Why We Love East Hampton…

The village of East Hampton has long been a favorite summer refuge of ours, which is one reason we chose it as the site of our 2015 Showhouse. It’s the first Showhouse we’ve done in the Hamptons, so we’re especially excited!   So how do we narrow down our options of dynamite coastal towns each year to choose our Showhouse locale?   In short, we look […]

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A Cottage Living Room That Will Wake Up Your World

By homes editor Ellen McGauley All of our editors look forward to the March issue. Every year, we use this early-spring issue to focus on brilliant uses of color, fresh approaches to lighting up our nests. Orange walls and pink pillows? Yes. Riots of pattern? Double yes! This year, some of our hottest hues came from a south Florida guest cottage designed […]

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Spring Break 2015 Style Report: Beach Chair Picks for Sun and Fun

It’s nearly time to sink into spring break, with all its sandy style and revelry. And we think the chair you sit in is just as important as what you wear. The well-designed thrones cropping up this season have us swooning, so we’ve rounded up our favorite options to ensure that you relax like beach royalty.   Sleek and modern are two words that […]

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We’re Headed to Charleston—Will We See You There?

By homes editor Ellen McGauley Have you heard? Coastal Living is coming to Charleston, South Carolina! The first weekend in May, our editors will descend on the Holy City, along with a handful of editors from several of our sister magazines, like Travel & Leisure, Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Departures, for our first-ever Charleston Insiders Weekend.   Join Coastal Living editor-in-chief Antonia van […]

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Friday Beach Party on the Blog… We Brought the Towels!

That’s right, water babies. Beach and pool season is dawning, and the smashing new collection of beach towels by Tide & Pool has us all abuzz. Hot summertime colors + smart design will get us every time. Pop art is huge right now, as are fluid patterns that resemble marble or water. In fact, we’d use some of their new designs as wallpaper if we […]

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Let’s Go Outside! 3 Fresh-Air, Fresh-Idea Rooms We Love…

Sending our April “Outdoor Living” issue to press in the past few weeks has left us overly anxious for spring’s arrival—when the gardens wake up, the sun warms our daily walks, and our beach houses get a little busier with friends and family. Everyone seems ready to populate our patios and decks again! We thought it was as good a reason as any to […]

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England Calling: Bright Colors, Great Coastal Design

By travel editor Tracey Minkin While it might be easily agreed that the beach is always a place of color and fun, I am wowed at how UK design and architecture firms are taking public spaces along the shore to a whole new—and creative—level with colorful shelters, benches and windbreaks. Take, for example, this set of eight beach huts at England’s Southend, designed by the London firm of […]

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Behind the Scenes: On A Hermosa Beach Photo Shoot With Peter Dunham…

Like any good California girl, Los Angeles-based stylist Liz Strong knows a killer coastal view when she sees one. We had to share these SoCal seaside scenes Strong captured while on location for a Coastal Living photo shoot of a home designed by Peter Dunham in Hermosa Beach.   Ace! Beach volleyball nets sit right alongside The Strand, a paved path that […]

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Coastal Shopping Round-Up: The Best of L.A.

Today’s post is by guest blogger and West Coast-based designer Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller, who designed the Montecito home (Bright Bounty) in our February issue.  Los Angeles is hard to beat for design shopping. Style, originality, quality—we have those in spades. So when Coastal Living asked me to style-spot some highlights of a favorite city, I didn’t […]

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Durability in Beach House Design is a Must… And It Can Be Super-Chic

Today’s post is by guest blogger and West Coast-based designer Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller, who designed the Montecito home (Bright Bounty) in our February issue.  I’ve found it’s well worth it choose materials and fabrics that last, and you don’t have to sacrifice your chic factor. Take a look at this Newport Beach vacation home we designed for […]

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