Beach classic. Clarke refers to the quintessential relaxed and rambling New England beach "cottage" when defining this look, recalling the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. To keep things livable and comfortable, Clarke recommends avoiding having too much stuff. Instead, he advises, "simplify to fewer larger pieces, arranged symmetrically to allow free movement." Clarke updates the beach classic look while paying homage to its traditional past, freshening things up with new (but still casual) upholstery, using natural materials like canvas, sea grass and glass. While he's careful to edit, he is sure to incorporate beloved items, from black and white photographs to favorite beach reads.