Stylish California Homes

Take ideas from these West Coast homes with styles ranging from eco-friendly architecture to beach chic decor.

Scenic Getaway

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Scenic Getaway

The challenging architecture and building space homeowners faced with this Mendocino home was worth it for the stunning end result.

Clean and Simple Kitchen

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Clean and Simple Kitchen

Veneer fir cabinets keep the kitchen organized and help diminish clutter. In an economic and creative use of space, the homeowners carved the kitchen out of one side of the entry hall.

Minimalist Style

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Minimalist Style

A partial wall serves as the headboard of this simple master bedroom, while the master bath is hidden behind the wall.

Relaxing Light

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Relaxing Light

The crisp white-tile tub surrounded by warm amber beams receives natural light from a skylight. The homeowners opted for no shower curtain in this spalike space and only use the tub for soaks.

Reclaimed Style

Photographer: Ray Kachatoria

Reclaimed Style

The wood for the floors in this sleek living room were once bleacher seats at a nearby high school. The furniture and accessories are also made from sustainable materials to keep with the family's Green lifestyle.

Unique Headboard

Photographer: Ray Kachatorian

Unique Headboard

The natural grass roots headboard is a perfect contrast to soft cotton linens in this bedroom. The homeowners also used a light-colored paint in the bedroom and throughout the house to lessen the chance of harmful paint fumes, which are more concentrated in darker shades.

Family-Friendly

Photographer: Ray Kachatorian

Family-Friendly

A sandlike surface made from hard-packed decomposed granite acts as the foundation for this family patio that’s perfect for entertaining.

Timeless Charm

Photographer: David Tsay

Timeless Charm

This small, one-bedroom cottage located in Big Sur was built in the 1930s.

Restored Wraparound

Photographer: David Tsay

Restored Wraparound

With easy access to the kitchen, this sturdy deck offers stunning views and is perfect for outdoor picnics.

Warm and Natural

Photographer: David Tsay

Warm and Natural

Warm creams and chocolates make up the neutral color palette of this living room. Pops of green and orange bring in some of the home's natural surroundings.

Comfortable Understatement

Photographer: David Tsay

Comfortable Understatement

Soft textures such as a silk-linen coverlet and a silk rug lend to the cozy and inviting feel of this bedroom. A mostly neutral palette adds a calming vibe.

Contemporary Fixture

Photographer: David Tsay

Contemporary Fixture

Modern fixtures mix with handpainted zigzag tile in the home's master bath for a contemporary yet inviting feel.

Bohemian Flair

Photographer: David Tsay

Bohemian Flair

Santa Monica-based designer Tim Clarke brings a pure California feel to this bohemian patio. A fringed batik umbrella looks sophisticated paired with chunky woven furniture.

Casual Elegance

Photographer: David Tsay

Casual Elegance

Narrow-backed wicker chairs and an oversize pendant lamp give a sophisticated feel to this seaside dining room.

Totally Textured

Photographer: David Tsay

Totally Textured

The designer added woven accents and various textures for a soft, cozy bedroom. The headboard features rope detailing, while the curtained wall is a nice contrast.

Natural Setting

Photographer: David Tsay

Natural Setting

To keep the ocean backdrop the main focus of this deck, the designer chose natural-hued furniture with lots of texture.

Coastal Courtyard Bath

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Coastal Courtyard Bath

In the master bath, the homeowners tore out everything and started over, with Palm Leaves wallpaper in Light Blue by Cole & Son and sturdy Corian countertops in Seaglass. The room opens to a courtyard garden.

Bold Patterns

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Bold Patterns

A plain dining room gets a fresh and bright update in this Newport Beach house. The homeowners decided on a flexible seating arrangement of bench and chairs with colorful slipcovers from Shine by S.H.O. The shell-encrusted statement chandelier is by Currey & Company.

Pops of Color

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Pops of Color

Painting all of the walls in the house white created a clean backdrop for a riot of color. The living room features lemon yellow lamps from Shine by S.H.O. By replacing the wall-to-wall carpet with bamboo flooring, the room gains an instant lightness.

Mix-and-Match Patterns

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Mix-and-Match Patterns

In this teenage girl's bedroom, the homeowners chose a grass cloth wallpaper in lieu of paint and brought in white accents with pillows, pendant fixtures from Shine by S.H.O., and a West Elm lacquered desk and chair.

Chic Upholstery Living Room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Chic Upholstery

This Laguna Beach living room features a comfy upholstered sofa with natural leather chairs and a minimal fireplace for a neutral, stylish scheme.

Rustic Beach Dining Room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Rustic Beach Dining

A round wooden table and stylish rattan chairs add interest to this simple Laguna Beach dining area.

Stylish and Sleek

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Stylish and Sleek

The homeowners chose cool gray tones for the limestone coutertops, marble backsplash, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. They act as a contrast to the adjacent warm dining area.

Organic Vibe

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer; Rachel Bertone

Organic Vibe

This simple platform bed feels welcoming covered with cozy organic linens. The natural feel is enhanced by a tree trunk bedside table, lots of natural light streaming through large windows, and a door that leads to the back patio.

Cozy Outdoors

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Cozy Outdoors

Plush cushions on wide-backed chairs sit in front of an outdoor fireplace. The space embodies three of the homeowners’ outdoor essentials: comfort, light, and warmth.

Inviting Entertainment

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Inviting Entertainment

This simple, neutral outdoor dining table is perfect for seaside entertaining. A decorative round mirror adds a touch of elegance.

Statement Entry

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Statement Entry

A handcrafted long board hangs above the kitchen entryway in this Newport Beach home, highlighting one of the family's favorite hobbies.

Western Flair

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Western Flair

Cowhide footstools and comfortable fabrics such as vintage grain sack, corduroy, and leather bring a country-western touch to this West Coast living room.

Vintage Nautical

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Nautical Vintage

The antique brass light fixture and banquette seating exude classic beach style. A color palette of deep navy and cream enhances the look.

Comfortable Classic

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Comfortable Classic

The built-in daybed in this room provides extra seating if needed, or can be used as an impromptu guest bedroom. The homeowners’ designed the fabric on the throw pillows, Roman shade, and chair cushion.

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