California designer Tim Clarke shares his advice for outfitting a beach house with a fresh, laid-back look.
Classic bungalow elements like planked ceilings and board-and-batten siding help establish an easy come, easy go vibe reminiscent of super-casual surf shacks dotting the California coast. “In this house, the architectural details are really modern interpretations—thanks to their larger scale—of typical coastal cottage details,” says Tim.
We love: a smart, simple plan. The living spaces occupy an open, central pavilion flanked by the bedroom wings.
Shop the look: Siding in Rubidoux (32-32) and trim in Ever Classic (32-24), Pratt & Lambert
We love: this twist on classic woven furniture. It’s not only sculptural and modern, but also super comfortable and lightweight for easy rearranging.
We love: one or two overscale pieces, like the extra-long sectional, to keep the vibe casual and inviting.
Shop the look: Vine drapery fabric in Ebony, Schumacher. Custom sofa, ottoman, chair, and teak TV cabinet, Tim Clarke. Rogers & Goffigon Shaker sofa fabric in Peat, Pacific Design Center Consulting & Buying Services; 310/360-6418. Bavella Stripe chair fabric in Driftwood, Calvin Fabrics.
Shop the look: Interiors in All White (2005), Farrow & Ball. Seahorse vase, Tower 20. Custom bunk beds, Tim Clarke. Amijao drapery fabric in Sea, Raoul Textiles. Rug, Decorative Carpets. Pink lamps and bean bag chairs, Pottery Barn Kids.
We love: bean bag chairs, an affordable accent that’s versatile and ideal for lounging with a book after a day at the beach.
Shop the look: Pink lamps, Pottery Barn Kids
We love: that serene, restful vibe. When it comes to tranquil spaces, nothing tops a sun-drenched blue-and-white bedroom with an ocean view.
We love: wraparound windows, especially when they surround a master bedroom sitting nook and open to a seaside garden.