Modern beach House – Bradley Beach, NJ

I was extremely flattered when Susette approached me to assist with her newly constructed home in Bradley Beach, NJ. Susette Schwartz is the former owner of the extremely successful trade only establishment Schwartz Design Showroom.

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I was hired by Susette as an intern, and she and her daughter, Alexis, have been an integral part of my success in design. Together, the mother-and-daughter team have been a huge help to the design community in New Jersey and now Connecticut as well—hence, why I’m so flattered to be chosen to collaborate on Susette’s new home. Of all the designers Susette has access to, I was thrilled and flattered that she asked me to help design her home.

Susette has always had a vacation home in Bradley Beach, but it was time for her to put down fresh roots and explore the world of new construction. She purchased property nearby and selected her architect and builder, Dave Kinsel of North End Builders. When it came time to select lighting, paint, and furniture, that’s where I stepped in.

Susette did a fantastic job working with her team to set the foundation. The home has a modern, open-floor plan infused with elements of farmhouse charm. Most noticeably, the kitchen is fit for entertaining. Bob and Dawn of Certified Kitchens equipped Susette with all the necessary luxuries of a high-end chef. The island is an enormous prep space, which is almost dwarfed by the giant globes illuminating the area overhead. Organization and function are on par with the beauty of this space—every nook and cranny are utilized to perfection.

As soon as you step through the front door you have a clear view of the two-story living room, dining area, and kitchen space. We really wanted the entire home to feel comfortable and casual, but still refined. While the overall framework seems more modern, the furniture is made of warm wood tones, rattan, and soft, slubby fabrics. Textured wallcoverings adorn the dining room in cork with metallic-silver accents, while the powder room gets a pop of persimmon grass cloth. A palette of neutral tones—hints of black and rusty orange weaving through each room—unify the whole space.

Every piece of furniture was thoughtfully customized and brought to life by our talented artisans through Schwartz Design Showroom. The buffet from 7th & Seventh was perfectly fitted into the dining room nook, and its velvet-lined drawers are not to be outdone by its sandy-finished oak exterior. In order to bring light up to the second story living room, we customized large tubed sconces made of mesh to cast soft light in the evening.

“His and hers” has a whole new meaning when you take it to the master suite. Along with two spacious closets, each resident has their very own lavatory, connected in the middle by a dual-entry common shower.

Even the outside of the house is a standout on the block. While white siding and black window sashes create a farmhouse foundation, the metal roof and modern outdoor lighting by Hubbardton Forge sets this home apart from its neighbors. And the segmented concrete slabbed driveway is an absolute fan favorite!