How to decorate in a modern beach style
The Ortizes are the team behind Shine Home, their design company known for its modern beach-bohemian style. But while their home embodies this sensibility, it’s no showroom. It’s a livable, functional place with room to romp.
“The house looks modern, but it’s definitely not formal,” Susan says. “We want the kids to feel comfortable in every room, so they want to be where we are. We think this is the goal of a family home.”
Style secret: The large-format prints are detail shots of fabric and tile that Susan Ortiz took and had enlarged
Except for a blue wall in two of the bedrooms, and palm-motif wallpaper in the master suite, the home's all-white walls and floors serve as a backdrop for a repeated palette of tropical colors: citron, tangerine, lime, and cobalt. "If we also had color on the walls, it would be a little frightening."
Style secret: In high-traffic areas, vinyl upholstery trumps leather. It’s easily wiped off with a spritz of all-purpose cleaner.
“I don’t stick to hard-and-fast rules about what colors can be combined,” she says. “And I often let a piece of artwork dictate a palette.”
Ingredients: Fusion (6919) and Pool Blue (6944) wall paint by Sherwin-Williams.
“It’s about having core materials and consistency,” says Susan, who designed the home with continuous white concrete floors, and used the same Ann Sacks abalone-like tile in the kitchen and on the fireplace. All bedroom windows have the same bamboo shades.
Ingredients: Florence love seat in orange vinyl by Shine Home.
“I built the room around this paper,” Susan says. “I wanted a tropical and fresh master retreat that looked clean and simple ― and this paper just makes me happy.”
Style secret: Ikea is the Ortizes’ go-to shop for outdoor furniture. “You can’t beat the price point,” Russell says. Karlskrona chaise ($169)
Info Shine Home (furniture, accessories, and interior design; 888/574-4634)