Design Lesson
Mar 21, 2012

Get the look: Coastal casual

By: Cindy Jacobelli

Get the look: Coastal casual Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Mar 21, 2012

Get the look: Coastal casual

By: Cindy Jacobelli
There’s something about the seaside that just makes you feel good. It could be the smell of the air, the sunlight shimmering on sea and sand, the rough rocks, the pretty shells or all of these things combined. Bringing any or all of these elements into your home is a surefire way to satisfy your senses and ease the cravings for vacation days that seem too far away.

Design-wise, the lucky few who live near the water can coattail on Mother Nature’s beauty. For the rest of us, help is not far away. Nautical style and natural fibres are all abundantly available. Incorporate them into your existing decor for feel-good moments all year long.
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Coastal dinnerware
If you can’t dine by the ocean, pretend you can with these dishes! The fresh colours and playful pattern definitely say ‘seaside.’ Grill some smoked trout, pile on the Greek salad and before you know it, you’ll start to smell salty air! West Elm, $24.96 – $41.60. decor-coastalcasual-shells.jpg
Seashells
Seashells are the easiest way to bring beach-inspired romance home with you. With a bag of assorted shapes and sizes you can get creative. Stack a bunch of these cottage style accessories in glass vases, or place bigger ones solo on a side table, display case or wall mounted ledge. Crate & Barrel, $16.16. decor-coastalcasual-rug.jpg
Maritime mats
Create the coastal feel right from the moment someone sets foot in your beach house. Rugged and perfectly striped in nautical style, this rug provides a maritime feel even in the heart of the city. Pottery Barn, $64.11 – $456.63. decor-coastalcasual-pillows.jpg
Printed throw pillows
If you’re a seafarer at heart, you’ll love the schooners on these printed pretty pillows. They’re perfect for the sunroom, bedroom or better yet, that comfy porch swing where you can dream of your next holiday by the ocean. Horchow, $260 – $315. decor-coastalcasual-vases.jpg
Vase
Going coastal doesn’t have to mean decorating with pattern and natural fibres. Try these gorgeous aquamarine vases instead. The colour of tropical turquoise water, you’ll want to dive right in to them! West Elm, $19.76 – $40.56. decor-coastalcasual-baskets.jpg
Rattan bathroom decor
Sometimes the easiest way to go natural … is to go natural. Pair light, neutral tones with these rattan bathroom accessories and you’ll be transported seaside day and night. The Bay, $14.39 – $39.99. decor-coastalcasual-art.jpg
Artful choices
If the more traditional maritime flavours aren’t your thing, but you still want the light, breezy feel of beach-inspired romance, look for prints like this one. A picture can speak a thousand words – or just two: coastal living. Horchow, $625. decor-coastalcasual-starfish.jpg
Salt and pepper shakers
Whether paired with themed dishes or just a subtle touch on your s tylish table settings, these shakers are sure to inspire reveries of seaside dining. At the very least, they’ll bring a smile to your face! Seaside Inspired, $16.
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Get the look: Coastal casual