Create your own coast-inspired haven with ideas from designers in Southern California, Hawaii, and the Marin Coastline
Beach style No. 1: Natural and simple
Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design (pictured) in Costa Mesa, CA, is inspired by Southern California's simple beach lifestyle.
To create her look:
Mimic a tidepool habitat with this container. From $45. Molly Wood Garden Design
The hued bottles on display are like treasures that washed ashore. From $210. Molly Wood Garden Design
Add instant eclecticism to any room by using exotic fabric to make pillow coverings. In Peacock; $123/yard; hollywoodathome.com
Accent a table with these finds or scatter at the base of a potted plant. $1 each. Molly Wood Garden Design
Metal mixed with frosty blue for Euro-style elegance. $66. Molly Wood Garden Design
Loop these around a bottle neck. From $30 each. Molly Wood Garden Design
Place a tray on a woven cube for an unexpected side table. $75 each. Molly Wood Garden Design
"I have seen this color used to paint a floor -- it was beautiful," Molly Wood says. "I would also use it on cabinetry for
a nautical, old-school feel. It works well with natural materials like a sea grass rug or a wicker chair."
Paint color: Deep Ocean (2058-30) by Benjamin Moore Paints
Artist Kaypee Soh, owner of So’Mace boutique in Honolulu, puts a new twist on traditional Hawaiian and Asian beach style.
To create the look:
Textiles decorated with island motifs. 20- by 20-inch; $120 with insert. So’Mace
Small enough to fit almost anywhere, adding a blast of color quickly. Kaypee keeps many colors on hand. $245. So’Mace
Inspired by the outdoors with natural materials like koa, native to Hawaii. From $200; simplywoodstudios.com
Rattan is a Hawaiian staple. If new is too pricey, find a vintage piece and reupholster. $1,295; selamatdesigns.com
The modern shape adds pizzazz to a room. $75; bauerpottery.com
Beautiful artwork at a reasonable price. From $135. So’Mace
"This green reflects light beautifully and is a nice blending of the colors of ocean and land. Great for a repurposed piece
of furniture, like a coffee table, in the middle of a white beach cottage."
Lark Green (SW6745) by Sherwin-Williams
Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home (pictured) in Tiburon, CA, creates a boathouse chic theme inspired by Northern
California culture. Create the look:
The rattan is casual but the shape regal. $445; wshome.com
Nautical colors, throwback style. Aid to Artisans pillow; from $60. Christopher Home (415/435-0111)
A crisp scent (with a hint of cuke) recalls the sea. Lafco New York House & Home Marine candle; $55. Christopher Home (415/435-0111)
Ring buoys make for great wall art. $70 for 24-inch ring; westmarine.com
Pair classic old-lady fancy with Americana beachy for a surprise. From $65. Christopher Home (415/435-0111)
Sea curiosities topping bottles are a quirky touch. From $40. Christopher Home (415/435-0111)
"The end of summer is always a little sad for me. I’ve tried to keep my summer vibe going by painting the inside of my closet
a bright sea blue. It’s a fun little surprise every morning."
Big Sur Blue (IB93) by Ralph Lauren Paint
Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design in Costa Mesa, CA, creates a coastal organic look inspired by Southern California's natural and simple beach lifestyle.
Weekend trips to Southern California beaches.
Take a peek into his store: Tropical landscapes and themes are everywhere.
Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home in Tiburon, CA. See what inspires him, next.