Decorating

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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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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This or That? Ikat vs. Batik

Ikat and batik are some of our all-time most-wanted fabric design techniques—ikat’s hazy edges add softness, batiks often introduce watery intrigue (great for beach houses!). Do you know the difference? We’ve rounded up some favorite interpretations of both, and summarized how they differ. All of these patterns are love at first sight.   Kravet Exotic Ikat Sunrise, to the trade; Kravet.com Known for its bold color […]

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L.A. Designer Cari Berg: This is How I Add Wow to a Room

Today’s post is by guest blogger and Los Angeles-based designer Cari Berg, whose colorful SoCal beach cottage is featured in our February issue. Check it out here! How I Add “Wow” to a Room I know. Starting to furnish a room can be daunting and, truthfully, I’m not sure there is a right or wrong way to begin. In design, there is more […]

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Bonus Photos: More from Mitchell Gold’s Lakefront House

In our February issue, we featured furniture designer Mitchell Gold’s Conover, North Carolina, home, and found a treasure trove of collectibles and comfortable furnishings that reflect their owner at almost every turn. We love those kinds of houses—those that really mirror the history, sensibilities, and experiences of the people who live there. So here’s a peek at a few more spaces from Gold’s stylish lakeside […]

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10 Steps to an Organized Closet

Remove everything. It’s the best way to get a clear view of what you have. Divide items into piles: keep, donate, toss. If you haven’t worn it in a year, pass it on. Visit locator.goodwill.org for nearby drop-off locations. Polish and shine. Take the time to give your closet a deep cleaning: Dust the shelves, wipe surfaces, and vacuum or […]

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Tips for Hanging Wallpaper

Get recommendations from friends, family, or other respected sources for a trusted contractor. The National Guild of Professional Paperhangers, Inc. at ngpp.org is a great place to start your research. Scope out the competition. Make sure you’re paying a fair price by getting a few written estimates from a few wallpaper hangers. An estimate is best done on site so […]

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10 Tips for Refinishing Furniture

1. Determine whether the piece needs to be stripped before sanding. Older furniture that has been covered in several coats of paint may need the work of a chemical-based stripper to loosen paint, which can be scraped away with a putty knife. 2. Sand all varnished and sealed wood pieces with 120-grit sand paper. For larger items, consider an orbital […]

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Friday Find of the Week: Greek-Inspired Tableware

The November issue's Mykonos story has got us yearning for a Grecian getaway. If like us, you don’t foresee yourself traveling to the land of white domes and blue water anytime soon, you can surround yourself with Greece’s iconic designs. We found fun tabletop pieces inspired by the country’s classical style that are sure to add exotic flair and lots […]

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Inside another Coastal Living editor’s house…

This month the Daily Catch is taking a peek into some of our editors' houses. I thought I'd share mine for a little inspiration– just to show that you can bring the beach home whether you're by the sand or in the city.  "When it comes to my wardrobe, I know my personal style like my best friend. But when […]

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