Seaside Showcase

A talented group of interior designers, artisans, and craftsmen work together to transform a historic Cape May home into an entrancing show house. (Photos by John Armich)

Living room
Designer: Carol Roach, ASID, NCIDQ
Barlow Tyrie, Inc.

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The ideal space to return to after a day at the beach, this informal living room is anchored by an overscale daybed and matching arm chairs. Created by Barlow Tyrie, a family-owned manufacturer of marine-quality outdoor furniture, the pieces work just as well inside as on a front porch. The wall paint treatment has a faux-pearl essence, evoking a seashell.


Designer: Mark D. Little and Danielle Barnes
Design Home Interiors
Montgomeryville, PA 

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Little and Barnes have created an oasis of serene color in this formal yet comfortable study and reading room. Inspired by the sandy beaches of the coast, this setting mixes peaceful seagrass greens and blues with a range of neutrals that complement the soft textures and graceful curves of the upholstered pieces.


Dining Room
Designer: Susanna Greenberg
Interior Design & Decorative Painting
Chestnut Ridge, NY

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A fine artist specializing in decorative painting, Greenberg studied art and interior design while living in Europe. It’s no surprise, then, that her dining room is inspired by Neoclassical European style. The soft colors and clean lines create a rustic Scandinavian charm in this otherwise formal space. A hand-painted border encircles the room.


Betsy King
Jupiter Dunes Designs, Ocean City

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A mixed-media artist, King works with many materials to create an array of objects—including one-of-a-kind pieces she incorporated into this bedroom. With an eye toward depicting life under the sea, King painted the walls sea-green, then added a hazy mural of ocean life. Soft bedding in golds and greens continue the theme. King’s original copper sculpture of twisting vines floats over the bed, representing life above sea level.


Master Suite
Designer: Viviane Rowan, Allied ASID
Viviane Rowan Designs LLC, Titusville

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This study in cool tones provides a contrast with sultry shore afternoons. In the bedroom, blues and violets evoke sea and sky, while metallic accents add a touch of sparkle. The large oil painting at right was created by a local artist. In the adjacent master bathroom, classic shore-inspired features include wainscoted walls, a sand-colored tile shower, and a honed marble floor. The large walk-in shower is ideal for washing away the sand after a day at the beach.

Decked Halls For The Holidays:

The Cape May Designer Show House will reopen November 20 through January 3, decorated for the holiday season. Tours at Christmas will be offered daily from 10 am to 3 pm, and Thursday and Friday evenings, 7 to 9 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Each visitor will receive a full-color program book with information about the designers, products, and vendors. Tours of the Show House can be combined with breakfast, lunch, and dinner packages and walking tours of Cape May’s historic district. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s heritage. For more information, visit

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  1. Patricia Storm

    Anyone know an artisan of furniture in Cape May, NJ who has one arm and crafts rope tables and lamps made of diving gear? May be alive or not. Patricia Storm on facebook