July-August 2011 | BEST OF BOTH WORLDS




Tyndall’s Casual Furniture creates stylish and diversified settings at two Delaware beach homes

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

All you have to do to know that Jeff and Trina Varone are sitting on a unique piece of real estate is ascend the spiral staircase that deposits you on their roof. There, snuggled
between incomparable views of the bay and the ocean, the gleaming copper-colored roof acts like a beacon of distinction and elegance.

When the Varones wanted to turn their rooftop escape into the ideal space for lounging and socializing, they called Roger Whitney at Tyndall’s Casual Furniture to do the honors.

Featuring an oceanside L-shaped granite-topped wet bar with cedar shakes that accommodates seven, the expansive perch — the highest point in the vicinity — is graced with a full complement of stylish comfort venues from the very-contemporary Cape May Malibu collection. In the south corner there is a cozy conversation area that
includes a sectional and two lounge chairs with matching cocktail table and end table.
En route to the roof’s bayside is the grand dining table for 14, where you can enjoy ethereal sea breezes and spectacular sunsets with your summer fare before retiring to the bank of chaise longues that await on the western edge for your relaxation and recovery.

All pieces are hand-woven from Cape May’s marquee resin wicker over aluminum frames, which confers an authenticity of look and feel while providing all-weather, year-round durability.

“Since the staircase to the roof is way too narrow to have carried up the furniture by hand, we had to hoist it up to the roof by ropes,” laughed Roger, “because in the end, going the extra mile for your customers is what they’ll always remember about their experience with you.”

All seat cushions are a tranquil spa blue in Sunbrella fabric, and the set is enhanced by matching nine-foot auto-tilt patio umbrellas by Galtech International that feature a matching wicker pole pattern and pineapple finials on top.

The Shapiros, meanwhile, have somehow managed to maintain their salt-of-the-earth status despite their conspicuous success. In addition to owning and managing numerous D.C. properties, Ron is an award-winning custom-bike builder who has a souped-up 2010 Chevy Camaro waiting for him up in the Beltway. When the couple permanently relocated to Ocean View three years ago, they had already known they would be doing plenty of backyard entertaining and seeing their grandkids a lot, so they brought in pros like Bob Novelli of Paver Savers, Inc., who oversaw the construction elements of the project, Wes Novelli of Hardscapes, Inc., who designed and installed the paver patio and firepit, and Vonda Calhoun of Tyndall’s Casual Furniture, who topped it all off with the same sense of folksy flair that the Shapiros personify every day of their lives.

After they set the granite-topped outdoor kitchen with stainless steel appliances atop the E.P. Henry Old Towne Cobble Harvest Pavers, Vonda got busy with some prime pieces from Summer Classics. The 3’x 6’ pecan-colored lightweight-aluminum dining table with wood-grain design from the Palm Collection that she placed in the northeast corner has a 90-degree seating wall with Sunbrella Grande Bloom cushions on two sides, complemented by multiple Palm Collection aluminum chairs in matching pecan with curved shutter backs — which not only provide considerable comfort but also evoke
the essence of the classic plantation shutter houses popular in the coastal cities of the U.S. The eye-catching yet comfy seat cushions are Sunbrella Cabaret Surf fabric with an elegant light-brown vine-and-leaf stitching. The patio’s natural flagstone firepit also sports Summer Classics chairs, though these are draped in Sunbrella’s Fife Seaspray fabric.

Right off the firepit are some exquisitely inviting chairs from Summer Classics’ Detron Collection, which, in this design, features hand-woven resin wicker in Raffia with aluminum armrests and parsons feet, finished in pecan. The chair pair is complemented with a matching round end table with a handy removable serving tray. A southeast-corner aluminum round table in pecan with more matching curved shutter-back chairs complete Summer Classics’ contribution to the space.

Sidling up to the half-moon bar by Tropitone, meanwhile, are two director’s chairs by Telescope. The bar front boasts a fascinating sling fabric front that is light and breezy yet brings out the brown and spa-blue hues in the furnishings around it. Shade-on-demand comes in the form of three Treasure Garden nine-ft. patio umbrellas in spa blue.
Roundly acknowledged as the region’s largest casual furniture dealer, Tyndall’s Casual Furniture has three convenient locations, a vast inventory of the latest selections and ready access to any décor concept.

Eileen @ CottageBeachHouse.blogspot.com
Posted On: 7/24/11 9:59 pm
i love all the gorgeous pics of that rooftop and the spa blue and brown are just a great combination. the back yard is lovely too. My favorite is picture 11, the sofa with the scrolly aqua blue fabric.