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4 Pretty Striped Fabrics We’re Obsessing Over

Bring seriously fun nautical style into your home with these painterly brushstroke-style patterns, which are right at home along watery landscapes and ocean views. Rebecca Atwood Designs Painted Stripe Fabric in Tangerine and Black $145 per yard Romo Raoul Fabric in Hydrangea, Camellia, and Cadet Blue Available to the trade Ellisha Alexina Mantis Stripe Fabric in Elderberry $138 per yard Ferrick Mason […]

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Midcentury Design Fans, Kelly Wearstler Is About to Rock Your World…

Southern California just got a little bit hotter, and you can thank Kelly Wearstler for that. I noticed that the superstar designer and Coastal Living Trendsetter just completed a retro-chic redo of the Viviane restaurant in the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills (which she also designed), and we’re all swooning over the cabana-happy result. The late-1940s hotel has long been a midcentury gem in its upscale neighborhood, […]

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Want to Live Like An Islander? Start With This House…

As Coastal Living’s Homes Editor, I see a lot of houses. Every month, more houses. More ideas, more looks, more chances to fall flat-out in love. (Follow me on Instagram at @ellenmcgauley to see what I mean.) So when I say that coastal decorating nerds everywhere should sink into this one story in our February Islands issue (on newsstands now), […]

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Q & A with 2016 Showhouse Designer Meg Braff

As a Coastal Living Trendsetter with her own fabric and wallpaper lines, interior designer Meg Braff transforms spaces you dream to wake up in. She’s also a Coastal Living monthly columnist, helping readers solve design dilemmas. Submit your own question here! Whether she’s designing a home in the city or on the coast, Meg has a way of telling the visual […]

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How to Restore a Cute Old Beach Cottage in the Bahamas

By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley One of my all-time favorite beach houses is in the September issue, which just landed on newsstands (it’s HOT, my friends!). It’s the story of an old Bahamian cottage, left in disrepair for decades (can you believe the “before” pic? See the rest of the story here).     Then along came a neighbor who knew that […]

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Summer House Style: the Beautiful Houses I Found in the Hamptons…

By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley If you follow me on Instagram (@ellenmcgauley), you know I just got back from a whirlwind trip to the Hamptons—basically, the jackpot for summer home hunting. I hit every town from mild-mannered Quogue to retro-fab Montauk, artsy Amagansett to the shoppers’ paradises of Southampton and Sag Harbor. Dreamy shingled architecture and inspired home boutiques were everywhere I looked (and indeed I […]

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From Shack to Chic – 2015 Beach Cottage “Before” Sneak Peek

Diamond-in-the-rough houses often double as labors of love. They require loads of patience and elbow grease, but it’s that twinkle of “after” potential that always hooks us. (And a short stroll to the sand doesn’t hurt, either.)     Consider us hooked. Progress is well underway on Coastal Living‘s 2015 Beach Cottage in Seagrove, Florida, our first Showhouse remodel project. It’s the home of local design duo Paige and […]

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These Little Cottages on the Lake Will Melt Your Heart

By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley I spent the holiday week up in Olcott, New York, a small waterfront village on the shores of Lake Ontario. My family is from this area, where apple and cherry trees grow against the backdrop of the bright blue water, the view so big it could pass for an ocean.     This little fishing town thrives in the […]

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Year-Round Patriotic Decor: 3 Stunning Rooms, 3 Star-Spangled Looks to Steal

By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley Welcome, welcome to one of the happiest weeks of the year. Independence Day is a coastal dweller’s dream holiday—it gift wraps everything we adore (summer, freedom, watery settings by beach or lake, vivid color by way of flag or fireworks, this grand old country of ours) and plops it down in front of us mid-summer and says, “Here you […]

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Gone Fishin’: Here’s Why CL Editors (Occasionally) Miss Our Deadlines…

By homes editor Ellen McGauley I think my fish ate my homework. Every Monday, I try to post something fun and inspiring in the realm of beach house decorating (like Pattern Wild and Mod Hamptons Pad), but this morning, it might as well be replaced by a big fat “Gone Fishin’” sign in your browser window. Or this picture…     Because instead of turning out a dispatch […]

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