Coastal Living March 2010
One of our regular indulgences here at 365Beach is tucking ourselves away for an afternoon and becoming immersed in the newest issue of Coastal Living magazine. We claim complete bias, as we are continually swept away by the many images of people living their coastal dreams and creating dwellings that give a nod of appreciation to their love for the sea.
The March 2010 magazine takes its place as one of our favorites. It includes the memorable tale of Greg Petersen, a sailor who is living his dream on the water – delivering luxury sail boats around the world (“Life at Sea” by Sara Latta). Fortunately, for those of us who more often keep our feet on shore, there is a seemingly endless flow of pages dedicated to bringing touches of the sea into our homes. With permission from Coastal Living, and thanks to some very talented designers, we want to share some of the images that are inspiring us to start planning everything from coastal bedroom makeovers to updated entryways. Enjoy this peak into Coastal Living!
Vintage Touches: Photo by Grey Crawford
In “Labor of Love,” an 1,800 square foot cottage in Hermosa Beach, California gets a much needed dose of TLC. Written by Steele Thomas Marcoux (and featuring styling by Char Hatch Langos), the article takes an in-depth look at how this bungalow, once intended as a rental, is transpired by hard work and then adorned with reclaimed treasures to become a permanent home. The bedroom (shown above) features a vintage bamboo chandelier – one of the many “finds” that help personalize this cottage makeover. We’re predicting these vintage bamboo pieces will soon be even more hard to find once readers are inspired to bring home one of their own!
Jill Johnson at Home (Photo by Grey Crawford)
Layers of Love (Photo by Grey Crawford)
The featured cottage belongs to Jill Johnson (shown sitting on the steps outside her home), a Manhattan beach designer and owner of Waterleaf Interiors. You can find similar pieces, like those shown throughout her home, for use in your own seaside retreat re-do. Be sure to check both the magazine and Coastalliving.com for some incredible before and after shots of this project. The “before” shots instill even greater appreciation for the design feat pulled off by Ms. Johnson and her team.
Be warned! Just when you think you are ready to pick colors and launch an all-out design attack on your home, another featured home is ready to get your creative juices flowing. Offering an equally relaxing, but more contemporary twist to living seaside is the tale of a “Modern Family,” written by Gena Sigala, with styling by Heather Chadduck. In this take on some favorite modern interiors, it’s easy to fall for the clean, simple lines and subdued hues, like those shown in this living area (pictured).
While the colors definitely invoke the coastal gods, the beach-inspired decor is otherwise restrained. Instead of an explosion of seashells and coral, each room offers only a minimalist’s dousing of nature’s treasures – such as the driftwood coffee in an otherwise accessory-spartan room. Granted, with a view as incredible as the one in this backdrop, why would you want to do much more?
New View (Photographer: Dominique Vorillon)
This oceanside retreat in Pacific Palisades, designed by Maya Williams, is home to a family of eight. We’re impressed that even with young children in the house, Maya dared to paint the wood floors white for a striking and open feel throughout the home – and it completely works! We also love the contrast between the soft, very inviting pieces of (almost) traditional upholstered furniture with more modern tables and accents. You can see this approach, along with the restrained use of accessories, throughout the home. There’s no doubt that this type of design decision, carried out in each room, allows a primary element, such as an oversized headboard in the master bedroom or an elegant lounging sofa (pictured), to take center stage – along with the beautiful view! For more takes on this gorgeous home, read the rest of the story from the March issue of Coastal Living, or get inspired from Maya’s other finished designs by visiting Maya Williams Design online.
Natural Infusion (Photographer: Dominique Verillon)
Gentle Beach Hues (Photographer: Dominique Verillon)