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California by the sea

Antique blue-and-white tiles and a burbling fountain in a sunny courtyard set the scene for this seaside home with a Spanish Colonial in spirit. A neutral palette and natural materials ideally suit the beach house

Interiors by Chris Barrett Design

From the designer:

Approachable and liveable, this home is set on a picturesque stretch of California coastline.

Complementary to the architecture, it also plays to the ocean.

The home has a neutral palette and natural materials, perfectly fitting to a beach house.

The architect excavated the basement for an underground garage with a car elevator, resulting in a home that appears to be two storeys from the street when it’s actually three.


The house doesn’t loom over the street or the beach; it is organised into the tricky available site

Entered through an antique gate, the courtyard is complete with antique blue-and-white tile and a burbling fountain. The house is Spanish Colonial in spirit.

Designer Chris Barrett carried earthy, mostly neutral hues throughout the home, creating a sense of continuity across the open floor plan.

To enrich the palette, she incorporated texture and subtle pattern, choosing a jute rug in a chevron design for the living area and an understated stripe on the sofa in the same space.

Touches of blue crop up too, making for calming grace notes and a fitting nod to the seaside locale.

Designed by: Chris Barrett Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Karyn-Millet

09 May, 2021

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