Home on the Waves is a shingled Gambrel style seaside residence designed by Katie Rosenfeld Design, located in Cohasset, a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. This cozy beach house is home to a young family with little kids who lead an active, outdoor lifestyle. The designer’s goal was to create a bespoke, colorful and eclectic interior that looked sophisticated and fresh, but that was tough enough to withstand salt, sand and wet kids galore.
The palette of coral and blue is an obvious choice, but we tried to translate it into a less expected, slightly updated way, hence the front door! Liberal use of indoor-outdoor fabrics created a seamless appearance while preserving the utility needed for this full time seaside residence.
Photos: Michael J Lee
Casa Atrevida is a luxurious, environmentally friendly vacation retreat designed by Luz de Piedra Arquitectos, located on a woodsy private refuge on the shores of the breathtaking Playa Preciosa, in Puerto Jimenez, the largest town on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
You can stay at this luxury beachfront property surrounded by a forest abundant with exotic animals, with rates starting at $315 per night, sleeping 10, from here.
This unique 3,229 square foot (300 square meters) house is environmentally friendly, made from bamboo (Guadua), as a structural material for earthquake resistance. Attractive material, from a short cycle of growth, therefore, with a smaller ecological footprint in this environment so rich into biodeversity matters. A roof garden is used to cool down and improve the integration to the landscape from the second level.
The retreat is constructed in a modern tropical style, and was designed to be perfectly integrated into the beautiful natural surroundings.
Guests are sure to have a memorable experience thanks to the immense natural beauty of the region, the personalized service, and an experience designed for your utmost comfort.
This is a recreational house, with it´s own carekeepers studio. It was made with Bambu(Guadua) as the structural element, designed to be seismic resistant. An atractive material that has a short growing cycle, thus reducing carbon footprint in a forested area.
The house has five bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of ten people. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom. All of the bedrooms are stylishly decorated and are furnished with a desk or vanity.
The four bedrooms on the second level are identical and have views of the garden/terrace and the treetops around the house. Two of the bedrooms are furnished with two twin-sized beds. The other two are each furnished with a queen-sized bed. All rooms are protected from insects by mosquito nets or mashrabiyas so that you can fully take advantage of the natural beauty that the property has to offer.
The fifth bedroom, which is located on the ground floor, is a luxurious master bedroom. Furnished with a king-sized bed, a spacious bathroom, and a desk, the master bedroom includes wonderful views of the natural surroundings. Each bedroom comes equipped with a ceiling fan. The kitchen is fully equipped. The kitchen/dining room/living room area is designed to be a comfortable interior with beautiful views of the exterior to optimize your experience.
Photos: Sergio Pucci
This luxuriously stunning private beach house has been designed by Adam Design with Olivier Dain Perspectives and consultant designer Lesley Batchelor, is located on St Barths. The two storey main house consists of 8,611 square feet (800 square meters) of living space with master suite and two additional bedrooms with living area and kitchen. There are four independent buildings, three for guest accommodation and one for cinema and laundry. On the large beach front deck there are three beach buildings, outside dining and BBQ, lounge and a water closet, shower and beach access. There are a further two staff houses. This fabulous home has been featured on the cover of Elle Decoration and Belle magazine as well as in a luxury book ‘Summer Houses’ by Wim Pauwels.
Photos: Gaelle le Boulicaut
Cliffside Drive Residence is a family home designed by Natasha Barrault Design, offering an easy-living vibe and a strong connection to the outdoors in Point Dume, Malibu, California. This partial remodel, interior and exterior design is a joint project collaboration with architect-designer Hervé Daridan. The property 7,500 square foot (including guesthouse) belongs to a couple in the fitness industry and their 4-year-old son who had two main interests throughout the project: To get the property off the grid and do the entire project as sustainably as possible, and to create a truly comfortable home in which warmth and a peaceful atmosphere mattered most and the result would not be “overdecorated”.
From the designer: We achieved this in part by designing a lot of built in cabinetry which helped define spaces clearly whilst “melting” into the fabric of the house and contributing to the airy feel of the rooms. We choose organic materials in a definite but soft color palette and textiles are an important element throughout. We also assembled a selection of Art and objects for the house and collaborated on the exterior with Armfield Design & Construction.
Barrault strove for an easy-living, laid-back spirit in the furnishings. Slipcovered sofas and throw pillows in neutral hues, along with the option of floor seating, give the living room an informal feel.
One way that Daridan (the architect) let more light in was to replace all the railings on the decks and balconies with less obscuring materials. Today the living room feels bright because light easily enters the home.
The taupe tones in the Farrow & Ball wallpaper are brought out by the concrete countertop and sink in the guest bath. The combination of colors and the lotus pattern of the wall treatment enliven the entire space.
