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 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.
“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.”
You can read the article at Architectural Digest.
(Photography by Pieter Estersohn.)
Luciane at Homebunch.com says
I’m also in LOVE with this place! It’s so serene and trust me, I need a space like that. I don’t know if you agree, but we all seem to need a vacation at this time of the year, right? We’re all tired and need some sunshine. Now, imagine spending some days in a place like this one! Oh… that would be dreamy!
I hope you have a beautiful day, my friend!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Decor Girl (@TheDecorGirl) says
Yeah, I had the same thoughts on the window and those white sofas while reading the article last week. This is why one has to get pics on installation day, it’ll never look the same again. 🙂
I love all the white, reminds me of cottages where I grew up. The inside walls were wood – no drywall.
Here’s to summer!
Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady says
Beautiful! I love those wooden floors and those cute rugs 😀
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says
We recently vacationed on Folly Beach. It’s a beautiful place. This house is beautifully decorated.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Love the kitchen! I’ve never had a screened in porch, so it didn’t occur to me to wonder about the couches…good point!
Richella at Imparting Grace says
Ummm. Just right for a beach house–easy and breezy. Except for the sofas on the screened porch. They look great, but I’m thinking those would be awfully high-maintenance for a screened porch. Maybe they’re just for show, though; they do make a great photo shoot!
We pass Folly Beach on our way to Kiawah Island, where we usually vacation. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished that we had bought some property down there back when beach property was more affordable. Now I guess we’ll always be renters. 🙂
This house just embodies the concept of “summer home.” Love it!
I agree with the walls in the kitchen. They should have made the window larger, or put some sort of big, colorful picture on that wall. Other than that, I could basically move in.
Caron White says
one word – LOVE. I could spend many many happy hours on that porch, might never go in any other part of the house!
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Thanks Julia –
I’m in love with this beach house!!!
Oh that screened porch…that’s all I would need! Well maybe a bathroom too, LOL! There is such a difference in the feel and look of the beaches on the West coast oposed to the East coast. Both draw me for various reasons. Love the simple…that’s what a beach house should be.
Oh. My. Dog. I want this house. Seriously- seriously. I am inspired!
Yeah, I suppose you could force me to vacation in this place. Love the walls, love the ceiling, love love love the “dining room” chairs. If you twist my arm, I’ll say that I’m not wholly crazy about the modular, modern kitchen cabinets and shelves, but they’re still good in fresh white, esp. with the stainless. I’m sure that the people who get to enjoy this space love it, as well. Thanks for the peek!
Maya @ Completely Coastal says
The use of white does make one wonder sometimes! I guess it depends on how clean you wanted to look. Love the simplicity of the home and the nature feel. The screen in porch is, of course, awesome!
Looking at the photos just makes me relax thinking about sitting on the great porch! I think I would have gone more extreme with the furniture in keeping with the name “folly”, more playful and silly. Still it’s a super great house.
Let me guess: whoever arrives at the table last has to sit on the uncomfortable stool while the others get armchairs.
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Cute, cute place! I’m with you…normally the houses are a little too formal but this one is just adorable!
That is a house I could fall in love with. I couldn’t use that much white without going snowblind but it’s a beautiful house and beautifully decorated.
I absolutely love this place. It looks so peaceful. I could just see myself spending some time here relaxing and getting away from the world.
Love it! The screened porch is my favorite…I’d be in that room every moment possible…that is when I wasn’t on the amazing beach that’s just right on the other side o f those fantastic windows!!
This one’s a keeper…
As for the white sofas in the screened porch…perfectly set up for that photo shoot!
Okay, you convinced me … I’m ready to move in!
So, where are the keys????
Hello … ?
Teacup Lane says
I love the black and white bedroom with the twin beds!
It’s so light and clean. I like it, but judging from my experience with beach houses, they must have had a cleaning team busy for a week before those photos were taken.
Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co says
what an absolutely gorgeous home! LOVE everything about that bungalow. So light and airy and fun!
How clean and airy! I love all the fresh white.
I wish twin beds for the master suite would come back in style. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other, it just means you like different amounts of covers and the freedom to toss and turn.
You can also rent this house.
Wow! I had no idea. Thanks, Cameron!
So cute, I love beach houses like this — you’ve made me spend half my day looking a beach property for sale near me! Sadly most end up remuddled and stripped of interior charm, if you can even find one. The closest I found was a Victorian like this. Asking 835K for 637 sq ft 1.5 blocks from the beach (in a down mkt!). Guess I’ll never have one of these if I stay on the west coast!
Becky @ Farmgirl Paints says
i loved the kitchen. that painted pine board does make the space seem really special. have to keep that in mind for our next vacay;)
We’ve vacationed at Folly Beach and would love to go back. Staying in this house would be more much special, and relaxing, than the hotel we chose — although it was a gorgeous hotel in Charleston.
I totally agree that the small window wall in the kitchen is lacking. Just painting that one small wall a subtle color would really add a lot in my opinion.
I love it that they call the original house a “1940s Bungalow” in the Architectural Digest and a “shack” on their rental website!
But seriously, I could spend some quality time there.
Oh my… what a gorgeous and dreamy bungalow.
Love the abundance of whites in there,
makes the place feel light and relaxed.
I also love the simple elegance of this place.
I love this! Especially the screened in porch! We live close to Folley Beach. Great place!
The Texas Peach says
What a neat beach bungalow! I like how bright the kitchen is, but I agree with you about the window. The screened porch is fantastic. I do always wonder how people keep outdoor furniture like that clean. I can imagine that this would be a very relaxing place to be on vacation.
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
This bungalow is my style, too, Julia. Thanks for posting! 😀
karen ho [email protected] fire pit ideas says
Now this is my kind of house. Saw something like this when I was a kid. Love at first sight, same here too!
what a house. the textiles are amazing and the vibe is fantastic!
Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis says
Ugh, I am drooling over this one! I love the style!!!