Californians are spoilt for choice when it comes to coastal getaways. Malibu and La Jolla offer stunning views and an upmarket, yet laid-back vibe. Rocky, coastal paths are dotted with vista points and trendy, health cafes. For those in search of something more alternative, Venice Beach and Abbott Kinney are obvious contenders, with all walks of life represented along the boardwalk. Despite slightly differing levels of casual, these hotspots all celebrate the west coast’s relaxed spirit.
For New Yorkers, there appears to be less competition. The Hamptons is THE destination to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Pristine New England-style beach houses overlook picturesque white sand dunes, dotted with long grass and wooden pathways. Everything appears polished and precise in keeping with the preppy, nautical surroundings.
Creating a bicoastal look is all about balancing the traditional, yacht club style of the Hamptons with California casual – a bohemian free-spirited aesthetic celebrating natural materials and textiles. White-washed wood and rope are typically New England while teak, wicker and jute offer a more rough and ready texture.
Decorative objects in the form of coral and shells are becoming increasingly popular. Go for big scale designs in interesting materials to create drama. Placing them on coffee tables and shelves will accentuate the maritime theme.
While navy and white stripes are quintessentially seafaring, introducing ethnic, Baja-inspired patterns will create a more original and eclectic take on the trend.
Do you normally favour traditional interiors but want to mix it up slightly? Or do you want to tone down the eclecticism of your home with a more paired-back look? You can have the best of both worlds with this trend!
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