In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, summertime and the living is easy -- not to mention colorful -- in this family's New Jersey home by the sea.
By James Servin
Maureen and Nathan Doron are counting their blessings. It was only last fall that their Strathmere, New Jersey, house was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. "We're lucky that everyone was safe," says Maureen, mom to three boys, Luke, 6, Noah, 4, and Toby, 2, and owner of two clothing boutiques called Skirt. Since then, the couple has been busy making repairs to their 2,000-square-foot structure. While new concrete flooring has been installed on the ground level, the rest of the three-story saltbox retains its pre-Sandy spirit of kicky hues and modern furnishings. Maureen, who joined forces with interior designer Mona Ross Berman, calls the decor '60s surfer chic. "The house is cozy and inviting, a fun place to be," she says. "Our kids jump on the sofas and there's pillow fighting—we wouldn't have it any other way."
In the living area, a clean white backdrop lets bold accessories pop. Sofas sport washable cotton slipcovers, and lightweight Moroccan poufs can be moved for extra seating. Cushions dressed up in spill-proof indoor-outdoor fabric create eye-catching accents.
An aquamarine backsplash makes a cool statement in the white kitchen. "The tiles remind me of beach glass," says Maureen. A scalloped fabric valance adds a finishing touch to the curtainless windows and puts the focus on the view. The chairs are reproductions of a '50s design. 'When we have a full house, the kids sit at the bar and the adults at the table," she explains. "It feels like we're all eating together."
Chevron stripes in turquoise, lemon and orange on the dining room table inspired Maureen's overall decorating scheme. The ebonized black wood floors throughout the house balance the vivid shades. Maureen went with midcentury modern Eames plastic chairs that stand up to wet swimming trunks and are also right at home on the deck. "It was my husband's idea to hang framed prints of shells and sea creatures native to New Jersey," she says.
Vibrant sea-green geometric print wallpaper, a classic framed mirror and a display shelf for shells adorn the powder room. "It's like a little jewel box," says Maureen.
To pep up the mudroom, Maureen accented walls with electric orange paint. "The shade feels happy, bright and right for the seashore," she says. A bench with cubbies holds swim essentials and a hanging shelf displays an assortment of nautical accessories as well as necessities like sunscreen.
Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.