Gulf Getaway

Back in 1998, when April and Chris Boudreaux closed on their Atticus Street vacation home, it was hard to envision what the town would look like a dozen years later.

“There was not much here. We were the second structure in Rosemary Beach north of Highway 30-A, Chris says. “It’s been fun watching it build up around us.”

The family-friendly home, designed by Domin Bock Architects, is open, inviting and made for beach living. Equipped with tile floors, outdoor showers and large porches, the hideaway has been a welcome respite for sun-kissed faces and sandy feet. 

A broad live oak out front, which now provides welcome shade, is a visual reminder of the many years of special memories they have created here. “We’ve loved playing tennis at the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club, taking the little Whaler out on Lake Powell, crabbing, beach time, relaxing, and spending time with all the friends we’ve made here, ” Chris says.

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Upon entering the cozy, New Orleans-inspired home, a rainbow of colored steps leads upstairs. To the right, the dining room is adjacent to the open kitchen and spills into a comfortable seating area.

The walls are adorned with bright,  quirky art. “We don’t take it seriously, ” Chris says. Mobile artist Bonnie Fuchs’ works are featured throughout the home, as are pieces by Billie Gaffrey and Ellie Stimpson. “We’ve slowly collected art over the years and always pick colors that make us happy, ” Chris explains. 

Three years ago the Boudreauxs added on a carriage house behind the main building in order to accommodate their family’s changing needs.

“The boys needed their own space, ” Chris continues. It was designed to be rustic and fun, providing a comfortable and durable setting for the Boudreauxs’ two teenage sons. The loft ceiling creates an open and airy space that winds around to a bedroom. The reclaimed pine wood floors lend a cabin feel.

“This home has truly grown with us, ” says Chris, smiling. 

Tracy Louthain

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