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The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

Photo courtesy of The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

Beach House Starter Kit

Whether your living space is deep in the forest, high in a skyscraper, settled along a suburban street, or somewhere near an actual ocean, a breezy, beachy spirit is nearly always the easiest refresh. The look is a classic that has evolved from its basic roots into something more organic and personal, but a laid-back, easy feeling is always the through line (one of our favorite iterations is the Surfrider Hotel in Malibu, above).

“Ultimately that sand-in-your-toes feeling comes from a sense of expansiveness,” says Ariel Okin, the founder of Ariel Okin Interiors in New York, whose many projects include the time she took a raw Union Square loft full of odd desks and chairs and turned it into a warm but airy outpost for goop’s New York employees. Here Okin—who launched her addictive editorial and e-commerce site, Fenimore Lane, last year and is currently working on furniture, wallpaper, lighting, and rug collections, as well as her first book—walks us through some easy ways to do a beach-inspired home refresh, no matter where you live.

1

Neutrals + texture = beachy

“The essence of a summery interior is built on two concepts: a neutral palette and texture,” says Okin. “It allows the beauty of a space’s surroundings to speak.” With neutrals, Okin says it’s important to heighten texture wherever you can. “Texture enlivens the space and gives the eye permission to wander,” she says. “The idea is quiet details that make you look twice. I love to work with materials reminiscent of the beach—like jute, linen, and wood—to create that instant summer feel.”

  1. Medina Mercantile Simple Open Weave Basket
    Medina Mercantile Simple Open Weave Basket goop, $60

    Beach trips, farmers’ market runs, home storage, gardening vessel—
    this understated tote is a wildly versatile carryall.

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  2. Roman and Williams Guild Fringed Flax Linen Napkin in White, Set of 2
    Roman and Williams Guild Fringed Flax Linen Napkin in White, Set of 2 goop, $41

    Chic, elegant white linen always works, no matter what your style. Keep a big stack on hand.

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  3. Bluecony IKUKO Original Meditation Bench, Travel Version
    Bluecony IKUKO Original Meditation
    Bench, Travel Version
    goop, $139

    Psst: The wooden legs pop right off, so
    you can fold it up and meditate
    anytime, anywhere.

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2

Linen is summery magic in an interior

“Linen filters light in a way that almost no other fabric can,” says Okin. “It also pools beautifully in a window treatment, and it crinkles, which plays into that effortless just-got-off-the-beach vibe. You could re-cover or slipcover a sofa in white linen, or start smaller, with great linen sheets. Cotton works, too—think natural fibers.”

  1. Morrow Heirloom French Linen Sheet Set
    Morrow Heirloom French Linen Sheet Set goop, $299

    This 100 percent French flax linen sheet set is meant to last wash after wash and has a prewashed wrinkled texture that feels incredible on skin.

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  2. Morrow Heirloom French Duvet Set
    Morrow Heirloom French Duvet Set goop, $269

    Made of flax linen for extra softness, this set looks so fresh and feels so good—the texture seems to soothe every nerve ending.

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  3. Fog Linen Striped Linen Placemat
    Fog Linen Striped Linen Placemat goop, $14

    Chic placemats in striped linen
    make whatever you’re having
    summery and inviting.

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3

When in doubt, go with white

“Nothing makes a space feel instantly airer and larger than a fresh coat of white paint,” says Okin, who loves the warm All White and the more crisp Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball. “Portola makes a Limewash paint in Solaris that brings in texture, too,” she adds. “If you’re working with dark floors, consider sanding and restaining them or even painting them white (sensing a theme here?).” Similarly, white accents create an instant refresh in any room.

  1. Roman and Williams Guild  Kaneko Kohyo Rinka Mug
    Roman and Williams Guild Kaneko Kohyo Rinka Mug goop, $50

    Rustic and refined at once, this generous cup works no matter
    what your style.

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  2. Coyuchi Organic Cotton Waffle Robe
    Coyuchi Organic Cotton Waffle Robe goop, $98

    Fluffy and textured and perfect
    for lounging.

