I have a thing for beach houses…even though I live squarely in the Midwest, a day’s drive from the nearest ocean. I always get excited when the new Coastal Living magazine hits my mailbox because I can daydream a little about having sand and surf right outside my door. The October issue features “The Ultimate Beach House,” Country Living’s 2010 Idea House.
The Idea House was built in Seabrook, a new development along the Washington coast between Moclips and Copalis Beach. It’s described as a Craftsman cottage with a cedar-shake gambrel roof.
The house has 3,200 square feet spread over three levels, with two bedrooms, a gym/spa, media room, and a guest cottage that’s separated by a courtyard.
The rooms lack a little oomph for me–I’d have to add a little more color if I lived here, especially in the kitchen. But I like the character they added to the walls and ceilings.
Designer Tim Clarke is responsible for the decor. He also added some fun painted stripes on the stairs:
I really love the master bath, although I wonder how practical it is to have the mirrors in front of windows, lighting-wise. Does it make it hard to see yourself in the mirror when the sun is streaming through? Do you have to squint a lot?
“Shiplap walls add timeworn beach cottage character to any new space,” says the mag. I have to agree with that. Love ‘em. Designer Tim Clarke adds, “a room needs less decoration when it has interesting architecture.”
One of my other favorite spaces is the outdoor living and dining areas with the big stone fireplace. I think I’d spend a lot of my time in the courtyard and on that big back porch. From the house the view is of “dark gray sand, deep blue ocean, and clear skies…through a screen of tall, skinny Sitka spruce trees.”
So what do you think? Would this be your Ultimate Beach House? For me, it’s going to be hard to ever top Coastal Living’s beautiful 2007 Idea House in North Carolina, which sadly burned to the ground recently. (If you missed my post about it, click here.)
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