A breezy feel defined this ocean view living room with a skylighted cupola

Vintage 1960s ocean view living room with a skylighted cupola
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The octagonal main living unit of this vintage home’s pavilion presented large, windowed facets to commanding views up and down the beach, and out to sea.

The upward sweep of the lofty living room was shaped by laminated wood beams that curved up to disappear into the vortex of the skylighted cupola. The stout columns that supported these lacquer-red beams were cut from old telephone poles.

Otherwise, the colors used for this 1960s home’s ocean view living room decor were more muted.

Through open sliding doors that led in from the patio, the broad horizon of the Pacific was displayed through a vast, 16-foot-wide sheet of plate glass. The natural blond wood paneling and beams covered the entire room — the color not competing with the view.

One of the largest pieces of furniture in this room was a desk-style table, painted in the same kind of ocean blue the owners could see out the windows. The Delft tile around the fireplace, too, echoed this beautiful blue. (The painting over the fireplace was by Alexander Calder.)

The long sofa in front of the window was built in, and its sea green upholstery matched the curtains and some of the chairs. 

The cedar-shingled lighthouse-like cupola let daylight down into the central room. The floor in this portion of the house cantilevered beyond the outer wall line to hover over the sloping strand, and formed an outside catwalk for easy cleaning of spray-hazed window glass.

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