Bill and Susan Nussbaum’s Year-Round Rehoboth Beach House
A modern retreat in North Shores offers all the amenities.
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The Year-Round Beach House
By the time the Nussbaums bought the house, the finishes and fixtures had been selected by the builder.
“We came in at the ceiling fan stage,” Bill Nussbaum recalls.
The dramatic coffered ceiling in the gathering room was already in place, as were Brazilian cherry floors. A whole-house audio system filled the home with music. The kitchen sparkled with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Baths were outfitted in marble, onyx and high-end ceramic tile.
In the end, the couple was grateful they didn’t have to invest all the time required to make the choices themselves.
“Thank goodness Yavar has good taste,” Susan Nussbaum says.
To help create a welcoming, all-season decor, the Nussbaums turned to Pamela Gaylin Ryder, a Washington, D.C.-based designer who frequently decorates homes at the Delaware beaches.
The Nussbaums gravitate toward soft yellows and greens, inspired by stands of pine trees in the neighborhood. Their goal was to create a relaxed vibe, where guests feel free to put their feet up on a coffee table constructed from distressed wood.
“We used earthy colors and a more sophisticated palette than the typical shells and blue theme you often find at the beach,” Ryder says. “We used textured looks for durability and contrast, including some fabrics with Sunbrella technology.”
The designer arranged for the couple to buy most of their major pieces directly from furniture manufacturers in North Carolina.
“In addition to getting high-quality furniture at a competitive price, ordering from the manufacturer also allowed us to work with a very short timeline,” she says.
The designer and the homeowners collaborated to combine art and accessories the Nussbaums had collected over the years.