Malibu Beach House


source: Elle Decor

I was going through old magazines last week and I found these photos inside the August 2012 issue of Elle Decor. I think it's really hard to do beach or nautical themes in a fresh and homey way so that they don't come out looking like an overdone spread from Coastal Living. Eric Hughes and Nathan Turner really managed to accomplish that and create a casual space for themselves and their two dogs. They went for a "Fourth of July weekend on the Atlantic shore" vibe and maybe that's what I like about it the most: how they brought a little east coast to a SoCal beach house. 

There are a lot of elements that I was into. On the cheesier side, I'm always a sucker for beadboard paneling and built-in shelving, so I like that they kept those from the original home. Because of that texture, the white walls really work for me here. And the bohemian patterns and vintage nautical pieces that they found to tie the whole beach theme together really make me want to go thrifting. Maybe a trip to South Cedros Ave is in order?