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.

Favorite Homes: Midcentury Style
Photo: William Waldron

Harmony on High

A recent face-lift preserved this 1948 British Colonial home’s chic midcentury style, along with a few hallmarks of a classic Caribbean getaway. “It’s elegant, but comfortable at the same time. After a long day on the beach, I want to build a fire, make myself a mojito, curl up on that cushy white sofa, and read Ernest Hemingway.”  –Jessica Drake, Editorial Intern

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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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