West Coast Design

October 08, 2015

On my recent sojourn to the states I was completely enamoured with the West Coast sense of style. The beautiful homes nestled into the hills and secluded beach-side, cul-de-sacs  made it easy to see why this style has become one of the most loved design aesthetics.





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In Australia we've long since identified with the relaxed and healthy outdoor lifestyle that the Californian Bungalow represents. Originally imported from Pasadena, California in 1916. It caught on rapidly as a popular new form of suburban architecture. Marking a return to a simple more organic form of architecture. This is a laid back fun aesthetic to work with so be bold, take liberties and make it your own with some of these style tips…


  • An open, informal floor plan
  • no frills and relaxed approach to finishes and furnishings
  • Mix up classic or mid-century feature furnishings over a clean and modern base
  • Timber finishes on flaws and walls
  • Natural fibre rugs or throws to accent the wood
  • Vintage or modern feature lighting
  • Simple easy to care for indoor plants
  • Embrace natural materials and finishes
  • Expose rafters wherever possible
  • Create solid veranda posts
  • Clean natural and bright paint selections
  • Create informal but neat gardens with grass closely clipped, edged by gravel or stone flagged paths
  • Garden beds bordering the house and along boundary fences
  • Low brick or ‘pillow-faced’ limestone block fences
  • Side garages make driveways an integral part of the front garden so shouldn't be ignored.


Resource, reference and inspiration:

       Follow Abenzi's board California Dreaming on Pinterest.


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