THIS IS A BOOK to dream on, full of effortlessly (or so it looks) chic interiors from coastal locations the world over.

Rooms to Inspire by the Sea is the newest entry in Rizzoli’s Rooms to Inspire series (…in the City, …in the Country). Its author is Annie Kelly of the exquisite taste, with photographs by her husband, the well-known Tim Street-Porter, who captures the light, pure and clear, that is the essence of seaside living.

For this book, they jetted around to dream spots from the Hamptons to Hawaii, Mexico to the Bahamas. Everything is impeccable, never cookie-cutter or cliché: the furnishings, the collections, the styling, the mix of unusual accessories, the cheering color. It’s a book so luscious you want to lick the pages, envy-inducing yet not so over-the-top as to be off-putting.

18th century saltbox in Sagaponack, Long Island

1880s mansion on Shelter Island, N.Y.

Home of designer India Hicks on Harbour Island, Bahamas, right

Mediterranean-style courtyard in Malibu, California, below

Was there ever a more perfect gift for a new beach-house owner…or aspirant?