The guru of global design, he’s always at home by the shore.
By Brooke Showell
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Raised in France, spending summers by the sea in Spain, and educated at Oxford: Such a glamorous melting pot is distinctively Peter Dunham. The Los Angeles–based interior designer’s impeccably curated coastal residences and his SoCal boutique, Hollywood at Home, reflect his worldly view.
Among Dunham’s line of hand-printed exotic textiles—part California cool, part Mediterranean chic—whether an oversize paisley with a Persian feel or a smattering of sea horses plucked from the waters of St. Tropez, all feel like they’ve spent a few blissful seasons in the sun.
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The Adventurer (cont.)
“I like houses that look relatively accumulated,” says the designer, who extends his sensibility beyond four walls to sky, ocean, and sand, and recently debuted a new line of outdoor fabrics.
“On the coast, you have to connect indoors and outdoors. That sense of freedom the sea gives us is how you want your house to feel— like you’re on vacation. You have to celebrate the ocean in front of you.”
What is one thing every beach house needs?
Somewhere shady for meals and cards.
What’s the best design advice you’ve ever received?
From David Hicks when I was a student: Always start with the carpet.
What’s your favorite coastal town to go treasure hunting in?
West Palm Beach
Which up-and-coming design/art talent are you currently loving? Lake August. An LA-based wallpaper and textile designer who produces fresh spontaneous designs
4 of 5Photo: Courtesy of Peter Dunham
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What makes the beach so inspiring to you?
Sense of freedom. My early childhood memories were of summers on the Spanish Costa Brava in Cadaques, where this photo was taken. They were carefree and happy.
As a world traveler, what do you consider the most beautiful beach you’ve ever seen?
Favorite coastal hotel in the world? Hotel Scalinatella in Capri. It’s small and friendly but extremely luxurious
What’s your go-to beach beverage?
Iced Green Tea
What are you most likely to be caught doing on the shore?
Reading!! And swimming
5 of 5Photo: Courtesy of Peter Dunham via Instagram
Trend Watch: Materials
“I’m using a lot of wicker to create that handmade texture and organic quality in a home,” says Dunham.