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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 often fantasize about your dream home but don’t know where to start, consider exploring the design-friendly web site, Pinterest.  Even if your budget is a far cry from allowing you to purchase designer tiles, custom upholstery or even new bedding and pillows, all the design pros agree its best to do your research to understand your taste by collecting images of what you like in a notebook or file folder.  Pinterest is a tool for creating your own virtual inspiration board.  So come on — dream a little.

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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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Surfing has always allured a certain type of risk taker.  While movies like The Endless Summer popularized the notion of the traveling, bohemian surfer searching for the perfect wave, the 80s brought us Quicksilver, Billabong, Jeff Spicoli and the professionalization of the sport.  With it came neon swimsuits and beach accessories and an entire culture dedicated to surfing.

Photo courtesy of Surfer Magazine and espn.go.com

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