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Byron Bay is a beach side town located on the east coast of Australia just south of Brisbane and well north of Sydney.  With an eclectic mix of surfing, sophistication, and a big dose of bohemian culture, a thriving design scene has recently emerged.  One of the most notable additions is the hip but laid back Byron Bay Atlantic,  “a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses and joined by meandering sun bleached paths.”

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If you’re looking for the perfectly designed beach house, there’s nothing more inspiring than the outdoors.  Take cues from nature and bring elements of the outside in by incorporating shells, wood, plants and woven accessories into your dream home.

A fig leaf plant in a woven planter adds tropical flavor.  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.

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School’s out and the backyard will soon become the most prized room in the house.  Whether you’re grilling, chilling or building a fort for the kids, there are lots of great options for making your backyard the oasis that it’s meant to be.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Durie.

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It’s not the beach but there’s something about the desert that puts us in that laid-back frame of mind.  The dry heat, cool pools and towering San Jacinto mountains may be over 100 miles from the coast but the peace and serenity of the desert is like a vacation all year round.

Native Californian Trina Turk has made Palm Springs her home base and draws much of her inspiration from the resurgence of the mid-century modern lifestyle that has emerged in Palm Springs over the last decade. She’s also influenced by graphic arts.  This week she launched her collaboration with Banana Republic on a line of modern and colorful summer classics drawn from her signature prints.

Pisces print top in pool, a signature print.

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There’s nothing that says summer better than a good old-fashioned porch.  Except a modern one.  If the outside of your home doesn’t quite match the beauty of the inside, rest assured there are a few simple steps to creating some coastal curb appeal without breaking the bank.

1. Try painting the front door.

A nice front door makes a strong first impression and is a good indicator of what lies inside.  A sunny yellow front door equals a sunny house.  Right?  Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

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