Seaside Sophistication – by Burnham Design


As the weather takes a turn for sunnier days ahead…we can’t help dreaming of the beach! We have been fantasizing about every detail of this comfortably elegant beachhouse by LA-based Burnham Design, a vacation home for a large family that was also featured in 2014 as the Coastal Living Showhouse. From soaring ceilings and an open floor plan to outdoor spaces with a view that makes the most of its waterfront location, this home is a coastal dream come true. It helps that it also features tons of luxurious upholstered pieces by LEE Industries! We checked in with lead designer Betsy Burnham for details…read on for behind-the-scene notes from the designer herself, and even more visual inspiration. Love her fresh, unique style? Get even more interior eye candy by following Betsy’s Instagram at @burnhamdesign!
I am crazy about the palette. We kept it very clean and limited: navy blue and periwinkle with white. Wood finishes were either driftwood grey or black. It’s coastal-inspired, but I think the stark contrast keeps it sophisticated.
Designer Notes: Inspiration
Since all three rooms–living, dining and kitchen–are open to each other, we first needed to define each space. We did this with changes in ceiling heights and treatments (using tongue & groove construction and shallow coffers), window treatments (from Roman shades to tailored drapery panels) and a creative furniture plan. Then, all of our paint colors and materials had to work together, as if it were one large room.
It was important to us, even in a beach/vacation house, not to fall into the realm of kitsch. So, while we borrowed color and used inspiration from nature, we tried to keep the design elevated and luxe as opposed to cute and beachy.
Right outside those French doors is the coast and the ocean, and that was all the inspiration I needed.
In terms of furniture pieces, I absolutely love that sofa. It’s by Lee Industries and I use it often because the clean lines and simple design fit into any decor – from traditional to eclectic.
Sometimes, simple lines and a clean color scheme are all it takes.
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Los Angeles, CA

Betsy Burnham is the lead designer of the well known interior design firm Burnham Design. Known for flawlessly combining the classic with the unexpected, this design firm was the stroke of genius behind the 2014 Coastal Living showhouse, located in picturesque Coronado Beach, CA. From their Los Angeles studio, the firm continues to create world-class spaces for clients that appreciate a style that is a little bit country club and a little bit rock-and-roll.