9 Essentials for Modern Beach Glam

From punchy patterns in bright colors to sleek surfaces with a little shine, SoCal designer Tia Zoldan shares her nine essentials for this relaxed-but-hip look.

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Modern Beach Living Room
Photo: Karyn Millet

Comfy Furnishings

Contemporary sofas with clean lines—like those in the living room—can still be comfortable, Tia says. All it takes is soft fabrics and the proper proportions. Choose seating that has plush, wide arms (even if they’re boxy), thick cushions, and a deep seat, and then cover it in a cotton twill or linen. The living room’s ring-base sconces, fish-eye mirror, and rug with a circular pattern add a curvaceous element to the squared-off furnishings.

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