The Coastal Living Showcase House, also called the Coastal Living Idea House, is exactly what you think it is: it's a dream home in a coastal town, with builders and interior designers handpicked by Coastal Living Magazine and sponsers galore. Win, win for everyone. Even you and I get to win because we get tour the house and get great ideas for coastal decorating from the pros.
There are lot of photos, so let's just look at the main ones that give you a flavor for the house. You can go here to see the rest of them.
First impression: love at first sight! Beach homes can come in all shapes and sizes and budgets, but when it comes down to it a more traditional looking beach house is going to rise to the top of my favorites list every time. A bonus: the trusses on the exterior of the house that give you the feel of a Bahama shutter, often seen in southern/island architecture.
I guess the only thing they could have done better would be to actually install Bahama shutters, but I'm going to let them go on the grounds that they picked an awesome paint color for said shutters. Favorite front elevation feature: grand entrance stairs. Again, my southern roots are showing. Homes in the deep south often don't have basements because of the low water table and floods brought on my hurricane season, so having to go up to the front door is common. Besides, it makes a great statement. The back exterior is no less grand and beautiful, and also has the entrance stairs:
I always like to jump right to the main rooms of the house because I think they give the best flavor of the house. The next two photos show both sides of the living room. The kitchen is behind this aqua couch. Nice choice of Seagrass Rug for the floor. It gives texture and keeps the integrity of the coastal look.
The kitchen is a winner too, although I would have chosen a subtle color for the backsplash.
And while I do love the hanging ceiling lamps, I would have chosen to add a little color. Three of these Madera Pendants in the teal crackle finish. (All of our white sconces and finishes are customizable. Email us at stylishbeachhome at gmail.com to order this pendant and for finish details!)
|Teal Crackle Finish|
You can't go wrong with this killer view, and these designers made the most of it by situating the dining room with full visual access to it. Comfortable dining chairs keep your guests cozy during the lingering after-dinner conversation.
Not like these nooks are crannies aren't completely satisfying and exciting -- they are. Maybe even more so.
Almost every interior space of the home, including the home office, has access to some outdoor space. They kept it simple, but it's a job well done. This is a good example of how to incorporate outdoor furniture of one type with side tables and accents that coordinate but don't match.
|Seville Garden Stool|
Get the look!
|Key West Bamboo Rug :: Teal Geometric Pillow :: Harborside Buoy Ottoman :: Teal Chevron Pillow|
Here are some other rooms in the house. I'll just let you have a moment with them. They are very well done.
And now we need to talk about something.
I tend to go easy on other bloggers (bloggers are our friends!) or owners of beach homes (maybe they don't know any better and didn't hire a pro ...) but I don't feel the need to go easy on the big guys over at Coastal Living. I mean, they can take it from little ol' me. What am I getting at?
I don't like this room. At all. I can appreciate being bold, mixing patterns and colors in unexpected ways ... Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House does it all the time. And I love it.
But this ... doesn't go with the rest of the design at all and it just doesn't speak to me. Maybe it will speak to you. It's OK if it does. We can still be friends.