A family-centric beach retreat yielding to the colours of surrounding sea and sand

Photography by : Alyssa Rosenheck


The house is filled with unexpected and stunning pairings in dramatic scale such as this cozy corner crowned with a painting and a beaded chandelier.


To accommodate large gatherings as well as tête-à-têtes, James opted for several intimate eating areas instead of one large dining table.


The kitchen and adjoining keeping room were designed with beach-friendly informality in mind.



A roomy slipcovered sofa and a crisp neutral palette injected with blues make for an inviting, entertaining-friendly space.


More blues pervade in the bedroom on striped accent pillows, rug and tufted headboard over the bed.


A curvy free standing bath works as the perfect partner to the house's masculine aesthetics. A stunning beaded chandelier supports in feminine unision.


Porthole mirrors echoes the unique feeling of being in a ship.


The boys' rest and play promises a vibrant experience on bunk beds in crisp nautical stripes.


A lounging spot on the newly added fourth floor, features a bunk room and entertainment equipped to handle overnight guests.

A vacation home should evoke relaxation and happiness as a respite from today's pandemonium pace. Then your biggest decision for the day should be whether or not to take your nap by the beach or on your deck.

Country Music Star Luke Bryan's four-story Florida home is more meaningful than the average beach retreat. The property was dubbed the "Snowman," in honor of the singer's late brother, Chris, who died in a car accident when Bryan was 19. Chris was an avid but terrible golfer. The moniker references a slang golfers use for scoring an eight on a single hole. (an "8" looks like a snowman).

Interior designer Chad James of Chad James Group, an old friend of Bryan, did a fine job in making this space capture the essence of the beach, from its sandy backdrop and open windows connecting the outdoors life to the inside of the home. Colors are pulled from the surrounding area articulated with plenty of neutrals, earthy tones representing the sand, bright blues and greens to portray the sea.

Highlighting the coastal views, required a major overhaul of the original structure. Built in 1988, the house had what James refers to as a "Miami Vice meets Dynasty "vibe. To give it an updated beachfront-with-Southern-style appeal, architect Geoff Chick was brought onboard to add a fourth story and reimagine the dated layout.

The house's nickname is not the only family-centric element at play. As a vacation home for the couple, their young sons, and their nephew, Snowman specializes in family downtime, a rare commodity for this busy crew.

Large, open spaces encourage together time while also taking full advantage of the area's singular draw that is the breathtaking ocean views.

Upon entry at the ground level, cozy and plush slip covered furnishings transform what might have been a formal living room into a beacon of casual gathering. A neutral palette takes center stage, punctuated by the blue of the horizon and unified in the room's furnishings.

An organic scheme works its way through the house, bolstered by natural materials. In the kitchen, milky-hued glossy cabinets balance the beach's intense sunshine, and paired with a mosaic marble backsplash and Alabama White marble countertops. Heart pine floors salvaged from a factory in Georgia add weight and patina.

At the upper levels, the design theme takes a nautical turn in the bedrooms and bathrooms. The colors of the sea dominate here, with navy and white stripes dressing bunks and furnishings. One bathroom features porthole mirrors and quaint pendant lights to seal the ambience of being in a ship.

On the newly added fourth floor, a bunk room and entertainment area ensure that this vacation home can handle overnight guests.

The overlying theme was delivered elegantly with a touch of whimsy, is all about family bonding and true-blue hospitality. This is a family house built to create moments and make memories.


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