A California Beach Cottage Makeover

An easy and casual design.

blue chenille window seat
Victoria Pearson
Designer Peter Dunham and architect Scott Laidlaw transform a Mediterranean-style stucco house in Newport Beach, California, into a cottage-style clapboard. By bringing in natural elements, skylights, and an open-space plan, Dunham creates an easy and casual home.
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blue chenille window seat
Victoria Pearson
Living Room

A window seat in the living room is upholstered in Pacific Blue Lido chenille from 's textile line. Unlined natural woven shades filter the light. The 1950s French wall lamp is by Pierre Guariche.

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wrought iron coffee table
Victoria Pearson
Living Room

The living room mix: Dunham's contemporary sofa accented with pillows in vintage indigo Japanese textile; a wrought-iron coffee table by Parisian designer Jean Royère; and 1940s Swedish chairs covered in 's Rigato.

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antique fabric ottoman
Victoria Pearson
Living Room Fireplace

By the living room fireplace, the seating area is like "a cozy pub" on chilly nights. Ole Wanscher armchairs flank an ottoman covered in antique rug fragments. Jacques Adnet lamp. rug.

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vintage wicker chairs
Victoria Pearson
Deck
The deck sports vintage wicker chairs.
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curved banister
Victoria Pearson
Staircase

A David Hicks-inspired banister enlivens the front hall.

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wood kitchen counter
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Kitchen

The wood kitchen counter continues the modern nautical feel. "And with everything else white and stone, it adds a dimension of warmth," Dunham says. "It's much less cold to lean on."

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california plein air paintings
Victoria Pearson
Dining Room

A 10-foot-long banquette makes the dining area one of the most inviting spots in the house. Above it hang California plein-air paintings from the owners' collection. How to Marry a Millionaire rush chairs from . Molador leather hurricanes with brass base from .

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white oak paneled walls
Victoria Pearson
Wall Paneling

"This was a dark room that was a bit stodgy and gloomy," Dunham says. "I thought, 'Let's go more cavelike.' So I paneled it in cerused white oak, inspired by Jean-Michel Frank." Anchoring the seating group is a storage ottoman with a cushion in Edelman leather from Dunham's store, . He designed the sectional sofa for the room and added vintage Peter Hvidt lounge chairs as a counterpoint: "You have to mix the notes. With all the solid upholstery, I wanted wooden pieces that were bony and sculptural." Walnut and ebony mirror from .

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craftsman oak chair
Victoria Pearson
Library

The library's sleek white leather desk is stylishly paired with a sculptural oak Craftsman-style chair.

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white four poster bed
Victoria Pearson
Master Bedroom

Dunham designed the bed for the master bedroom; he hung Japanese fabric embroidered in butterflies and wisteria from a set of curtains he found at an estate sale. "I love four-poster beds," he says. "They're so come-hither. A mattress and box springs on a metal frame does not say, 'Come lie on me or sit with a friend.'"

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japanese embroidered curtain panel
Victoria Pearson
Master Bedroom

A 1920s Japanese hand-embroidered curtain panel from a Pasadena estate hangs behind the cane headboard on the four-poster in the master bedroom.

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purple upholstered chair
Victoria Pearson
Bathroom

An armchair, a ceramic stool, an aged Persian rug, wallpaper, and Roman shades create a sitting room atmosphere in Susan Croul's bathroom. Dunham's KP Armchair in Carolina Irving Mimosa Vine, from . herringbone wallpaper.

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blue suzani bedding
Victoria Pearson
Guest Room

An Alexander Calder print and Sultan's Suzanni bedding by inject a fanciful air in the guest room.

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blue dutch door
Victoria Pearson
Front Door

The Dutch door was added to take advantage of sea breezes. It's painted Pacific Ocean Blue, a color that carries through the house.

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