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A stunning French Provincial inspired home overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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This French Provincial-inspired oceanfront home was designed by Oatman Architects, located on Strand Beach in Dana Point, Orange County, California. The owners are a couple from Houston who desired a place to relax and unwind on weekends and holidays with friends. Upon entrance into this grand beach house retreat, one can immediately see the Pacific Ocean.

Genoise tile eaves, and doors modeled on French antiques, give the effect that a Provence home was transplanted to the California coast. On the beach-facing side of this residence, a glass-bottomed infinity edge spa on the main level acts as a canopy over the circular indoor/outdoor bar at the cabana level below with another infinity-edge pool and spa overlooking the sandy beach.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Oatman Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Ohara Davies-Gaetano BUILDER Corbin Reeves Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Land Creative

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Above: The front doors were fabricated by a local (Orange County, CA) custom millwork carpenter based on a design derived from a photograph of a pair of antique doors taken by the interior designer at a Paris flea market.

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The interior design of this beachfront house was designed with a Provençal flair, and its impressive views of the Pacific Ocean are as transportive as the home’s European-influenced architecture. From the home’s balconies, you can hear the sound of the waves lapping at the shore, and each space was designed to be a true escape for the owners.

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What We Love: This French Provincial-inspired home provides its inhabitants with a cozy and functional retreat for entertaining at the beach. A fabulous great room connects to a loggia to extend the entertaining space, with furnishings to place snack plates and wine glasses while gazing at the ocean. The beautiful interiors are filled with old furnishings and weathered salvaged finds to infuse character and charm into the architecture. 

Tell Us: What are your favorite design elements in this home? Please let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in Southern California: Tour a transitional Southern California home with charming French style and This Napa Valley farmhouse retreat is the ultimate nature-inspired design.

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For the interior designer of this oceanfront project, the mission was to design each space to feel as if it was on the French Riviera. Achieving this goal necessitated sourcing real materials to create an authentic feel, traveling to Belgium, Italy, Spain, and France. She trudged through antique warehouses, barns, and open fields to find one-of-a-kind treasures that included architectural accents and unique accessories to weathered objets d’art.

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Above: The floors are reclaimed limestone blocks with a softly worn surface. The beams are Oak 10×10 cut in half, sourced from Vintage Timberworks.

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Above: The kitchen features a bas-relief inset over a La Cornue range. The countertops are fabricated by Chiarini Marble and Stone in Santa Ana, CA. 

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Above: The walls are gypsum plaster in tranquil hues for a calming backdrop.

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Above: This cozy sitting area in the primary bedroom features a salvaged limestone mantelpiece with a heart etched over a date: 1816.

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Above: The flooring in the primary bedroom is reclaimed walnut, scraped and oiled. On the bed, the linens are from Sferra, while the coverlet was sourced from SDH Linens. The doors are recycled antiques sourced by the interior designer at a Paris flea market.

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Above: The bar top is limestone, sourced from Neolithic Design Stone and Tile in Newport Beach.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Karyn Millet & Richard Powers

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