New Rules for the Family-Friendly Beach House

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.

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

The interiors were traditional but heavy—the homeowners needed a bright, comfortable airiness to fit their family of nine.

Living Room After

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

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.

Exterior

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Exterior

Natural textures inside reference the stunning landscape design outside and the sea beyond.

Dining Room Before

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.

Dining Room After

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

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.

Dining Room

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Dining Room

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.

Breakfast Room

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Breakfast Room

A crystal chandelier crowns the formal dining room, but in the breakfast room, a cheeky white antler fixture hangs over the table.

Entryway

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Entryway

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.

Master Suite

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Master Suite

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.

Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom

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.

Sitting Area

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Sitting Area

Furniture with narrow profiles and clean lines create a mood that is calm and uncluttered. Everything here is oriented toward the water view.

Nursery

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Nursery

Graphic wallpaper, striped curtains, soft rugs, and a Dutch door keep the space sweet without being fussy.

Garden

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Garden

The landscape bursts to life in the garden. Climbing roses, foxgloves, and sweet peas echo the lively household inside.

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