I adore everything about the coast. Living in South Carolina, I am lucky enough to visit some of my favorite spots several times of year. It seems to have seeped into my veins and now I love to incorporate coastal touches into our everyday home.
I think my favorite part of incorporating coastal elements into your home is that you can use them in moderation and they don’t look like you are decorating a beach house. On my kitchen baker’s rack, I use woven baskets to hold all of our knick knacks… crayons, missing puzzle pieces, happy meal toys. And they look beautiful. I also use the wooden lightly weathered boxes to hold my camera and lenses and important papers for the kids. A little beachy, but not too much. One thing is for sure is that it is all very functional and will match just about every paint color.
In my dreams, my home would be filled with this gorgeous light and airy gray and white washed Mohawk hardwood flooring. Isn’t it so dreamy? It is casual, but gorgeous and lets you feel like you can really live in the space without the worry of damaging your floors.
When you vacation to the coast, bring a little something home back with you. In our kitchen we have framed three postcards of our favorite spots old and new from Edisto Island, South Carolina. I love that they are out everyday for us to enjoy, but they are displayed so tastefully that they double as art.
You can always hit up the craft store and create your own coastal treasures. I’ve had this vessel of layered sand, beach glass, and a starfish for years, and I even use it at Christmas. The gilded conch was picked up at a local home store on clearance and it brings a little glam into the space.
Finally, using coastal elements when entertaining is somewhat of a passion of mine. I love to mix bright colors, imperfectly stained trays and shells and starfish.
My most recent entertaining adventure included a sea foam green striped table runner, tattered wood trays, starfish and a brilliant pop of fuchsia. I wish mother nature would cooperate and I could just leave it out there all summer long!
What changes do you make in your home for the warmer weather? I love a little coastal charm obsession, but it hasn’t taken over my home yet. I hope you are inspired to bring a little bit of the sea to your home.