Simple California Retreat
Weathered wood, faded colors, and frayed fabrics help create a West coast home that is as fuss-free as it is beautiful.
A Comfortable Escape
California-based designer Sue White shares her rustic, simple home with her husband Richard, in Corona del Mar. She wanted her home to evoke the same warmth, comfort, and elegance as something that has aged gracefully. For the home's media room, Sue implemented board-formed concrete walls, accented by a plush leather sofa from Restoration Hardware. The cozy striped rug is from West Elm.
A painting Sue found in Italy inspired her muted color scheme for the living room. The elegant linen sofas are from Verellen.
Salvaged leaded-glass windows divide the chic master bedroom from the bath. "I love unexpected uses for common items. Often, the least fussy detail is the most visually pleasing," said Sue.
A pair of stylish grain sack-covered armchairs from Big Daddy Antiques provide a relaxing sitting area in the couple's bedroom where they can enjoy each other's company.
The bedroom's attached master bath features a large flat-bottomed tub with a stunning view of the coast.
Sue and her husband spend cool evenings around a stone fireplace on their water-view patio. The Adirondack chairs, from Room & Board, are made of recycled plastic milk jugs.
Weathered log columns add age and personality to the couple's new house.