Fam­ily Cen­tered

A New Eng­land cou­ple draws on mem­o­ries of Maine sum­mer houses to cre­ate a new beach home in South Carolina.

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the kind with the wide porches, plank floors, me­tal roofs, and care­free at­ti­tudes. They’re the ones that show up in ro­man­tic movies and, if we’re lucky enough, in our own child­hood mem­o­ries. Orig­i­nally from Bos­ton, Alice and Rusty Ken­dall were both for­tu­nate to grow up ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sum­mers in Maine where the rus­tic styles and sim­ple clap­board is­land houses would even­tu­ally in­form the de­sign of their own home.

Life led the cou­ple and their four kids to Charleston, South Carolina, where they dis­cov­ered Sul­li­van’s Is­land, a place that re­called the nu­ances of those laid-back Maine sum­mers. En­gag­ing ar­chi­tect Heather Wil­son and de­signer Cort­ney Bishop, the Ken­dalls set about creat­ing their ver­sion of a mod­ern farm­house at the beach. “Our goal was to build a house with lots of light that would be very open and ac­ces­si­ble to the out­doors,” Alice says. “We wanted it min­i­mal­ist and very func­tional.”

Fo­cus­ing on her clients’ wishes, Wil­son de­signed fam­ily gath­er­ing spa­ces with smart built-ins, a mul­ti­tude of porches, and an abun­dance of large win­dows and doors. The cou­ple’s bed­room is down­stairs, and the kids’ are up. “Aside from the kids’ rooms, our home lives like a one-story house, which we love,” Alice says. Wil­son also planned for hid­den storage with a large pantry and mud­room to keep liv­ing spa­ces clut­ter-free.

Fin­ish­ing de­tails are equal parts farm­house, beach house, and mid­cen­tury mod­ern, with boho in­flu­ences stirred in. Au­then­tic ma­te­ri­als and cus­tom fur­nish­ings ground the open, airy rooms. “We punched it out by adding bold, bright-col­ored ac­cents against the all-white walls,” Bishop says. Darker, mid­cen­tury-in­spired wood stains and ar­ti­sanal and vin­tage rugs and fab­rics warm up the white-washed pal­ette.

In both ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­ri­ors, the Ken­dalls’ home is youth­ful yet re­fined, and above all, cen­tered on what mat­ters most to Alice and Rusty—fam­ily. “Dur­ing the sum­mer we try not to leave the is­land on the week­ends,” Alice says. “It feels like we are on va­ca­tion.” above: The din­ing area ducks off of the main liv­ing area, de­lin­eated by a lower ceil­ing and a wall of win­dows. A built-in win­dow seat and a tres­tle ta­ble con­structed from sal­vage ac­com­mo­date the fam­ily’s four kids and friends. “We fre­quently have a cou­ple more at our ta­ble,” Alice says. “I knew we would need some­thing very large.”

There’s just some­thing about an old-school beach house—

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