Decorating

The Easy Weekend Project You’ll Want to Try

Designer Barclay Butera hits all the right notes with this built-in bookcase in a Newport Beach home, where a pop of bright red showcases the fun nautical decor.   The best part? It couldn’t be easier to get this look at home. Taking a fresh coat of paint in a bold accent color to the back of a bookshelf will make its […]

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These Paint Pairings from the May Issue Will Inspire You!

We are always looking for new and interesting paint combinations. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites from several homes featured in our May issue–check it out on newsstands now!   Sandy beige plays well with sweet coral—concentrating brighter color in one aspect of a design scheme, like the fabric shown on the dining chairs, draws your eye in. Valspar […]

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Four Tips for Styling a Striking Vignette

Spring cleaning is finished, so now’s a great time to amp up the eye candy on your shelving and surfaces. Creating good-looking vignettes is one of our favorite ways to add character to entries, hallways, and corners. It’s an instant facelift without an exhausting or expensive overhaul.   Using the entryway of our 2014 Showhouse in Coronado, California, as inspiration, here are our tips to create a striking […]

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Three Design Lessons Charleston’s Tara Guérard Taught Me Today

By travel editor Tracey Minkin Although my main job at Coastal Living is to seek out beautiful travel stories from around the world for our readers, I enjoy the added benefit of getting to feature designers from time to time. In our Double Take feature this month that compares the hot coastal towns of Charleston, SC, and Portland, ME, I […]

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Easter (Eye) Candy: Bright, Happy Fabrics That Look Sweet Enough to Eat

This weekend calls for dyed eggs, candy, and quality time with our families. To get in the spirit, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite fabrics!   A diamond design in serene shades of blue is playful and sophisticated at once. Alan Campbell at China Seas Silvio Multi Color in Blue/Gray/Turquoise, $230 per yard; quadrillefabrics.com   We love a good ticking […]

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This Rustic Cottage Will Surely Decrease Your Stress Levels

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer The living room windows in this British Columbia house open wide to invite the outdoors in. We all instinctively know that being close to nature can decrease our stress levels and improve our moods. This rustic cottage, designed by its owner, April Tidey, is a case in point.   The color palette is purposely […]

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Yellow Walls, Red Chandelier, & Green Chairs: Bright Colors Energize This Lakefront Home

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer What is it about bright colors? I feel like a magpie, incapable of turning away and drawn helplessly toward the sparkle. On the coast, the same hues seem richer and even more magnetic, as if they get souped-up power from the blue skies and water views beyond. The right combination of colors always energizes […]

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Natural Decor Captures the Magical Spirit of Beach Houses

By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer I’ve found that the simplest, least complicated design elements are often the most soothing. This glass vase contains nothing more than two green palm fronds, and yet it completely captures my attention.   Arranged on a side table along with a leather-bound book and a decorative object, the grouping forms a beautiful still life. This […]

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“Glamping” in East Hampton With Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan

Yurt: [noun] 1) a circular domed tent of fabric or animal hide stretched over a collapsible lattice framework 2) an ultra-chic outdoor guest room, and clever solution for small beach cottages that are big on style but short on space.   In our April issue, which just arrived on newsstands, Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan welcomes us into his East Hampton […]

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Green with Envy Over These Fresh Finds

St. Patrick’s Day is here, and our favorite way to celebrate? While the parades and socializing are top-notch, we’re welcoming the holiday with a green refresh in home furnishings. Vivid color and great design are things that everyone who’s thinking green today can appreciate.   Sometimes, you just need a statement chair to really add some character. We’d love to see this one in […]

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