Coastal Style 79 Stories

What it is: If you wanted to split hairs, you could argue that coastal style is as individual as its location: a saltbox in New England, a Mediterranean villa, a tropical cottage in Belize. For this guide, though, we'll stick with what's commonly called American coastal — the style that probably springs to...
Elements of Classic Coastal Style
What is classic coastal style? Think French Riviera meets the Hamptons. The look is sophisticated: crisp linens, perfectly painted beadboard, bold stripes and a distinct palette of whites, neutrals, blues, charcoal and black. Classic coastal style uses...
Book to Know: 'Barclay Butera: Living on the Coast'
‘The aesthetic of seaside homes reflect a magical alchemy between the native and the exotic, the traditional and the whimsical, the mysterious and the familiar." — Barclay Butera Butera captures this magical alchemy in his new book,...
Room of the Day: Eclectic and Casual in a Michigan Great Room
“Casual” and “family” were the two keywords that drove the design of this great room in a new west Michigan home. The open floor plan allows the couple and their two young boys to be together even while doing different things, while...
Kitchen of the Week: Beach-House Beauty With a Practical Style
Proximity to the sea and miles of rugged headland for walking attracted Hugh and Ruth Pittman to buy a ramshackle house in Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, in southwest England. The original structure had to go, but the new wood-framed house that replaced...
Houzz Tour: Breezy Coastal Style in Sydney
Having recently moved to a new ground-floor apartment in Breakfast Point, a suburb of Sydney, Julie and John Hanna were eager to transform their home into a retreat that suited their style and needs. They contacted Adam Scougall and Benjamin Napier of...
Room of the Day: Child Safety at Play in a Nautical-Themed Nursery
After working with interior designer Beth Bourque on the rest of their home, the Hingham, Massachusetts, these new parents were ready for her to transform son Finn’s nursery. The...
Feeling Knotty? Add a Little Rope to Your Decor
Whoever said, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself” obviously never saw all of the wonderful ways you can incorporate rope into a home’s interior. Whether used in furniture or lighting, or in place of hardware, rope lends an informal...
Houzz Tour: Subtle Cape Cod Style in Los Angeles
After numerous visits to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a couple approached interior designer Phil Norman and asked him to re-create the feeling of that coastal community in their home....
Casual Coastal Style Done 6 Ways
Whether you adore the classic maritime look of New England, the warm and spirited U.S. South, British seaside nostalgia or something else entirely, the coastal style in all its variations is easy, breezy, casual and fun. What’s not to love? See if one...
Houzz Tour: A Connecticut Beach House Builds New Memories
Fond memories of childhood summers spent frolicking in a coastal Connecticut beach town convinced a California couple to want to re-create similar carefree days on the East Coast for their family. So they searched for the ideal retreat in a historic beach...
Houzz Tour: One Beach Cottage, Hold the Cute
When Anne Michaelsen Yahn was asked to decorate a beach house for a couple on Little Balboa Island, an hour south of Los Angeles, she wanted to avoid the clichés that can bedevil...
My Houzz: A Surf Shack in a Hawaiian Jungle
An artist and the creative director at clothing retailer Sugarhigh Lovestoned, Tami Snodgrass lives in a tiny surf shack in the verdant jungles of Haiku, Maui....
Room of the Day: An Idyllic Lakeside Dock
Back in the 1930s, this lakeside community in the Santa Monica Mountains of California was established by Hollywood types who craved clean air and nature. Cecil B. DeMille, Elizabeth Montgomery and Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow) frolicked here, enjoying their...
Room of the Day: Contrasts Catch the Eye in a Beachy Family Room
When this couple and their two young children moved from California to Oregon, they carried north a love of relaxed California midcentury modern style. “This was a true collaboration with our clients, Paula and Mike, who had a very specific design aesthetic,”...
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