For a new beach house build on St. Simons Island, Georgia, Atlanta-based interior designer Liza Bryan and Harrison Design architect Chad Goering played the long game. Their goal? Create a home that would withstand the demands of sand and sun, but also feel warm and welcoming to family and guests.
“I have great clients who appreciate both quality and practicality,” says Bryan of the owners, who have also worked with her on their primary residence. “It’s not always easy to strike the balance between beauty and utility, but this home is a wonderful place to gather. Craftsmanship and authenticity create warmth and substance, but grandkids and dogs are welcome anytime, anywhere.”
Bryan has blended old and new to create a timeless appeal for multiple generations of families who use the home. From vintage bricks and cypress planks to hand-hewn beams and heartwood pine floors, there is a mix of textures and eras.
“It feels like it’s been under those trees for a long time.”
The house requires visitors. There’s a master bedroom downstairs, multiple beds and bathrooms upstairs, and not one but of them sleeping porches with swings that can be converted into beds (!) when the weather is nice. Bryan mixed the owner’s antiques with newly purchased vintage pieces, as well as new upholstery and lighting, to create a cozy and inviting retreat.
Bespoke furnishings, luxury tiles and fittings, and performance fabrics ensure that the home will always look lived in, as if it has belonged to the family for decades. “I love how the house nestles under the trees,” says Bryan. “It’s a beach house, but the tall river oaks with Spanish moss make it secluded and private, and they frame and shade the house perfectly.” Even though the house is technically new, says Bryan, “it feels like it’s been under those trees for a long time and will be there for generations to come.”
Pine floors and a stained cypress ceiling, with hand-hewn beams, add warmth. Interior flaps are custom and painted by Steve Shoettle. The antique couch is upholstered in performance fabric to withstand whatever grandkids, dogs, and countless wet bathing suits throw at it.
Bryan used hand-hewn beams as window trim.
The use of old beams continues in the kitchen, blending with random heart pine flooring and stained cypress felt.
Period brick floors line the entrance, with heart pine staircases.
The powder room vanity was made from a piece that was repurposed from Liza Bryan Interiors inventory.
Heartfelt pine floors continue into the master bedroom, where Wisteria chairs are upholstered in Duralee fabric. Bryan also used Duralee fabric for the curtains.
Vintage brickwork contrasts with windows wall. The trunk is a family heirloom.
Bryant had one of the client’s existing wicker chairs painted and found a mirror made of oyster shells for the walls.
Landscape architecture by Bryce Frazier creates a warm poolside atmosphere.
Stained brick lines the floors while the ceiling is cypress plank.