'Scandinavian Beach House Chic' Is Our New Favorite Look

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'90s nostalgia might be at an all-time high in fashion and entertainment. But when it comes to interior decor — let's just say we're not ready to go there yet. So when a family found a home in Amagansett, New York that was peak '90s, they said, as if!, and hired the team at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design to create a decidedly up-to-date space that would be functional, beautiful, and reflective of the relaxing, beach-friendly area.

After a remodel that stripped away the passé architecture and added more bedrooms and social areas, the designers channeled Scandinavian and Australian beach houses. The color palette is natural and restrained, with a reliance on texture and different materials — like wood, leather, marble, and brass — to create a sophisticated look. What a Betty.

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Foyer
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Foyer

The house's original red oak floors were bleached to better fit the cool and calm vibe. The design firm created the custom armoire in the foyer, which complements the Pinch bench.

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dining room
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Dining Room

The Another Country dining table can seat a crowd. An Apparatus Studio chandelier hangs over the table. The bench and chairs are by Sibast.

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Dining Room

An empty wall in the dining room was turned into a workspace with the addition of a custom desk.

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Kitchen
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Kitchen

The kitchen's brick walls were glazed in a matte white and open shelving was installed to store and display china and glassware. The bar table, which is illuminated by a Lambert et Fils light and surrounded by Pinch stools, was custom designed by the firm.

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Sitting room
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Sitting Room

The TV room's built-in banquette is the perfect place to curl up to read a book or binge Netflix. The V-groove wood walls give a nod to classic coastal architecture.

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nook
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Nook

The second floor's "cozy room" features a built-in banquette topped with plenty of plush pillows. The suspended planters were found on Etsy and the painting is by Jocelyn Rahm.

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Master Bedroom
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Master Bedroom

The designers used a pale pink to create an accent wall in the master bedroom. Workstead sconces were installed on either side of the Jardan bed, and the pendant light is from Ikea.

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Master Bathroom
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Master Bathroom

Handmade tiles line the walls of the master bathroom and the floor sports gray encaustic tiles. The vanity is made of bleached red oak and the sconce is a custom design by the firm.


Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.

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