Well, “rustically elegant” sure sounds like an oxymoron, no? That’s the term used to describe a beach house at Veranda in Santa Barbara, and I must say, I agree!
Many people LOVE the beachy look, but don’t really want to plaster a huge starfish or sailboat on the wall to achieve it. The essence of beach style can be translated in a much more subtle way by sticking to color tones of the shoreline (sandy tans, white, unfinished wood, soft blues and greens), natural materials, botanical accessories, and a generally open and airy treatment.
True beach style doesn’t need to be kitsch, it just needs to be natural, and you can’t go wrong! (Plus that view certainly doesn’t hurt!)
(All images above and more found at Veranda)