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Cool and Calm Seaside Living in California


This stunning seaside villa seems to emerge from the rocky site on both the inside and the outside. With deep respect and admiration for the natural surroundings, the new home owners, along with architect Bob White and M. Elle Design, have created a haven of casual elegance for their family and grandchildren.

The home was gutted when they discovered it and after much debate with local authorities, their plans to reconstruct it were approved. A calm neutral color palette is punctuated by black and an artful blend of wood species and tones. Yes, you can mix woods! Plaster walls are hand crafted and smoothed, wearing the personality of their creator. White oak, limestone, and striped rugs lead you from one dreamy space to the next.



Picture yourself waking up in the main bedroom with spectacular coastal views, since the home sits just 12 feet from the cliff’s edge. Only the necessities fill this room and they’re fabric covered or natural, weathered, and white washed under the worn wood beams.



The dining room is the epitome of cool, casual, California sophistication. Black chairs surround the large black based wood topped dining table and all together anchor the room. The kitchen of marble, stone, warm, light woods makes meal prep and chatting a joy and a breeze.



My favorite spot has to be the corner banquette and table with windows and doors to catch the sea breeze and tempt you on to the patio. Here you’ll find canvas panel shades that adjust and reduce glare in the living room. A woven willow trellis creates shade and dancing light outside the master bedroom.






Architects: Forest Studio
Designers: M. Elle Design
Photography: Elle Decor Via miss design

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