Bill and Susan Nussbaum’s Year-Round Rehoboth Beach House
A modern retreat in North Shores offers all the amenities.
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A painting of the sea over the mantel is the work of Martha Spak, who has shown at the nearby Rehoboth Art League. Susan found the one-of-a-kind brass framed mirror at Tulip Ltd., a boutique in Rehoboth that specializes in Asian, European and Mexican pieces, as well as handmade and artisan lighting fixtures and accessories. The glass-and-metal console table in the foyer is the work of Sabra Richards, who operates an art glass studio on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The windows are dressed simply, with rattan blinds, a chic and streamlined alternative to traditional draperies.
“Rattan blinds offer light filtering and texture without the heaviness of some fabrics,” Ryder says.
The Kitchen, Family-Style
Multiple cooks can share a spacious kitchen that is open to both the gathering room and a casual dining space.
Stocking groceries to feed a crowd is simple, with a full-size, side-by-side fridge and freezer. A second sink serves multiple purposes, for prep, cleanup and the bar. There are two dishwashers, ideal for hosts who enjoy entertaining a houseful of guests.
The Nussbaums spotted a long, farmhouse-style table made from salvaged planks in New York City, just right for casual dining.
“But it was too large for the space, so we asked them to make one that is a bit smaller for us,” he recalls.
There are chairs on one side of the table and a bench on the other. A bench makes it easy to squeeze in an extra diner at meal times, she notes.
“And you can either sit on the bench facing the table, or turn around and sit facing the kitchen when you want to talk with the people there,” she says.
The Cottage Sitting Room
A large, second-floor landing outfitted as a casual sitting room is Susan’s favorite spot in the house. The space also serves as a secondary living room, a spot for guests to congregate.