It is nearing the end of April and it is still cold and rainy in Boston. But I have already started dreaming of sunny days ahead and long walks along the beach. This post follows up on the top 40 beach houses and will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect environment for enjoying this most precious time of the year.
Terrace of Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor's Hollywood Hills home. Elle Decor, June 2014.
Terrace dining in Reese Witherspoon's Ojai, California home designed by Kristen Buckingham. Elle Decor, July 2012.
View of the Pacific through gnarled Monterey cypress from terrace in Laguna Beach, California retreat designed by KAA Design and Atelier AM. Architectural Digest, June 2012.
Colorfull seating in exotic pool house. Elle Decor, July 2015.
The open air living room in a palapa-style Mexican beach house is anchored by a custom blue striped rug designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Architectural Digest.
The living room of the Martyn Lawrence Bullard decorated Mexican vacation home features a custom blue striped rug and blue and white upholstery. Architectural Digest
Pillows in a Moroccan tile pattern fabric and coral and blue fabrics are anchored by a custom gray, brown and gold striped rug designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Architectural Digest
Dining under the rose arbor in designer Marc Appleton's California garden. Architectural Digest, April 2017.
A cream, grey and green floral wallcovering and a floral needlepoint rug adorn a sunroom in designer Janet Simon's New Jersey home. Traditional Home.
The breakfast and seating areas are defined by a blue and gold striped rug in a Jacquelynne Lanham and Shope Reno Wharton designed sunroom in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Architectural Digest.
The loggia in the Los Angeles home of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady has a rustic wood ceiling, taupe and blue striped upholstery, wicker, stone walls and blue striped rug. Architect Richard Landry, interior designer Joan Behnke. Architectural Digest.
West Indies planter's chairs, Moroccan chandelier and a Buddha statue are anchored by a red oriental rug in a sunroom designed by Mona Hajj. Mona Hajj Interiors.
Yellow and blue pillows pop against grey upholstery in a sunroom designed by Michelle Nussbaumer. Veranda.
Green walls, white trim and white ceiling bring out the beauty of a fern patterned needlepoint rug by Asmara in a Palm Beach sunroom designed by Allison Paladino. House Beautiful.
A gray sofa is nestled in a sunny niche formed by golden bay windows and anchored by a blue, gold and brown striped rug. BHG image.
A gold cabinet and beige Oushak rug add color and pattern to a living room with floor to ceiling steel windows designed by Kara Mann. Kara Mann Interiors.
A beige and brown Ascot needlepoint, Kelly Wearstler drapery fabric and wicker and wood create a relaxed mood in a sunroom by Greenwich, Connecticut designer Cindy Rinfret.
A 17th-Century Seville Palace updated by Lorenzo Castillo. Veranda, September 2013.
An oriental rug defines the sitting area in the living room of Celerie Kemble's Dominican Republic retreat. Architectural Digest, March, 2017
Dining under the pergola in a 1930s Tudor house in Beverly Hills belonging to the creator of Will & Grace. Elle Decor, April 2012.
A Spanish and Moroccan inspired open air sitting area. Veranda, February 2017.
Outdoor dining in a Palm Beach backyard. Veranda
Tiles from Sicily add color and pattern to Nicola Fabrizio's outdoor dining area overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea. Veranda
Red ikat and red batik layered on the table pop against pale blue walls and blue striped rug in a sunroom designed by Furlow Gatewood. Veranda.
Terrace dining in Martha Stewart's Skylands estate in Seal Harbor, Maine. Architectural Digest, July 2015.
Blue patterned tile floor in an outdoor sitting area designed by Karin Blake in Los Angeles. Architectural Digest, November 2009.
Vintage metal tub and shower in a casual garden. Architectural Digest, May 2014.