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  3. Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket, 15 lbs.
    Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket, 15 lbs. goop, $169

    For a beautiful nap or a great,
    full night’s sleep, we love this
    weighted blanket.

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KITCHEN AND BATH SUMMER TOOLKIT

kitchen

The same principles (white, light, textured, easy) apply to kitchens and baths—even if you’re simply freshening a summer rental, like It’s a Dinner founder Ana Hito, who’s moving her farm dinner company to the Hamptons for the summer. “Some white paint and a few of my favorite cooking tools—along with lots of flowers from the farmers’ market—really changed up the vibe,” she says. “And stacks of fresh white towels in the bathroom feel luxe and summery.”

A beach-ified kitchen leans toward the easy and the fresh.

Stock your kitchen with tools to make cooking easy and casual, injecting fun (ice pops, a shell-shaped bottle opener) wherever you can.

  1. GreenPan Padova Ceramic Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set
    GreenPan Padova Ceramic Nonstick
    10-piece Cookware Set
    goop, $250

    A new set of pans in breezy pale blue
    makes even the stove top feel beachy.

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  2. Onyx Paddle Ice Pop Mold
    Onyx Paddle Ice Pop Mold goop, $40

    It isn’t summer without ice pops.
    Spike them with fresh fruit, herbs, or even a little alcohol for both silliness and sophistication after dinner.

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  1. Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set
    Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set goop, $38

    Roasted anything from the farmers’ market becomes a summer meal with some good bread and olive oil.

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  2. Brightland The Duo Extra Virgin Olive Oils
    Brightland The Duo Extra Virgin
    Olive Oils
    goop, $74

    Heirloom olives
    hand-harvested, with love,
    in sunny California.

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  3. 8knots Oyster Bottle Opener
    8knots Oyster Bottle Opener goop, $78

    We’re already smiling when we
    crack open a cold one with this sea-worthy bottle opener.

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Make fruit and vegetables the (visual) stars of the show.

The gorgeous produce of summer makes it the easiest season to cook and eat clean. “I love using open bowls for fruit and vegetables, to keep the farmers’ market bounty out where the eye can see,” says Orkin. “Fresh produce on the countertops injects a fun pop of color, especially in a white kitchen.”

  1. goop Press The Clean Plate
    goop Press The Clean Plate goop, $35

    Keep this on hand and you’ll
    always find the perfect easy,
    deliciously clean recipe.

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  2. Vitamix Vitamix Ascent Series 3500 Blender
    Vitamix Vitamix Ascent Series 3500 Blender goop, $600

    If ever there were a moment to
    pull the trigger on this baby, it’s when practically every fruit and vegetable is at its most delicious. Summer will be significantly healthier, and it
    will taste better.

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  3. Hurom Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
    Hurom Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer goop, $459

    Nutrition experts love this one,
    as do chefs, and decorators—the sleek design takes up very little counter space.

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Breathe summer into the bathroom, too.

Even if you’re trying to spruce up a space with ancient fixtures and oddly colored tiles, stacks of fresh towels, a vase full of flowers, some beautiful candles, and a little beauty refresh can change everything up.

  1. UMA Pure Calm Wellness Candle
    UMA Pure Calm Wellness
    Candle
    goop, $68

    One of the prettiest candles
    we’ve ever seen or
    smelled—even unlit, it fills a
    room with the best subtle scent.

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  2. Peg and Awl Oak Bathtub Caddy
    Peg and Awl Oak Bathtub Caddy goop, $145

    For your drink, your bath salts,
    candle, eye mask, book—
    it’s easy to use for just about
    every tub.

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  3. Hawkins New York Medium Glass Storage Container with Oak Lid
    Hawkins New York Medium Glass Storage
    Container with Oak Lid
    goop, $40

    Brilliant for bath supplies as
    well as the kitchen cabinet.

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  4. Coyuchi Organic Air Weight 6 pc Towel Set
    Coyuchi Organic Air Weight
    Towel Set
    goop, $128

    The ultimate fluffy,
    cozy towel set.

