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Home decor tips and tricks to help design coastal homes

:: Make Coming Home Easier ::

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Cute coastal cottage entryway It’s always nice to come home after a long day and have a quick, easy place to set your stuff down. Let these tips help make your life and entryway better!

Get yourself a coat rack, this way you can toss your coat or scarf up onto it and to free yourself up a little bit. Put a side table or small bench in the entryway so you can set your purse, keys or what’s ever is in your hands down. The bench, or maybe a chair, will give you a place to take your shoes off or even unload any extras your lugging in. More importantly, you have a place for the kids to take off and store their shoes or other various things. This will hopefully cut back on the dirt and mess throughout the house that the kids somehow always manage to bring in.

Invest in a doormat or a tough indoor/outdoor rug in the entry. This will help with preventing messes which will save you in the long run. Another way to prevent clutter and mess is with an umbrella rack. During the wet season you won’t be tracking mud or water throughout your home. Plus you’ll have a place for your umbrella and you won’t have to go searching for it every time you’re running out the door.

Let your entryway help you! Putting a little time into your entry will leave you thanking yourself over and over. It will help organize your home and make your life easier. There’s no need for clutter by the front door, but most importantly there’s no need for that extra stress.
Simple coastal home entryway with a coat rack and umbrella rack in oneBench setup in the entryway to help with coming home

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:: Let It Shine! ::

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Coastal vignette with a gold bamboo mirrorDon’t let the sun stop shining this summer! The sun may set, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it bright with a little gold decor!

Gold is a fun color to work into your decor. It can be used in a couple different ways. You can make a statement with it and go bold with your gold. Use the color’s bright hue to really give the room some pop and a little touch of glam. Make it fabulous!

If you’re not looking for bold, you can use your gold pieces as little accents. Use the color to compliment the other hues in the space and just drop little hints of gold throughout the space.

Check out how these designers use gold in these spaces and then start your treasure hunt to add gold to your home! Gold pendant lights and indigo style bar stool chairs in a coastal kitchenGold lamp in a coastal home living room

:: Using Warm Tones To Decorate For The Summer ::

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Yellow accent colors in a coastal cottage living roomThere are plenty of ways to bring summer into your home. One fun way to show your summer love is to decorate with warm hues. They’re bright, colorful and they really shines!

Like the our beloved summer sun. Warm hues bring an instant cheerful and happy feeling to any space. The hues promote light and warm in the space which make it feel more like summer. Imagine all those beautiful summer days and sunsets in your home!

Check out some of the pictures in this post for a clear example, but there’s plenty of spaces out there that embrace warm hues. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your summer inside and outside! Don’t forget your sunscreen!Warm hues in a coastal cottage living roomCoastal bedroom decorated with a vibrant, yellow pattern

:: Don’t Forget The Coffee Table Books ::

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Beautiful coastal coffee table books and decorIs your coffee table missing something? You have your coral, your flower or plant, but you still feel like it’s missing something. Try adding coffee table books!

Coffee table books are great way to display your interests and compliment your decor. They are a great accessory that can fill space without creating clutter. You can stack a few of your favorites and create a pedestal for another accessory as well, like a stunning white piece of coral or a wonderful smelling candle. Make those accessories work for you! It’s also fun to toss home decor books on the coffee table to have them accessible for inspiration.

Take a look at these coffee table books and see how you can use them on your coffee table!
Coffee table books and blue and white chinoiserie Coffee table decor styled with coral, shells, books and moreCoastal details in the living room Coffee tables books in a coastal home

:: Does Your Living Room Flow? ::

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Coastal cottage with noticable texturesWhat is flow? Flow is the ease of movement through a space. It means we aren’t tripping over ottomans, weaving betweens chairs or scooting around coffee tables when we try to move through a living room.

There is no reason your living room should not flow.

If it does not flow it typically means one of two things. First, there’s just too much stuff. Get rid of what is unnecessary. Store it, sell it or donate it. Second, you didn’t plan. You should always know your measurements. Know the measurements of the space, the furniture you’re trying to put in the space and the negative space.

Negative space is the area you actually live in. It’s the space between the coffee table and sofa where your legs go. It’s the space that you use to float that pouf between your chairs and sofa. When you plan the space for actual room to function and live in you will find the flow throughout the space.Eclectic coastal living room with tall ceilings making it feel very open Modern coastal living room Open coastal living room with modern and cottage style

:: Go With A Round Mirror Instead ::

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Round mirror hanging in a coastal vignette with modern piecesA mirror is a great piece to add to your entryway or a vignette. They can help bring light to the space and add a different look than the usual wall art. To take it up a design notch, try incorporating a round mirror. They offer a unique look and style that the typical mirror cannot.

People often ask, what are the rules to hanging mirrors or artwork? What are the measurements? Let us sum it up quickly and easily for you guys:

1. The mirror or artwork should be two-thirds (2/3) or three-fourths (3/4) as wide as the side console. Get out those rulers and start measuring!

2. If you are hanging a mirror or artwork above a side console or furniture you typically hang it 3-8 inches above the furniture. This is a general height that can be adjusted to your liking and will depend on how large or small the piece you are hanging is.

3. If you are hanging a mirror or piece of artwork on a wall on its own, depending on the size of the piece being hung, you typically hang it 55-65 inches above the floor. The general measurement depends on how high the wall is and what is to be hung.

