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.

Lighting1) Roxas pendant light from CB2; 2) Laika large pendant light from Blu Dot (comes in other shapes and sizes as well); 3) Santa Cruz Diamond Pendant from Serena & Lily; 4) Helg pendant lamp from Ikea

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:

coffee table books

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; 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!

painted driftwood

Introduce linen to your life. These breezy panels add the right color and weight to lighten up a room .


CB2 French-Belgian linen panel

And who wouldn’t want to snuggle up under this linen bedding?

belgian linen copy

West Elm Belgian Linen Duvet & Shams

Even your bathroom towels can be lightened up for summer!

coyuchi copy

Coyuchi Mediterranean Turkish bath towel



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