It's our second-annual list of the talents who are making waves in fabulous seaside style.
When Jeffrey Alan Marks renovated his Santa Monica Canyon home, he combined three rooms to form an open bedroom with a 1940s Abercrombie & Fitch rowboat, complete with oars, hung upside down from the ceiling. "I wanted it to feel like a boathouse," he says, "but with a sense of humor." The bedroom is quintessential Marks—an impeccably appointed room with cotton-upholstered walls and a linen-covered bench, but with an unexpected, rustic touch.
If Marks had a slogan, it might be "couture design for barefoot living"—a happy contradiction he observed as a young designer living in England. "The British decorate, then throw in Grandma's chair," he says. "It punches the room up."
Three years ago Bravo gave Marks a broader following by casting him in the network's reality TV series Million Dollar Decorators. Last year he published The Meaning of Home, which documents the best of a 20-year career (including that bedroom rowboat). "My taste tends to be elegant, very European, but I always take it back to being a California beach guy," he says. "In the end the beach house is a state of mind." —Michael Cannell
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