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3 Waterfront Homes We'd Love To Live In

We'll be swimming all day!

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If time or money wasn't a question, where would you live?

I've always wanted to live by the beach—which meant hours of basking under the sun and a 24/7 access to the clear blue sea. However, waterfront living is not always about fun and enjoyment. For most homeowners, this chosen lifestyle also meant quiet nights, long walks, and simply being able to commune with nature. There's something about being near the water that gives them a sense of calm.

For those who want a more tranquil way of life but are stuck in the hustle and bustle of the city, here are serene spaces and design ideas that can help you achieve a similar feel at home: 

Main photo from Esther Percal

This charming bungalow is perfectly located by the dock. One look outside the window and you get to see the water, watch the sunset, or marvel at the stars. If you want the similar open vibe in your home, arrange the layout of the big furniture pieces such as the sofa and the accent chairs. Point these pieces toward the direction where natural light comes from. This draws your eyes to the outdoors which is said to help us get into a more relaxed mood.

RL Tip: You can apply this technique all over the house! In the bedroom, point the foot of the bed toward the window. Consider placing a cushioned chair in the corner of your home office to have easy-access to the view as well.


Photo from Vrbo.

This modern sanctuary by the lake somehow serves as an ode to the water—as it perfectly blends with the calming blues of the lake.

If you want something comparable, keep in mind that bulky and themed furniture can look too bold. Keep things light by taking inspiration from nature's colors. Start by experimenting with different shades of blue, textured pieces that are reminiscent of the sand, and accent pieces in green as a refreshing twist. 

Photo from Fresh Palace

This restored antique residence in Idaho gives vintage charm a new spin and would instantly make you want to pack your bags and move to a place near the mountains and waterfalls.

If you want to add a Shabby chic vibe to your home, give your existing furniture a new finish by working with a torch and a few coats of paint. This will give your city dwelling a homey feel. You can also visit secondhand shops for unique pieces with a striking distressed finish.

RL Tip: For something more daring, don't be afraid to choose unusual wood-grain colors like cherry and pine. 

Photo from Start Packing Idaho.

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