In a small walkable community on the Washington coast, we designed two houses (and one big yard) for a new kind of beach living. Read on for some great design tips we learned along the way.
Spaced to mimic the pines
Design for the view
The 12-foot-high Andersen windows in the living room, above, are spaced to mimic the shore pines outside and make the room feel like a treehouse. For an uninterrupted view, choose low spindle chairs from CR Laine rather than high-back ones.
Include creature comforts
A big square ottoman is reachable from every seat in the living room.
Weathered woods give the kitchen dimension. The gray-wash floor matches the cool walls, the reclaimed-wood on the island adds warmth, and the whitewashed beams bring a sense of airiness.
Enliven a smaller room with floral print
Be bold in small rooms
A wallpaper pattern that might overwhelm a large space can enliven a smaller room--like the den, with its floral print from Makelike.
Hang art close
In the stairwell, Seattle designer Brian Paquette hungRead More »from 15 Inventive Room Design Ideas