Nashvillian and designer Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design transformed her Kiawah Island, South Carolina, beach house into family-friendly hangout with fresh, white paint and plenty of tone-on-tone textures. Her beach house as seen below was published in the June 2014 edition of Southern Living Magazine.
“When you’re working in such a limited color range, patina and texture become very important design elements,” Whitson says. In the dining room I started with an antique French walnut trestle table then added rattan chairs and anchored the room with a white cowhide rug. Choosing a cowhide rather than an Oriental keeps the feel of the room much less formal and adds great texture to the space.
The kitchen (pictured below) is housed in the home’s grand turret. “That circular counter made a believer out of me in white Corian,” says Jeannette, who simply refreshed the room with a new coat of China White paint. The same color also used in the living room. The kitchen’s clean lines are highlighted by white china and flatware, great sunlight and a mix of old and new silver.
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