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Publication Date: 2018-12-17

Inspiration

Inside an Airy California Beach Retreat

For a family of ocean lovers based in San Francisco, designer Lauren Nelson remodeled a relaxing, seaside getaway in Stinson Beach, California, to achieve an airy, comfortable ambience. Nelson notes that each member of the family loves spending time on the beach, pursuing activities from surfing and paddle boarding to crabbing and scouting for washed-up treasures. "The house is filled with shells, beach glass, and driftwood collected by the family," says the designer. "We loved these keepsakes and used them as inspiration in our materials selection, all of which have an organic feel with subtle patterns and hues of color from the surrounding environment."

With help from Steve Wisenbaker Architects, Nelson preserved the existing framework of the home while opening up the kitchen area and adding extra bedrooms. The designer kept the materials relatively simple and focused on high-end, durable materials that would work for the family and their guests.

"Ultimately, this home is meant to be lived in, and every design choice we made reflects just that," she says. Read on for our tour of the inspiring home.

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