13 Effortlessly Cool California Homes

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It’s been eight years since I made my way out to California, and the wide spectrum of design, architecture and style found in this state still continues to surprise me. Stereotypical notions of California and its inhabitants’ laid-back attitude aside, my favorite homes we’ve featured from the West Coast all seem to evoke an effortless spirit. These are places where their owners bravely combine various styles all in one space, from bohemian and vintage-quirky, to sleek contemporary and mid-century modern, to rustic and refined — there’s no melange of these aesthetics that doesn’t just work.

Looking through our D*S archives, you’ll find that many of these California homes share common themes of layering lots of textures, blending styles, and celebrating the outdoors with an arms-open-wide embrace. Today, I’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite California spaces to show you why, after all these years, I’m more inspired than ever. —Kelli

  1. Allie says:

    Thank you for this gallery. We just moved from the west coast of Canada to California and are chipping away at setting up our new home while getting used to the unique and amazing vibe here. The inspiration is greatly appreciated!

    1. Kelli Kehler says:

      I’m so happy to hear that Allie! Welcome to CA, whereabouts? I’m in Orange County, myself. It indeed is an incredible vibe here :)

  2. anna says:

    we’re in san clemente, there are some great older homes in downtown san clemente and santa anna. the old surf towns have such an independent feel;)

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