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Cross paid tribute to the local vernacular by staying in line with the scale and simple materials of the beach cottages and bungalows surrounding this home. Board and batten, cedar shiplap, and clapboard on the exterior help contribute to this modern beachfront look.
Landscape architect Christopher Yates used a combination of low-maintenance coastal plants for the front yard. One challenge was containing the horsetail grass, which can become a problem if not held back. In the end, Yates and his team encased the entire planting area in a concrete basin.
"I love the towers," Cross says. "They're meant to evoke the lifeguard towers you see so often on California beaches." Each tower is rotated 5 degrees for the best views.
The kitchen, designed by Viscusi Elson Interior Design, was made for casual entertaining. The curved countertop and corner position of this kitchen reflects the pivoted position of this part of the house, and embraces the ocean view.
Designer Gina Viscusi found the pendants in Charleston, North Carolina. The cabinetry was custom made in Santa Cruz. Since several members of the family are extra tall, Viscusi had the barstools made with a little additional height.
Countertops: Baja and Lagos Blue from Caesarstone
Wall color: Mellowed Ivory by Benjamin Moore
Backsplash: Smoke by Walker Zanger
The unique piece of living room art was designed by one of the owners, who placed family photographs on a curving dune fence. Viscusi found the softly glowing floor lamps at a small shop in Savannah, Georgia.
Wall color: Boothbay Gray, Benjamin Moore
Couch: Custom design by Viscusi, made by A. Rudin in Los Angeles
Although this bedroom is on the main level of the house, it still gets an abundance of natural light during the day. Viscusi Elson Interior Design outfitted this room in a cheerful sea-glass green with ocean inspired accents.
Bedding: Pottery Barn Organics
Wall color: Antique Jade by Benjamin Moore
Starburst mirror and Table Lamps: Pottery Barn
Nightstands: Redford House