Beach style design guide

Bring the beach home with these coastal-inspired design, decorating, and landscaping ideas

How to design a beach cottage

A Laguna Beach family shows how to mix styles and live large in a small space

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Lay a foundation
Thomas J. Story

Lay a foundation

Marron began by painting the walls, ceiling, and floors white to make the rooms appear bigger. She then added touches of ebony throughout the house, from the mantel and light fixtures to the metal-framed windows. The black-and-white combo laid a dramatic backdrop on which she could play, mixing rustic, industrial, modern, and  a few traditional pieces. Not many things “match,” yet every room works. “I’d lived in a modern house before,” says Marron. “I was ready to live in something a bit warmer and fresher—some­thing with a different personality.”

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