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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

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:: 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

:: 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

:: Bring In That Spring Green ::

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Beautiful lust tree of green in a rustic beach style entrywayWith spring in full swing it’s time to bring some fresh greens inside! And by greens, we mean green plants!

Flowers always take the spotlight in the spring time and for good reason, but another way to decorate your home with some fresh spring green is to use plants. We’re talking leafy greens that pop out in the home! Plants can bring in a fresh breath of air into a home during spring. They’ll thrive in the home and add a bit of contrast to your home decor.

Don’t have that magical green thumb? Then good news for you! Most plants, and flowers, come in both real and fake versions. No shame in using a few fake plants. We understand that not everyone has the time or memory to keep up with them! Another route to explore is the use of succulents. These require little amounts of water so they’re easy to keep up!

Check out how these plants were used in these coastal homes. They have the right idea for spring and hopefully you will too!
Palm tree in a white planter giving the home a little green Snake plant in a white vase on a modern stand Succulents on the side console in a coastal home

:: Decorate With Garden Stools ::

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Coastal outdoor space with garden stools as coffee tablesGarden stools are no longer limited to the outdoors. Can they still be used outdoors? Of course! But why limit yourself to just outside? They can be used inside or outside and they work great!

A garden stool can be used as a side table or even group them together creating a larger table look. It’s a fun and unique way to change up the design in your home! They come in multiple colors and styles giving everyone the ability to match any decor in any home.

Check out how these designers have used garden stools in indoor and outdoor spaces. Get inspired and try one out in your home or garden this spring!

Coastal work space with a fun mix of materials and a garden stool as a side table Garden stools under the console table in a coastal living room

:: Design The Space ::

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Bright coastal living room decorated with a large area rug and natural wood furnishingsScale is one of the most important factors when it comes to design. It can set the tone for the entire space. It can make a room feel full, empty, right and wrong. When you’re designing a space you need to keep everything to the scale of the room. When you start buying without considering scale you’ll be in for a big surprise when it comes to the install.

Without knowing measurements of the space, furniture and accessories they potentially won’t fit which can cause a headache or two. You want to know what will fit in the space before you head off hunting for it. Knowing the measurements of your space will also allow you to use it to its full potential as well as show you were you can take design risks with scale. So do your homework, know your space and pick pieces that will not only look great in your space, but will actually fit!
Coastal living room with a clean modern feelCoastal space with large unqiue furnishings

:: 3 Easy Tips To Help You Design A Beachy Bedroom ::

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Coastal bedroom with natural light, white decor and light wood texturesWe’ve got 3 easy tips to help you create a wonderful beachy bedroom. These aren’t going to transform your bedroom into a coastal, getaway destination or anything of that sorts. That would be nice though, right? These tips are to help everyone with their bedroom, no matter what shape the room is in. Whether you’re just moving in or looking to change things up, these 3 tips will help you get started.

1. Let there be light!

Open up those windows and let that space breathe! Most coastal spaces have a light, airy feeling to them and how do you think they accomplish that? By letting the light in! So don’t hide the inside of you home from the world! Let it see what’s going on out there!

2. Keep it simple.

There’s no secret that less is more. There’s no need to go crazy in a coastal bedroom which makes your job easier. All you need to do is pick out your fabrics, a little art for the walls, a nice bed frame and one or two extra furniture pieces to decorate your room with. It will go a lot further then you think while leaving the space feeling open.

3. Decorate with white.

Decorating with white creates the feeling of peacefulness and relaxation. Who wouldn’t want to come home to a bedroom that invokes that every time they set foot in it? We know we wouldn’t hate that! So if you aren’t sure what color to use in your bedroom, you can never go wrong with white.
Natural light in a coasatl bedroomWhite coastal bedroom with coral and sea life art