A cache of salvaged wood from a family’s timber business serves as the rich and mellow starting point for this Florida retreat.

By Lisa Mowry

A warehouse full of weathered wood proved to be the perfect starting point for Terry and Tony Walden’s Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, vacation home.

“Our family had salvaged wood from old farmhouses and collapsed barns, and collected remnants after Hurricane Opal,” Terry says. “Building a beach house with it was so us, with Tony’s family having been in the timber business for three generations and knowing where every piece came from.”

The ceilings are topped with pine timbers and antique pine floors run throughout the house. Some of the wood is gray-washed in keeping with the home's muted palette, giving it a beach look without being too colorful. Brick and Venetian plaster walls are counterpoints to the woods.

The home’s exterior is clad in wood milled from wood Tony had. They were able to do some things that really set the home apart, including 4x8 rafters and beveled siding a full 1-1/4 inches thick with the use of all the salvaged wood.

An inviting swing daybed graces the home's wide front porch. Even with white sandy beaches and turquoise water nearby, the couple is content to bask in their Florida home. For the back entry, they used a salvaged brick flooring that adds to the area's utility—and eases worries about wet feet on wood floors.

To counter the scale of the 14-foot-high ceiling in the entryway, a chunky rustic bench and rich wood flooring ground the space. Upon entering the beach house, you get the immediate feel for the salvaged, antique style this family loves.

The home opens into a great-room that’s ideal for entertaining. Cabinets flanking the fireplace are made of reclaimed wood. Venetian plaster walls were done by the couple’s artisan friend.

The home’s pops of orange are muted in the dining area. A brick arched doorway frames the view into the kitchen, where a reclaimed cypress range hood is the focal point.

Like what jewelry does for an outfit, smart lighting finished off rooms and topped off the home’s modern rustic feel. A wheel from an old hay rake is the foundation for a chandelier above the dining room table, and kitchen pendants sport vintage gas pipes.

In the hallway, sconces made from salvaged pieces are like sculptures. A big water-themed painting—of a channel, river, lake, or ocean—is one way to ensure that a room has a water view. The more realistic the image, the more you’ll feel part of nature.

Doors reclaimed from a house in New Orleans (sanded and waxed to enhance the natural tones) catch the eye in the master bedroom. Gray wainscoting helps cozy up the high ceilings.

Upstairs bedrooms open to a much-used screen porch. This space is perfect for the family to hang out with each other and friends that come to stay, or simply have a cup of coffee in the morning and read a book. Outdoor ceiling fans keep guests cool.

Comments (3)

March 1, 2019
I love the outside but it is too dark inside. I prefer a lighter and more natural decor for a beach house. I do like the range hood but it seems like it would be hard to keep clean.
March 1, 2019
I love it. I love all your ideas, whether for garden, outdoors room or inside..but.....but.... one kind of home and decoration ideas for it are missing sorely. Mobile/modular homes. Here in California, specially So. Ca these homes have become the go to from young starting families, and senior citizens like me.. and anything in between. . Gone are the squarish, bland paneled of old. Nowadays their interior are innovative, well space-planned, but as always with either regular neighborhood cookie-cutter homes or mobile/modular homes there is no interior decoration ideas on the internet to make them stand up from the rest. You have a far reaching customer base from all different walks of life and financial status....so, what are you waiting for?
August 14, 2020
February 13, 2019
Love the brick and wood interior! A bit heavy on the orange for me. It’s not a relaxing color like I’d like to see in a beach house.