5 Killer Ocean Views That Will Get You Ready for Vacation
The weather is getting colder, and I’ve been dreaming about warm getaways for the past few days. Unfortunately (dear bosses: that was a typo), I've got no time off on the horizon, so the vacationing will have to stay in my head a bit longer. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to tide myself over with pictures of homes with yummy ocean views. Why don’t you join me?
Contemporary Oceanfront Dining Room
Rich coral tones in the upholstery mimic the soft hue of the horizon at sunset in this contemporary dining room, which features a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Warm hardwood flooring is balanced by the striking finish on the tray ceiling, and a contemporary pendant bathes the table in a soft glow.
Studio 6 Architects
With a view like the one in this dining room by Studio 6 Architects, I would dine in every day and night of the week. The wall-to-wall windows allow the ocean view to serve as ever-changing decor. But while the ocean is the star of this space, I like how the statement light fixture keeps drawing your attention back to the dining area.
Contemporary Living Room Boasts Breathtaking Ocean View
If the ocean view is the star of this contemporary living space, the room's elegant furnishings and palette are breathtaking in their supporting role. Subtle sheen on fabrics and accessories pick up the light reflecting off the water, while a floating coffee table adds whimsicality and functionality.
The key to true indoor-outdoor living is creating flow between the indoors and outdoors, which this living area designed by Addison Bruley does to a T. Comfortable, luxurious furniture offers a perfect spot to relax and take in the sea breeze. Thanks to the retractable wall and the clear-glass balcony surround, your view of the water from the sofa is never obstructed.
Ok, this photo is either going to thrill you or scare the daylights out of you. Personally, I think this bedroom designed by Aria Design feels like the deck of a yacht, minus the seasickness. If the idea of being enveloped by an ocean view while in your bed makes you a little seasick, then take comfort in knowing that floor-to-ceiling window shades are tucked away in a ceiling pocket, ready to be lowered for complete privacy.
Nothing says spa bathroom like having an ocean outside the window! Like the other designs, this bathroom by Brittney Fischbeck keeps the look minimal to keep from detracting from the stunning view. This bathroom is located in a certified LEED Platinum home; The vanity countertops are made from recycled materials, and the sinks are sustainably made.
Jackson Design and Remodeling
This one is a bonus photo. For those of who are doomed to be far away from the ocean right now, here’s a way to bring the ocean to us. Jackson Design and Remodeling turned a boring hallway into a stunning oceanfront thanks to digitally printed wallpaper in a colorful California home. Pair this with a lounge chair, a fruity adult beverage, a recording of ocean sounds and an assistant to lightly mist you with salt water, and the Spring Break dream becomes a little more of a reality. Sort of.
Resort-Style Pool Area
Lounge chairs fill several niches in this resort-style patio, providing a place for many guests to relax. A raised wading pool sits on one side of the pool and houses two chairs immersed in the water for an island getaway feel. The loggia area features a dining area for eight, as well as a large outdoor living area that surrounds an oversized limestone fireplace complete with a flat-panel TV. The glass tile in the pool interior reflects the water, while the LED lighting allows the homeowner to create different moods in the courtyard by altering the color of the light. Design by Turner Boaz Architects and Archiverde Landscape Architects; Builder: Pool Environments
Backyard Focal Point
Beating the Florida heat at HGTV Smart Home 2013 is a breeze. One of the home's defining features is its stunning outdoor swimming pool which features a jet propulsion system with a water treadmill, a murmuring fountain and color-changing lights for a beautiful nighttime experience.
A retaining wall houses this Tuscan-style pool area without obstructing the beautiful landscape view. Travertine tile complements the warm, rustic tone of the house and is cool to the touch during hot summer months. A round pavilion off the pool area provides a place to relax in the shade, and crepe myrtles and other lush plants add visual appeal. Design by Liquidscapes
Bold Focal Point
A vibrant red fireplace is the focal point of this colorful, contemporary backyard. The red and charcoal stucco fireplace features a mantel veneered in a gray stacked stone pattern for a dimensional look. The water features give the illusion that water is flowing into the pool from the upper deck, and the pool wall is made with four different tiles to add texture to the space. Design by Randy Angell
Vibrant orange patio chairs bring a splash of color to this neutral Italian-style backyard. Lounge chairs are dispersed throughout the large patio to create a resort-style feel. A dominant water feature at one end of the pool makes a bold statement. Design by Thom Oppelt
This luxurious pool area includes a poolhouse, which provides a place to store all the pool equipment and to grab a cool refreshment. A separate spa area is just off the pool and brings an architectural appeal to the space. Design by Liquidscapes
With an outdoor kitchen and cabana, this enclosed poolside patio is the perfect place to entertain guests. Design by Maria Toczylowski
This classic desert home features a brick patio and white plaster pool for the perfect place to cool off all year round. Design by Jamie Herzlinger
A Backyard Getaway
This backyard oasis designed by Jamie Durie is made up of several materials, such as timber, sandstone and copper accents, which create a serene environment. The poolside towers provide privacy and feature a front-face glass that houses cascading water for an effect you'd normally only see at a high-end resort.
Designer Lori Carroll created a beautiful and relaxing outdoor living space with natural stone surrounded by lush landscaping. The pool area is equipped with plenty of seating options, making it the perfect place for both relaxing and entertaining.
Outdoor Living Area
Incorporate an outdoor living room into your yard for a relaxing place to unwind. The dark wood pergola complements the light wood outdoor furniture, while the splash of cobalt blue from the dining table brings life to the space. Photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts
This rectangular pool is suited for active swimmers and those who just want to relax. The space features swim up seating and water platforms for sunbathing, all surrounded by a living privacy wall. Design by Jorge Ulibarri
Landscape designer Jamie Durie installed this corner trellis to take advantage of every inch of space. The curved deck sits right at the edge of the pool, and floating benches allow for entertaining a large crowd. A planter box trailing across the fence blocks the harsh sun yet still catches the light. Ocean-colored pots tie in the color of the pool, and white poufs serve double duty as ottomans and pool toys.
Mod Outdoor Entertaining
Designer Velvet Hammerschmidt converted this large backyard into four areas for entertaining, including a place for lounging by the pool. She added Paola and Richard Schulz furniture to provide an area for eating around the pool. A spacious balcony gives a view of the entire backyard, while sliding glass doors allow for views of the pool from indoors.
Water Park at Home
This elaborate pool setup looks like a water park, but it's actually a backyard. The 45-foot pool slide adds a fun element to the yard for both kids and adults. The archways and stone and stucco elements bring visual appeal, while a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen make the space great for entertaining guests. Design by Scott Cohen