The multidirectional sofa allows the family to use and orient it according to their needs.
The living room is designed to shape shift into a language arts room for the clients’ home school. “We added specially designed furniture and elegantly protected the Paola Lenti ottomans and other pieces. When school is in session, the clients cover the Hans Wegner coffee table so that it can withstand the wear and tear of the school day,” states the designer.
Bolsters and cushions can be moved around for play or for guest seating, or even cleared to transform the sofa into a daybed.
The credenza was custom designed for the family; it houses books, toys and recycled plastic storage tubs by Plastica.
Instead of a gallery wall of framed photos, the clients opted for a magnetic wall that showcases artwork, family photos and love notes. “The wall is constantly evolving and keeps the space from feeling static,” states the designer.
Animal-shaped, whimsical throw pillows are scattered on the bed. Storage space and ample drawers give toys and other articles a place of their own.
The boy’s room has a table and Knoll chair for endless hours of reading, drawing and daydreaming. Balcony doors connect the space to the outside.
This bath was designed both for safety and fun. The tub floor is covered with an anti-slip mat; the shower can be filled as a shallow bath or used as a wading pool while an adult sits on the ledge to supervise.
Photos: Courtesy of Natasha Barrault Design
Fisher Street Residence is a modern beach house designed by Chris Barrett Design, exuding a casual sophistication, drawing influence from Frank Sinatra to the surf culture of Manhattan Beach, California. The open architecture seamlessly integrates the exterior elements with the vibrant color palette of the interior.
Named for its owner – interior designer and Southern California native Chris Barrett – the firm is renowned for its breathtaking residential interiors and chic commercial spaces. Alchemists with color, light, pattern and scale, Barrett and her team execute bold visions for their fast-growing portfolio of clients, consistently revealing functionally creative living spaces with a balanced look that is both dramatic yet restrained.
Photos: Courtesy of Chris Barrett Design
This traditional beach cottage gets a makeover by Kate Jackson Design, situated along the shoreline in the coastal village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The 900 square foot, three bedroom, two bath cottage is adjacent to the main house and is used by the clients kids and grandchildren on the weekends and summer holidays. The designer kept mostly to the overall beach cottage aesthetic, yet avoiding typical nautical interiors around the area. “I knew that I had to push the envelope a bit with this cottage, because the space would be occupied by my clients’ kids and grandkids, who are young and hip and want a space that reflects their youthful spirit,” says Jackson. The design challenge in this cottage was adding elements of surprise within the context of a traditional beach cottage feel.
The living room brings in summer with a plump sofa and a casually placed throw sharing the space with the clients’ weathered trunk. Jackson is a big fan of the fig-leaf throw pillow print. “I’m really pleased to see Peter Dunham create such a gorgeous fabric with fig leaves; they’re a great way to go botanical without going overboard with florals,” she says.
Due to the living room’s unique floor plan, Jackson persuaded her clients to embrace a cream-colored hide area rug versus an expected rectangular sisal rug.
“I found these mid-century wicker chairs online and rooted them to the present with textiles,” says Jackson. The designer also framed sea sponges and coral pieces in driftwood frames.
The china cabinet in the background of this image used to be filled with mismatched dishes and porcelain pieces. Jackson gave the cabinet a second life by removing the untouched pieces and filling the corner display with miniature oil canvases, vintage leather books and family keepsakes.
A striped lumbar pillow and a framed piece of coral steer the dining area in the direction of charming coastal cottage style.
Jackson replaced the original brass and crystal light fixture in the dining room with a fun turquoise fixture custom made to fit the room’s small scale. The Pottery Barn dining set was painted a matte black and white to better show off the chandelier’s punchy color.
The designer found vintage postcards of Watch Hill on eBay and framed them in the dining area. The rolling hills and surrounding gardens are brought indoors with greenery and flowers in vases.
A breakfast nook marries a traditional cottage feel (beadboard panel and ceiling) with colorful accents (punchy throw pillow pattern and teal tableware).
The rope-covered loft-bed pillar is a nod to the cottage’s nautical roots in White Hill; the cottage is just a few minutes from the beach.
Vintage saris made into shams and bolster covers dictated Jackson’s design path in the bedroom. “I found the saris online and thought that they would make an eclectic addition to the space. Throughout the process, I just went with what I felt like I would want to see and feel in a beach cottage,” she says.
When it came to dressing the oak floors, the designer opted for faux fur over sisal or jute in this corner bedroom sitting area. “Everyone expects natural fiber rugs in a beach cottage, so it’s refreshing to see different textures mixed in with pieces that feel comfortable and familiar,” says Jackson.
