10 Essentials of Modern Casual Style

California designer Tim Clarke shares his advice for outfitting a beach house with a fresh, laid-back look.

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Photographer David Tsay

Essential #1: Cabana Stripes

Whether they evoke shady poolside lounges, chic nautical fashion, or big, soft towels, stripes are far and away the beachiest pattern out there. “For a modern spin on the classic motif, try railroading the fabric—running the stripes horizontally,” says Tim.

Shop the look: Furniture, Sutherland. Tropical Stripe cushion fabric in Cool Water, Perennials. Garden stool, Mecox Gardens. Mirror, Tower 20.

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