The feminist in me hates to admit it, but sometimes I think the British had a point in decreeing that the eldest son inherits the entire family estate rather than equally splitting everything. After all, it was merely a valiant effort to ensure that the property stay in the family. And it’s a sad truth that many family vacation homes end up on the market because there are just too many people who have a claim to time at the house. So it’s such a treat to see a family vacation home that has stayed in a single family for more 60 years. Babyccino Kids founder, Courtney Adamo, lives full-time in London (see Sneak Peek: Courtney & Michael Adamo), but every summer, she takes her three children to this 1950s beach house built and designed by her great-grandfather on a private island off the southern tip of Lopez Island in Washington State. It doesn’t hurt that her great-grandfather had fantastic taste — the home is filled with original furniture from mid-century designers, such as Eames and Hans Wegner, and then accented with Native American artifacts like totem poles and textiles. What a special place to spend the summer. Thanks Courtney! — Amy A.
Image above: My family has owned the island for as long as I can remember. My great-great-grandfather purchased the island in the 1920s after discovering it from an airplane above. Now a caretaker lives on the island full-time, but the family stays in the house during the warmer summer months. It is incredibly beautiful, looking out over the water toward the Olympic Mountains with a view of the sunset. It has also been kept in the same form — same furniture, same decor — since it was built in the 1950s. It reminds me of my great-grandfather. It reminds me of childhood.
The table pictured above isn’t used for dining. It’s our spot for puzzles, card games, coloring, etc. It’s a great little “puzzle-making” nook because you’re surrounded by windows looking out over the water. The painting on the wall is of Native American totem poles reminiscent of the ones that are scattered around the island.
Image above: This is one of the guest bedrooms. My kids usually sleep here. The artwork behind the beds are Native American tapestries hung loosely on the wall.
The rest of the home tour continues after the jump…
Image above: This is the main living room with its big stone fireplace on the left and entire wall of windows on the right, which provide a view across the water to the Olympic Mountain range. All the furniture is original from the 1950s — I still have photos of my great-grandparents sitting in those exact chairs.
Image above: This is the kitchen. It’s small but efficient, particularly with a grandma who cooks as well as mine. I can remember sitting on those stools as a child watching my grandpa cook in the kitchen. My favorite thing in the kitchen is that Peacock art on the wall. It’s made from ceramic and glass tile pieces.
Image above: A totem pole on the exterior wall of the main house welcomes guests as they walk down the path toward the house.
Image above: This is the master ensuite bathroom with views out over the water.
Image above: This is another guest bedroom. I’ve never figured out what the letters on the wall are for. I think they might be random. I believe the carpet in this room went in during the 1970s, hence the bright orange!
Image above: A collection of original Native American woven baskets and clay pots. I used to play with these as a child, but I think they’re probably quite valuable and shouldn’t be used as toys, which is why they’re now up on a shelf out of reach of little hands.
Image above: The Gazebo, a separate little house on a cliff looking out at the water. The Gazebo has a small kitchen, a bathroom and a living area space. (Spare bedrooms are nearby but in a separate building.)
Image above: This is an exterior shot taken of the main house looking up from the beach. I love how the house is low and unimposing, and how the color blends in with its surroundings. From inside the house, you look out to nothing but water — amazing.