Jackson says she was lucky to have carte blanche with each room in the guest cottage. The most memorable moment during the design process happened on the final day of installation; her clients had arrived at the cottage and left her a voicemail, telling her how much they loved the cottage’s new look.
Photos: Nat Rea Photography
A coastal chic bedroom style can be created wherever you live with the help of our collection of inspiring beach bedroom design ideas and tips on how to achieve the look. Bunk rooms, island-style suites, gorgeous guest quarters, each of these beach-inspired sleeping spaces has a look worthy of imitation. A beach inspired room design should create a calm and peaceful feel in the space. Be careful not to go too crazy with the theme and keep your accessories low-key. Muted colors and light fabrics are perfect in coastal style rooms. If you have dark furniture, consider using a lighter neutral color on the wall to warm up the space. Consider using a painting as a focal point in your bedroom and pull your colors from it for a theme, carrying it out throughout the room. Be sure to add texture to your room with pillows or rugs. Bedding for your beach themed room should be inspired by the colors at the beach, but you do not have to have seashells or surfers on it. If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out 46 Casual beach chic rooms to inspire for some more design ideas!
In kid-friendly spaces such as the image above, there’s no such thing as pattern overload. Combine stripes, polka dots, and prints with chenilles and cottons for a lighthearted look. Pick a two-tone palette, such as green and blue, and use several shades of each hue.
A piece of salvaged crown molding serves as a shelf and holds a collection of sea coral above an understated metal bed.
Boost character in a beach bedroom with simple board walls. Mix up the look by placing some boards vertically and some horizontally, as though they were installed on a whim.
Every well-stocked guest room should have extra pillows and blankets, books and magazines, bottles of water, and cut flowers. Little touches go a long way to make guests feel welcome.
Enlarge a small space by coating every surface in white. The absence of color opens up areas that have limited natural light, making them feel airier. Add texture with building materials and textiles to keep a pale scheme from falling flat.
Typically reserved for the porch, hanging beds command attention when installed indoors. Teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope play up a nautical look and create sleeping quarters your guests will fight over. You’ll need to attach the ropes to sturdy beams or studs, so be sure you have the support before you buy the materials. Engineered hardwood flooring echoes the rich graining of the bed platforms, and offers tropical-wood appeal at a fraction of the cost. It’s environmentally friendly, too!
Allow a fabric you love to play a starring role in the room. Select a graphic print with a large repeat and spread it around. Show it off on bedding, a headboard, accent pillows, and seat cushions. Paint walls, furniture, floors, and accessories the same color as the fabric’s background to help the look hang together.
Make slumber parties a cinch with a summer camp–style setup―no sleeping bag required. Place some type of storage close to the beds to hold spare towels, sheet or blankets. Creates nooks for children to have easy access to their toys. Canvas cots provide extra sleeping spaces in a pinch and are easy to fold up and store when not needed.
This beach-inspired bunk room is also home to this black cabinet, which houses nautical artifacts and aquatic-themed artwork. Old tennis rackets hang above art, reinforcing the room’s sporty theme.
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This colorful Captiva Island, Florida beach house has been designed by Stofft Cooney Architects in conjunction with interior design firm Anthony Baratta. A blend of post-modernism and tropical decor, the home includes a 6,700 square-foot main house, with a 2,400 square-foot two story guest house with two full living/bedroom suites and a gazebo that was constructed on the property. The home is a grand-scaled Florida beach home cottage, with the traditional cedar clapboard siding and large expanses of glass to reveal the panoramic views of the ocean. Outdoor pavilions have been built to sit outside and relax with shade from the sun. The home’s main color scheme is turquoise, white and chartreuse, with punches of other bold colors splashed throughout the home to add vibrancy and give the home character.
The property includes seven bedrooms, seven and a half baths, two family rooms, a study, a master suite with spa retreat, a media room, an expansive fitness room, a private elevator, a two-story guest house with two fully-equipped studio suites, a freestanding garage with two bays and room for lifts (in addition to the parking bays available to the main house), a gazebo for seaside meditation or contemplation of the koi pond, and a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by a multilevel, coquina-stone lanai. The use of Tischler und Sohn windows, doors and hardware throughout assures the use of the very finest materials and guarantees the ultimate in storm protection. A whole-estate generator serves all structures.
Relax on the multiple outdoor loggia and covered balconies serving both the main house and the guest house. Grand, sweeping views, as well as privacy, were both considered in the design of the estate.
The beach house is situated on over two acres, with over 200 feet of water frontage and soft sand beaches. The lushly landscaped grounds draw the residents and their guests to the natural beauty and serenity of island life. The soothing sounds of the waves from the Gulf of Mexico are heard from nearly every room.
In the family room, custom-made wicker sofas and club chairs are paired with custom-colored portieres.
