Remodeled Beach Home Makes Entertaining Easy

Designer Corine Maggio transforms a dark and dated home in Encinitas, Calif., into a warm and welcoming space where her clients can gather with friends and family.

Transitional Living Room With Blue Rug

Transitional Living Room With Blue Rug

A large blue rug pulls together this appealing living room space. If not all the furniture fits fully on a rug, make sure that at least the front legs of the various pieces do.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter

Chipper Hatter

Though they loved to entertain, a couple from Encinitas, Calif., found that their 1,900-square-foot home hardly allowed for hosting large gatherings.

So they enlisted the help of designer Corine Maggio to brighten the interior, upgrade the kitchen and include plenty of seats for friends.

"Remodels usually bog people down, but (my clients) were enthusiastic and trusting from the start," says Maggio, founder of CM Natural Designs in La Jolla, Calif. "They’re really into cooking and hosting, so I think they were excited to finally have the space for it."

Foyer With Half Door

Foyer With Half Door

Entryway with Dutch door.

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Chipper Hatter

While a local architect expanded the beach home’s floor plan, the designer worked on creating a warm, welcoming interior.

In the entryway, she used a Dutch door to fill the home with fresh air and natural light while keeping the couple’s young daughter safely inside. She then added a rustic wood bench and a matching coat rack to give guests a spot for their shoes and jackets.

Because the entry flows right into the living room, Maggio chose other farmhouse-style pieces to make the two spaces feel cohesive.

View From Living Room Into Kitchen

View From Living Room Into Kitchen

This kitchen's dark gray cabinets are a stark contrast to the home's general light, bright feel. But they bring sophistication and gravitas to the open plan space.

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Chipper Hatter

Drawing on the blue brushstrokes in a painting from the couple’s art collection, she enlivened the floors with a weathered blue area rug and then pulled buffalo checked pillows for the sectional.

With four wood beams above and a leather chair in the corner, the space feels elegant yet comfortable, which Maggio says really speaks to the couple’s style.

"The owners are young professionals," the designer explains. "They’re sophisticated yet approachable, and I think this room reflects that."

Though the adjacent kitchen is just as inviting, Maggio reveals that the space certainly didn’t start out that way. When she signed on for the project, the kitchen was dark and outdated, with limited room to cook, much less entertain.

Open Plan Kitchen With Vaulted Wood Ceiling

Open Plan Kitchen With Vaulted Wood Ceiling

This home in Encinitas, California needed some love: The original residence was small and dark and it needed to fit a growing young family. During the remodel, the architect divided the house into multiple levels. Each separate space had a sense of coziness, but was also accessible to the rest of the house.

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Chipper Hatter

After the architect opened the kitchen and vaulted its ceilings, Maggio installed bright white cabinets to make the space feel even more airy. A seafoam green, fireclay tile backsplash adds subtle visual interest that the designer loved so much, she continued it into the pantry and laundry room.

Stainless appliances help bring the kitchen into the present, while a large sink with a built-in cutting board streamlines the meal prep process. But it's the versatile seating arrangements, Maggio insists, that really make entertaining effortless.

With a long bench at the dining table, two armchairs in the breakfast nook and three barstools at the island, the owners have space for all types of gatherings.  

"We tried to include different types of seating to accomodate any kind of party," Maggio states. "Now 12 people can be sitting at the same time, or they can hang out at the island and mingle with the hosts."

Gray Bar Cabinets With Orange Pulls

Gray Bar Cabinets With Orange Pulls

Statement pulls in orange give fresh personality and a zing of color to the gray cabinets and drawers in this bar area.

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Chipper Hatter

The island's heather gray hue visually connects it to the built-in bar, where matching cabinets store different drinks and glasses. Per the owners' request, Maggio also outfitted the space with a custom tap.

"They really wanted a place for beer and wine," the designer says. "They both work for a local brewery, so the bar area is like a nod to that."

Touches like this were just as important to the couple as they were to Maggio, who wanted the home to not only anticipate the family's needs, but also tell their story.

"If you look at where those stairs are, you can see that we framed black-and-white photos of their families all the way up to the second floor," she says. "It's a nice way to celebrate their heritage and remember their past in a home that really represents who they are."

