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French Vintage Poster in White California Beach House

advertisement A Pure White California Beach Cottage Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller decorated her Carpinteria, California, beach house with white walls, slipcovered seating, and antiques to create a tranquil and serene space. Get more decorating ideas for coastal homes . By Lisa Cregan 10 of 20 advertisement Lisa Cregan: Your house makes me feel as if I'm inside the crest of a whitecap. It's such a fresh look — not the usual for a California beach house. Carolyn Espley-Miller: It's really more Atlantic Ocean than Pacific Ocean. You'll have to explain that to me. I tried to evoke a sort of "Bretonesque" mood. I really love the feel and look of Brittany, the gray-blues and the rough, briny textures, like a fishing boat that's been knocked about in the sea, all peeling paint, pocked by sand and wind. That's the texture I was going for with all the antiques. All those rough things against the white are wonderful, like yin and yang. There are some serious masculine elements here, like this living room fireplace. Things can't be too dainty when you use this much white, or it'll look way too sweet. I had to ground it with grays and browns and blacks and big textured pieces. I wanted light and white, but not where everything looked like it could just up and float away. Did you paint all the rooms and woodwork the same color white? Almost all the rooms and all the hallways are Benjamin Moore 's White Heron, a nice, soft white, not glaring, not too bright. The kitchen and master bath are a seafoam color, Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware . You can't obsess about matching your whites; they're going to change with the light anyway. I'm kind of a white floozy. For me it's any white in a storm. I guess you can't obsess about white furniture, either — not when you have a husband and two sons. Let's just say I'd never have done white if they weren't slipcovers. They come off and on a lot. But stains don't set if someone fesses up fast and we can get it out quick. Were all the

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acosby1 added this to acosby1's ideas
January 25, 2015
turlajen added this to Kitchen Design
December 6, 2013
cottage, vintage feel
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October 9, 2013
groot foto van skip
mjyeates added this to mjyeates's Ideas
July 17, 2013
for vintage posters
sjeckerman added this to Lake Cottage
March 6, 2013
love old travel posters, maps, etc
echurch74 added this to artwork
February 26, 2013
mam2 added this to coastal homes
February 11, 2013
print and dresser
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February 5, 2013
I don't know what that yarn thing on the desk is, but I
pstout added this to pstout's ideas
January 30, 2013
Color of chest
Susan Mills Design added this to Beach house for JD
September 3, 2012
ybreton added this to ybreton's Ideas
August 26, 2012
Cottage art
rguy99 added this to rguy99's Favorites
August 21, 2012
color of chest
6cookies added this to vintage dresser
July 30, 2012
french picture
watercolorist added this to watercolorist's ideas
May 7, 2012
wood furniture for family room - nice finish
velma1320 added this to velma1320's ideas
April 2, 2012
travel posters as artwork
fotochica added this to decorating elements
April 1, 2012
Cool weathered dresser & old travel Frenchy poster
Megan Kittlitz added this to Dream Home
March 24, 2012
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March 12, 2012
deborahmays added this to Furniture Pieces
February 3, 2012
Love the vintage dresser
carolkerfoot added this to carolkerfoot's ideas
March 17, 2011
color of cabinet
nm457 added this to my lake house
January 23, 2011
This is the perfect inspiration with it's white, blue, and a pop of orange
deepistol added this to Deanna
October 1, 2010
simple look
stillman5 added this to stillman5's ideas
September 26, 2010
Poster with dresser
kavitanair added this to kavitanair's ideas
September 23, 2010
Love the table
Kathryn added this to Adding Vintage Posters to your Home
September 22, 2010
Old travel posters are a popular choice as art for the home. This old French poster is clearly perfect for a beach house. I love how it sits atop a vintage dresser in the same shade of sea blue.
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