Home Tour: A Colourful Party House by the Beach
Joyce Silverman has led a 20-year career in the interior design industry, has had five children, and recently started the company idorm Living. It’s no wonder that she needs a place to rest. Her New Jersey beach cottage is just that place. The centennial cottage was given new life by Silverman’s colourful palette and energetic family. Her kids skateboard in the backyard while the adults entertain on the porch, all just blocks from the ocean.
"There was not a lot of natural light in the house, so we tried to create something happy as a rainbow,” says Silverman. Bright colours meet modern patterns in the charming home, making it clear that a fun family lives here. “The house was very dingy and lifeless, and now it feels like the clouds have parted after a storm!"
"Every piece of furniture I use has interest and style. There’s nothing beige about it," says Silverman.
The house is without a doubt a party house, and Silverman has designed it as such. “I love to design interesting seat groupings,” she says. “I find that’s what makes a house successful for entertaining and having little conversations over drinks."
As renovations were underway, Silverman started to learn more about the home. The bricks on the fireplace surround were original to the house, and she almost had them ripped out before realising they were Tiffany bricks.
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You may think a house like this would take years to decorate, but Silverman moves quickly. "When designing your own home, you don’t have to wait for anyone else to make decisions.” She advises making decisions quickly and not second-guessing, "or you end up not doing it.”
With hand-painted walls inspired by psychedelic Jimi Hendrix-inspired art and a dining table inspired by driftwood, it’s clear the jumping-off point for the design of the dining room was “sun, sand, and sea."
“We kept the integrity of the home,” says Silverman, “but in the areas that needed to be completely updated and modified—the kitchen and bathroom—we went completely modern to the other end of spectrum, using glass, stainless steel, and white lacquer.” The juxtaposition of old with new is indeed refreshing.
“It’s like a camp-out inside their room. I have four sons and each has their own chair.” The stripes Silverman did herself with painter’s tape and different-coloured paints. “Such a simple and inexpensive way to make a room pop," she says.
For her daughter’s room, Silverman decided on a fuchsia palette. “She’s the only girl, and there is nothing baby pink about her! She’s fiery and bold, so we designed her room to match!"
"I love the colour of these vintage lamps so much, I overlook the fact that the shades have holes in them!” she admits.
Although the home is beautiful, Silverman and her family will most often be found outside. "The porch is the best part of house,” she says. “We entertain there every weekend. It’s like a playground for kids and adults."
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