NJ Beach House: Painstaking detail went into designing the home. “Each piece was mocked up first, and many changes were made before we had the perfect ratio,” says designer/homeowner Kirstin Schultz. Painting the Craftsman-style millwork white—instead of the traditional stained finish—better suits the light and airy mood of a beach home. Contrasting dark-stained oak floors, laid on a 45-degree angle, juxtaposes the very straight lines of the recessed panels and trimwork, she says.
Despite being located in an expansive golf community, the Brown residence celebrates stunning desert views from almost every space. Its careful design makes this possible as views to neighboring houses are edited out focused instead on distant mountains.