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: East Coast Dining Room
Photo: Dominique Vorillon

East Coast Polish

This de Gournay-clad dining room by Connecticut-based designer Lee Ann Thornton is just one of the divine spaces in this Pacific Palisades home. “It has a warm, lived-in look—and despite the home's new construction, it looks like it's been here for years and years.” –Caitlin Miller, Copy/Production Assistant

“I love featuring low-key, barefoot-casual homes in the magazine, but when sophisticated design is done right, it can feel every bit as warm and inviting. Finally, a space pretty enough to distract from my questionable cooking!” –Brielle Ferreira, Homes Editor

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