Our Favorite Coastal Homes of 2011

We've gathered the stylish oceanside homes we've been lusting over all year! Let us know which picks earn your approval.

Formal Made Fun

Photographer: Roger Davies

Formal Made Fun

In Pacific Palisades, California, designer Brooke Giannetti mixed New England architecture with playful West Coast whimsy in this coastal home.

Throughout the house, bright, warm colors mix with traditional furniture for a feel that is comfortable and inviting, yet sophisticated enough for guests, like in this yellow-and-gray bedroom.

Products: (July/August 2011) Headboard, Jonathan Adler. Walls in Yellow Lotus (2021-50), Benjamin Moore. Bed pillow fabric, Hable Construction. Chair pillow fabric, Quadrille. Bedding, for a similar look, try Restoration Hardware. Table, Pottery Barn.

Great White Style

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Great White Style

A Southern California home from designer Erin Curci takes on a neutral palette, organic accents, and modern style for a chic seaside retreat.

The home's patio takes the theme of comfort, light, and warmth outdoors with plush pillows, a decorative driftwood mirror, and a simple organic wooden table—ideal for entertaining.

Products: (June 2011) Chairs, Design Within Reach. Urn planter, ceramic stool, and Vegabond Vintage mirror, Molly Wood. Dining table, RJ Imports, Director's chairs, Summit. Bench fabric, Perennials. Lanterns, Restoration Hardware.

Historic Haven

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Historic Haven

Designer/developer couple Peter and Elizabeth Georganta transformed this Nantucket Harbor home into a cozy, rustic, family abode.

In the living room, the original Nantucket post-and-beam construction is left exposed, while neutral fabrics and Craftsman-style accents give the room an old-fashioned feel.

Products: (June 2011) Coffee table, for a similar look try Restoration Hardware. Roll arm sofa, Restoration Hardware. Custom sofa fabric, Pindler & Pindler, Inc. Chair fabric, Osborne & Little. Jute rug, Schumacher.

See more of this historic house.  

Work Meets Play

Photographer: David Tsay

Work Meets Play

Fun, bright colors combine with industrial materials in best-selling author Susan Wiggs's Bainbridge Island home.

The kitchen features a sleek bamboo floor contrasted with slate tiles that separate it from the dining area. Pops of fresh flowers and lively hued accents add a touch of femininity.

Products: (May 2011) Bread tag collage, Joan Vassiliadis. Chimney plaster: Refined Finishes.

Nantucket Natural

Photographer: Jonny Valiant

Nantucket Natural

Soothing neutral interiors and quaint island charm help a Texas family enjoy this East Coast vacation home.

On the home's porch off the living room, an antique mirror that was originally a window frame in France hangs above a stylish wicker sofa. The soft mint green palette on the pillow fabric and side chair tie the porch to the rest of the house.

Products: (May 2011) Wing chair, for a similar look try Mecox Gardens. Zinc mirror, for a similar look try Made Goods.

Less is More

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Less is More

California-based designer Sue White relaxes in this Corona del Mar home with a rustic, simple vibe. The cozy, minimalist decor throughout creates a retreat that is as fuss-free as it is beautiful.

In the master bath, a large tub beckons relaxation, while simple curtains—made from raw-cut muslin clipped to a cable wire—can be changed out on a whim.

Products: (October 2011) Mirror, for a similar look, try Big Daddy's Antiques. Custom vanity, White Design. Tub and towels, Waterworks. Draperies, Corragio.

See more of this simple home.

Boldly Brilliant

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Boldly Brilliant

A 30-year-old Maine house gets a bold update with plaids, checks, and a kaleidoscope of colors.

The open kitchen features Moroccan-inspired tiles and stainless steel cabinetry. Bright accessories bring out the red hue in the tile and on the walls.

Products: (November 2011) Ceiling lights, Ann Morris Antiques. Runner, Osborne & Little.

Cozy Warmth

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Cozy Warmth

Filled with welcoming, rustic accents, this Texas cottage feels like a worn-in loft.

The spacious porch with a stunning view features synthetic wicker furniture to help prevent cracking and peeling in the coastal elements. Bright red pillows and small turquoise tables add color to the space.

Products: (December 2011) Wood table, Asian Art Imports. Stools, Wisteria.

