A Main Line Designer Gives This Vacation Home a Cheerful Revamp

Photos by Rebecca McAlpin

Happy colors and a no-fuss style lend personality to this Stone Harbor vacation home, with the help of a Brandywine Valley-based designer.

When the beach is your happy place, it’s natural to surround yourself with cheerful colors. For this Stone Harbor vacation home, it meant infusing bursts of vibrant orange against a palette of sky blue and cloud white. “Colors set the vibe and mood of a home,” says Brandywine Valley-based interior designer Megan Gorelick, who’s spent her share of summers at the Jersey Shore. “This young family wanted the house to feel like they were really on vacation.”

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Orange accents lend a cheerful vibe to a family gathering area.



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Soft fabrics and touchable textiles offer a restful feeling In bedrooms and seating areas.

The owners were intent on a design that was stylish, comfortable and worry-free. All the furniture is custom-made, including the counter-height swivel seats at the kitchen island. Upholstery employs stain-resistant performance fabrics, and Gorelick also designed one-of-a-kind bedding and pillows. “We did a lot of fun custom art and gallery walls that were personal to the clients,” she says.

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Painted white storage pieces are a compatible counterpoint to colorful and patterned upholstery.

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“The carpets were customized to each room’s size—and serged when there were tricky angles. We made the family room super-functional by putting casters on the ottoman so they could easily pull it up to the sectional sofa.”


The words SUN and SHINE were printed in orange on the powder room walls. Bursts of orange appear in the pillows, small side tables and abstract art. In the bunkroom, zebras gallop above. “We had no wall space, so we decided to wallpaper the ceiling. Bunkrooms down the Shore get used by anyone and everyone, and this wallpaper is fun, gender-neutral and appeals to all ages.”

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