Our Trendsetters reveal what they're seeing, creating, and loving for homes by the shore.
Kitchens have been in an almost minimalist phase. We're trending toward a more traditional look with some modern treatments, like a lacquered color or modern hardware.
The white kitchen is classic; it's never going away, but we're doing fewer of them these days—we're painting kitchens in more color.
It's still important for kitchens to be open, but we're designing really efficient kitchens. The more compact kitchen is a kinder place to cook; you don't wander from one appliance to another.
The kitchen is the gathering place now. It's better to design it that way.
There've been huge advancements with sea grass and grasscloth—now they're woven with metallics, printed with design.
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I'm mixing more metals. I don't like seeing every piece of metal in a bath in chrome. Who says metals are supposed to match?
Lovely gray cerused oak flooring is so elegant. Wood floors are going toward a more natural look.
Driftwood is a big interest of mine right now.
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On the coast, I think about the outdoors as not just one space. There's a dining room, a lounging area, a fire pit, a gaming area, the kids' area, the cooking area, the prep space: We're spending much of our time living outside.
High-performance outdoor fabrics in velvet, chenille, and mohair are amazing! You can't tell the difference between indoor and outdoor.
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I'm seeing a lot more upholstered outdoor furniture. People want the unexpected—basically they want interiors brought outdoors.
—Jeffrey Alan Marks
Fire pits are creating a focal point to draw you outside even if you don't have a great view.
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Now, lawns aren't the end-all of outdoor design. A patio or gravel area can be more useful than a lawn, and it conserves water.
Fabrics and chairs traditionally made for outdoor use are coming inside. Furniture is easily carryable from one space to another. Flexibility is coming about; that's a design trend over-all.
I lean to neutrals with a pop of something bright
I'm sensing yellow-oranges, which I haven't seen much before. It's a way to sneak an interesting color in without freaking people out.
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I'm trending toward mostly simple lighting, but adding one or two showstoppers that make a room
I'm using more glass light fixtures. We lit a two-story foyer with glass balls at different heights. At night, the effect almost feels like you're under-water.
My clients are taking overhead lights out altogether and going back to floor lamps. They're less inclined to over-light a room.
—Jeffrey Alan Marks
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Soft printed linens, tone on tone, are on the way in for window treatments. They've jumped from the sheets to the windows.
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Sheers perfectly encapsulate a coastal environment. We also do a lot of natural woven materials for a layer of privacy.
Ceilings are an important but rarely decorated part of the home. My guest room ceiling is done in teak; I used high-gloss paint in another room.
I'm looking ahead to watercolor florals like the ones seen on those great dresses from the 1950s. Big, blobby flowers—but gorgeous—that look hand-painted on silk.
Block-printing on heavy textiles, with a pattern on a rough weave, is relevant right now as a balance to modern looks.
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“Black and ivory have momentum right now in both apparel and interior design. It’s modern but it’s classic.”