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A photograph from New Coastal: Inspiration for a Life by the Sea.

A dwelling featured in Surf Style at Home.

Northern Virginia-based designer Lauren Liess has released her latest book, Beach Life.

Reading Rainbow

Three books depict life on the water in all its colors

Beach Life  Northern Virginia-based designer Lauren Liess, a bestselling author, HGTV personality and product designer, takes her signature rustic-chic style to the seaside with Beach Life: Home, Heart & the Sea. While exploring the magical allure of coastal living, Liess showcases interiors she’s designed, from oceanfront manses to cozy beach cottages on sandy streets, in a 288-page book featuring 250 vivid color photographs. Design inspiration and advice on coastal décor are part of the mix, along with recipes and musings on wellness and family. Abrams, 2024. $45.

New Coastal With the goal of discovering “how people live by the sea,” Australian designer and photographer Ingrid Weir traveled the coastlines of Australia and the U.S. to write and photograph New Coastal: Inspiration for a Life by the Sea. The 256-page book captures oceanside dwellings in locales ranging from Big Sur to Australia’s Bay of Fires. Also
featured: Q&As with acclaimed designers, stylists and architects, and 10 vignettes Weir created in her own home and elsewhere that evoke coastal life. Hardie Grant Books, 2024. $45

Surf Style at Home California surf culture is the theme of Surf Style at Home, written by Newport Beach interior designer Raili Clasen. Over 224 pages, the colorful, playful and eclectic aesthetic Clasen dubs “surf style” comes to life in homes she’s masterminded around the country, from quirky beach cottages and an Alabama lake house to sprawling new builds in Newport Beach and Montana. Chapters bearing names like Keep It Campy and Crank Up the Color highlight decorating tips and fabulous photos. Gibbs Smith, 2024. $40 —J.S.


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