This sunny, breezy dining room embraces its coastal locale, with a fun, coral-inspired light fixture, rattan chairs and artwork featuring all the colors of the beach. A sideboard is painted in seaweed green, mixing with the relaxed pedestal table to bring a traditional touch to the space.
Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
White walls serve as the perfect nondescript backdrop for rough-hewn wood accents and an eclectic array of global decor. Beach grass fills a glass cylindrical vase, adding yet another organic, sculptural element to the space.
For free patio and porch decor, use stones from your yard or a piece of driftwood from the beach or lake. "You would be surprised to learn that you already have plenty of decor options right in your own backyard," says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer.
Designer Sandra Espinet brings your family vacation home for the holidays. For this project you will need: shells, sand, a candleholder, a pillar candle and potpourri. First, collect about 30 shells from the beach and gather sand in a pail. Buy a large candleholder and a pillar candle or refurbish something you already own. Pour the sand into the candleholder. Place the candle in the middle of the sand. Place the shells inside the candleholder to surround the candle. Finally, for a fresh scent, add potpourri around the shells.
For this small, neutral-toned powder room, designer Debbie Talianko commissioned a seascape mural in sandy colors to blend with the nautical theme of the home. A medium wood vanity and matching mirror above the sink add warmth to the decor, and brushed nickel fixtures complete the look.
In this bungalow style bedroom, an oversized chair is positioned next to a window. The drapes covering the window and one pillow in the chair are made from the same blue and floral-print fabric. The subtle coastal decor creates a relaxed bedroom sitting area.
This ocean-view living space, with its soft colors and elegant, contemporary furnishings, completely diverges from traditional beach decor for a stunning effect. Although it's an open floor plan, the space flows to dedicated purposes with carefully placed furniture and lighting choices. The contrast between the exterior and interior surroundings makes an unexpected but dramatic statement in decorating.
This beautiful living room features a grand piano, cultured white stone, wood-burning fireplace and plush white furniture. Subtle touches of beach decor blend beautifully with the sophisticated design, and shelf lighting illuminates the simple and classy display. The warm environment is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with family. Eclipse doors extend living space to the landscaped patio, pool and ocean.