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The big house on the dunes was born of a dream. Long before its construction in 2004, back when the owners were young marrieds, they’d vacationed on the Jersey Shore and fantasized about owning a home there. When the fantasy finally became reality, the house welcomed not just the couple but also their growing family, who convened there for 15 years of happy summers and bustling holidays. Today it hums with the energy of three generations: the owners, their grown son and daughter and their 11 grandchildren. But dreams change, and even dream houses can fray around the edges. Two years ago, the owners surveyed the house and realized it was looking tired and no longer functioned as well as it might. Thanks to Monmouth Beachbased designer Sheila Rich, the dark, outdated interior has now been transformed into a space filled with light, equally suitable for elegant dinners and energetic children. A challenge for Rich was to imbue the owners’ traditional aesthetic with what she calls “a sense of freshness and vitality.” She did that in part by introducing a palette of whites and pale grays, enlivened by pops of navy, installing a pale gray grass cloth on the living room

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