Reading Room

Reflections on waterfront culture, near and far

Seaside Charm
Sally Denning—well-known British interior stylist and publishing-industry creative director—has written Relaxed Coastal Style. The first half of the book helps readers find design inspiration in shore-inspired color, texture, lighting, furniture and decorative accents, from maps and charts to shells and driftwood. The second half visits evocative seaside havens around the world. Simon & Schuster; $30.

Celebrity Style
Dream homes by the sea are the subject of The Seaside House: Living on the Water, by Nick Voulgaris III. The book offers a peek at such celebrity getaways as Martha Stewart’s Seal Harbor, Maine, residence; Donna Karan’s East Hampton retreat; and Tommy Hilfiger’s Pop Art-inspired Miami escape. Designers covered include Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Steven Gambrel and Ken Fulk. Rizzoli; $55.

Blue Wave
Design guru Phoebe Howard specializes in infusing interiors with coastal style. Her latest book, Coastal Blues, explores decorating with blue color schemes—reflected in 175 inspiring photographs of beach houses, seaside getaways, cottages and grand oceanfront manors. Palettes in a range of blue hues are covered in never-before-published projects. Abrams Publishing; $35.