Telescoping glass doors open to reveal outdoor living areas, which expand this living room's square footage during warm-weather months. Colorful accessories pop against the crisp, white trim without overwhelming the gorgeous outdoor view.
Instead of buying all-new furniture to create a calm coastal environment in her living room, designer Lori Rourk transformed her existing furniture. "All of this furniture in its existing state was very dark and gloomy. I loved the lines of all of these pieces, so instead of buying new, I would recreate my vision to be light and airy," Rourk says.
Glass doors run all along the front wall of this charming living room, in essence a covered porch given its easy access to the backyard and pool. All-white furnishings keep the mood fresh and summery, a perfect fit for the home's waterfront location.
White Coastal Living Room With Fireplace and Striped Chairs
A quartet of cream-and-sage striped wingback chairs offer ample seating in this coastal-style living room. Baskets and a sisal rug add a hint of texture, and beach-inspired accessories and artwork bring nature inside, while a traditional fireplace promises warmth when cool winds blow in off the ocean.
Stepping into the two-story great room of that same Nantucket-style home, designer Bruce Palmer continues his theme of elegant coastal living by featuring traditional marine-inspired prints and decor. Although slightly understated by the grandeur of the candle chandeliers and coffered ceiling, the coastal accessories still beautifully represent the home's natural surroundings. Design by Bruce Palmer; construction by Dewson Construction Company; architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA; photography by John Jenkins
Built-ins along the focal wall house the TV, fireplace and shelves for displaying coastal-inspired accessories. A pair of sleek chairs combines with a striped ottoman and a jute area rug for a contemporary yet relaxed living room in this Martha's Vineyard summer retreat.
This living and dining area provide a playful air of visual stimulation; lively punches of tangerine and kelly green merged with varying shades of cobalt and indigo blues. A heavy dose of woven sea grass added to the distinctive maritime air while an assortment of sea shells, blue-and-white pottery and a colorful collection of art came together to create a place of delight in this low-key beach cottage.