Beach style design guide

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

3 ways to bring beachside style to your home

Create your own coast-inspired haven with ideas from designers in Southern California, Hawaii, and the Marin Coastline

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Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home in Tiburon, CA
Photo by Rachel Weill

Beach style No. 3: boathouse chic

Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home (pictured) in Tiburon, CA, creates a boathouse chic theme inspired by Northern California culture. Create the look:

  • Hang buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm.
  • Choose rough-hewn materials, like jute for a rug. And use bits of sailcloth or canvas for throw pillows or upholstery.
  • Give walls a slick of bright white paint, which “instantly brings a light, summery feeling to any interior.”
  • Limit your palette to three or four colors—a neutral base with graphic hues “like navy or red, to make things pop.”
  • INFO Items from Christopher Home (415/435-0111), unless otherwise noted.


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