The family room has a custom-made sofa and rug by firm Diamond Baratta Design.
The kitchen overlooks the gazebo, the koi pond, and the Gulf beyond to the south through immense picture windows; views of an inviting loggia with fireplace to the west connect you to the many moods of the sea. The kitchen island countertop consists of lavastone.
Circles and curves define custom-made pieces in the breakfast room. The table sits on a Pucci-inspired rug by Tai Ping. The steel chandelier has lacquered wooden balls.
Trellised walls and ceilings, designed by Diamond, Barratta and handcrafted by Connecticut artist, Paul Flammang, provide a magical backdrop for more formal evenings; views from this room to the formal, beautifully planted and luminously lit allow guests a vista of a different sort.
Vintage Italian Pagoda tulipières sit atop a custom trellis credenza in the dining room.
The home’s exuberant turquoise, white, sun yellow and chartreuse interior color scheme is set against a backdrop of classic white millwork, jewel and silver-toned lighting fixtures and reflective surfaces. Inspired by leading artists and craftsman like Ron Seff, Dorothy Draper, Murano, Scalamandre, Beauvaix, Stark and Charles Edwards, and executed by renowned designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, the home’s interiors and finishes allow lovers of light and nature to experience those things inside and out.
The entry hall’s palette is pared to white and turquoise. The runner and portieres are custom made.
For the master bedroom, designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta used a lamp originally designed for the Eden Roc Hotel lobby in Miami. A niche wall and headboard in custom-colored velvet anchor the bed.
Seating in the master bedroom of a Florida beach house takes advantage of the Gulf view.
The magnificent mahogany and limestone staircase ascends through the core of the main house and is wrapped in Eric Beare murals that conjure up whimsical, tropical images of Gaugin’s South Sea islands.
The designers chose a bright turquoise for the entry to the home, evoking the color of the Gulf of Mexico.
Royal palms lead to a Florida beach house built by Stofft Cooney Architects. Inspired by the sea, the interiors boast invigorating colors and distinctive design.
Each house, with its standing-seam metal roofs, references Old Florida, while outdoor pavilions, loggias, siding details and architectural features executed in “high tech” materials mimic that style’s authentic appeal.
Photos: Jason Schmidt
Dune Road Residence is a low-key, two-story oceanfront house that has been designed by Stelle Architects, situated in Bridgehampton, New York. From the architects, “The original house, slated for demolition, was built into the dune before current coastal construction standards requiring a much higher elevation. The goal was to keep the existing scale and dynamics of the site and design a residence that reflected the footprint and spirit of the original home. Materials for the new house include Alaskan cedar shingle panels interspersed with glass sections. The home has three levels: one for the owners, one for their guests, and one for living and dining. A simple glass and shingle pavilion overlooks a negative edge pool while a path from the garage leads through a natural seaside landscape along the pool and up to the house. Solar control is achieved though the use of overhangs in the southern exposures. Extra thick walls allow for superior insulation, and a geothermal system is employed for cooling.”
Photos: Francesca Giovanelli, Kay Wettstein von Westersheimb
Surfside Chic Nantucket is a beautiful family beach house retreat designed by BPC Architecture together with interior design firm Donna Elle Seaside Living in Nantucket, an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The colors of morning mist, foggy late afternoons and clear days adorn the interiors of this very hip, architecturally designed beach home still lending a presence of the old. A collaborative adventure with BPC Architecture and Cross Rip Builders, Rhett DuPont features visual and sensual forms. The textures, furnishings and lighting lend a style of casual elegance with a flair of femininity juxtaposed to the strong lines in the architectural field.
Front entry way featuring rough hewn timbers hand pickled with 8-10” reclaimed quarter sawn oak flooring hand rubbed white washed floors with a custom closet door out of driftwood.
Classic Kitchen with a twist of modernity! glass and marble mosaic tiled wall with slate counter tops and window sashes painted in marine blue for a pop of emphasis!
Feast your eyes for a wonderful tale of old fishing folk lore and whale etchings hand atop this custom bar, designed by Mary Emery, friend and artist of Donna Elle’s
Dining in this space underfoot with a silk rug from Stark on the infamous Louie ghost chairs on a weathered plank top table with shimmering lights and horizontal ship lap on walls with hand rubbed painted floor boards.
Master bath adorned in marble and mirror and glass for pure relaxation of all senses.
Guest Wing with bar, washer, dryer and 2 bedrooms with private baths.
Sea artifacts adorn this board and batten wall.
Custom designed bar of a ships hull featuring up lighting under frosted glass inset adjacent to old folk lore and sketches of whales on bar top.
Photos: Courtesy of Donna Elle Seaside Living