What do you get when you mix retro design with a beach vibe in a coastal Southern California town? A Mid-Century Coastal Retreat! I love everything that speaks to the 50’s and 60’s—a time when furniture took center stage, and clutter was not even a word yet. A time when the only accessory you needed was the tray of martini’s on the bar cart. Our goal was to refresh, redesign and transform the home into a luxurious (but simple) corporate rental property, while embracing the architectural details of 1964. I immediately envisioned a boutique hotel-like experience, yet also wanted the home to reflect the owners love for their coastal town. I believe we did just that —- Of course, like any unique boutique hotel, it needed a name. Welcome to the Mid-Century Coastal Retreat where it’s always Happy Hour on the Deck! ~xo Paula
Here’s a few ideas on what to think about when fusing these awesome design styles:
1. Embrace the bones! Don’t try to hide or change the existing elements. It was important to let the stone fireplace and floor play center stage. Notice how the furniture isn’t too low (impractical for leasing) yet, it works with the mid-century pieces.
2. Three mirrors were placed on this very large wall in the dining room purposefully to reflect the ocean view. A rustic dining table with rattan chairs in washed grey felt like driftwood against the white wall. Splash of color: Sea-inspired tones with splashes and shades of turquoise are seen throughout. My FAVORITE: An overarching floor lamp in the Dining Room…Who Knew?
3. Original mica kitchen counter tops with wood pulls didn’t distract from the ocean view—Everyone needs a chalkboard wall….Fun to leave notes for guests or family.
4. Simple hallway leading to guest rooms draws you in by the black and white canvas with famous beaches and streets!
5. The Laguna Beach Suite with it’s hanging chair and splashes of orange make you feel the sun and surf! The charcoal gray and black anchors the whimsical space.
6. Master Suite with a simple aesthetic, leads to a niche where ceiling-mounted drapery allows for privacy. Linen textures on headboard and lamps work perfectly against the white wall.
7. Hello Sputnik! A pendant in the Master niche says hello RETRO!
8. The Spa guest room is an un-fussy, tranquil space.
9. Adding a touch of industrial to the office, was fun and a bit masculine—great view from that window too!