Chic beach house displaying inviting interiors in Manhattan Beach

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This modern beach house is extremely welcoming and chic, the imagination of Chris Barrett Design, situated on a walk street in Manhattan Beach, California. The dream home was for a couple of empty nesters who wished to stay in their current property, but start over with the adjacent vacant lot that they had used for the past 26 years as a yard. The residence was designed with entertaining in mind, for multi-generations to come together for intimate dinner parties and large family gatherings. Demonstrating strong and clean masculine lines, balanced beautifully with feminine layers. The main level incorporates an open plan kitchen, dining and family room. The second story encompasses private zones of a spacious master bedroom suite with a library and study. The new addition on the second property is connected by a steel bridge, inspired by Japanese teahouse design. When family members come to visit, they spend time in the lower portion of the home, which houses a gym, games room and a guest suite. On the third level, there are a trio of suites, designed mainly for the children and grandchildren. The outdoor living spaces around the L-shaped home centers around a courtyard with a swimming pool and fireplace.

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An indoor-outdoor connection was integral to the design of this property, and throughout the interiors, natural light filters through with clerestory windows and sliding glass doors. Incorporating sustainable features was also important to the design project, by way of passive solar design and maximizing daylighting. Through both systems, the need for air conditioning and electric lighting were both decreased substantially. The home is so eco-friendly, that all systems have been zoned to operate for only the floors that are in use.

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Creating a timeless aesthetic was key to the interior design scheme, which displays a neutral color palette reflecting beach sand, with pops of raspberry. The ocean also served as inspiration to the scheme, with some spaces painted in soft hues of blue and green. The designers wanted to inject warmth to the spaces with a patinated aesthetic, while at the same time keeping everything chic and fresh. Beautiful furnishings decorate the spaces, with a mix of retro and vintage, paired with designer pieces ranging from Anthropologie to antiques.

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What We Love: What is not to love about this amazing beach house design? The indoor-outdoor connection, double height ceilings in the great room and the importance of family that inspired the design concept. We love that this is a forever home, designed to host the owner’s parents, children and grandchildren, yet ultimately pass the home down through generations. Its wonderful and inspiring to see a close-knit family enjoy spending time together in such an amazing home design. What are your thoughts on this home?

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The master suite library features custom built-ins and furnishings by the interior designer’s. A white shag rug ties the space together, adding texture and warmth.

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A guest bedroom features a romantic Italian canopy bed picked up from Anthropologie. A natural hemp area rug creates a cozy feel to the space.

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A guest sitting room features a custom designed cabinet and tables by the interior design team, paired with soft furnishings and a Moroccan leather pouf.

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A beautiful powder room showcases an Ann Sacks glass mosaic backsplash and marble countertop.

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Photos: Courtesy of Chris Barrett Design & Karyn Millet for luxe.

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