27 inventive room design ideas

In a small walkable community on the Washington coast, we designed two houses (and one big yard) for a new kind of beach living

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Idea House #1: Shoreview
Thomas J. Story

Idea House #1: Shoreview

In this 2,544-square-foot house, a reverse-living floor plan capitalizes on the view: The living and dining rooms and kitchen are on the second floor, with two bedrooms below and a master bedroom loft up top. The furnishings are simple and clean lined, the sensibility is modern, and the entire home is enveloped in a hazy color inspired by the sand, sea, and sky. “The house is meant to embrace and amplify the nature around it,” says designer Brian Paquette.

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