Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Scenes From A Beach House

Summer is nearing to an end and my children are getting ready to go back to school this week. (Well, they aren't exactly ready...). Since I've just blogged about items I would have in my dream beach house, I thought I would post pics of some inspiring beach houses. After seeing a few of these, I almost want to edit my dream home now!

Coastal Living magazine dining and living room. Very elegant with the formal fireplace, crystal chandelier and white china. The glass and candle decor on the mantle give the room additional sparkle.

Windmark Beach Club (Florida) porch setting. Very clean aesthetic with the fresh sky blue cushions, sisal rug and huge blown glass vases.

Beach home mermaid bedroom. I believe this pic is a rental home in Florida. I can't tell if the headboards are a wicker material or iron, but I think they are adorable for a beachy kids room. The headboards would probably show up better against a wall, rather than a window, and I'd paint that little nightstand a different color.

View of the Ocean from the Yellowstone Club in Turks and Caicos.

Windmark Beach Club patio swing. Lovely fabric selection. Doesn't this look comfortable? All you need is a tall glass of iced tea!

Tranquility Bay Resort in Key West, Florida. Perfect setting for an evening wedding.

Tranquility Bay Resort.

Tranquility Bay Resort. Dinner on the porch - spectacular!

Tamarindo Yellowstone Club, Costa Alegre, Mexico. I would love to see what is at the top of these steps!

Spa at the Tamarindo Yellowstone Club. How could you not relax in this setting?

Tamarindo Yellowstone Club.

I got this photo from a Southern Living web link. Look at these louvered doors. I don't know if this is a beach house, but anytime I see louvered doors like this, I think of either the South or the beach. I love how the home owners can shut the louvered doors if they want more intimacy during their dinner.

Living room from Southern Living magazine. Love the distressed beams and the natural cream colored draperies with ties. It ties in with the slipcovered furniture (pun intended!).

Slipcovered Dining Room. The dark hardwood floors really make the white slipcovered chairs pop. I like the splashes of red, but they were careful to not overdo it.

Point Click Home website. Fireside chat setting. Designer Candice Olsen did a patio like this for a client. This may have been it! The firepit is a little unconventional, but that's what I love about it.

Elle Decor white bedroom. I don't really like shabby chic that much, but the combination of louvered shutters and empty white distressed picture frames strewn with beads just puts me over the top for this room. Ingenious.

Sitting room from Elle Decor magazine. I like the mix of distressed iron with the gold picture frames, lamp and fabric in the room.

O.K., I love this dining room. The balance is perfect between the rattan chairs, the blue and white fabric on the end chairs and the black and white striped draperies and black lampshades on the breakfront. And, not to stand out, but to compliment the room, the area rug with the thinner black and light grey stripes. Perfect. I would definitely have this room in a beach house of mine! Well, at least until I got bored and wanted something a little less perfect!

Elle Decor bathroom from Point Click Home. How wonderful is that print of Mona Lisa over the tub? Pretty unconventional. The wood trim on the bathtub and step-up are beautiful. Add the slip-covered chair, candelabra and open doors to the deck, plus a glass of wine and you've got shangri-la!

Living Room from Cottage Living magazine. I like the slipcovered furniture and white furniture, walls, shelving, etc., but I almost want to draw in some more natural elements, such as some more baskets to go with the area rug, or a large palm back by the shelving to give this room a little bit more of an organic quality.

Four Seasons Hotel in Costa Rica. The wrought iron railing and the light fixture do it for me (and the view is not bad either!).

This picture is from Cooking Light magazine. This entry hall looks like a beach house, but I'm not sure. The dark paint on the stairs give it a nautical feel. Love it!

White bedroom from Coastal Living magazine. The periwinkle banded bottom on the drapery and the shells on the wall definitely make this room beachy.

"Vision in White" from Coastal living magazine. Strong orange accents give this room energy. I like the rattan rolling ottoman and the starfish and flower pot to match the pillows. Oh, and look at that fabulous lighting fixture!

Sunroom with a great daybed from Coastal Living magazine. I love how they pulled in more iron with the chandelier.

Dark wood kitchen open to the lush greenery outdoors. Very tropical.

From Coastal Living magazine. Color of the bookshelves and mirror is fantastic.

Living Room from Coastal Living magazine. The madras rug and paint color pull this room together. Note the beadboard on the ceiling and the wonderful octagon table.

Coastal Living magazine front entry. The light blue chairs and mirror really stand out against all the dark wood in the room. Note the blue and white pottery on the bottom shelf.

Carribbean living room from Coastal Living magazine. This room is my style. I love the balance and scale of everything in this room and am always in love with rooms that open up to patios or porches fully.

Living Room from Coastal Living magazine. Again, the dark wood really makes everything white in the room pop! Lovely.

China Beach Suite. A bit more modern than I like for a beach suite, but still wonderful.

China Beach suite living room view. Check out that cool ceiling lighting fixture, complemented by the standing light fixture.

Breakfast by the Sea. I just love the unironed slipcovers on these darkwood chairs and the chandelier. I may have done a different rug (perhaps some soft green and black thin stripes to bring in the colors of the displayed bottles), because it kind of gets lost in the decor. I always love glass displays, especially these large glass vessels on the table.

Let me know what you'd like in a beach house!


Linda Lou said...

Just found your blog-love your photos, I am a big Coastal Living fan, and Cottage Living, and Country Home, San Diego Magazine and SD Home & Garden and Sunset, I am magazine junkie!! Anway gonna check out the rest of your blog now!!

Upstaged said...

Why did you stop blogging? Great pics!

loving. living. small. said...

loving that stone fireplace!

susan said...

You have a great eye! I am going to use your ideas as inspiration as I'm planning a beach house that I am building. Here's a question for you.... what would the ideal beach house kitchen look like?

Katy said...

Thank you so much for blogging on this topic and adding such great pictures. I've put the url in my favorites and am having so much fun going back and looking at the pictures to get ideas for the new condo we've been able to get after a long, long time of not having a house. The thought of making my new little home beautiful is making me quite joyous! Thank you.

MissyG said...

Who doesn't love a little coastal living? I just want to step into these photo's a become one with the beautiful scences depicted in them. I love the flow of the pictures and your taste in what's beautiful. Have a lovely day.