Our Favorite Coastal Looks of 2012

It would be impossible to choose a favorite, but we did compile the rooms, paint colors, and decor ideas that inspired us throughout the year.

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Favorite Homes: Ultimate Beach House
Photo: Tria Giovan

Broader Appeal

The appeal of the boys’ bunk room in our 2012 Ultimate Beach House certainly went beyond the bunks. “In my own home, I'm turning to gray as my neutral; I painted two rooms the darker shade and two nightstands in a lighter variation. The soft hue is reminiscent of well-aged driftwood, and blends well with the blues and greens already in my home. I might even go bold in the guest room by pairing gray with eggplant-colored accessories.” –Julia Rutland, Senior Food Editor

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Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast

Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

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