The new issue of Architectural Digest features a 1940s bungalow on Folly Beach in South Carolina that caught my eye. A lot of times the houses they feature in that mag are a little too formal and fancy for me, but this is more my style. And really, just seeing the words “1940s bungalow” made my heart beat faster!
The beach house belongs to designer Amelia T. Handegan, who says that she and husband John Roven chose Folly Beach because of its bohemian appeal: “This place was full of renegades, and people used to come here to hunt. Writers and artists followed, and lots of surfers. It’s a little eccentric, frankly.”
Helping them with the reno and expansion of the house, which started at a modest 950 square feet, were Stumphouse Architecture + Design and Glenn Keyes Architects. They say they wanted it to retain its relaxed character.
I kind of wish they’d done something interesting with the window wall in this kitchen to make it stand out a little more:
“We wanted the house to seem really established, so there’s no Sheetrock,” Handegan tells AD. “I liked the idea of exposed rafters and painted-pine walls, so the place feels more special than it probably is.”
This pretty screened porch was a new addition to the house. I had a screened porch at my last house (which I loved), so I’m sitting here wondering how they keep those white sofas on theirs clean. Every time a storm blew threw I was frantically rescuing pillows and moving furniture against the wall to keep it all clean and dry. Maybe they cover them?
UPDATE: A reader just informed me that you can rent this house. Check the website for rates and more photos, including some of the exterior that weren’t included in the AD article (thanks, Cameron!): Fish Goat House.
You can read the article and see the rest of the photos of this bungalow at Architectural Digest. (Photography by Pieter Estersohn.)