Coastal Style 67 Ideabooks

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: 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,”...
My Houzz: A Breezy Beachfront Getaway for 8
Missy and Phil Gerardi wanted to find the perfect beach getaway for their family of eight. They were spending weekends driving from their...
Basement of the Week: Shipshape Style on a Tight Budget
It’s amazing what can be done on a tight budget. Spending around $3,000, and with a fair amount of sweat equity, interior designer Liz Miller and her husband transformed their dark basement into a crisp and bright playroom their whole family can enjoy....
Swoonworthy Rooms: Blissing Out in a Nantucket Bedroom
With views of water on three sides and a milky palette that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud, this Nantucket, Massachusetts, bedroom is my idea of island bliss. While the room owes a debt to that old...
Houzz Tour: Stressing Less in a Beachy California Cottage
Freeway commuting was sucking the life out of a Los Angeles wife and mother of two. To preserve her sanity, she and her family decided they would be willing to downsize if it would get them closer to work and school. So they scooped up this cottage —...
How to Make Your Oceanfront Garden Thrive
Beachfront living is tough if you're a plant. Salt spray, searing sun, erosion, drought and hurricane-force winds exclude all but the toughest plants from coastal gardens, but luckily they are also some of the most spectacular. If you live in...
10 Ways to Go Coastal With a Modern Edge
Spending my Fourth of July at the beach, I loved nosily peeking into peoples' windows as I walked by and noticing their beachy decor (from the street, of course). While coastal decor that goes way over the top can be a great way to celebrate your surroundings,...
Spin That Ship Wheel in a Different Style Direction
The trend: It's an oldie but a goodie. Vintage ship wheels as well as those made just for decorating purposes add nautical style to coastal and coastal-style homes. The problem: The style is great for getting a nautical look, but...
10 Ways to Get Your Living Room in the Summer Spirit
Summer begs for a more relaxed approach to decorating — chill out in an indoor hammock, replace a door with airy mosquito netting, and stress less about feet on the sofa (hint: use slipcovers). Get 11 ways to update your living room for easy summer...
Houzz Tour: Dual Island Homes for a Reunion-Loving Family
When a brother and sister and their respective spouses reached retirement age, they decided they wanted to carry on a long tradition of large family gatherings on their property on Camano Island, Washington. They had grown up vacationing on a small cabin...
Outfit a Beach House From Deck to Drawer Knobs
Whether you are in the process of fixing up a beach house or dream of owning one, this ideabook is chock-full of ideas for fixing up your getaway. Here you'll find products, ideas and color schemes, from outdoor showers and wraparound decks to paint colors...
Want to Live by the Water? What You Need to Know
The romantic allure of waterside living is undeniable, but back in America's colonial times, no one wanted to live on or near the coast who could afford to live inland. The coast was fraught with danger — storms, flooding, disease and wind are more...
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