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Fresh flowers kept the design lively. (Credit: Heidi’s Bridge photography)

Beachy retreat in Jamesport

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The bedroom is a quiet retreat for the homeowners. (Courtesy: Renee’s Mattituck)

Who says a child-friendly home has to lack sophistication? Not Debra Gildersleeve. The interior designer and owner of Renee’s Mattituck gave these Jamesport homeowners a chic retreat their young children could enjoy as much as the adults.

“The goal was to make it beautiful and functional,” Gildersleeve said. “[It’s] a space where they could relax and enjoy time as a family that also had a thoughtfully designed aesthetic.”

The North Fork beach house vibe is thoroughly modern with clean lines throughout. Gildersleeve selected neutral backdrops with shades of gray and cream on the walls and furniture paired with coastal hues in accent pieces to bring color and texture to the spaces. Accessories in shades of sea glass and sand, with different levels of lighting, also helped to create warmth and glow.

The family room in particular showcases her highly functional high design.

“It is a cozy space with a lot of storage in the form of a tall chest, side table and coffee table to hide away knickknacks, toys, etc. when having guests over,” she said.

For the master bedroom, Gildersleeve continued with the sophisticated beach aesthetic, mixing styles that were not necessarily matching, but complemented one another.

“It is its own little oasis that is warm, inviting and elegant,” Gildersleeve said. “That theme that continues throughout the home from one room to the next.”

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The bedroom nook is a peaceful spot for reading and unwinding. (Courtesy: Renee’s Mattituck)
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Designer Debra Gildersleeve used colorful accents against neutral backdrops. (Courtesy: Renee’s Mattituck)
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The family room has extra storage. (Courtesy: Renee’s Mattituck)