These measurements are of course general guidelines that will get you started on your designing you space. At the end of the day, it’s your mirror or artwork being hung so do what you think looks best. If you want your art to bigger than your side console than be our guest. It is your home after all.

I know we got lost in the measurements, but a round mirror is a fun piece to add to you home. Check out these round mirrors to get inspired by the look and play with the idea of one hanging in your home.
Round mirror hanging in a vignette filled with natural textures Round mirrors in a coastal bathroom Simple coastal vignette with a round mirror hanging above Stylish round mirror in a costal entryway

:: Nautical Decor In A Coastal Home ::

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Blue nautical decor in a coastal bedroomThe Nautical Design Style is more than a staple in coastal decor. It is almost, no pun intended, the flagship of the design styles. It embodies the coastal lifestyle with it’s origins and decorations. It doesn’t get any more coastal than using things off of boats as decoration in the home. Well, maybe using sand? But who really wants to clean up that mess? We’re not going to!

The style originates back to the East Coast along the Atlantic coastal line. It also has a few different names; some of the more recognizable names are New England Coastal Style and American Coastal Style. Both are fitting considering the region in which the style started and the color palette used in most nautical style homes.

In Nautical Coastal Design you will see lots of reds, whites and blues which gives way to the name American Coastal Style. It’s also very common for American flags to be part of the decoration as well. The colors are bright and bold which let the style really pop! Along with the colors comes the main patterns – stripes. They will always show up in the Nautical Style. In some shape or form they will be in the room: it can be printed fabric on the sofa, painted on the walls or laid on the ground in the rug’s design . Stripes are a big design staple in the decor and will always be used in it.

Other accesorries that are used as decoration in the Nautical Style are boat flags, life raft rings, fishing buoys, boat paddles and model sail boats. That’s just a few of the pieces used in the design though. There are plenty more, but these are used more often. Basically, if it comes off of a boat it’s perfect for the Nautical Style. But really, if it has to do with boats, sailing to the ocean in anyway, you’re on the right path for the Nautical Style. Nautical inspired coastal living roomNautical white and blue bedroomNautical living room with nautical flags as wall artNautical workspace in a beach houseNautical kids room Nautical stripes and deco pin the living room Nautical bedroom with an American style

:: Less Is Always More In Life & Design ::

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Coastal living room with a large sofa and patterned area rugWe all know the phrase “Less is more”. It’s a very common phrase and concept when it comes to life and design. In design it creates a simple guideline which translates to less stuff creates more of an impact. It sounds easy, but it can often be one of the our biggest design challenges.

There is another element to the less is more concept and it is explained by adding one word to the phrase. Less is more time. It’s a simple, yet powerful addition to the phrase. Less is more time to relax, to clean, to spend with your family or to go out and live. Less is more means less stuff to clean or worry about it.

If you can adopt the less is more phrase into your home you can reclaim time you waste and discover time you didn’t have before. That means no more time wasted on cleaning and dusting in between all the trinkets and useless accessories you thought you needed in your home. No more time spent moving furniture around so you can vacuum properly. Keep your design simple to save your most valuable asset – time. Modern coastal living room with minimal chairs Simple coastal dining space with an area jute rug and wicker pendant lights

:: Create A Beach Ready Entryway ::

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Cute summer inspired coastal entrywayWhen summer is in full swing we have one destination in mind, the beach! The beach is the ultimate summer spot, so why not make your entry way beach ready? You can do this with a couple key accessories and pieces! You need a minimum of three essential pieces in the entry way. You can use more, but we all know less is more so keep it simple!

The first thing you need is a place to sit. This can be a chair, a small bench or even a stool. You just need something where you can kick off those sandals and dust off the sand covered toes. No more tracking sand throughout the house. If your seat is something light and easy to move you can easily reach in a grab it and clean outside the front door.

The second thing you will need is a place to set your stuff down. A side table or even a wide ottoman can get the job done. Create a place you can easy unload after a beach day. This way you can drop it and forget it for the time being. Another option is to use a wicker style basket so you can place your beach towels or blankets in it so it can easily be transported to the laundry room.

The third and final piece to the beach ready entryway is a place to hang stuff. We’re talking an entry way shelf, a coast rack or at the very least a couple mounted hooks. This is a great place to hang the towels, your sun hat or your beach tote. Basically it’s another place to quickly unload form the beach.

Those are the three essential pieces that make the perfect summer entryway! It’s all about creating a space that helps you quickly and easily unload after a glorious day at the beach. Hopefully this helps you this summer and lets you enjoy those beach days more!
Details in a coastal home entryway Summer ready entryway in a coatsal home

:: 3 Must Have Outdoor Summer Chairs ::

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Backyard cottage dining space with Palecek chairsSpending time outside is inevitable during the summer. It’s almost mandatory when the weather is so nice. Give yourself, your family and your guests a stylish and comfortable place to sit when you’re outside! Today we have 3 must have chairs for your backyard this summer! Each chair has a unique look and allows you to decorate with them based off of your needs. Check them out and get your backyard ready for summer!

Palecek Capri outdoor arm chair1. Palecek Capri Outdoor Arm CharmPalecek Colima outdoor chair2. Palecek Colima Outdoor ChairPalecek Lucca outdoor arm chair3. Palecek Lucca Outdoor Arm Chair