Quiet Moments in a Seaside Sitting Space

November 11, 2015 | Furniture, Living Room


Quiet Moments in a Seaside Sitting Space.

A converted ceiling propose a private retreat for a couple that enjoy a hosting visitant in their Delaware leave house.

Manhattan architect Matthew Caughy and his husband love to homeowners comrade and family at they Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, leave house, where they can walk to the water and browse the historical town’s plentiful olden shops. And when they needed a break from their guests, the artistically curated sitting space side to the second-floor primary bedroom is where they go to relax in style.

Sitting Room at a Glance
What happens here : Designer Matthew Caughy and his husband relax in privacy.
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Size: 231 square feet (21 square meters); 11 by 21 feet (3.4 by 6.4 meters)

This private sitting space was once part of the house unfinished ceiling.  In change the room, designer Matthew Caughy faced a confront with the sloping attic and the single window.

To make the room feel greater and luminous, he installed white V-groove paneling on the attic and walls. He installed the panels perpendicular on the ceiling to make the space seem taller and horizontally on the walls to make it feel wider.


Caughy find the beach landscape oil color at a local art gallery. But he has yet to read up identity of their maker, who draw a picture them pseudonym Willie St James. Caughy explain the painter is reported famous artist who wants to create affordable art for the average general public.

Sofa: Restoration Hardware; wicker basket: Pottery Barn; rug: Williams-Sonoma Home.



The wicker chairs and sofa, local antique shop finds, fabric covered a bright flower patterned. Caughy make the abstract statue behind them by randomly unite wires and enclose them to the wall with spike.

Rattan chair and sofa fabric: Carnival, Christopher Farr Cloth; floor lamp: Ralph Lauren Home.

The vintage Edward Wormley table is a design Caughy already long glamorize. “With the long and narrow design of the space, I know the table would make a great coffee table for the room, and finally had my justification to pick it,” the designer says.



For examples of Caughy’s favorite design in the space is the middle ages walnut credenza with inset brass hardware. It adds quality to the wall opposite the ottoman and really anchors the room.

A fake fur was paired to a vintage hoop seat, even summer could get cold with the sea breezes. The striped rug to make width to the narrow room, as well as the feel of the sea.

Two polished coal clod, one a complete cube and the other cubes missing a partially, are among various decoration on the credenza. “I dropped [the broken cube] while unpacking it, but I think it’s one one of those happy accidents, it have more character now,” Caughy says.

An old painted gray bench that Caughy’s husband already owned for years exact in a corner of the space, be equipped with outdoor wicker bistro seat. “It’s fit to have a writing room to pour your thoughts, make a list or correspond with friends and family,” Caughy says.

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