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.
Driftwood decor is a go-to choice when designers want to bring a coastal look into a home, whether it's on the water or not. It can be as simple as gathering one big piece or multiple pieces that catch your eye on nature strolls. A large piece also can fill a section of your bookshelf, which saves even more money on decor.
A mermaid party wouldn't be complete without a little sand. Kate Landers used a tarp and sandbox from a home improvement store as the ocean floor. She set the coffee table on top and placed cushions around the table for the guests. Seashells and other ocean-inspired objects make guests feel as if they're dining under the sea. Photo by Open Shade Studios
Add some farmhouse charm to your front yard or foyer this holiday season with a rustic, wooden Christmas tree. This rustic Christmas tree, made from driftwood, is part of the Lisa Lampanelli's celebrity home decor and is an unusual yet attractive alternative to a traditional tree.
Green walls and a decidedly coastal feel are reflected in the flourishing houseplant sitting on a floating shelf in the dining room of HGTV Dream Home 2013. The driftwood-inspired lamp is a nice natural touch.
Woven white wicker chairs surround the natural wood dining table in this bright dining room. A large window lets in natural light while bulbs in the bamboo chandelier give off a soft, warm light. Table lamps with white driftwood bases add natural texture to the decor and frame a simple two-toned painting.
Take a cue from the lighting in this coastal kitchen, which combines sleek style with weathered ceiling beams reminiscent of driftwood from the sea. The glass-domed shade on these pendants strikes a fine balance between those modern and rustic elements in this home in Florida’s Alys Beach community. You’ll find similar pendants priced between $125-$200 at lighting and home decor retailers.
The inspiration for this cozy sunroom was drawn from its surroundings and tranquil views. Staying with neutral shabby chic hues, the room mixes white, cream and blue to create a comfy space fit for sea dwellers. Stunning seashells, driftwood and starfish make perfect decor for a seaside retreat like this — just make sure you're up early enough to snag the prettiest ones from the shoreline.