Posted by Lauran
Inspired by last week’s story about a beach house we decorated, this week I rounded up some accessories and small furnishings that will bring a sense of summer to your everyday house. You might be miles from the water, but you can still have that “beach house feel” by adding a few well-chosen items.
First off, try changing out your dining room or kitchen table lighting to one of these options that use white, straw or rattan for a summery vibe.
If that’s too complicated, pillows are an easy way to bring the beach to your sofa!
1) Salt Water Cure pillow by Tina Crespo via Society 6 (we used this in our beach house project); 2) Surf Van pillow by The Rustic Throw on etsy; 3) Turquoise pillow by DesignbyJulia on etsy; 4) Water Ripple pillow by NewCreatioNZ on etsy
Or you can rotate your coffee table books for the season. If you need some beachy ideas, here are some good reads:
1) Coastal Style by Sally Hayden & Alice Whately; 2) The History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw (we used this in our beach house project); 3) Surf: 100 Greatest Waves by Casey Koteen; 4) Seashells by Josie Iselin
And don’t forget the all-important artwork. You can splurge on an original painting, but there are more affordable options as well!
1) When Sky Meets Ocean by ArtbyHeroux on etsy; 2) Beach Chat by Paul Norwood via Serena & Lily; 3) Driftwood by Ian Cumming via art.com; 4) Lifeguard Stand II by Stephanie Sherman via Serena & Lily; 5) Blue Day by Julie Hansen via Serena & Lily
Other touches that can turn your house into a “summer vacation home” . . .
Our design assistant Natacha created these fun painted driftwood pieces for our client’s Malibu beach house. An easy DIY!
Introduce linen to your life. These breezy panels add the right color and weight to lighten up a room .
And who wouldn’t want to snuggle up under this linen bedding?
West Elm Belgian Linen Duvet & Shams
Even your bathroom towels can be lightened up for summer!
Coyuchi Mediterranean Turkish bath towel