Beach Week: Unexpected Allure

A little Wanderlust Wednesday eye candy…

As I am off in the BVI’s enjoying the beach full of Caribbean color and beauty I want to share another coastal creation from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.

Neutral palettes provide such calm and respite at the beach. 

 Unexpected Allure via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki design an organic beachside oasis that’s as comfortable as it is luxurious.


In the adjacent dining area, raffia chairs purchased at High Point Market sidle up to a Julian Chichester tabletop with a custom base. Turner also commissioned the mounted wood-block artwork from Soicher Marin.


The combination living-and-dining room showcases designer Melanie Turner’s deft use of tactile textures to create a serene space. The linen-slipcovered sofas are by Lee Industries, and the coffee table is from South of Market. 


Wood paneling along the three-story staircase adds dimension to the space. 


Turner acquired many of the home’s unique art accents, including this shell necklace and stone head, during her travels abroad. 


Antique light fixtures, a Venetian plaster hood and Lee Industries stools lend the sleek kitchen a calming effect.


Coral has a sculptural effect in the all-blue mudroom. 



An artful oystershell mirror and a handsome console from Gabby hold court in the foyer. 


The home’s scullery kitchen doubles as a wet bar and keeps the main kitchen clutter-free. 


Organic textures and colors that create a sense of comfortable luxury. 


Turner strived for ethereal elegance in the master bedroom. Dressers by Julian Chichester flank a linen bed by Bernhardt. The bench is from Mr. Brown. Overhead, a washed pecky cypress ceiling features a cascading Oly chandelier. 


The dreamlike aesthetic continues in the master bath with inlayed marble flooring and a Waterworks soaking tub. 


Turner chose soft colors for the master bath to create a sense of serenity. 


The home’s private backyard features a swimming pool. 


Shaded lounge chairs provide the perfect spot to soak up sunshine. 


A luxurious dining area in the private yard blends into its setting thanks to textured materials and neutral hues.



Spherical glass lighting from Restoration Hardware creates a striking focal point on the staircase. 


A comfortable sitting area boasts an earthy charm, a nod to the home’s beach setting. 


If the homeowners need extra space for overnight guests, custom double-wide bunk beds off the game room provide a luxe option. 


The top floor features a sophisticated rec area that’s ideal for entertaining


A comfortable nook in the rec room is the perfect place to cozy up with a book. 


This blue and white vignette evokes the calming aesthetic of the home’s seaside location. 


Deep orange pillows pop against this bedroom’s otherwise neutral palette. 


The all-pink bedroom was inspired by a floral Schumacher fabric. 


Beautiful artwork is a staple throughout the house.

When developer Stan Benecki and his wife, interior designer Melanie Turner, are at the helm of a design project, expect the unexpected. This Rosemary Beach getaway is the latest in a series of luxury turnkey properties designed, built and furnished by the design-minded duo on Florida’s idyllic stretch of beaches along Highway 30A.

“Turnkey homebuilding is making waves in luxury markets from Los Angeles to the Hamptons, and we believe it’s the way to go because it’s so simple,” says Benecki. Fully loaded with every amenity imaginable, from furniture and fine linens to silverware and soaps, the newly built and designed homes are move-in ready—requiring little more than packing and transporting clothes. “This process really speaks to buyers looking for something hassle-free,” Benecki explains. “Imagine the process of building a luxury home. By the time you’ve dealt with an architect, builder, decorator and landscape designer, multiple years can easily pass by. We cut all that out by presenting a beautiful home that’s ready to move into tomorrow.” 

Employing her signature effortless elegance, Turner matched the home’s breezy beach setting by introducing organic textures and colors that create a sense of comfortable luxury. Deep linen sofas in the living room offer a cozy place to nap, while cushioned raffia chairs in the adjacent dining area provide the perfect spot for a game of cards around the table. Overhead, reclaimed oak beams play up the home’s earthy charm, as do the gleaming Venetian plaster walls.

The three-story abode also serves as a gallery for collections of beautiful artwork and rare objects that Turner purchases during her travels and stows away for future projects. She found the large vessels displayed in the stair hall, for instance, in Asia, where artisans submerge them deep underwater so that they become covered with barnacles. “I love to buy unique items knowing that I’ll eventually find them the perfect home,” says Turner.

Because she and her husband are constantly explosed to design, Turner wasn’t afraid to make a splash in select spaces such as the pool mudroom, which she wrapped in a cool blue from top to bottom. Upstairs, an all-pink bedroom is equally as eye catching. Their whimsy is a departure from the home’s predominantly neutral color palette and thus was met with some apprehension by real estate agents and even Benecki himself, but Turner was steadfast. “I like having little surprises in a home,” she says. “You have the calm, the effortless and then the wow.”

The risk certainly paid off. The home sold to an Atlanta couple after a few short weeks on the market. As for this designing duo, you can find them working on their next turnkey project along 30A.

INTERIOR DESIGN Melanie Turner, Melanie Turner Interiors. (404) 250-0134; BUILDER Stan Benecki, Beneki Homes. (404) 250-0999;

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