18 Relaxing California Coastal Interiors

These airy, tranquil spaces make a strong case for the argument that the West Coast is the best coast.
18 Relaxing California Coastal Interiors

According to Brown Design Group, this Dana Point house is “the epitome of California style— an indoor-outdoor dining area with fabrics, rugs and woods in a natural tone against crisp white walls.” The space includes a daybed from Lawson-Fenning upholstered in Schumacher fabric. Photo by Matt Weir

Thomas Callaway renovated an old beach shack in Malibu and transformed it into an East Coast shingle-style structure with white tongue-and-groove interior walls, raftered ceilings and exposed header beams. The living room features Fairfield sconces above the mantle and Arles sunflower andirons in the firebox, both by Callaway. Photo by Lisa Romerein

“Southern California beach living is all about the indoor and outdoor spaces blending together into a unified living experience,” says Callaway, who designed this guest bedroom in the same Malibu project. “The goal, once again, was to bring the outside in, with window frames, doors and floors painted a seafoam blue-gray, and the rough, exposed structure of the interior painted a soft white.” Photo by Lisa Romerein

Barbara Bestor designed this Santa Barbara “surf shack” for a young family. The house was inspired by the mid-century modern creations of Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames. The painting above the sofa is by Monique Prieto. Photo by William Abranowicz

Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach house features Afra and Tobia Scarpa‘s Soriana sofa and a pair of matching lounge chairs. Photo by Nick Hudson

“California style is comfortable, unfussy elegance,” according to Consort, who designed this Los Angeles home. “It’s all about creating a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere that’s both stylish and social, the kind of place where friends exclaim, ‘I love what you’ve done with the place!’ while kicking off their shoes and settling in for a good, long lounge session.” The circular brass serving tray and tan Tusten II table lamp by Pletz are from Consort. Photo by Laure Joliet

“For a sublime California look, relaxed linen drapes and a tonal rug layered on top of an earthy jute rug balance out the classic wood four poster bed,” according to Brown Design Group, who designed the master bedroom in the Dana Point home. Photo by Matt Weir

Sheldon Harte of Harte Brownlee & Associates calls this Newport Beach home “an exotic Sri Lankan approach to beach living and not the predictable kitschy blue and white motif with seashells seen everywhere.” The entryway includes limestone pavers, an antique bench and custom copper light fixtures by Paul Ferrante. Photo by Grey Crawford

Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed this Malibu master bedroom, which he says embodies California style, “because of the casual nature, rich employment of textures and abundant use of layered, exotic fabrics.” He adds: “The combination has become synonymous with California living — a casual approach to a well-travelled room that’s not too precious yet captures the international tastes of California today.” A framed swath of MLB Shambala fabric hangs above the bed, and the custom MLB bench at the foot of the bed is covered in Madeline Weinrib fabric. Photo by Roger Davies

“We are so fortunate living in California to be able to take advantage of indoor-outdoor living no matter where we are in the Golden State,” says Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks. who designed this Marin County home. “This living room takes full advantage of that luxury when, even in the cooler months of Northern California, one can open up to these spectacular views of San Francisco, from the East Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge.” The base of the dining table was designed by Andrew Fisher of Fisher Weisman, and Tucker designed the top to follow the lines of the windows. Photo by Matthew Millman

This Mediterranean-style Malibu home by Landry Design Group features exposed beams and glass doors that open to the oceanfront terrace. Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer

“Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, this room has the perfect palette that embraces and frames the Pacific Ocean,” Phillip Nimmo says of the master bedroom in a Tuscan-style Malibu home. The space features a table lamp and side table by Nimmo, and a Jean de Merry chest of drawers. Photo by Nick Johnson

“The French doors in this stone-clad Santa Barbara living room create an open, airy atmosphere,” says Cliff Fong of Matt Blacke Inc. “The room is far from fussy. There is a plush Moroccan rug, a pair of naturally distressed Hans Wegner wishbone chairs and an effortlessly stacked book display that together bring a sense of California casual style and comfort.” Photo by William Abranowicz

Ashe + Leandro designed this Venice Beach house to be open, modern and flecked with color. A rainbow-hued vintage Austrian pendant hangs over the Doug McCollough dining table. Photo by Fran Parente

“California style isn’t fussy, or rigid. It’s open and fun and easy,” says Betsy Burnham. Of this guest room in an oceanfront home she designed in Coronado, she says, “It represents California style in the best way I know how — by taking classic elements (chambray, a turned wood bed, ticking stripes), and spinning them in a casual, ‘anything-goes’ kind of way.” A California state flag hangs over the bed, which is topped with vintage quilts. Photo by Coastal Living

BoydDesign restored Oscar Niemeyer’s 1964 Strick House in Santa Monica, whose living room features a George Nelson Marshmallow sofa and a Serge Mouille floor lamp. Photo by Richard Powers

“This dining room with a comfortable and collected vibe, is quintessential California living,” Trip Haenisch says of this 1959 Beverly Hills bungalow. “The indoor-outdoor feature allows for a lot of natural light and is makes this space perfect for entertaining.” The space includes a Vico Magistretti for Oluce light fixture and a Holly Hunt dining table surrounded by Poul Volther chairs. Photo by Matthew Williams

The Malibu home of designers Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes has a blue and white color scheme and a vintage, collected feel. This bedroom features a variety of textiles and a wicker pendant lamp. Photo by Victoria Pearson

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