Nothing like natural wood and lots of white to create a relaxed beach house feel. Rustic elegance can be achieved with whitewashed cedar walls, an edited choice of woven-raffia chairs and layered natural textures. Keeping the palette to whites and sea blues makes these spaces look fresh and very coastal. Here are some wonderful rooms that celebrate comfort at the beach. Enjoy!

Cafe Design | AlanWanzenberg


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With summer in full swing, 4th of July is just one week away and holiday decor has taken over the design blogosphere! Summer is one of my favorite times of the year yet it always feels too short… Where did the time go? What are your plans for next week?

Understandably, beach house decor is the hot topic right now and I’m in my usual mood for coastal blues, stripes and woven goods. Victoria Hagan is the authority on coastal decor and I’ve had this living room she designed in my mind since late March (2008)! It is barely decorated with subtle nautical accents here and there. Delicate sheers let the stunning views take over and I can almost feel the breeze creeping through the open windows.

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Happy Friday, dear friends! I’m just quickly checking in with some amazing shots from the latest issue of Veranda that took my breath away! Make sure to pick up your copy, it has some fantastic exterior & garden shots – like the Nantucket home of artist Cathy Graham which left me craving for more, or the Long Island home of Thomas O’Brien and David Fink. We’ve seen the later in Architectural Digest a while back but this time we get a glimpse of the outdoors as well… Fantastic curb appeal!

Cathy Graham’s Nantucket Home:

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Clearly beach homes are my jam right now. I can’t help it, it’s all I can think about! 🙂 This colorful little cottage stuck with me since last summer, after seeing it in House Beautiful because I thought it had some great design take aways. Bold design choices, managing a contrasting color scheme, renovating a total wreck…that sort of thing.

Boston designer Gary McBournie and his partner, Bill Richards, have created a charming summer retreat on the island of Nantucket that is both bold and joyful. Combining influences from their extensive trips abroad, particularly Danish and Moroccan, resulted in interiors that harmoniously blend crisp white walls and floors with deep, saturated colors.

Cafe Design | Nantucket Beach House - hedge

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Happy First Day of Summer! Now that it’s official, I’ve thought about what summer means to me in terms of decor and this is what came to my mind – Tory Burch’ solarium in her Southampton home is one of my most beloved inspiration images for a layered, easy yet chic, summer-y look. It has all of my favorite things – color, lots of blues and greens with plants and chinoiserie jars; wovens-seagrass and sisal, corals and bamboo; bone inlayed treasures for an exotic feel and so much natural light!


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