The sun-soaked town of Portofino, Italy was once a small fishing village. Now it attracts the yachts-and-summer-home crowd. A Mediterranean villa clings to the hillside, built in a style that launched a thousand McMansions in the United States.
After an afternoon in the sun, guests can head towards the kitchen to refuel. Here, light wood cabinets keep plates and utensils within easy reach, while a long counter with five wicker stools invites everyone to take a seat.
This home's waterfront setting on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka is beautiful, but it needed shielding from intense afternoon sun. A covered patio met all needs. The roof has automated louvers and the gourmet island helps block the wind. On chilly nights, residents can grab a seat by the fireplace.
HGTV fan Beachyone wanted guests to be surrounded by the soothing feel of the ocean both indoors and out. The guest bedroom at this beachfront home was turned into a vacation oasis with a pastel color scheme of green, peach and white, and accessorized with wicker baskets, marine life prints and dark Roman shades to keep out the sun for afternoon naps. To make your guests feel comfortable and welcome, keep the amenities and feel of a hotel in mind. Maintain a soothing color scheme, plenty of pillows, storage space and bathroom essentials. And of course, mirror the home's surroundings. The weathered oars, sand-filled table lamps and natural accessories will constantly remind them that they're on vacation.
Designer David Bromstad transformed this once empty and lifeless space into a beachy getaway. A neutral palette with pops of sea-inspired color is a breath of fresh air for the living room. The sun-drenched look of the laminate flooring enhances the room's beachy appeal.
After a long day by the pool, guests will love relaxing in this spacious bedroom. The cream-colored drapes offer relief from the afternoon sun, while patterned pillows add interest to the bed and make it a soft place to land.
These curved glass walls have a magic trick in store: They're motorized and, when open, stack behind the solid wall to open up the living room completely to the outdoors. When the late afternoon sun is at its hottest, custom sheer panels can be lowered to reduce glare.
The owners of this traditional, coastal home requested a lounge-style dining area with views to the ocean. The designers took advantage of the open concept floor plan to arrange the furniture into a focal point, drawing the eye from the entry straight through the dining space to the sweeping vista beyond. The entire back of the house opens up to a full sun deck, allowing for panoramic views of the beach.
This oversized tan armchair has blue piping, a coordinating teal and turquoise pillow and sits next to a potted fern. A large white-framed picture of a sun over a body of water uses the same color scheme but with a pop of orange, red and yellow.
A balcony offers a bird's eye view of this traditional great room, where the central dining space flows into the kitchen, living room and sun deck beyond. A large lantern-style chandelier has the size and presence to light the space, while the nautical feel of its rope-like design complements the home's coastal location and theme. The dining room opens to the outdoor space and offers comfortable, lounge-style seating, inviting guests to linger and enjoy the ocean views.
Caribbean blues and greens brighten up this cheery kitchen with its dark wood island and informal dining area. Glass vases and a glass tile backsplash behind the stove reflect the sun and add dimension to the space.
A white painted stone fireplace serves as the focal point of this modern coastal style deck. White curtains offer privacy or protection from the sun. A rectangular coffee table with a black frame mimics the black framed outdoor couches.
Timbers, fashioned from locally sourced Southern yellow pine, lend rusticity to the Low Country style of this coastal home. Long overhangs protect outdoor spaces from both intense sun and rain and the entire home is built to withstand hurricanes and floods.