This Jersey Shore Home Turns the Design Tide


Turning the Tide on the Jersey Shore

A team with deep ties to the community comes together to design a new waterfront dwelling for an old friend.

Traditional Shingle East Coast Jersey Shore Home with American Flag Exterior

Set on the Jersey Shore, the cedar Shingle-style house designed by architect John Lederer and built by general contractor Skip Applegate serves as the perfect refuge for the Washington, D.C.-based homeowner.

Blue Door and Blue Entryway with Traditional Staircase and Chest

Painted with Drawing Room Blue from Farrow & Ball, the front door makes a handsome first impression in the front foyer and complements the light blue walls covered in Pratt & Lambert paint throughout the lower level. The rug and dresser are from homeowner Nancy Van Duyne’s existing collection.

Eclectic Blue and Yellow Living Room with Flowers, Sofa and Table

A Merida rug defines the living area in the open great room that overlooks the water. The comfortable conversation area is furnished with a Bunny Williams sofa covered in Holland & Sherry fabric and a pair of custom armchairs covered in Idarica Gazzoni fabric from Harbinger in West Hollywood.

Nautical Blue Dining Room with Chandelier and Wood Patterned Rug

The fabric on the dining area chairs from Noir in Gardena, California, bring in the colors from the great room and pop against the Holland & Sherry rug. The light fixture, custom wrapped in sea grass, is also from Noir.

Cerulean Blue Kitchen with Traditional Nautical Lighting and Barstools for the Island

Canvas light fixtures from Circa Lighting that resemble ditty bags often used by boaters make a nautical statement in the kitchen, as does the custom cabinetry painted in Duckling by Pratt & Lambert. The barstools are from Hollywood at Home in Los Angeles.

Strong Blue Cabinet Kitchen with Striped Warm Colored Roman Shades

The kitchen’s Roman shades, made with Rebecca Atwood fabric from Nicky Rising in West Hollywood, repeat similar hues from the great room.

Blue Glass Front Cabinetry with Hardware Displayed for Glasses and Dishes

A glass-front cabinet with Schaub and Company’s Chemin de Fer hardware displays glassware in the kitchen.

Teal Sun Room with Shiplap Ceiling, Blue Sofa and Antique Looking Furniture

A sofa from Harbinger, a pair of armchairs covered in velvet from Kravet and leather stools from Serena & Lily make the sun room overlooking the water an ideal place to enjoy cocktails with guests. The coffee table with a wood base and concrete top is from Mr. Brown London.

Enclosed Porch with Shingle Siding and Green Cushion Furniture

Sliding glass doors lead from the living room to a sunny enclosed porch that allows for enjoying the water views no matter what the weather.

Green Master Suite with Floral Shades and Storage Overlooking Water

In the master suite, a petite sofa from the owner’s existing collection has been revitalized with fabric (Luxor Jungle) by Lisa Fine from Hollywood at Home and is flanked by green-painted built-in cabinetry on either side. The ceramic garden stool is from Harbinger.

Green and Floral Print Master Bedroom with Green Crown Moulding

The mix of patterns in the master suite includes a rug from Stark and custom Roman shades and a headboard, both made from Bob Collins & Son’s Carnival of Roses fabric in beige from Keith McCoy & Associates in West Hollywood. The bed linens are from Matouk, and the swing-arm lights in antique nickel are from Circa Lighting.

Pastel Purple Siding Bedroom with Blue Shades and Traditional Bed Frames

Installed both vertically and horizontally, the custom beadboard in the guest bedroom has been painted in Brassica from Farrow & Ball. A raffia side table from Made Goods and a table lamp from Circa Lighting service both of the vintage wooden beds. The Roman shade is covered in fabric from Pindler.

Blue Guest Bathroom with Circular Twin Mirrors and Green Patterned Rug

A pair of bent-rattan mirrors from Serena & Lily evokes a beachy sensibility in the guest bathroom, which is illuminated by a flush-mount ceiling light and nickel sconces from RH. The vintage rug is from Harbinger.

Wooden Waterside Deck with Metal Outdoor Furniture

The owners enjoy taking meals or relaxing with cocktails on the waterside deck, which is furnished with a wood dining table and a set of matching metal chairs with comfortable seat cushions.

