In Pacific Palisades, California, a family got a seaside retreat that can stand up to lots of kids’ play but still looks sleek and chic.
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Living Room Before
The interiors were traditional but heavy—the homeowners needed a bright, comfortable airiness to fit their family of nine.
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Living Room After
The designer eliminated the weight of dark wood floors and dark walls with rugs and wallpaper in cool colors and modern prints.
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Natural textures inside reference the stunning landscape design outside and the sea beyond.
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Dining Room Before
The designer scrapped the dark finishes, hard edges, and the brick inside of fireplaces. She replaced it with tiles that evoke sea glass—a low-full way to add shore-inspired shimmer.
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Dining Room After
The original dark oak floors became a dazzling white by sanding and painting them with a stark white polyurethane overlay—the same kind used on professional basketball courts.
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Because the transformation was purely asthetic, the floor plan and footprint stayed intact, and all of the windows—with their views of the ocean—remained in place.
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A crystal chandelier crowns the formal dining room, but in the breakfast room, a cheeky white antler fixture hangs over the table.
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The homeowners kept the walls and floors, because they only needed soft wallpaper and coats of white paint to leave their drab, cumbersome past behind.
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Less is more in this room with mostly bare walls and contemporary furniture. The designer lined the fireplace floor with broken sea glass as a reference to the ocean and a touch of shine even when it’s not in use.
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Having less furniture puts a spotlight on the things you already have, so those pieces need to have impact. The extra-wide headboard with low-slung lines, linen upholstery, and nailhead trim, makes a statement and lends tailored glamour.
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Furniture with narrow profiles and clean lines create a mood that is calm and uncluttered. Everything here is oriented toward the water view.
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Graphic wallpaper, striped curtains, soft rugs, and a Dutch door keep the space sweet without being fussy.
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The landscape bursts to life in the garden. Climbing roses, foxgloves, and sweet peas echo the lively household inside.