Stylish California Homes
Take ideas from these West Coast homes with styles ranging from eco-friendly architecture to beach chic decor.
The challenging architecture and building space homeowners faced with this Mendocino home was worth it for the stunning end result.
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.
A partial wall serves as the headboard of this simple master bedroom, while the master bath is hidden behind the wall.
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.
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.
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.
A sandlike surface made from hard-packed decomposed granite acts as the foundation for this family patio that’s perfect for entertaining.
This small, one-bedroom cottage located in Big Sur was built in the 1930s.
With easy access to the kitchen, this sturdy deck offers stunning views and is perfect for outdoor picnics.
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.
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.
Modern fixtures mix with handpainted zigzag tile in the home's master bath for a contemporary yet inviting feel.
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.
Narrow-backed wicker chairs and an oversize pendant lamp give a sophisticated feel to this seaside dining room.
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.
To keep the ocean backdrop the main focus of this deck, the designer chose natural-hued furniture with lots of texture.
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.
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
A round wooden table and stylish rattan chairs add interest to this simple Laguna Beach dining area.
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.
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.
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.
This simple, neutral outdoor dining table is perfect for seaside entertaining. A decorative round mirror adds a touch of elegance.
A handcrafted long board hangs above the kitchen entryway in this Newport Beach home, highlighting one of the family's favorite hobbies.
Cowhide footstools and comfortable fabrics such as vintage grain sack, corduroy, and leather bring a country-western touch to this West Coast living room.
The antique brass light fixture and banquette seating exude classic beach style. A color palette of deep navy and cream enhances the look.
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.