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D. L. Rhein | Interior Design, Handcrafted Jewelry, Vintage Decor | BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE - PART I
Perched directly on the crashing waves of the Malibu coastline, we couldn't wait to remodel this 1930's cottage as a family retreat.
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BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART I

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

26 Oct BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART I

“The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.”
– Candice Olson

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BEFORE | BEACH HOUSE ENTRY

If ever there was a job site location that we couldn’t wait to get to each day, this was it.  Perched directly on the crashing waves of the Malibu coastline, this 1930’s cottage was a summer retreat our clients rented for years.  When the opportunity arose to purchase it, they immediately decided it had to be theirs forever and ever.  After working with them in Hancock Park, we were ecstatic to keep going with this fun and amazing family and get to remodel and design their R&R dream house.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

Goodbye cold stone floors, hello warm wood and sun bleached jute rugs! Wide panel walls and small closets were replaced with modern bead boards and the perfect shade of white paint.  With plenty of new storage built throughout the home, we could alleviate the closets in here to make this entry way into a cozy little room to chill and immediately kick back when they walk through the door.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

Our marble and brass hexagon end table is easy to move for an extra surface when needed.  White snapdragons and vintage blue books are simple and soothing and compliment the monochromatic palatte throughout the home.  Our greek key hurricanes double as the perfect vase.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

A nod to the oceanic setting, we fell in love with this shagreen (faux stingray) and white washed wood console.  A giant vintage brass dolphin from one of our hunts found a new home amongst a collection of books and family photos.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

A carved bone box is form and function at its best as it serves the purpose of storing remote controls while not in use.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

This one of a kind modern painting by a local artist  is fun and vibrant, while still keeping within the tones of the room.  Pillows made from hand dyed textiles add a punch to this white cloud couch. Trust us, you won’t want to get up after you’ve laid back on this insanely comfy sectional!  Hand stitched nayy leather ottomans keep the room open and airy while offering an additional place to sit while catching a game on the big screen.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

We wanted to keep the space cozy without overcrowding it with a clunky coffee table.  Woven loops of rope make this round one a perfect choice, topped with our scalloped marble tray to hold drinks and snacks.  An airplant attached to driftwood is a low maintenance beachy flora with a fun sculptural element.  Our strike on bottle matches can’t wait to light one of my favorite candles of all time, Santal by Le Labo.  So fragrant, you can smell it throughout the house, even when it’s not lit.  They even offer custom messages as they print each label to order when purchasing one of these dreamy hand poured delights. How’s about kicking back with a great summer novel while listening to the crashing waves in this room?  Don’t worry, every inch of this house is begging for people to relax in it, all day every day.  Stay tuned as we uncover each remodeled space of this cozy little cottage.

XO,
D.L.

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