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  5. Anne Black Stripe Narrow Vase, Medium
    Anne Black Stripe Narrow Vase, Medium goop, $40

    It doesn’t get beachier than
    blue-and-white stripes.

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  6. Coyuchi CLOUD LOOM ORGANIC TOWELS, SET OF 6
    Coyuchi CLOUD LOOM ORGANIC
    TOWELS, SET OF 6
    goop, $198

    A plush Turkish towel is the
    ultimate linen-cabinet luxury.

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4

Mix in wood and glass

“Contrast timeworn materials like driftwood and cerused oak with sharper, more clean-lined accents like glass, unlacquered brass, and plaster,” Okin says. The juxtapositions keep the look fresh and modern.

  1. Peg and Awl Step Stool
    Peg and Awl Step Stool goop, $95

    Beautifully simple—and exceptionally
    handy around the house.

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  2. The Little Market Clear Margarita Glass
    The Little Market Clear Margarita Glass goop, $28

    Made of recycled glass, each
    hand-etched piece supports
    artisans in Mexico.

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  3. Connected Goods Acacia Wooden Spoon Set
    Connected Goods Acacia Wooden Spoon Set goop, $37

    These are so pretty, it’s hard to resist
    leaving them out on the counter.

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  4. R+D Design Lab LUISA ACQUA, SET OF 2
    R+D Design Lab LUISA ACQUA, SET OF 2 goop, $90

    Chunkily minimal and satisfyingly
    sleek, these fit beautifully in your hand.

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  5. Roman and Williams Guild Teak Platter
    Roman and Williams Guild Teak Platter goop, $160

    Makes whatever you arrange
    on it—drinks, hors d’oeuvres,
    napkins—look infinitely more elegant.

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  6. Caravan Bistro Glasses in Blue, Set of 6
    Caravan Bistro Glasses in Blue,
    Set of 6
    goop, $68

    A touch of Paris stashed in your
    kitchen cabinets.

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5

Mix in naturally textured fibers

Okin likes rattan, seagrass, and jute. “Upholstery in breezy fabrics, like cotton and linen, mixed in with rattan and jute always does the trick,” she says. “So do natural-fiber rugs.”

  1. Island to East Side  Personalized Beach Tote
    Island to East Side Personalized Beach Tote goop, $193

    Order this with name/nickname/initials
    customized (best gift ever, btw).

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  2. Fique + Clay Woven Placemat
    Fique + Clay Woven Placemat goop, $24

    The perfect combination of neutral
    with texture—and these are handwoven
    by skilled artisans in Colombia.

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  3. Fique + Clay Woven Placemat
    Fique + Clay Woven Placemat goop, $24

    We love to treat pink as a neutral—so
    goop—and they’re handmade (in
    Colombia); artisanal is both earthy and
    sophisticated.

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6

Take it all outdoors

Carry the whites, the woods, and the textural fibers out onto the patio, the backyard, or the deck where you can, Okin says. “Don’t let white cushions on outdoor furniture scare you—performance fabrics at this point are hardworking and beautiful,” she says. “I love Serena & Lily’s Pacifica collection, a modern take on classic wicker furniture with white upholstery. I even have it at my own house.” Lanterns and candlelight make a summer evening even sexier, and Okin likes to wrap LED solar twinkle lights around a tree, too. Don’t forget the music.

  1. Roman and Williams Guild Reed Candlestick 2.5”
    Roman and Williams Guild Reed Candlestick 2.5″ goop, $280

    Cluster these low silver-plated
    brass candlesticks on a tabletop
    and magic will happen.

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  2. Roman and Williams Guild Reed Candlestick 4.25”
    Roman and Williams Guild Reed Candlestick 4.25″ goop, $370

    Mixed with different-size candlesticks
    or on their own, in silver-plated brass,
    these are just exquisite.

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  3. Speaqua The Barnacle Vibe 2.0 Speaker
    Speaqua The Barnacle Vibe 2.0 Speaker goop, $90

    Wireless and waterproof—the
    perfect summer music solution.

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