This light and airy beach glam bungalow is a relaxing family vacation home by interior designer Lauren Christine Henno, located in Santa Barbara, California. The homeowners live in Arizona with their three young children and wanted a casual beach house that they could vacation in with their family. They were looking for a home that has a California coastal vibe feel and this home fit the bill perfectly! The home was in major need of a renovation, being originally dark and very closed off. The designers key objective was to lighten the space and create an airy appeal. The color palette was the jumping off point, selecting fabrics and hues with a be achy aesthetic, with splashes of modern glam. The walls were painted white with a hint of gray to keep the home feeling light. The baseboards and cabinetry where painted a vibrant white, a stark contrast from the original dark hues. The living room area is only 200 square feet, with low ceilings, having a light color palette helped to open the space up and make it more inviting. With airy fabrics and white tones on the walls, it helps create the illusion of spaciousness. With young children, the homeowners needed a space that would be functional and durable. Fitted slipcovers were used on the living room furniture so they could be easily cleaned if anything was spilled.
The homeowners spend most of their time in the living area when they are visiting, with a cozy sectional, it is perfect for family gatherings. The welcoming backyard can be seen from this vantage point, which is perfect if the children are outside playing. The designer’s secret for this small space was using lucite for the coffee table and repeating it for the kitchen island stools. Since the material is see-through, it creates the illusion of openness when space is at a premium. Almost everything was custom designed to fit the home, from the sofas and pillows to the striped rug. In case you were wondering where the white Mongolian pouf on the living room floor comes from, its one of our personal favorite stores, West Elm! We love how it can be moved around anywhere in the space for extra seating. What do you think, do you love this beach style home as much as we do?
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Photos: Alex Vertikoff
Cabo Retreat is a beautiful oceanfront oasis filled with exquisite antiques, by interior design studio, Cashmere Interior, located on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The design studio was handed a completed home with a very formal and feminine aesthetic. The new homeowners were looking for elegance, but also wanted comfort and relaxation to exude when they walked through the door.
Cashmere delivered this oasis that encompassed the Mexican geographical location, the function of a family beach home, and an aesthetic that is quintessential Cashmere: relaxed, clean lines, eclectic, worldly, and functional.
The team at Cashmere Interior is a fresh mix of talented designers who are savvy to yesterday’s beauty, today’s styles and tomorrow’s innovations. Cashmere Interior has a simple philosophy: give our clients a home they will love for years to come. Using our extensive design background and high level of customer service, making every aspect of the client experience enjoyable.
We are a residential interior design firm focusing on high-end furnishings, fabrics, accessories and art. Our look is classic; we are never too trendy, never too dated. We will give you the look of fresh sophistication combined with the warmth and functionality of a comfortable home. While we customize every home to fit the needs of the individual and the family, we specialize in an eclectic mix of collected antiques with contemporary furnishings and clean lines. The design of your home will feel collected and personal rather than purchased from a showroom floor.
Photos: Courtesy of Cashmere Interior
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
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