2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House – Game Room & Theater

The second level of the Ultimate Beach House has two large areas for more entertaining… a Game Room and a Theater.  The Game Room (seen below) was deep enough for a large seating area and a ping pong table.  We tucked Lee Industries drum stools beneath the ping pong table so the table could be used for other games, or even as a secondary dining area for kids.

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The ping pong table was a custom design I whipped up in a total state of madness at the last minute, and I think it turned out alright, all things considered.  The seating area at the end of the Game Room has two large Lee Industries slipcovered sofas, a leather ottoman, and a wall of watercolor prints that surround the television.  The paintings on the left are by Michelle Armas, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person when Leigh Ann and I were in Atlanta a few months ago.

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The photograph above the sofa came from local artist Tommy Crow, the lamps are all from Circa Lighting.  The watercolors behind the television are from Michelle Morin of United Thread, I should have taken a close-up photograph, they are amazing!

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It’s hard to mix art in a large open space, but after finalizing the exact location of the ping pong table I had this idea to hang wooden handled sandpaper paddles on the wall.  It was a graphic detail that didn’t introduce any more color, but just made sense and added interest.  I drilled the holes in the paddles myself, thanks to Billy the trim carpenter for letting me borrow his drill, and lined them up easily thanks to the walls being paneled horizontally.  I painted the ping pong table in Pratt & Lambert’s Seed Pearl & April Mist, and the bases are Golden Green.

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As you leave the Game Room and head toward the Theater there’s a wet bar that’s lit with the most beautiful  natural light that comes from a little dormer window.  We tucked a cushion in the alcove and decided it would make a great reading nook.


Double-lined draperies in Home Couture’s Lorraine seperate the Wet Bar from the Theater.  The Theater being windowless made it tricky to photograph, but I did the best I could…

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The tall ceilings really needed pendants, so we dropped three down the center of the room and added sconces at each level of seating.  The walls and ceiling are all clad in Stroheim grasscloth.  Moss green carpet kept the room monochromatic so that the Lee Industries double chaises would shine.

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The concrete side tables were a last minute addition from CB2 and the chunky tassel throws at the foot of the chaises came from West Elm.  Sometimes when you are in a time crunch sites like CB2 and West Elm come in very handy, stock is usually good and they can ship fast.

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If you are interested in any furnishings, fabrics, rugs, art (etc) you see in this post, or the posts to come in the next few days feel free to contact us via our website or you can email Allison at allison(at)urbangrace(dot)com .

I’m not sure if these are “pinnable” from this page, but if anyone wants to pin them on Pinterest I’ll be adding them to a “Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House” board as I update these posts.


  1. That theater room is DIVINE!!

  2. The entire 2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House is so inspiring. And, this has got to be the cutest ping pong table I’ve ever seen. Hands down.

  3. The Theater room is awesome! You have a great vision

  4. That ping pong table is fabulous! How on earth, did you do that? I absolutely love every single detail in all of these rooms.

  5. I’m interested in the fabric on the pillows in the game room, but i don’t see the source mentioned. I love that blue ikat pattern!

  6. jeni bailey says

    Love love the ping pong table. Can just imagine lots of cousins bundled up in the theater room;)

  7. This may be a minor point, but for out of town visitors, knowing were a public restroom is located is helpful to say the least. And it was troublesome to find the city hall rest room in the downtown area near the Sugar Shack locked. I asked a clerk inside the sugar shak if they could direct me to a WC and they allowed me to use their facilities. Which was VERY nice of them. I know the “award new urban neighborhood I live in —-the down town village center has no public restrooms originally the developer had one but as the space changed hands to a luncheonette it was gobbled up. LOL

  8. would you mind sharing details (brand, style name) on the carpet used in the theater?
    To the person that asked about the pillows in the game room. It is a avail via Lee, I have a chair in that pattern from them.

  9. I loove these rooms!!! You’re an amazing designer you should be on design star!!

  10. I love that you did a theater room in something other than “man cave leather”! You made it gender neutral and beautiful and opened the idea of theater rooms to a whole new audience!

  11. Erica- It was a total treat to see this gorgeous house in person while we were vactioning this summer! Loved all the details! Can you tell us about how you framed the fabric piece beside the ping pong table? I love how clean and simple the plexi glass was!

  12. You seriously need your own show!

  13. Liz In Scotland says

    LOVE the ottoman in the games room and that theater room-I couldn’t agree with Martha more! It’s gender-neutral (because why would it just be men who watch movies?? Grr @ man caves!!). Lol 🙂 Beautifully done yet again, Erika & Co!

  14. Loving the theater room! I usually can’t stand them because I hate the heinous Lazyboy chairs they always use in them, but those double chaise lounges make me want a theater room now!

  15. What I love most about the game room is that it is the traditional masculine game room. I am pretty much obsessed with that ottoman! Seriously though, that ping pong table is incredible! Every detail is perfect! And what’s not to love about that theater?! Fabulous job!! 🙂

  16. **Correction** that it is NOT the traditional masculine game room!!

  17. The ping pong room was my favorite!!! It was so fun! I bought some of the United Thread etsy prints from you at the yardsale, would you mind me asking what kind of frame you used on them?

  18. You are not Darby’s surrogate. You are not saddled with the responsibility of keeping us up to date . 🙁 We do enjoy the rabbit hoppinings though:)

  19. I love the Michelle Morin pieces – they’re fabulous! Thank you for introducing to me a new artist. Are they prints or originals?

  20. my husband is going to be so excited to hear that someone has swayed my opinion on theater rooms. so awesome!

  21. I love everything about these rooms! The colors are perfect for a coastal enviornment and the ping pong table is so unique! Amazing work!

  22. What a beautiful space! I really wanted to pin that ping pong table for inspiration, but Pinterest wouldn’t allow me to pin anything from your site. Do you have it blocked? I’d be sad if you did, because I see lots of inspiring things that would look great on my pinboards. 🙂

  23. It’s all so beautiful! I like how fresh and bright it all is, but not color-lacking… it’s colorful without being garish. Muted. The bird piece behind the ping pong table is fantastic!

  24. Genious!

  25. We just love your ping pong table!
    Would you please share the material you used for the table top? I am interested in creating one as a dining room/ping pong table.

  26. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw it just beautiful

  27. I could dwell here. I have absolutely no words to describe what I have just seen. I am speechless, and this is majestic.

  28. Oh my god!! Are these for real? You are a superstar!! You are full of artistic talent. I have never seen anything like this in my life(not even close to this). I have become an instant fan of your work. Thanks a ton for reaching out and sharing you work.

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