July-August 2014 | SEDUCTION AT LIGHTHOUSE COVE

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SEDUCTION AT LIGHTHOUSE COVE

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

How do you know summer has arrived on the Eastern Shore of Sussex County? Because it’s time once again for the Friends of the South Coastal Library Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, that’s how. This year marks the 23rd annual outing of the Beach & Bay tour, and consummate host/event planner Kathy Green has made sure to maintain its tradition of excellence by serving up 10 more exceptional (and in some cases award-winning) homes to the touring public. Covering a territory from North Bethany to Fenwick Island, both coastal and inland, visitors will be treated to a variety of sizes, styles and architecture that is sure to trip the Wow! factor.

Our capstone this year comes to CSM readers courtesy of Kathy & Ron Serabian, who have created a 6,000 sq. ft. bayside paradise in Fenwick Island that will tempt you to wonder if heaven came early.

This dizzying swirl of domestic euphoria is essentially the vision of Kathy Serabian, who throughout her life fantasized about having a home on the water, with a kitchen that overlooked it. Well, sometimes dreams come true, because this idyllic perch, with its wide-open courtyard entrance and infinite bay views of beautiful Lighthouse Cove, conjures images straight out of a Fitzgerald novel. Kathy insists the lion’s share of the thanks for these efforts goes to architect Tim Tice of Echelon Builders, the space-maximizing genius who’d conceptualized the Nantucket-style beach cottage, authenticated by its gambrel roof and cedar-shake siding.

Once you get inside and behold that magnificent westerly kitchen, you realize, immediately, that Kathy definitely got her wish. The unequivocal star of the first-floor show, the kitchen features a center island almost big enough to double as an indoor tennis court, but it trades in the net for a Silestone top in creamy Blanco Stellar. Perimeter countertops include the farm-style sink and are draped in a celestial- looking brass-blue granite. Overlooking it all are the stacked Wellborn cabinets in maple glacier, the tops of which sport illuminated beveled glass, which Kathy uses to show off part of her extensive seashell collection. Backsplashes combine Rittenhouse Square Ocean Blend glass tile and American Olean arctic white and blue subway tile. The whole scene is washed in Sherwin-Williams’ Down Pour wall paint. Appliances are a medley of Viking, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid.

En route to the adjacent great room, take note of the octagonal lighted beadboard coffer over the scrubbed-ash breakfast table. It’s an excellent tip of the hat to the traditional coffered ceiling that presides next door in all its glory. The great room majestically lords over three banks of French doors that not only saturate the room with light but also overlook Lighthouse Cove and the 100-foot semi-wraparound porch that separates them. The lovely yet earthy floors that take you there are hand-scraped five-inch maple-burlap planks by Shaw Hardwood Flooring, because Kathy, with her three-pooch family, wants the environment to look like what it is: elegant but lived-in.

All the furniture and nearly all the accessories in the great room and throughout the house (and on the deck) were supplied by the good-taste gurus of J. Conn Scott and their talented designer Michele Dale, whom Kathy claims was an absolutely indispensable angel throughout the Serabians’ massive ground-up construction process. (JCS also produced the glass-doored hutch in the dining room, which originally hails from a bona fide French chateau. Oui, oui!) The creamy seating surfaces complement the Sherwin-Williams’ Kilim Beige walls nicely but are aptly punctuated by contrasting cushion welts in shades of nautical blue. The marble side tables make great platforms for Kathy’s pottery from Taormina, Italy.

Waiting upstairs are five of the home’s six bedrooms (the Serabians like to play host to friends and family often) — two of which are master suites. The upstairs master suite features a fireplace with Greek-style fluted-column trim surrounded by luscious Carrara marble, an evocative custom-made antique armoire and a discrete sitting room slathered with Cloudburstpaint, again by Sherwin-Williams. This room, with its westerly deck and collage of arched and porthole windows, recently garnered the 2014 Regal Award for Best Owner’s Suite Design from the Home Builders Association of Delaware.

The analogous distinction, meanwhile, was earned by its companion master bath, which showcases an amazing two-head walk-in shower with harlequin-style white pillow-diamond tile. The room’s look is finished off by Bianco River Silestone tops and rich Statuario Venato marble on the floor.

Should you take the tour, you may hear the Serabians mention the “OL.” This sobriquet refers to the upstairs sitting room, which offers the cushy seating and panoramic water views of a luxury cruise ship’s observation lounge. At the end of the day, however, one thing is for sure: This palatial beach-cottage vessel really screams Ahoy!


The 23rd annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is July 24 & 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To purchase tickets, visit the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Ave. in Bethany Beach, or get them online at www.BeachandBayCottageTour.com.
 


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