vignette just outside the kitchen. Visible from an opening, the Miele stove, custom Wood Zone hood and the watery blue Artistic Tile backsplash from Decorative Materials in Colorado define one part of the culinary center.

modern neutral white stairway

A painted-white punched picket railing accents the stairway at the top of the second-floor landing. Schumacher garnered a selection of nautical-theme artwork from local artists and online vendors such as Minted and arranged them in a gallery wall. The light fixture is from Cottage & Bungalow.

modern blue bedroom

Pre-finished white pine crowns one of the master bedrooms, which features walls dressed in vibrant Phillip Jeffries vinyl wallcovering. A chandelier from Mecox hangs over the space, where a faux-shagreen dresser, also from Mecox, joins a banana-silk-and-wool rug from The Scarab in Minturn, Colorado.

modern blue bathroom

Blue hues continue in the boy's bunk bath with walls painted in a bright Sherwin-Williams hue; the color reemerges on the floor in hexagonal concrete tiles from Decorative Materials. Cabinetry from Wood Zone is topped with a Caesarstone material in Pebble and accented with a Kohler sink and faucets. Surfboard pulls and hooks from Etsy and a light fixture by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. finish the fun, beachy look.

modern neutral bedroom blue accents...

Nautical overtones continue in the guest room that has been dubbed the "captain's quarters." Here, Wisteria pillows are piled on the West Elm bed, and the hand-stitched quilt throw is a flea-market find. An Arteriors lamp rests on a nightstand, also from West Elm.

modern bathroom blue wallpaper

Water, water everywhere, including in the powder room, where the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper is reminiscent of the ocean. A polished-nickel mirror from West Elm hangs above a Kohler sink; the Whitman pendant is by Serena & Lily.

modern bathroom blue wallpaper

Water, water everywhere, including in the powder room, where the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper is reminiscent of the ocean. A polished-nickel mirror from West Elm hangs above a Kohler sink; the Whitman pendant is by Serena & Lily.

As designer Tracie Schumacher can tell you, fashioning waterfront digs for a multigenerational family of 14 is no day at the beach–but the result is well worth the effort.

Eventually remodeled to include nine bedrooms, her clients’ property in Key Largo’s Ocean Reef community lacked character, so Schumacher collaborated with architect Robert A. Richard and general contractor James Gregory to add stone cladding and fish-scale shingle siding on the exterior to create textural layers. Inside, a network of beams and trusses stained a driftwood color now adds visual interest.

As a nod to the canals on two sides of the home, Schumacher established blue as the design’s dominant hue. In the living room, for instance, a Belgian linen sectional sports an assortment of turquoise, navy and cerulean pillows. Elsewhere, aqua-stained panels wrap the staircase, while tones of tea in the junior master suites drive home the beachy feel.

“The beams and ceiling treatments give the house a sense of history, but it’s the pops of color that make it fresh and modern and tie everything together,” the designer explains.

Nautical accents, such as boat-cleat towel hangers and a rope light fixture, add to the abode’s overall laidback aesthetic.