Inside a Striking Malibu Beach House With a Twist of Ranch

Is there anything dreamier than a house on the beach with the sound of the ocean lapping at your door. We think not. With winter refusing to let go of its icy grip, just the very idea of being coastal is making us feel all warm inside. So, if like us, you're dreaming of summer too, then take a peek inside this beach house in Point Dume, Malibu, California. The traditional 70s ranch house was a recent flip when Kate Lester's client purchased it in 2015.

The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms with a pool house, guest cottage, and a 4-car garage with an apartment above so it's safe to say Lester had her work cut out for her. She looked to the southern California Malibu aesthetic for inspiration and landed on bright whites, washed-out blues, and bleached woods as a concept to kick off the design process.

Given the property's ranch-style feel (and the presence of materials such as stone and wood), Lester had to infuse rustic elements into the design without it feeling too forced. "We called this our Malibu Ranch project," she tells MyDomaine. "To balance some of the heavier architectural details, we kept the décor clean, simple, textural and neutral." Take a peek inside and see how she merged the two worlds to create a stunning beach house with a twist of ranch.