One of the best parts of living on the East Coast is that we get to experience all four seasons. While I may occasionally gripe about the mountains of snow in winter or blistering heat in summer, I do love the beautiful fall foliage and the excitement of new shoots in spring. I also enjoy decorating for each season which requires a bit of a home overhaul every few months (like my current beach house style, which features enough sea shells to easily start my own shell shop!).
If you’d like to add some beach style to your home this summer (no matter where your house is located) here are my top, budget-friendly tips:
Start at the front door. Your porch or front step sets the tone. Add a welcoming beachy wreath, clever signage, rocking chairs (and a small table for sweet tea), a coastal-inspired flag… whatever works for you.
Add crisp white. White immediately transports you to the coast. White slipcovers for couches, love seats and chairs offer instant impact, and are incredibly affordable. Bonus: They are washable!
Unearth seashells you gathered on your last family vacation and display them. I have chunks of coral on my bookcase, crystal bowls filled with small shells in the dining room, and bits of driftwood on the kitchen windowsill.
Let the sun in! Ditch heavy, wintery draperies and fussy window treatments for a lighter approach. Sheers alone, or simple white drapes, lighten the mood of any room.
Add a pop of color. Tropical shades such as turquoise and orange, or shades of blue, make me long for the shore. Pillows are an easy fix. But, lampshades, dining table runners, and throws offer other ways to incorporate beachy textiles on a temporary basis.
Swap out a formal rug for jute, or leave beautiful wood floors bare.
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