Blue California Cottage

Designer Laura Motley shares how to find design inspiration from the ocean—whether you live on the beach or just wish you did.

Blue California Cottage: Living Room
Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Stylist: Jennifer Barguiarena

1. Reinvent Your Pieces

When the new owners of a cottage in Summerland, California, looked out their windows to the view, they felt like they were "floating on an endless sea." So designer Laura Motley of Rooms & Gardens in Santa Barbara took her cues—and hues—from the Pacific to help them create a fresh look inside the 2,000-square-foot cottage. Motley chose an ikat fabric from the China Seas Suncloth collection for the living room chairs to complement the fretwork on the stools. The Javanese teak table was cut down to coffee table height.

Get the look: The coffee table and chairs are from Rooms & Gardens. The China Seas Kazak chair fabric and Java Java stool fabric in New Blue on White are from Quadrille Fabrics. The sea grass rug is from Merida.

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