Santa Rosa Beach Getaway Oozes Charm

Infused with Florida sunshine and a palette of brilliant ocean hues, this seaside home personifies the ultimate happy place for a beach-loving family

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Captivated by the local charm of the Emerald Coast’s famed 30A, the homeowners knew this was the place when they chose the community of WaterColor as the destination for their family beach home. Located in Santa Rosa Beach on the Florida Panhandle, their 8,000-square-foot dwelling, sited on a prominent circle in what is known as the Lake District of WaterColor, nestles within a neighborhood characterized by its tall Low Country–style homes, native oak trees, palmettos, and pines. The area is sprinkled with green parks and town squares, and Western Lake—where residents go to fish, Yolo board, and kayak—is within walking distance. Across the footbridge, fine dining, shopping, and quaint galleries are just a stroll away.

Once the owners secured the lot, they brought in architect Geoff Chick, owner of Geoff Chick & Associates in Freeport, Florida, to bring their vision to life. “They asked for ample space to entertain inside and out, with oversized guest bedrooms and en-suite baths,” he says. “WaterColor has a strict design code, and the clients challenged me to design a larger home that would befit the community’s cracker-cottage vernacular, an architectural style typified by wood-frame houses with metal roofs, raised floors, and straight central hallways from that run from front to back—similar to shotgun house design,” he explains.

By using a detached garage apartment structure and utilizing the half-story attic for the playroom and bunkroom, Geoff was able to break down the mass of the building to better relate to the smaller scale of the neighborhood. Using 14-foot ceilings on the first level and 12-foot ceilings on the second, he implemented transom windows to increase daylight capacity on both floors. To ensure plenty of natural light in the center of this expansive home, he incorporated an open-riser staircase with glass railings in the foyer to maximize the amount of sunlight streaming in through the stair hall windows. He also recommended incorporating a large mirror to reflect the light down the house’s center hall toward the great room.

Close to finalizing their architectural plans, the clients requested an interior designer to help consolidate ideas and consult on custom features, furniture layouts, and electrical plans. Geoff introduced them to Cara McBroom of Lovelace Interiors, with whom he had worked many times, and appreciated her bold use of color and modern application of authentic materials.

“I had also met these homeowners when they purchased a home I’d previously designed for another client,” says Cara. “They loved the way I mixed warm rustic elements with light, soft modern furnishings—and that I didn’t clutter up every surface with accessories. It just so happens I was furnishing a home for their dear close friends as well, so it was serendipity,” she adds.

The clients gave Cara a binder of inspirational photos to drive the design, which revealed their love for beauty, function, attention to detail, and their preference for lightness and color. They sought out clean-lined furnishings with modern appeal, yet with cozy softness and warmth. The homeowners have six grandchildren, so they wanted their house to have a comfortable elegance and a fun, family-friendly vibe.

Inspired by the Emerald Coast’s ever-shifting seascape, the color scheme ebbs and flows between deep ocean blues and shallow aquas to all the teal, turquoise, and cyan hues in between. “I would describe the overall look as soft contemporary coastal glam,” says the designer. “Pops of sunset orange bring all those blues to life.”

Throughout, Cara balanced hard lines and glinting surfaces with sumptuous fabrics, plush rugs, and natural organic textures. She paid homage to Southern coastal style with a repeated motif of painted pecky-cypress finishes, shiplap walls, and rich cognac wood tones. A sprinkling of glamorous touches, including shimmering light fixtures, satin brass hardware, and a collection of vibrant artworks the clients acquired from their travels and favorite art galleries create dynamic accents.

“I love the sophistication of the interior finishes and applaud the bold use of color,” says Geoff. “Cara pushes the boundaries of traditional interior design to create a fresh new look that’s completely unexpected.”

