Coastal Craftsman : A Casual Beach Retreat

With style well-suited to its Anna Maria Island location, this coastal craftsman provides a laid-back and spacious retreat for family getaways and gatherings. The home’s interior designer, Suzan Hritz of SHS Design in Sarasota, says this three-story residence with Gulf of Mexico views is all about “beach casual” and “take your shoes off and be comfortable” style.

Consisting of 3,139 square feet of air conditioned space right on the beach, the home has two upper-level living areas as well as an enclosed first level bonus room. Outdoor spaces, ranging from balconies and patios to covered outdoor entertaining areas, expand the usable space by another 1,200 square feet. The residence features four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths.

Hritz says the house is all about unifying the indoors with the outdoors. “We maximized natural light in each room,” she explains. “We used Sunbrella fabrics both indoors and outdoors, and most finishes are designed to take the wear and tear of a vacation home filled with family and friends,” Hritz notes. The colors of the beach sunset were her inspiration. Soft grays, vibrant corals, cool turquoise, and washed woods fill each room.

“I love the accessories in this house,” Hritz says. “I went to markets and bought what I liked and then put them where I thought they should go.” Reflecting the calming style she sought for a beach retreat, she remarks the design came together so easily, “like it was meant to be.”

Hritz says that’s what she truly loves about this house. “It’s so livable,” she exclaims, noting it reflects her own personal design sense where things feel comfortable and worry-free while still being stylish. “Anna Maria is a very casual beach town,” she says. “It’s more about flip-flops and T-shirts than golf courses and dumbwaiters. We wanted this house to reflect that, so we kept the look organic.

Situated beachfront with low-maintenance landscaping of palms and native beach flora, this three-story residence features stucco and James Hardie lap siding exteriors as well as Andersen high impact glass windows to provide a façade capable of enduring the elements of beach life. A curling staircase leads from the pool and patio to the second level living area’s covered deck while another balcony and a widow’s walk are accessible from the third floor. All of the home’s common areas, including the living room, dining room, and kitchen feature expansive windows and glass doors overlooking the Gulf to maximize the seaside views.

The living room is the standout in the house, carrying all the themes and colors that unite this residence in a harmonious whole. “The interior colors were selected to reflect the softness of the sand and the vibrant sunsets we so often enjoy along the Gulf Coast,” Hritz says. As with most of the rooms in the home, the living room features wall colors of Benjamin Moore ‘Winter White’ and trim in ‘Chantilly Lace’. DuChateau’s Vernal Collection antique white floors outfit the entire home, accented in this room by a Surya area rug that pulls the colors of the ocean, sky, and beach all together in a single textile. A custom-made sofa by TSC Design and a pair of Stanford chairs face the solid stone contemporary-style gas fireplace. The unique cocktail table by Interlude features a painted metal fretwork design.

The kitchen features custom-made cabinets by Epoch Solutions, Inc., with a washed driftwood look to keep the space casual. To add a touch of sophistication, Hritz selected polished nickel finishes for the faucet fixtures as well as the cabinet door and drawer handles. The Hinkley hanging light fixtures are also polished nickel while the granite countertops sport a white speckled finish called ‘Rice Spring.’ The unique bar stools also feature a washed wood finish and are by Bungalow 5. Hritz says the kitchen is one of her favorite spaces in the house. “I like the idea of being able to stand in the kitchen working and look outdoors,” she explains.

The dining room is bright and airy with a wall of glass doors overlooking the beach. Settings and table accessories are by Mélange Home. The eye-catching oyster shell chandelier is by Currey & Company, which drops scintillating light onto the contemporary table and host chairs by Brownstone. The remaining four seagrass chairs are by Selamat Designs. Hritz finished the room with a conversation piece console table of washed driftwood by Ibolili. “I chose the furniture and decor based on what I thought I would enjoy in a beach house,” Hritz notes. “I would want to be able to relax and entertain without worrying about wear and tear.”


The sleek and modern master bathroom provides bathtub views of the Gulf framed by walls of Arctic Gray. Pendant lights by Sonneman illuminate the sinks and granite countertops in Azul Iran. Lustrous stainless fixtures by Moen add to the room’s contemporary feel. The deep soaking tub is white acrylic.

The master bedroom showcases a unique washed seagrass bed by Four Hands that looks like it was made for the room. Hritz says finding the right bed was a challenge because of the triplex of windows, which limited the headboard height to 54 inches. “But I love the bed,” she adds. “Gray is my color. I just fell in love with this piece when I saw it.” The area rug is by Surya. The eclectic seahorse tables were a bit of an accident that worked out quite well. “They were supposed to go in another room but didn’t work there,” Hritz says. “They ended up in here where they just seemed to fit.” On top of each seahorse nightstand are glass lamps which provide a soft light, keeping the room breezy and weightless.

Behind the house is the patio area with Caribbean shell stone floor. A Bassett sectional is covered in Sunbrella fabric to withstand sun, rain, and salt. “That way you can sit on the furniture in your wet bathing suit, too,” says Hritz. The outdoor dining table is by 18 KARAT, while the concrete and chrome coffee tables come from Four Hands. Under the porch on the stucco exterior wall is a diptych on acrylic by Art Classics called “School of Fish.” Surrounded by lush vegetation, the back patio offers privacy and seclusion despite the home’s location on a corner lot.


Written by Deborah R. Huso

Photography by Jimmy White Photography


Epoch Solutions, Inc.
7040 Riverview Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34209


Mélange Home
64 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236


SHS Design
1833 Morrill Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

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