The wide blue yon­der

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From the more tra­di­tional Hamp­tons-style cot­tage by the beach to the con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­ist man­sion that can­tilevers over the ocean, Coastal Homes Of The World is a col­lec­tion of stun­ning wa­ter­front prop­er­ties.

Au­thor Monique But­ter­worth has sourced sea­side homes from Aus­tralia, Asia, the US, the Caribbean, Greece and more, to show­case how ev­ery­thing from eco, bo­hemian and rus­tic de­sign can be in­ter­preted in coastal ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign. As it turns out, suc­cess­ful coastal de­sign is much more than whites, blues and neu­trals. All of the homes have that dream el­e­ment or wow fac­tor that only coastal homes can. The stun­ning views are a given but it’s the en­tire pack­age of the sound of the ocean and the salty scent of sea air. It is that re­laxed on-hol­i­day feeling, yet still re­tain­ing el­e­ments of style. I am drawn to Amanzi Ka­mala’s (Cape Sol Phuket, Thailand) ridicu­lously stun­ning can­tilevered glass-bot­tomed swim­ming pool, which draws the eye. You just wouldn’t leave. It was tough choos­ing the six homes fea­tured, but I wanted to show homes that re­spond in­di­vid­u­ally to the key el­e­ments of their lo­ca­tion. Stun­ning views aside, all six homes ex­ude easy, low-main­te­nance, eco-friendly liv­ing and don’t take them­selves too se­ri­ously. Apart from where to book their next hol­i­day? For many of us, liv­ing by the sea is a fab­u­lous dream and sim­ply not re­al­ity. You may not have

Casa Alti­plano in Mex­ico turns tra­di­tional adobe tech­nique on its head to cre­ate a mod­ern sea­side home with eye-pop­ping colour.

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