Showhouse By the Sea

I did a post last week about the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore’s decorator showhouse “Beachhurst”. Today’s Boston Globe Magazine – themed around water and summer fun – has a photo spread on two of the rooms in the showhouse. These two kids rooms both have unique and imaginative takes on water themed rooms.

Designer Cathleen Crist of Apogee Fine Interiors ( in Marblehead, MA has created this amazing underwater/mermaid retreat. It’s fearless, fun and fabulous! I love it when showhouse designers really let themselves go and create a truly one of a kind room. Chances are, most people wouldn’t go to this extreme when creating a mermaid themed girls room. But, one could certainly take cues from this design. Instead of plunking down a bunch of Disney “Little Mermaid” themed items, one could easily create the feel of ocean waves with tulle and netting, a sandy beach with a textured carpet and the soft blue-green color palette of the water itself. This room is high end luxury with a creative twist – and worth the price of admission.

Liz Carlson of Joie de Vie Interiors in Nahant created this fun sailing themed boys room. It seems downright empty when compared to the mermaid room above, but it’s deceptively complex. The designer commissioned her husband and father-in-law (both avid sailors) to design and build the boat bed, which is suspended from the ceiling. It’s tethered to a “driftwood” piling and can be adjusted to either allow the boat to rock, or not. This room is simple and elegant. While not necessarily a bed that would “grow” with the child (who attends show houses for practicality, anyway?) the rest of the room could certainly be workable for many years. And the bed could be moved to a corner and used as a sitting area. Meanwhile, the room is fresh and breezy as a summers’ day. Another point about this room, while it was intended to be the boy’s room, I do think it would work equally well for a girl who is into boating.
The JCCNS showhouse is on through June 3. Click here for more information.

Photos courtesy of The Boston Globe.

xoxo Linda