For years, Lorin and Jeremy Seidman had rented places around New England for their family’s summer vacation. Then they stumbled upon quaint Narragansett, RI, and got hooked on the uncrowded beaches, warm water and charming farmers market.
They went looking for a rental but fell under the spell of a Cape Cod meets Colonial for sale. “It was love at first sight,” says Lorin. The couple dug deep into their savings and went for it. Although the 2003 house on the bay was in great shape, the inside was lackluster: blank walls, yellowy wood and beige carpet everywhere, hardly Lorin’s dream of a classic yet modern New England beach house.
Guided by designer Elizabeth Benedict, the Seidmans opened up the living spaces, refinished the hardwood floors and outfitted the rooms with comfy pieces in shades of red, white and blue. Says Lorin, “There’s always something to do on the water, but our house turned out so great that I’m often tempted to spend all day inside.
“I wanted an entrance where you couldn’t walk in without smiling at the color,” says Lorin of the door’s shade (Soft Glow by Benjamin Moore).