of salt air and pungent seaweed, the harsh cry of gulls
and crows mingled with the peeping of skittering sandpipers,
these belong to a place we call our BEACH HOUSE. Places
like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Laguna Beach
spring to mind. BEACH HOUSE, the words conjure up wonderful
images of surf, sand, seaweed and shells. Seaside cottages
against a backdrop of clear skies and blue/green seas.
It is a coastal state of mind, a place where nature is
the main attraction.
of us probably put BEACH HOUSE and vacation home into
the same category, but coastal décor is wonderfully
inviting and relaxing even if you aren’t one of
the lucky ones with an ocean view. With a little imagination
you can still create the mood and ambiance that the words
BEACH HOUSE evoke. If you are fortunate enough to live
near any body of water, it is, of course, a natural extension
of the river, lake or stream in your life (or maybe even
your pool). But even if you find yourself in an apartment
in the heart of the city, with no crashing waves, no meandering
streams and not even a dipping pool, you can still create
your own BEACH HOUSE environment.
HOUSE is an attitude, an approach to life more than a
physical location, the coastal look can happen anywhere
you live. It is clean, breezy, crisp and casual, with
furnishings that are lightweight, airy, and, of course,
natural. Coastal décor means using colors that
reflect the cool hues of the sea, the soothing neutrals
of sand, the dusty, sun bleached colors of chipped, worn
paint, or the soft, warm shades of pastel pinks, corals
and ambers of washed ashore seashells. Coastal décor
is the texture and patterns of natural materials like
bamboo, raw silk and cotton fabrics, and leaf and grass
mattings. It is soft candlelight reflected against bubbly
old sea glass. Coastal décor is versatile enough
that you can go for the total look, or just add a few
elements that hint that the sea may be nearby.
HOUSE is that place in your mind that has billowing seashell
fabric at the windows with specimen shells sitting on
the sill. It is that room you paint seashell pink, with
wicker or bamboo furniture filled with soft, fluffy pillows.
It is candlelight flickering out of casual luminaries
or votives casting their dancing shadows against the opaqueness
of natural capiz shell.
your idea of BEACH HOUSE is a room filled with nautical
accents, pictures of yachts or maybe boat racing. Nautical
antiques like an old ship’s wheel, an anchor or
salvaged lifesaver may set the mood. Think about Boat
Bumpers for adding a touch of the boating
life to your rooms.
the transparent element of ocean and sea with various
types of glass. Collect beach glass floats. Clear glass
will mimic the liquid appeal of the water’s surface
and frosted glass or tumbled glass will bring in the frothy
look of waves breaking on the beach. All kinds of beach
glass is wonderful to use, its wavy surface and air bubbles
adding to its sea tossed charm.
can you ever have enough seashells? Of course you can
just set them around, but shells are also wonderfully
functional in your BEACH HOUSE plans. Shells particularly
lend themselves to creating a coastal tabletop. Serve
exquisite broiled shrimp on the elegant Mother
of Pearl “Plates. Let your guests eat
their stuffed olives off Shell
Hors D’oeuvre Picks and unroll their
napkins from a Shell
Napkin Ring. If you like a bit of a “hands-on”
approach you can create your own seashell dining table
decorations using small shells glued to placemats, or
make your own shell napkin rings.
is the definitive word when you think BEACH HOUSE, so
let your furniture reflect that attitude in easy to care
for, natural materials, like bamboo, rattan or wicker.
Use accents that say “coastal”. Let ephemeral
and Twine Curtains flutter at the windows,
or tie them back with a Sunshine
For LOTS more product ideas for creating your BEACH HOUSE,
be sure to check out our COASTAL
DECOR category in HOME & GARDEN and SEASHELLS
in ART, CRAFT and DESIGN DIY sections of our website.
No matter where you live, with a few added touches, and,
of course, the right “casual living” attitude,
you can be enjoying your BEACH HOUSE anywhere at all!
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