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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Thursday Design Inspiration from Coastal Living Showhouses…

Looking for a bit of style inspiration for your Thursday? We’ve got plenty: As we get going on the design of our East Hampton Showhouse, opening this July, we thought we’d take a look back at a few of our recent Showhouse living rooms. Do you have a favorite?   2014 – Coronado Island, California We teamed up with L.A.-based interior designers […]

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Need a Warm-Weather Fix? These Tropical Wallpapers Do the Trick

These February temps have us in search of a steamy tangle of an island with palm trees and coconut everything. Until we find the perfect one to escape to, we suggest this as a tropical stand-in: a dreamy trend in beach and jungle-inspired wallpaper prints in tropical colors—talk about an instant room (and mood) refresh! Find our favorite picks below!   A mesh […]

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Coastal Shopping Gem: Scout Southern Market in Beaufort, SC

By travel editor Tracey Minkin Gracious Beaufort, South Carolina, has been long known for its historic homes, Lowcountry style, and exquisite waterfront. I’m here to say it’s going to be known for something else: shopping. On a recent trip to Beaufort, I had the great good fortune to discover Scout Southern Market, a stylish and sophisticated emporium with a deep Southern […]

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This or That? Îpe vs. Teak

When it comes to outdoor wooden furniture, you need pieces with lasting charm and durability, especially in coastal climates. Îpe and teak are two of our favorite woods for alfresco settings, but most people struggle to know the difference. Do you? Here’s a quick look.   Jensen Leisure Îpe Opal Sofa and Swivel Rocker Group, to the trade; JensenLeisureFurniture.com Also […]

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