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Front Porch With Pop of Red

With a polished concrete porch, stylish sconces and a chic black door, this beach home in Encinitas, Calif., makes a great first impression on visitors. Red rocking chairs add a pop of color to the space, as well as give the owners room to watch their young daughter play.

Warm, Family-Friendly Foyer

Designer Corine Maggio used a Dutch door to fill the foyer with natural light while keeping the couple's child safely inside. To the left, a wooden bench and matching coat rack help personal items stay organized.

Living Room With Farmhouse Feel

Four wood beams overhead continue that farmhouse feel into the living room. Thanks to double doors that open to the backyard, the owners and their guests can enjoy ocean breezes from the comfort of the sectional.

Leather Armchair for Extra Seating

In the corner, a warm leather armchair serves as an extra seat for visitors. A reclaimed wood coffee table completes the space and keeps drinks in reach.

Colorful Art, Comfortable Furnishings

Abstract art not only enlivens the walls, but also serves as the foundation for the room's color palette. Drawing inspiration from the painting's blue brushstrokes, designer Corine Maggio outfitted the neutral space with a bright blue area rug and throw pillows.

Dining Table With Wood Bench

After catching up in the living room, the owners and their friends can head into the kitchen for dinner and drinks. A long table with a wood bench lends itself to large, family-style meals and casual conversation, while a chandelier draws attention to the vaulted ceiling.

Built-In Bar With Gray Cabinets

As a nod to the brewery where her clients work, designer Corine Maggio outfitted the bar area with a custom tap. The orange pulls offer a fun pop of color.

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Stylish and Versatile Sitting Area

Knowing how much her clients love to entertain, Maggio made sure that the dining area had versatile seating options. Thus, two armchairs can be used as a breakfast nook or as extra seats at the owners' next gathering. Meanwhile, seafoam green curtains nod to the home's coastal location.

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Kitchen Includes Large Island

Once dark and outdated, this open kitchen now features vaulted ceilings, bright white cabinets and stainless appliances. A large island increases the kitchen's functionality by providing room for meal prep and serving trays, or giving the owners more seats for guests.

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Cabinets With Seafoam Backsplash

A closer look at the cabinets reveals a gorgeous, seafoam green backsplash made from fireclay tile. Thanks to its glossfy finish, this feature catches the light like the ocean's surface.

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Laundry Room With Open Shelves

That backsplash curves around the corner and continues into the laundry room. Here, a stackable washer and dryer save space, while open shelves give the owners easy access to detergent, dryer sheets and towels.

Black Beams Cross Vaulted Ceiling

The second floor features spectacular views of the vaulted ceilings, which were created in collaboration with a local architect. Black beams offer a modern touch and tie together the railings in the kitchen and living room.

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Guest Bath Off Hallway

When they need to freshen up, guests can head upstairs to this beautiful spare bathroom. Glass lights and a long mirror provide plenty of light, while a wood vanity stores everyday items.

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Shower With Fish Scale Tile

Scalloped tiles in the shower easily evoke thoughts of a mermaid's tail. At the same time, the room's white and blue color palette ensures that it's cohesive with the rest of the house.

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Chic Black-and-White Master Suite

Black and white isn't just a classic color combination; it's also a great, gender-neutral option for the master bedroom. In this suite, designer Corine Maggio softened the bed with white linens, then used a black headboard and dresser to add a little bit of drama.

Master Bath With Graphic Floor

With his-and-her sinks and sleek sconces, the master bathrom makes morning rituals like shaving and applying makeup easier than ever. The graphic tile floor is especially eye-catching and echoes the colors in the adjacent suite.

Kids' Bath With Coastal Touches

With a wave-like shower curtain and pom pom-trimmed mat, this kids' bathroom definitely makes a splash. Magnets on the wall help the little ones practice their ABCs while they're in the tub.

Sand Dollar-Inspired Wallpaper

What kid-friendly space would be complete without a fun graphic? This blue-and-white wallpaper not only adds energy to the room, but also boasts a sand dollar design that fits the beachy theme perfectly.

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