High Style for Relaxed Living

Text by Robert C. Martin / Photography by John O’Hagan

Narnia is not only a classic when it comes to children’s literature; it’s also a revered beach house found along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Designing a beach house that combines the quaintness of a coastal retreat with the sophistication of a New York townhome is no easy feat, but when executed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, it becomes a project to emulate. As if the task wasn’t daunting enough, Stern, along with design partner Gary Brewer, added elements of 1930s Swedish classicism to this beautifully articulated home, located in Seaside, Florida.