A wood-inlay dining table is surrounded by comfy transitional armchairs meant to entice guests to linger at the table. A Williams-Sonoma Devon chandelier hangs overhead, acting as a secondary focal point to the wall mural depicting an ancient harbor.
Ornate woodwork frames the doorway to a traditional veranda in the living room of this 1870-built Gothic Revival mansion. The home, on Australia's Darling Point peninsula, features sweeping harbor views and a fully restored interior. In this traditional living room, comfortable seating surrounds the fireplace, creating a cozy conversation nook.
In a waterfront property on the far eastern edge of Shelter Island, N.Y., architect Jack Wettling used a palette of crisp white accented with sea blue to create a relaxing master bathroom. “The colors draw in the views from the picturesque Coecles Harbor,” he says. A judicious use of high-end stone — in the marble tub surround and a narrow marble border on the wall — lends a luxe look without breaking the bank.
Designers used fieldstone to create a focal point and accent wall in the living area. By bringing this aspect of the outdoors in, the design blends the lines between the indoor and outdoor spaces, helping to cement the home's place in its Boston Harbor surroundings.
With a secluded backyard just overlooking Little Harbor, this Cape Cod-style home becomes a stunning seaside oasis. The private pool and stone patio allow for entertaining and soaking in the natural surroundings.
Want a deck with a commanding view of the natural surroundings? This composite deck is ideal for homeowners who want a long-lasting, low maintenance material compared to natural wood. Keep in mind that PVC decks can fade, buckle and harbor mildew after prolonged periods of hot or cold weather. But you can use a manufacturer’s suggested brightener to enhance the appearance and regular cleaning with soap and water will reduce buckling and mildew.