Bill and Susan Nussbaum’s Year-Round Rehoboth Beach House
A modern retreat in North Shores offers all the amenities.
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Rachel, a journalism student, is an aspiring fashion writer. She decorated her room in girlie glamour, with a deep purple sofa, tufted for extra drama, and a mirrored side table reminiscent of old Hollywood.
Decorating a room is a lot like putting together a fabulous outfit. Every room should include a touch of the unexpected, that special element that makes it unique.
To that end, Rachel chose the hip, leopard-print ottomans in the gathering room.
“They are everybody’s favorites,” her mother says.
Harness the hallways. Corridors and landings are more than passages between rooms. They are functional space, offering floor-to-ceiling possibilities. In the Nussbaum home, an open, second-floor landing is designated as an intimate sitting room. A smaller landing could serve as a home office, furnished with a desk, chair and laptop. A hallway is ideal for displaying art collections and family photographs.
High-efficiency zoned cooling systems are the antidote to muggy Delaware summers. But don’t forget ceiling fans, a low-tech solution for creating a cool breeze on porches and in bedrooms. Fans use much less electricity than traditional air conditioning and also add to the ambiance of a space.
Looking for inspiration? Go on house tours. The Nussbaum home was featured on the annual Cottage Tour sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League, which has been illuminating visitors for more than 60 years. Tours enable people looking for ideas to see a variety of styles, up close and personal, in a single day. Often, designers and docents are on hand to answer questions.
Embrace local artists and artisans. Displaying the work of talented individuals who live in your community gives your home an immediate sense of place. Also consider pieces made from salvaged materials. The mirror in the foyer is framed with vintage tin ceiling tiles.
Be playful. The family enjoys board games. A designated table in the gathering room makes it easy to get a round going. No game table? Set up a system that is conducive to family fun. Tuck the Scrabble box in the buffet. Keep the Chinese checkers in a cupboard near the kitchen table.