Lavalette NJ

There is nothing I like better than a beach house project. Truthfully I could design them all day long. Something about the sun, sand and all around laid back nature of a home at the beach that continually sparks joy for me. This project was my 2nd new build beach property at the Jersey shore.


My clients wanted a family-friendly and high-end rental ready home. We opted for walnut full overlay cabinets in the kitchen with the prettiest quartzite slab ever on the island. I know you were expecting a white kitchen, weren’t you? I often find what people like the best is what they didn’t expect to find behind the front door. Because we kept all of the furniture in the mid-range (Bassett, Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel) we had some extra fun with the lighting. Renters can’t spill wine on a chandelier! Sand doesn’t discolor sconces.

This house needed to sleep a lot of people. My clients have 3 kids of their own and many cousins and friends with gaggles of children.   The bunk room is a favorite spot for kids of all ages. We outfitted each bed with a charging station and reading light.

Did I mention the pool? A pool at the beach! This house is truly the best party house ever. There’s a lap pool and a pool house that guests have offered/threatened to move into for the season. We customized a roll-top window to give the bar some extra credibility.  We used my favorite exterior lights (you can use them indoors too- in case you were wondering) from Barnlight Electric.


“AHR helped us through every step of the design process- lighting, tile, furniture, and decor- of our new home.

Alexa was a pleasure to work with and her ideas were perfect for the modern beach look we were seeking. She is well organized and did a great job of keeping our project on track.

We would recommend her to anyone for jobs large and small.”