With fern decor & cedar shakes, this beachside living room brought the outdoors in

Vintage 1960s beachside living room with fern fabric
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With no more furniture than one travertine-topped table, four chairs, a four-door cabinet, and two daybeds, the designer of this vintage 1960s beachside living room achieved a look of remarkable opulence.

This luxe feel was accomplished partly by means of the antiqued painted finishes on the wood pieces, and partly by confining all the fabrics to a common motif — three variations of a fern pattern, cool as creme de menthe.

Beachside living room - Second view from the opposite angle (1966)
Beachside living room – Second view from the opposite angle (1966)

Two walls of the living room were shingled in cedar shakes like the exterior of the house — a way of bringing the outdoors inside. The other walls are paneled in rough-sawn spruce, stained and glazed.

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The oak floors, bleached to the color of sunlit sand, were laid with rugs woven to simulate random-width, pegged wood planking.

The black metal fireplace in a modern design resided against the shingled wall, but managed not to dominate the room.

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