Designer Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller in Seatle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco shares her best tricks, color tips, and organization ideas.

By Stephanie Gibson
October 15, 2012
Photo: Michael Hanson

"Making design decisions is almost effortless in beach homes—the relaxed vibe makes the process a dream."
—Julie Massucco Kleiner

What's your favorite type of deck furniture?
JMK: I love white-painted or powder-coated metal—it's the perfect base for all colors of fabric on pillows and cushions. We have a lot of rain along the Pacific Northwest coast, so it's ideal to have furniture that can stay outside without worry.

Ideas for stowing essentials–towels, goggles, extra sheets–in houses short on storage?
JMK: I love L.L.Bean tote bags with an embroidered word, the owner's monogram, or even the house address. Pack them and line them up—they instantly make any crowded hall or closest look less messy.

Best place to spend $500 on decor?
JMK: ABC Carpet and Home—I'd use it to buy a few Madeline Weinrib ikat pillows. They look really great in beach houses!

I can't stop buying—
JMK: Dash & Albert striped indoor/outdoor rugs. I buy them for more spaces than I have—they're so preppy and fun, and you can hose them down! They're seriously stacked up in my linen closet.