Alys Beach Home Radiates Coastal Charm

Idyllic Alys Beach turns out to be the dream vacation getaway for an Alabama couple and their large family

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The allure of Florida’s Gulf Coast has been known to entice Southerners to cross state lines more times than we can count. So it went for an Alabama couple with extended family when they encountered the perfect lot for a vacation home on State Road 30A in Alys Beach, a community designed in the New Urbanist fashion with tree-lined streets, sidewalks, walkable shops, and restaurants. Views of the surrounding nature preserve, including a lake dotted with native Bismarck palms, live oaks, and palmetto trees, solidified their decision to make Florida their getaway destination.

Once Domin Bock Architects had done their job with the structure, the owners approached New York-based interior designer David Frazier with an essential request for the look they wanted to create. “Our goal was to achieve a hushed luxury—something that is very refined, but also subtle and comfortable,” says Frazier. “The clients did not want anything too precious.”

Designed with an interior courtyard and pool—a notable characteristic of Alys Beach homes—the property is organized with all rooms on the main level opening onto a tranquil open-air oasis. The heated and cooled space is just shy of 5,000 square feet, with an additional 1,800 square feet of courtyard and loggia space. 

“It was designed and built to host the owners’ grown children and spouses, and their grandchildren,” adds Frazier. “It is first and foremost a family home, which my design team and I loved when planning the décor.”

For the color palette, Frazier and his crew opted for a neutral scheme infused with visual interest from a refined layering of textures, materials, and textiles. Soft linens, antique wood furniture, natural fibers, vintage kilim rugs, stone, and Venetian plaster walls compose a warm interior with modern sensibilities that play well with aged patinas and whimsical collected pieces. In the main living room, outdoor fabrics were paired with mismatched cocktail tables in varying shapes and sizes to create a casual, uncomplicated aesthetic.

Nature-inspired art pieces and objects throughout the house—antique turtle shells, dried palm leaves, French botanicals, a found horseshoe crab—lend an element of intrigue, and all have a story to tell. The case goods, most of which are antiques, counterbalance newly tailored upholstered pieces and the crispness of the architecture.  “The antiques have been around for a while and have a gorgeous built-in patina,” says Frazier, “and they all welcome use by guests and grandchildren.”

The light-filled kitchen truly celebrates the Florida beach lifestyle with three sets of French doors that open onto the courtyard and overlook the plunge pool, fountain, and majestic palm trees. 

“These homeowners entertain family often and love the ease, livability, and connectedness between the interior and exterior,” says Frazier. “It was a joy to work with them.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by David Frazier, David Frazier, LLC., New York, NY

Architecture by Domin Bock Architects, Rosemary Beach, FL

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder

Photography by Gieves Anderson, Brooklyn, NY

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Dining Area

Table – Holland Macrae, Atlanta, GA

Chairs – Williams Sonoma, william-sonoma.com

Buffet – Steven Postans Antiques, Sarasota, FL

Chandelier designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and fabricated by Phillips Metalworks, Montgomery, AL

Artwork above buffet – Addie Chapin, Chattanooga, TN

Horse on pedestal – Bungalow Classic, Atlanta, GA

Seating Area

Club chairs – Lee Industries, Holland Macrae, Atlanta, GA

Drink table designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and fabricated by Blackshop, Birmingham, AL

Fireplace designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and Domin Bock Architects, Rosemary Beach, FL, and fabricated by Gulfview Construction, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Area rug – Scott Antiques Market, Atlanta, GA

Hallway

Console – Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com

Lamps – Munder Skiles, New York, NY

Artwork on wall – Antique French Botanicals, Scott Antiques Market, Atlanta, GA 

Framing – Three Points Framing, Lagrange, GA

Area rug – Persian Point Rugs, Atlanta, GA

Family Room

Sofa – Lee Industries, Holland Macrae, Atlanta, GA

Cocktail table – Bungalow Classic, Atlanta, GA

Stool tables – Blax Sand, High Point, NC

Chest – Adam Holiday Antiques, Sarasota, FL

Artwork above chest – Addie Chapin, Chattanooga, TN

Drapery fabric – Fabricut, Inc., and fabricated by Judith Cole Designs, Newnan, GA

Powder Room

Vessel sink – Waterworks, New York, NY

Sconces – Urban Electric, Charleston, SC

Venetian plaster wall covering – Gulfview Construction, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Kitchen

Cabinetry and island designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and fabricated by Kingdom Woodworks, Atlanta, GA

Stools – Serena and Lily, Atlanta, GA

Pendant lighting – Urban Electric, Charleston, SC

Primary Bedroom

Bed and headboard designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and fabricated by Holland Macrae, Atlanta, GA

Side tables – Serena and Lily, Atlanta, GA

Sconces – Lamp Arts, Atlanta, GA

Antique Hermès scarf above bed – Don Fields Antiques, Kansas City, MO 

Framing – Three Points Framing, Lagrange, GA

Bench – Bungalow Classic, Atlanta, GA

Area rug – Persian Point, Atlanta, GA

Guest Bedroom

Poster bed – Bungalow Classic, Atlanta, GA

Side tables – Club Cu, High Point, NC

Lamps – Christopher Spitzmiller, New York, NY

Bench – Adam Holiday Antiques, Sarasota, FL

Shell artwork – Antique Architectural Fragment, Loft Antiques, Atlanta, GA

Area rug – Annie Selke, annieselke.com

Primary Bathroom

Cabinetry designed by David Frazier, New York, NY, and fabricated by Kingdom Woodworks, Atlanta, GA

Sconces – Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com

Tub – Kohler, kohler.com

Accent table –Steven Postans Antiques, Sarasota, FL

Area rug – Persian Point Rugs, Atlanta, GA

Back Exterior

Dining table – Elegant Earth, Kolo Collection, Atlanta, GA

Chairs and sofa – Amalfi Living, Kolo Collection, Atlanta, GA

Slipper chairs – Lee Industries, Holland Macrae, Atlanta, GA

Side tables – Elegant Earth, Kolo Collection, Atlanta, GA

Sconces – Bevolo, Architectural Heritage, Birmingham, AL

Pool designed by Domin Bock Architects, Rosemary Beach, FL, and fabricated by Gulfview Contruction, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Throughout

Builder – Gulfview Construction, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture – Horton Land Works, Destin, FL

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