Wooden Shingle Home Exterior with Boat and Private Dock

Unlike the original house that stood for decades on the waterfront property, the new Shingle-style home has nearly every room situated directly on the water. “I’ve received nothing but compliments,” Nancy says.

Cocktail cruises and sailboat racing are a way of life on the Jersey Shore, and it is here, in the charming waterfront town of Mantoloking, where longtime homeowner Nancy Van Duyne comes back to visit every summer. So, when her late father’s beloved house was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Sandy, the Washington, D.C., resident decided to build a new “forever house” for herself and her 20-year-old daughter, Katie, on the same waterfront site. “My whole goal in life is to create a home for our extended family and friends,” Nancy says, “a place where everybody can feel a measure of comfort and independence.” 

To realize her vision, Nancy brought in Los Angeles-based interior designer Joe Lucas, whom she has known since he was toddler (he is her best friend’s kid brother), and esteemed local architect John Lederer, who has been designing houses in the area for decades. In fact, the entire design team has life-long connections to the area. “It was definitely a hometown family gathering,” Lucas says. “It’s fun when you know the client and their history, because the things that mean a lot to her mean a lot to me as well.” 
To begin, the cedar Shingle-style abode had to be elevated 6 feet off the ground to accommodate updated FEMA regulations. A wing runs perpendicular to the house and, along with the home’s elevated floor, makes room for a lower-level garage tucked beneath a bunkroom that sleeps up to 16. “We came up with a sort of split-level,” Lederer says. “It’s not a favorite word in architectural parlance, but in this case, it worked out really well.” 

General contractor Skip Applegate, who renovated Nancy’s aunt’s home just up the street 35 years ago, worked with Lederer to navigate the new regulations. “In one day, it took nine concrete trucks just to pour the footings,” Applegate explains, noting that it had to be done in one continuous pour. Although Applegate has completed many extensive renovations over the years, this is the first dwelling that he has actually built from the ground up, and many times the crew worked long into the night. “It was grueling,” he says, “but also exciting.” 

Just as exciting are the interiors, which include colorful cabinetry and millwork alongside floral patterns and boisterous floor tiles. “Nancy loves color,” Lucas says. “And this is actually a pared-down version of what she might have normally gone for.” While blue kitchen cabinetry creates the “punch” that the owner envisioned for the great room, for example, the walls are a lighter hue that reads as a neutral. Patterned fabric on the dining chairs contains all the colors in the room, allowing the sectional sofa and patterned draperies to coexist peacefully with the bold blue cabinetry. “There’s a method to the madness,” Lucas explains of his design, where everything has its own special vibe but plays nicely together. 

That goes double for the adjacent sun room, which has 3⁄4-inch-high wainscoting and a complementary patterned wallcovering. It’s one of Nancy’s favorite rooms and a cozy spot to converse with guests over cocktails before heading into the dining space or to simply take a nap on the tufted sofa. “Couches had to be not just beautiful but also nappable, and carpets had to pass the barefoot test,” Nancy says. “I didn’t want to compromise on the quality, but I still wanted comfort.” 

In Nancy’s master suite, light green walls and dark green built-ins harmonize with the upholstered headboard and matching draperies. The space shares a covered porch overlooking the water with Katie’s room, where Lucas employed a more subdued palette. “Katie has a contemporary edge, loves fashion and goes to school in the city,” Lucas explains, “so her room is a little more hip.” 

Responding to the home’s boisterous palette, landscape designer Randy Lesperance planted the ower boxes with colorful florals and incorporated large hydrangea bushes that soften the architecture and help “bring it down to the ground.” Brick pavers that match the brick on the house add interest to the concrete driveway, while copper light fixtures coordinate with the gutters. “There’s a constant reflection and repetition of elements,” Lesperance explains. “John is an amazing architect, and it’s a privilege and an honor to complement his work.” 

The result marries the best of traditional architecture with modern conveniences in a setting that never fails to impress the homeowner. “I had a conversation with one of Joe’s sisters before the project, and she said, ‘You’ll be so much happier if you let Joe be Joe,’ and that’s the best design advice I got,” says Nancy, who plans to spend up to six months of the year at the house, joining in on those sailboat races now that she’s retired. “I bought a new sail, and I’ll be racing the boat again this summer. Life is good.” 

Tate Gunnerson