We are ecstatic to announce that Tongue & Groove, in partnership with Bridgett Mazer Interiors, was nominated as a finalist for HGTVâ€™S Designer of the Year awards. Tongue & Grooveâ€™s Modern Carolina Beach House is among the top 10 finalists in the Waterside Retreats category.Â
Each year HGTV explores design trends in beautiful spaces created by some of the countryâ€™s most talented designers. It comes as no surprise that this luxurious, contemporary beach house caught the networkâ€™s attention.
Located on Snowâ€™s Cut in Carolina Beach, the home is surrounded by water, featuring tranquil views of the Cape Fear River or the Atlantic Ocean from every room. Inspired by a luxury ocean liner, nautical design vernacular emerges throughout the exterior and interior spaces.
The homeâ€™s exterior features the use of plank siding and crushed shell tabby, stainless steel railings and an array of porthole style windows as a backdrop for the chimney, banded and numbered to replicate a shipâ€™s smokestack. The house is even equipped with a working steam whistle â€“ triggered from each level of the home by a chain that hangs from an exterior porch column.
â€śThe design started with thoughts of boats, and how we develop a narrative around them.Â Once we established narrative and meaning, then patterns of use emerged.â€ťÂ â€“ Mark Batson, owner and visionary of Tongue & Groove.
Inside, an iridescent woven tile backsplash echoes the sheen of seashell chambers found along the nearby Atlantic seaboard, while the interlaced pattern mimics a knotted sailorâ€™s bracelet. Two celestory porthole windows welcome cascading sunlight from the homeâ€™s south elevation and a unique pass-through window echoes the features found in vintage beach homes.
â€śOur clients wanted a nautical house that had a modern appeal.Â Mixing circular nautical features with straight clean lines established this.Â Colors of sea and sand with tranquil textures played a huge role in making the home feel comfortable yet modern.â€ť â€“ Bridgett Mazar, Interior Designer for Tongue & Groove and owner of Bridgett Mazer Interiors.