A design team makes magic in an Ocean City retreat, melding light-filled spaces, stunning bay vistas and a serene, restful vibe

Walk in the front door of Mike and Mary Strittmatter’s Ocean City vacation home and all you see is water. Beyond the chic, comfortable living area, the Assawoman Bay extends for miles—all white-capped waves churning in the winter wind on the day this writer paid a visit.

“So many people say it feels like you’re out on a yacht when you first enter the house,” Mary enthuses. “Or an ocean liner.”

Indeed, the home’s location is magical, occupying a point that juts dramatically out into the bay to create water views on three sides. In fact, though the Strittmatters were ready to renovate their former vacation house in this bayside enclave, when this one came on the market they grabbed it. Mary, an interior designer, and Mike, who owns

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