Relaxed & Refined

Bespoke architectural details and stylish furnishings buoy this Seaside, Florida, dwelling with expansive sand, sky and sea views

After visiting Seaside, Florida, for decades, a Buckhead couple with three adult children purchased one of the last empty oceanfront lots on 30A. They asked architect Tim Adams and interior designer Beth Webb to create a relaxed yet refined gathering place for family and friends. “He’s more contemporary in style and she’s more conservative,” says Adams of the homeowners. “We found the balance between the two.”

An arched doorway opens to the front foyer, which Adams adorned with the sort of classically inspired millwork that flows throughout the interior. Think wall panels, coffered ceilings and in the guest suites, a more informal shiplap. Nearly every room in the house boasts large windows that frame the ocean vistas. “On a piece of property like that, you wonder how you’ll compete with the view, the colors and the changing light,” he says. “Our goal was to frame the view and add to it as best we can.”

Involved from the onset, Webb collaborated closely with Adams on the plans, tweaking key details to better suit the overall design. They agreed, for example, to punctuate the dining room’s custom built-in white cabinetry by Kingdom Woodworks with black steel-framed glass cabinets. “It’s very graphic, and that tension creates interest,” says Webb. “It’s always about the juxtaposition—light against dark, the smooth against the rough.”

An antique chest with a scalloped front, she points out, adds a touch of history to the front foyer, where she incorporated a marble tile floor with a wood inlay that coexists easily with the bespoke black metal and brass stairway railing that Adams says “pulls your eye up into the space.”

And a stone console table creates a sense of separation between the living and dining areas, which are rendered in a neutral palette enlivened with texture, pattern and artwork. “[The wife] wanted the focus to be on the water, the sand and the sky,” says Webb. “She’s quiet in a beautiful way, and the house reflects that.”

In contrast to the light and airy palette in the main living areas and guest suites, the husband’s study is painted in a moody dark blue. And the upper-level family room is clad with river reclaimed cypress with a bluish hue that is echoed in the custom billiard table’s lapis felted rack and the bar countertop, complete with a waterfall edge on one side. “It’s such a stunning piece,” says Adams. As is the dramatic catwalk that spans the lofty space to a patio with a bird’s-eye view of the ocean.

At the culmination of the nearly four-year-long project, Webb and her crew worked with the house manager to get the house ready for the big reveal, placing furniture, hanging drapery and even completely organizing their kitchen and bathrooms. Then, “It’s showtime,” says Webb. “The wife cried happy tears, and that’s always what we want the end result to be.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Beth Webb, Beth Webb Interiors, (404) 869-6367; ARCHITECT Tim Adams, T. S. Adams Studio, Architects, (404) 262-3499; BUILDERS Whitney Davis and Will Dunn, Davis Dunn, Construction Inc., (850) 654-9152;