This week's Instagram images lead me to this beautiful San Clemente Beach House designed by Becki Owens out of Orange County in Southern California. It's my unofficial ode to the remainder of summer, and my motivation these last few days to "transform" my interior spaces with a lighter feel, reminiscent of straw baskets and white peonies. Becki's designs are light-filled spaces with white walls, dark floors, linen fabrics in shades of blue, oatmeal, white and grey; layered, appointed, and perfect for lazy afternoons after picnics at the beach...
Becki's advice to take your time while furnishing your home is seen here with the tufted chairs flanking a light oak table on a white cowhide rug, layering in different textures gives this space a curated look.
Can we just stop and look at those accordion doors! Gorgeous! I love the mix of patterns, from the diamond glass panes, to the more modern patterned drapes playing well with the French grain sack upholstery on the chairs.
It's all in the mix - A simple neutral palette mixed with a few details finishes this space nicely. The white textured vases and the French weathered glass front cabinet leaves this home feeling curated, unique, and very personal.
I love this kitchen, from its taupey grey and white back splash, to it's watery blue island.
The bead board ceiling and crown moldings finish off this space and bring a perfectly refined beach feel to this home. Doesn't everyone always gather in the kitchen? Which is why I prefer the bar stools at the island instead of the counter bar, a perfect place to linger longer.
I love sheets of white marble in the kitchen! It's been my personal favorite for years, it's timeless and luxurious at the same time.
Design Idea - The built in shelves on the opposite side of the tall counter bar allow the homeowners to display their finds and personal items, while keeping the typical counter bar stools from competing with the other furniture in the living space.
This truly open floor plan is rarely seen in a residential building... typically this design has been used in commercial spaces such as restaurants... and I love it. I have often wondered why this open layout has not been applied in homes. If I could, I would tear out two walls in my home and have this wonderfully uninterrupted space, so perfect for both entertaining and daily living.
So pretty and nothing says "don't touch". I think lighting makes a room, and I love her choices!
This tribal basket adds texture and color that accentuates the items behind the glass. It's all about different textures and unique finds in a neutral space.
A perfect sitting area to begin or end your day.
This weathered console, while so pretty, also functions practically as the perfect place to store extra seating.
A great space for inspiration. I love this glass console desk, tucking a basket underneath keeps the glass top fresh and organized.
So pretty! With the patterned rug, solid headboard, and dappled wallpaper who wouldn't want to come and stay for the weekend!
A charming spot for the little ones.
I love an all white "spa" bathroom, it makes getting up early almost like a vacation. OK, almost like a vacation.
Many thanks to Becki Owens for sharing with us her beautiful designs and inspiring us to
All photography by Ashlee Raubach