Monday, March 28, 2011

Beach house chic

Who wouldn't love a cozy beach house right by the sea or a charming lake house with views to rival the setting from "On Golden Pond". I know I fantasize about one day buying a small place by the ocean and know exactly how I want it to be decorated. It would first have to be welcoming, inviting and calming...after all its a getaway and the whole idea is about entering a new space, a true oasis away from the rat race. It would have a soft and light palette, with pops of color in some rooms but overall a soothing and light neutral feeling is what I envision.
 It would have to have a killer kitchen, not a huge one but one big enough for clambakes and preparing dozens of bbqs and hosting smores parties, get the picture. And then the views...ah, the views, very important. It just has to have that "welcome home" feel that I think is the hallmark of a successful interior/home. So what about you? If you had or if you have a beach/lake house.....what makes it so wonderful? What would you do to it? Here are some inspirational beach/lake house interiors...that made me wish for one sooner than later. Do you have a favorite?

This is where I would host my elegant beach house dinner parties, R.Stern
Gorgeous coastal bathroom...neutrals always work, M Elle
This would fast become my reading nook!
Does a  beach house entrance get better than this? I don't think so.....
This is the perfect vibe for a beach house master bedroom.....stunning! Taylor Hannah
My  this bedroom would be my the window bench! Robert Stern
This could easily become a favorite spot to relax, Kendall Wilkinson
Afternoon cocktails would be served this spot! Robert Stern 
Perfect seaside those mirrors...M Elle
The soft blues against the whites are always a winning combination by the shore, Coastal Living
Love this beachside kitchen by Victoria Hagan
Beautiful Seaside, Fla home, Robert Stern....superb architecture
Pretty white slipcovered furniture always looks great in a coastal home, Coastal Living
Kendall Wilkinson went with stronger colors for this elegant high in the sky lakefront home
This would be the ultimate living room for my beach house, Tracery Interiors
Another view...the colors are so soothing
Elegant beach house dining room as interpreted by Victoria Hagan, love it!
Love the kitchen, casual without sacrificing elegance
Beautiful oversized white hutch to house all my extra dishes for my clambakes!
This is big open room to take full advantage of the views, Elle Decor
The soft neutral colors here are just perfect for a beachside home, Tracery Interiors
The bathroom does not disappoint classic, Tracery
Even in smaller homes, done right..they are just as inviting. Coastal Living
Sweet coastal guest room, waiting for your visit, Victoria Hagan
Gorgeous master bedroom in soft muted colors with breathtaking view, Victoria Hagan
Perfect guest room.....awaiting your visit! Tracery Interiors
Soft colors are perfect for a coastal bedroom, 
Love the soft linens here, so bright and can almost feel the ocean breeze
Love weathered shingles and white trim for a coastal home
The nautical look always works
Cozy reading nooks are a must!
Love blue and white with the wicker and warm tones of wood.....
Neutrals work well because they allow the focus to remain on the views, Arch Digest
This would be my magazine reading, wine sipping nook
More the little starfish pillows, Arch Digest
Yep the living room from Somethings Gotta give, the quintessential beach house living room!
I like blues for a coastal home, so soothing
Love this room, neutral, calm and elegant
Such a great color/vibe for a seaside bathroom....this is KathySue's bathroom from Good life of design
Love banquette seating for a coastal house all those informal get togethers but looks so chic and put together at the same time....
What is it about bunk bedding like this that is so inviting? Love it and its so practical for a coastal/vacation house since you know you will always have guests! Coastal Living
A perfect place to infuse some fun coral color.... a coastal bedroom! Coastal Living

So are you ready? Does this excite you as much as it does me? Would love to know and of course if you have a favorite! Hope you have an enchanting day!