Christina Murphy loves surprises. So when she began working on a plantation-style residence on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos Islands, she viewed its grandeur as a path to the unexpected. "The house has all the ingredients of an old manor house—ornate moldings, 14-foot ceilings, a grand foyer, and sweeping terraces," says the New York–based designer. "There was no escaping its formality, but we needed to find a way to relax it a little. And there's no better way to loosen things up than creating elements of surprise in each room."

Along with forgoing a tidy, symmetrical furniture plan in the living room in favor of a more casual configuration of wicker and upholstered seating, Murphy dreamed up an unconventional tropical palette dotted with deep hues like persimmon, citron, and indigo. And she covered walls with grasscloth in the bedrooms, where paint "felt too pristine," she says. "This home could've gone grand very quickly. And let's face it, it doesn't really feel like a beach house if you have to be showered and all dressed up just to sit down on the sofa."

Photo by Annie Schlechter; Design by Christina Murphy; Styling by Olga Naiman

And it’s happening right before Shark Week.

By Marisa Spyker

With blue skies at their sunniest and ocean temps their warmest, it seems like nothing can lure us away from our beach chairs in the summer—that is until HGTV goes and announces a full week of shows featuring gorgeous homes on the coast.

Beginning on July 16, the network behind Fixer Upper will launch Beach Week, with all-new episodes of shows like Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean Life, and House Hunters International spotlighting beachfront homes exclusively. (And in case you missed them, reruns of past episodes featuring beachfront properties will also air.)

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The special event comes just a week before HGTV’s sister network, the Discovery Channel, airs its 30th annual Shark Week (July 22), making it a full 14 days of programming devoted to life both above and below the sea. (Swoon!)

To celebrate Beach Week, HGTV has lined up new episodes of House Hunters and House Hunters International, which will explore real estate in seaside locales such as Longboat Key, Florida, Avon, North Carolina, Peniche, Portugal, and Ambergris Caye, Belize. New episodes of Caribbean Life will spotlight dream homes from Grand Cayman to St. Croix, and Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation will follow a family as they renovate a fixer upper in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

See the full details for all the new beach-centric episodes you’ll want to catch, margarita in hand, beginning July 16:

  • House Hunters on Monday through Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT
  • House Hunters International on Monday through Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
  • Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation on Saturday, July 21, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
  • Caribbean Life on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. ET/PT; and 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
  • Beachfront Bargain Hunt on Sunday, July 22, from 4 to 9 p.m. ET/PT, with two half-hour premieres beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT
  • Mexico Life on Sundaym July 22, at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT