Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

The Beach Studios

September 20, 2007

Let’s continue the theme of white for a moment with a glimpse into the properties offered to the film and photography industry by The Beach Studios in the UK. They have some of the most outstanding real estate where white is the “it” color and quite heavenly.

The Beach Studios
I enjoy looking at spare spaces, especially since I’m not sure if I could live in one without splashes of bold color and pattern, but for those that can I tip my hat to you because I don’t think I could survive amidst a white canvas without doing something to it. Again, it’s design ADD. At the rate I change things around in my own home, I think an all white space would last about a week for me. Funny thing is, I feel the most relaxed and focused in a white room. So why don’t I have at least one in my home? It’s a question I’ve asked myself for some time now.

The Beach Studios
Let’s enjoy these white spaces for a moment, shall we? Be sure to study each image, examine placement of objects and why white ‘works’ in each room. Perhaps there’s a beautiful view, various tones of white being used, texture, a slight burst of color…

The Beach Studios I’m not one to gravitate towards leather furniture, but this worn leather chair looks so cozy, it really warms up the space. I also like seeing twinkle lights around mirrors, I do the same thing but not for holidays, year round. I also arrange entire strands of them inside of large glass vases, they look pretty on top of tall cabinets, on the fridge, or in the corner of a living room. Just be sure to purchase the lights with the white cord, green looks dreadful!

The Beach Studios Shots of pink! Yay! This space is so glamorous, a modern day Marilyn Monroe. I picture a very successful leggy blonde at this table. Gwen Stefani, perhaps?

The Beach Studios More delicious pale pink. And a shot of seafoam green. Yum. Of course, these rooms all have the most amazing bones, from the floors to the ceilings, so how can you go wrong decorating a space like this?

The Beach Studios Now we’re seeing the space with black accents. Nice combination. Black and white consistently wins awards, it’s such a classic.

The Beach Studios More mini shots of seafoam green. Wouldn’t you fancy a spot of tea at this well arranged table? I see more and more bench seating at tables than ever before. I like a bench like the one shown above against the wall, paired with two chairs. I’ve been thinking of trying this look, it’s a nice mix. My friend Crystal in Montreal has a very rustic farmer’s table paired with a church pew and a few chairs. The pew came from a church that had closed, she grabbed it, cleaned it up a little, and made a cushion for it out of white linen.

The Beach Studios Not much to this simple shed space (perhaps that’s the appeal?), but I can imagine it transformed into the most lovely guest house or art studio. This setting speaks to me on every level. It’s so serene. I want to own a shed like this someday.

The Beach Studios A shot of blue overhead (canisters) gives this kitchen some personality. I like the birdcage on the back cabinet and the chandelier, but it seems a bit high for my taste. I wouldn’t be able to stop there though with my accessories, I’d stack vintage tea towels on the counter and add a colorful stripey rug beneath that table. Fresh flowers on the table in a vintage pitcher (yellow?). And a painting. Must have art.

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(images from the beach studios uk)


  • Reply zee (homebug) September 20, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Mmmmmm, all so beautiful, thanks Holly. I love white spaces too but unfortunately the quality of light we get in our home (in Ireland) most of the year is too stark for white to work well. I’m glad you share my love of twinkle lights too. I have some wound around my cast iron bed frame but I hardly ever see them in interiors so I had thought maybe I was being a bit cheesy- Not that I care if I am!

  • Reply wendy September 20, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Holly I absolutely love these rooms and could live in them so happily!
    Thank you for your wonderful blog.

  • Reply Jackie Von Tobel September 21, 2007 at 1:42 am

    It’s amazing what a fresh coat of white paint can do, especially if your house has good bones to begin with. Beautiful!

  • Reply gigi September 21, 2007 at 5:13 am

    ahhhh… i am nutty about white and my favorite room is the one with the pink pillow and acrylic dining table.

    thank you for showing us these beautiful spaces!

  • Reply kristian September 21, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    You put my living room in there…
    Thanks Holly.

    I’ve moved back to NYC (living in brooklyn) and I’m putting together a new home.

    I’ll email pics when it is a bit more together.


  • Reply Cher Ami September 21, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    this space is amazing, i never thought I’d love so much white in a house!

  • Reply A Fanciful Twist September 22, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Speechless. I want to move right in. Love the bedroom and that giant white mirror especially.. Of course the architectural details of the spaces are heavenly on their own… Oh my… dreamy…

  • Reply kayte September 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    oh my god! the pink and white rooms are amazing.
    i love these rooms so much.

  • Reply purple September 25, 2007 at 7:41 am

    Wow, great images, great post!

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