Picture your own waterfront home where the dress code is swimsuit, sandals, and sunscreen, and where your to-do list features a walk along the shore, a nap after lunch, and a sail or swim before dinner. As you dream and plan your own seaside life, start with an expert photo tour of great oceanfront and lakeside villages, from colonial Nantucket to Victorian Cape May, southern style from Key West to Saint Augustine, and to California art and acting colonies like Bodega Bay and Mendocino. Then follow the tips for choosing a site and a style, whether large or small, as a getaway or full-time living. Winning design ideas show how to maximize the best views with placement of windows, porches and decks, as well as how to select furniture and decor and local colors and plants for true seaside living.

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