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 #5: Barefoot-friendly Floors

Tim installed French oak flooring throughout the home. “The wide-plank wood feels so good on bare feet,” he says. “It’s like having a boardwalk in the house.” A simple wax finish protects the surface from sand and allows subtle imperfections to show through. Tim left several areas, such as the kitchen and dining room, rug-free to keep the mood low-key and summery and make cleanup a breeze.

Shop the look: Mirror, J.F. Chen. Rug, Decorative Carpets. Demilune table, Mecox Gardens. Vintage Bauer urns, Wells Antiques.

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