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On Water's Edge - The Boyle House
08/30/2011 - By Dara Zimmer
Photography by AK Photo / Al Kruper
Living on the Shrewsbury River is a dream for most and a reality for few.
See how the Boyle family lives in their luxurious yet livable beach house.
When Farley and Patrick Boyle first saw their Little Silver, New Jersey home in 2004, they were immediately attracted to its lines, as well as its beautiful setting on the Shrewsbury River. Being that the couple grew up by the water, Farley in Sarasota, Florida and Patrick part-time in Sea Girt, New Jersey, this was a natural move from New York City for the veteran fashion model and Wall-Streeter.
As the Founder/Executive Director of the charity Chase For Life, Farley has been spear- heading the cause of educating people about CPR in a quick (approximately six minutes) and easy way through song and cartoons. “My whole mission is to remove the barriers that prevent people from getting educated.”
With Farley’s unrelenting energy, fashion sense, and attention to detail, she has made this year- round beach home her dream house and an experience to behold for her guests. Merging their love for the water and their vision of living in a rustic barn setting, the Boyles have renovated this contemporary structure to house reclaimed barn wood, handmade furniture, and a multitude of antiques.They have placed items throughout the house that remind them of trips they have made to Indonesia, and others that recall Farley’s childhood home. This was a true labor of love for the Boyles.
The hand slit cedar shake roof and cedar shake siding are outstanding attributes of the exterior of the house. A focal point from inside and out, the full height windows and sliding glass doors allow for an abundance of light and great views – plus, their thermal properties keep the interior temperature at a comfortable level.
The deck expands the living space closer to the water. Native plants create a buffer while maintaining the spectacular view.
Farley grew up with unforgettable antiques her mother displayed around the house, which was an aesthetic Farley aimed to mimic in her own house. Along with her couch of color coordinated mixed patterns, she placed glass over a trough to accommodate a starfish collection and to make a coffee table.
Having three children and a dog, Farley wanted livable and beautiful spaces. In the River Room, two oversized chairs compliment the bomber leather- style couch. Both sit adjacent to the working river stone fireplace. The vintage wagon coffee table adds a touch of the old barn scheme they wanted.
Extending the earthy tones that are established on the first floor, the kitchen is a successful mix of materials and functional appliances. This includes using the reclaimed barn wood, marble, teak, and copper. All the refaced cabinetry in addition to the island is handcrafted by a local carpenter. The old oak floors were painted and glazed to add an aged patina.
Custom, hand painted tiles from AW Eurostile, are accentuated by barn wood wainscoting. Farley thought this unique copper sink was perfect for the barn motif.
A lucky find on eBay, the old Irish pub saloon doors are held in place by barn wood.
“I really wanted my walls to be kind of like in that light - light blue family because of all the water views, it just would feel like water would continue on my walls” says Farley of her blue bedroom wall color. Handmade seafoam green tiles on the driftwood clad Shaker-style fireplace demonstrate her love for the outdoors as well. At the foot of the ornate wood bed sits a Shaker-style chest that hides the flat screen television.
Expansive view of the Shrewsbury River and the Boyle’s private boat dock from the master bedroom deck.
Custom made cabinetry evokes a spa environment for the Boyles. Specially made tiles from AW Eurostyle are an immediate standout due to their uniqueness and beauty.
The steam shower, complete with windows, allows the owners to relax and unwind while they gaze at the river.
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