The Joy of Coastal Living!

There is something quite magical about coastal living. Whether you are in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia or the Americas, owning waterfront property is something that most of us seem to aspire to. When we go on vacation, we often choose hotels, villas and cottages by the beach. But why are so many of us enamored by sea views? Just what is it that appeals to us about a rolling ocean and those endless cyan skies? Many home seekers will gladly trade more than a few extra square feet and a view of the neighbor’s yard, for a smaller place that offers even the slightest glimpse of water. Perhaps it’s part of the pioneering human spirit to long for travel and adventure; the lure of what lies unknown beyond a distance horizon. Maybe the simple sense of comfort and safety one gets from gazing out as the elements battle it out over the waves, is the deciding factor. Some can’t get enough of the calm brilliance of a serene summer seascape, others long for lightening strikes and restless, towering crests. Artists have tried to capture the relentless majesty of the ocean for centuries, and generations of painters and photographers have filled gallery walls around the globe with untamed maritime imagery. Whatever reason we choose, sea views have an unquestionable allure. There seems to be a different vibe too, in coastal towns. Somehow the serene, permanent presence of lapping waves help create a laid back, contemplative and fun attitude to life. Coastal community residents seem to take everything in their stride, and enjoy dining al fresco, playing beach sports, swimming, fishing, beachcombing, and generally promenading along, gently caressed by a subtle sea breeze. From watching the first rays of morning light appear over an east coast horizon, to bathing in the warm glow of a setting sun on a west coast beach, our affinity to the sea seems unshakable. All around the world, some of the most sought-after and prestigious real estate can be found in prime oceanside locations. A mountain view might be dramatic, a wooded vista may provide a sense of wilderness, but the knowledge that one can step out of one’s home and delight in the sensation of a tide licking gently at our feet, well, that’s simply incomparable. Among the most desirable coastal locations in the US is sunny California, and hordes of eager property buyers are drawn to The Golden State’s rugged coast all year round. Here they search for cozy cottages in small beach towns, swanky modern condos in vibrant oceanside neighborhoods, and impressive estates in secluded coastal enclaves. Santa Cruz is one such location, and is home to a host of wonderful communities and...

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Five Rooms with a Nautical Theme

Ahoy sailor! Bring out your love for the high seas in the growing trend of nautical themed decorating. Whether is your little boy’s nursery or your bathroom, there are ways to incorporate this classic look anywhere. The essential colors via Houzz Red, white, and navy blue are the classic naval colors that you’ll want to use. Don’t forget about your neutrals such as woody browns and canvas creams when you put together your color palette. The great thing is that all these colors almost always go beautiful together with their high contrast bright hues. Shaping up via Houzz Ships are known for their round windows. Bring that style into your bathroom with circle mirrors that feel just like a ship’s portholes. Another lovable thing about this bathroom are the lights and amazing cabinets. They really bring in the feeling of being in a ship from the wood to the details in the door knobs Raise the mast via Houzz This living room looks like the wow worthy captain’s cabins of a luxury liner. This room keeps the woodsy feel of a ship to bring together fun and classic. The ceiling looks like an upside down ship and the bar looks you could unfurl a sail and sail away in it! This room also incorporates other nautical essentials such as shop helms and those amazing lights that look like a starry sky. For the young adventurer via Houzz This room just screams fun. The map for an accent wall brings something great color to the room and has the bonus of being educational. To maximize the continuity of the look, match rugs to bedsheets to accent pieces. The model sailboat really ties it all together into one central theme. Show it off via Houzz Show off your love for sailing with a beautiful display as the backdrop of your ultimate billiards room. To match the theme, keep the walls and ceiling decorated with wood panel as a nod to the wood that ships were made out. Port mirrors and rope banisters on the staircase really make this room look like you’re playing pool at sea without the seasickness. Material overhaul via Houzz The nautical style is full of many textures and features a lot of natural fibers. Distressed wood brings a really organic feel. There are many chances to use upcycled pieces such as items made from driftwood or rope. For more home design inspiration, please go to Modernize.com...

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Nautical Inspired Living Room!

This nautical inspired living room is fantastic! I especially love the navy and white striped rug and navy colored ottoman.  The room looks very inviting and cozy. Discovered on Digs Digs! #Nautical #Decor #livingroom...

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Luxury Beach Homes in Malibu

Okay, we know that we’re huge proponents for simple and casual beach cottages but that doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate big, beautiful, and outstandingly fabulous luxury beach homes too.  We love viewing various architectural designs, interior design work, and gorgeous beach views…We thought you might too. Ocean Home Magazine featured this four bedroom, six bath Malibu Beach House and it’s divine.  The beach house boasts a full 10,000 sq. ft. of living space and is located on a  landscaped one-acre Malibu Estate Site.  The home sits on a 100 foot elevated bluff with 360° pristine white water, island, and mountain views.  Enjoy the view and visit Ocean Home Magazine for many more luxury home listings.   >> Marisol ~ Resort-style Living on Malibu’s Rural Western Shore...

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