Beach house inspiration

You might know that i’m not the biggest beach girl.  I find the ocean to be really big, I find sand to be kinda annoying and I burn like a mother in the sun.  I like the days when we go with friends with picnics, otherwise give me a river anyday or an Oregon beach which is insanely beautiful….a la Twilight.

But I’m working on a modern beach bungalow, which is decidedly not boring.  I’m collecting inspiration pics now.  I don’t want to give away too much (the client might be reading) but here is where my little brain in going right now:

I love the clean modern vibe, yet totally romantic and vacationy.  my spellcheck thinks that vacationy isn’t a word, and so i ask you, sir. spellcheck, what do you call something that is like a vacation?  ding ding ding, the answer? ‘vacationy’.  wikepedia that s**t.  And no, that is not cursing if you put the little stars in there.

Love that hanging chair.  Brian won’t let me get one because he thinks its a ‘can i actually sit in this chair’ kinda chair, which is a bummer for guests.  Not exactly inviting.

So clean and white.  I’m actually not doing a bedroom, but I love all these images. they make me love the beach.

This one was shot by James Baigre and I picked the flower.  

Need more living room modern beach inspirations, send them my way….

OH! and my segment on Nate Berkus airs on October 4th, so set your tivo’s people.  And people have been asking when the show airs, and it won’t be until Spring. I promise the second that I get an air date you will be the first to know.  

  1. AmyC83

    Ok, so I don't have a beach bungalow, but our master bedroom does have white wood paneling and I do love that first room so much (except I agree with your husband about the hanging chair… maybe a hanging chaise?? or a hammock??). I say we pretend my house is near the beach and not in the valley and style it accordingly, what do you think?

  2. I love these! I'm a beach girl at heart (grew up on the east coast of Florida) and our "family compound" is decidedly modern beach bungalow. I feel like I'm on vacation every time I visit home.

    I uploaded some pictures to my Dropbox, in case you need a little more inspiration. :)

    Download here: http://db.tt/EDvL1Jd

  3. Jen

    I knew there was something I didn't like about you. Not love the beach? Preposterous!! Just crazy talk. I like the vibe you're going with. Not using the overdone and predictable "beachy cottage" thing. Have fun!

  4. Oh these are lovely, Emily! And I'm totally with you on the beach thing. My twin sister and I grew up going to Ocean City, Maryland (think Atlantic city but cheesier) every summer and it never stuck. Part of this aversion could be fairly blamed on the 1967 family-owned condo we stayed in: orange/cream shag carpet (affectionately called "dragon vomit" by my mom), wood-paneled walls, brown and silver foiled wallpaper, etc.

    p.s. My mom just introduced me to your blog because I live in a hole (a.k.a. don't watch T.V.), and it is just wonderful! I would love to enter stylist land. Thank you for being so generous with your behind-the-scenes/life-of-a-stylist notes. I promise once your show comes on, I will buy a T.V.

  5. Tina

    Vacationy is totally a word and we should do a vacationy shoot with James Baigrie in Cali. Too bad I missed your visit to the office!

  6. my husband (also bryan…maybe it's a bryan thing) has nixed that genius hanging chair too.
    damn them.

    i think that was cursing…no stars ;-)

  7. Keith

    Funny…I read "vacationy" as vasectomy and had to do a reading double-take. Would hate for my bedroom to feel vasectomy…

  8. Pamela

    I'd love to watch a beach house makeover! Vacationy sounds fun!

  9. kim

    dreamy

  10. Rob

    Love it!!

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