As someone who has spent the majority of my life near the water, I’ve seen many beach houses and coastal inspired homes that could use a major facelift. Think poofy upholstered furniture with cane frames, concrete dolphin console tables, glass tops on everything, little hanging wooden signs with sayings on them, and seashells. Lots and lots of seashells. Personally, this is what I see when I envision purgatory but, believe it or not, there IS a way to do coastal in a non-tacky or literal way (that means no sea mammal-inspired furnishings or shells as decor) and Wendy Blackburn’s latest project is a perfect example. Take a look at this stunning beach home redesign for a family home located in San Clemente, a beautiful beachside community located in Orange County, California.
What I love about this redesign in particular is the drastic before and after difference. Picture dark stained cabinetry, dark ceilings, dark floors, dark finishes, and dark upholstery. It literally looked like brown was someone’s favorite color. Fast forward to present day and everything is now totally crisp, cool, and airy with a distinctive bohemian vibe. I’m in love with the new kitchen and bar design, which has the same bones for the most part but couldn’t be recognized as a remodel for someone who didn’t know it. To me, the entire place looks like it’s been newly constructed with this design scheme from the start, which can be quite the feat to accomplish.
The open floor plan allows for the kitchen, bar, living and dining spaces to all be easily accessible to one another which is great because the aesthetic for the entire space doesn’t feel overused or lazy, and I could die happy if shades of oceanic blues and white were the only thing that I could work with for the rest of my life. I’m feeling super inspired by this project and can’t wait to try a similar look in my own home someday!