Barn on the Beach

Photographer: Brian Vanden Brink

Barn on the Beach

Rustic warmth and loft-like airiness fill this farm-inspired retreat on Martha's Vineyard.

In the kitchen, a traditional chandelier mixes with a simple wooden farm table with modern leather-and-chrome chairs. Fresh blooms in a repurposed can keep the organic theme.

Products: (September 2011) Custom cabinets, Herrick & White. Chandelier, ABC Home. Barstools, Blue Raccoon. Countertops, Stone Source. Dining table, De La Espada. Dining chairs, Ligne Roset.

Coastal Glam

Photographer: Karyn Millet

Coastal Glam

SoCal designer Tia Zoldan injected beachy glamour into this Del Mar, California, home. Throughout the house, comfort is balanced with hip style.

In the master bath, a vintage glass light fixture and a Lucite stool add chic radiance. The fuchsia seat cushion ties in the rich color scheme from the rest of the house.

Products: (November 2011) Custom stool, Zoldan Interiors. Ceiling pendant, vintage, for a similar look try Horchow.

See more of this California home.

Contemporary Charm

Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

Contemporary Charm

With stylish and artistic industrial pieces, New York-based designer Russel Groves gave a Florida beach house the feel of a modern city loft.

In the family room, a tongue-in-cheek art piece of a framed bathing suit brings coastal style. A sofa with clean lines and a marble table keep the contemporary theme.

Products: (December 2011) Coffee table, Wooster Gallery. Spindle chairs, Baxter Liebchen. Cushion fabric, Holland & Sherry. Throw pillow fabric, John Rosselli. Sofa, Regeneration Furniture. Sofa fabric, Donghia. Chandelier, Comer Ford Collection. Side tables, Twentieth. Floor lamp, Noguchi.

Ocean Oasis

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Ocean Oasis

This lavish Laguna Beach house, designed by Tim Clarke, mixes neutral and natural for a calming oceanfront dwelling.

The casual yet sophisticated dining room features a rustic table and coastal wicker chairs to welcome guests.

Products: (April 2011) Dining table, Big Daddy's Antiques. Wicker chairs and Juliska plates, Tower 20. Chandelier, Lucca Antiques. Vases, Restoration Hardware.

See more from designer Tim Clarke.

Beach Inspired Design

Photographer: Rick Lew

Beach Inspired Design

A white stucco stunner, reminiscent of a sailboat in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, houses modern style inspired by the ocean.

The guest room uses hues of the sea, with a turquoise wallcovering and intricate shell-covered side table. The bedding plays nicely with the coastal shell picture framed on the wall.

Products: (December 2011) Dresser, Currey & Co. Lamp, Lighting Treasures. Headboard, Chapman Design Group. Headboard fabric, Altizer & Co. Bedding, Legacy Linens. Coverlet, Pinecone Hill.

Bahama Chic

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Bahama Chic

Bahamas shop owner Marcie Bond, turned her mid-20th-century cottage into a retro-style, family-friendly home with island flavor.

Most of the living room furniture dates back to the 1970s, like the vintage McGuire console table. Tropical plants bring a jungle vibe to the island home.

Products: (February 2011) Rug, Frank's Cane and Rush Supply. Vintage sofas and slipper chairs, Lawson-Fenning. Mirrored side table, Arteriors Home. Burgundy side table, Bungalow 5. Vintage console table under Bill Johnson prints, McGuire. Mirrored folding screens, floor lamp, porcelain fish on floor, and lamp, Bamboo, Bamboo. Grasscloth wall-covering, Quadrille. Pillows, Anthropologie. Fan chair, Rattan Shack. Lamps, Regina Andrew Design. Orange rug, Madeline Weinrib.

Sea Ranch Style

Photographer: Jeremy Samuelson

Sea Ranch Style

This stunning, modern California home embraces its seaside view while staying mindful of the environment.

In the kitchen, a handmade dining table and chairs add warmth to the otherwise minimalist space. Rich wood tones and a vaulted ceiling mix with stainless steel.

Products: (April 2011) Custom walnut table and walnut Conoid chairs, George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A.

Designer Dwelling

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Designer Dwelling

A father-daughter architecture team transformed a seaside Malibu ranch to maximize water views.

The dining room's glass doors slide open, letting in sea breezes and giving the feel of dining on the beach.

Products: (September 2011) Table and chairs, B&B Italia.

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