Bring the Beach Home

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - Jickie Tor­res, Edi­tor

I’M EM­BAR­RASSED TO AD­MIT THAT EVEN THOUGH I live less than an hour from some of the coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful beaches, this SoCal girl’s toes hardly ever touch the sand. Dead­lines, home projects and per­sonal to-do lists as dense as the morn­ing ma­rine layer of­ten get in the way.

So to make up for it, my an­nual sum­mer va­ca­tions are al­most al­ways coastal in na­ture. And those weeks when I get to live the shore life? I al­ways get in­spired by the spirit of sea­side liv­ing. It’s where bathing suits and flip-flops are the outfits de rigueur. Sand spills from your hair down to your beach cot­tage floor, just where it be­longs, and a day spent de­vel­op­ing your tan is a pro­duc­tive day in­deed.

While most of us can’t live like this year round, this is­sue is de­voted to bring­ing you ideas and in­spi­ra­tion to make you feel like you can. Whether your look leans to the clas­sic white slip­cov­ers and blue stripes or you like to spice it up with bold col­ors and boho touches, we’ve got stun­ning homes to get your de­sign wheels turn­ing.

The best part about visit­ing the beach is bring­ing a lit­tle bit of it home with you.

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