This California home, which is reminiscent of driftwood that has been tamed until almost polished, is equal parts natural beauty and effortless grace.
The Place for the Whole Family
It is possible to say that you are well-loved. The Dana Point, California beachfront retreat, which is shared by brothers Corey England and Todd England, and their wives Carrie and Jeannette is often overflowing with family. The Englands have 14 children and 19 grandchildren. Their everyday home is in Salt Lake City. They need a place to escape that is both welcoming and resilient for their family.
Jeannette states, “We didn’t want to build an ‘wow’ home.” “Nothing overstated. We wanted something spacious and comfortable. We also wanted a house that could be used by children, as well as the salty sea air.
Ohara Davies-Gaetano was enlisted as a designer for this multi-tiered project. Ohara is a Traditional Home 2018 New Trad honoree, with a keen eye for relaxed refinement and family-friendly living.
Davies-Gaetano states that the Englands have an incredible sense of family. I wanted to honour that. “How can we make this house beautiful, yet indestructible?” was my first thought.
Davies-Gaetano designed a front door made from mahogany, a wood that can withstand the harshest elements of the oceanfront. This was in keeping with her own directive. The rich wood is reflected in the entryway ceiling. It balances limestone floors that provide practicality for those returning from beach frolics.
The house’s island-inspired appeal is set by pierced metal pendants and a chair with a cane back and vintage indigo fabric cushions. It feels resort-like and inviting.
All About the View
The great room is equally welcoming and has no need for decor to compete with the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The minimalist design of the walls and draperies, with their sand-hued upholstery and draperies, allows the eye to travel directly to the retractable glass doors and the breathtaking view beyond. The soothing color palette is balanced by delicate block-printed linen pillows that add just a hint of color to the room. Faux-leather ottomans can be used for floor play or fort building. Slipcovers and indoor-outdoor fabrics are all-forgiving and can be used to cover Popsicles, peanut butter, and jelly.
Davies-Gaetano states that it “encapsulates what it means being at the beach.” It is timeless without being too stuffy. It’s simple and straightforward. No pretention. It is well-designed and incredibly livable.”
There is always room to gather
The tone-on-tone kitchen is neutral in color but not in personality. It’s built for family gatherings and plenty of ocean breezes. This kitchen features cerused oak cabinets, limestone tile backsplash, and playful basket lighting over the large island. The plaster hood with oak banding almost disappears into the wall of open shelving. Block-printed linen frames windows and doors in the kitchen. It ties the space together with its pumice-and sand color scheme. Pale and elegant, oak barstools with faux leather seats are reminiscent of wave-burnished driftwood.
Carrie states, “This is our family gathering place.” The island can seat 10 people and takes on a whole new life when we cook. There’s an interconnectedness between indoors as well as outdoors. As we bake pizza in the oven, the children gather at the door.
Radiant and Serene Master Suite
Upstairs, this doors-flung-wide-open policy prevails, as well. Two tranquil master suites make the most of a large glass-walled balcony that offers a unencumbered view over the water. With a vibrant palette of blues and greys, the primary master sets itself apart by using gossamer linen sheers to adorn a four-poster that is crowned with a tiered fabric chandelier.
Dreamy Coastal Vibes
The attached bath is spa-like, luminous in the ocean lighting, and features a variety of textures, including a reeded bamboo ceiling, a glass shower tile in different shades of blue, and patinated whitewashed doors. The coastal palette is completed by a dramatic selenite chandelier that recalls frothy whitecaps.
The secondary master feels almost real because of the ocean’s impact. When creating a color scheme, wall-to-wall sliding doors make it impossible to miss the ocean and sky colors. Indigo prints, ticking stripes and paisley curtains make saturated blues cheerful and confident against a neutral background.
Davies-Gaetano states that she wanted the whole house to feel like an “oasis”, but that private spaces needed to feel ethereal. A house by the ocean should be a relaxing place to visit. The bedrooms gave me a sense of tranquility and retreat.
Considerations for Kid-Friendly Behavior
The lower level is where kids can find their peace and quiet. This is the place where practicality, space to move and practicality are the main design goals. There are many seating options, including a large sectional and a faux-leather ottoman that has built-in storage. The palette is complemented by contrasting colors such as block-print pillows or a flat-weave rug with a graphic design. This space is kid-friendly and includes a second kitchen, a pool table and access to a gym and sports court.
Relaxed and playful Bunk Room
A spacious bunk room, with eight beds and playful wallpaper, is the pièce de résistance. The floor pillows can be taken outside to enjoy the poolside lounge, thanks to the indoor-outdoor fabric. This detail perfectly reflects the home’s welcoming family.
Enjoying the Views
The perfect spot for sunset views is on the patio with chaise longues by Gloster
England families wanted an “island-style exterior” for their home.