Story Credits: 

Architecture by Geoffrey C. Chick, AIA, Geoff Chick & Associates, Freeport, FL

Interior Design by Cara McBroom, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Text by Jeanne Delathouder

Photography by Jack Gardner Photography, Valparaiso, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Entry

Console – John-Richard, Greenwood, MS

Sconces – Visual Comfort Lighting, Beautiful Lights, Miramar Beach, FL

Wall mirror custom designed by Cara McBroom, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Fabricated by Destin Glass, Destin, FL

Mirror frame fabricated by Beau Esprit Gallery, Miramar Beach, FL

Artwork – “Memories of Summer”, Julia Wallace, Red Bird Gallery, Seaside, FL

Chandelier – Ro Sham Beaux, Beautiful Lights, Miramar Beach, FL

Ceiling treatment – Alex Rice & Cara McBroom, Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Dining Room

Dining table and chairs custom designed by Cara McBroom, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Fabricated by GL Custom Furniture, Gulf Breeze, FL

Fabric – Romo Fabrics, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Dining chairs – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC Fabric – Romo Fabrics and Kravet Fabrics, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Chandelier – Fine Art Lighting, Beautiful Lights, Miramar Beach, FL

Large artwork – “Audrey in Fishbowl with Goldfish and Damask”, Ashley Longshore, New Orleans, LA

Drapery fabric – Romo Fabrics, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Area rug – Coastal Carpet & Tile Carpet One, Destin, FL

Round table – Resource Decor, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Chairs – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Artwork on wall of sailboat – “Early Morning Blue”, Stephen James Harlan

Kitchen

Cabinetry – Designed by Alex Rice and Cara McBroom, Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fabricated by Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Hood – Francois & Co, Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Backsplash – 850A Tile Studio, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Island custom designed by Cara McBroom, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Fabricated by Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Island top – Smart Kitchen Designs, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Island stools – Pearl Home, Miramar Beach, FL

Chandeliers – Currey & Co, Beautiful Lights, Miramar Beach, FL                                  

Living Room

Sofa – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Club chair – Massoud Furniture, Dallas, TX

Cocktail table – Custom Furniture Company, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Floor lamps near sofa – Palecek, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Floor lamp between club chairs – Currey & Co, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Fireplace – Francois & Co, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Wall cabinetry – Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Artwork on left of fireplace – “Dreams”, Sandy Hubler, Little Rock, AR

Artwork on right of fireplace – “Free Falling”, Sandy Hubler, Little Rock, AR

Artwork on wall near windows – “Mystic Cove” Serigraph, Dale Chihuly

Area rug – Pearl Home, Destin, FL

Master Bedroom

Canopy Bed – Old Biscayne Designs, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Wood treatment designed by Cara McBroom, Miramar Beach, FL and Alex Rice, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fabricated by Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Bedside chests – Studio A Home, High Point, NC

Lamps – Mr. Brown London, High Point, NC

Accent chairs – Bolier Co, Pearl Home, Miramar Beach, FL

Ottoman – Lee Industries, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Accent table – Ironies, Richmond, CA

Desk – Hickory Chair, High Point, NC

Desk chair – Vanguard Furniture, Lovelace Interiors, Inc., Miramar Beach, FL

Desk lamps – John- Richard, Greenwood, MS

Mirror – Made Goods, City of Industry, CA

Artwork near desk –”Sunset Reflections I” and Sunset Reflection II, Tyler Arnold, Little Rock, AR

Master Bath

Chandelier – Global Views, High Point, NC

Artwork over tub – Summer House Lifestyle, Grayton Beach, FL

Glass doors – Southeastern Sash and Door, Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Family Room

Sofa – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Arm chairs – Julian Chichester, Pearl Home, Miramar Beach, FL

Fabric – Romo Fabrics, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Ottoman – Lee Industries, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Round side table – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Square side table – Ambella Home, Lovelace Interiors, Miramar Beach, FL

Lamp – John-Richard, Greenwood, MS

Area rug – Coastal Carpet & Tile Carpet One, Destin, FL

Deck and Pool Area

Lounge chairs – Mr. Brown London, High Point, NC

Patio furniture grouping –  Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Pool designed by Alex Rice, Old Seagrove Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fabricated by Cox Pools, Panama City Beach, FL

Throughout

Flooring – Seashore Floor Co, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Windows – Sierra Pacific Windows, Red Bluff, CA

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