It’s no secret how much I love coastal style decor and since moving back to Florida 14 years ago, I have specialized in coastal style homes for most of my professional life as an interior designer.
Today I would like to share with you all my top 5 go-to coastal style accessories. These are the items I use most frequently to add a beachy-coastal look to any home!
1.Lanterns and Hurricane Vases– When decorating, I love using candles and there’s nothing more beautiful to me than a pretty candle in a glass hurricane filled with sand, seashells or starfish. I have two extra large glass hurricane globes on my dining room table filled with starfish and love them!
2. Tropical Greenery– Nothing is prettier than fresh cut flowers and foilage, and here in Florida, we have an abundance of palm fronds and lush tropical plants, so on a regular basis I go “clipping” around our home. I think large palm fronds in glass cylinder vases are an easy, elegant way to add a beachy look. BTW: Most craft stores also sell gorgeous silk stems if you don’t live in a tropical climate.
3. Coral– I think I could put a piece of white coral on every table and bookshelf in my house, but I resist doing so…it looks great on dining tables as a part of a centerpiece, on end tables, mixed in a bowl os seashells or anywhere for that matter! Though I have a few pieces of real coral, most of my coral is “resin”, or “faux” it’s much more environmentally friendly and affordable! I have a particular fondness for white coral (of course) but it comes in other pretty colors as well.
4. Bowls of Seashells/Oyster Shells- Living in Florida, we go to the beach often, and my kids and I love scouring the beaches for pretty seashells. I literally have bowls and bowls of shells throughout our home, thanks to our many trips. One of my favorite bowls is this giant clamshell on the coffee table in my living room. I happen to think that natural items are the most beautiful and love decorating with them. Next time you travel to the beach, bring home a few favorite shells and add them to your decor as a beautiful reminder of God’s glorious creation!
5. Starfish- Ok, ok, you knew it was coming! I will keep this short and sweet, you can add a simple starfish to any room and give it an instant touch of coastal style! One day, I swear I am going to play “count the starfish” with my kids and see how many are in the cottage!!
Thanks so much for joining me today please note: a full Source Guide including many of the items featured in this post has been provided for your convenience at the bottom of “The Cottage” page click HERE.
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This is beautiful bracelet retails for $65 and gives any outfit a classy coastal flair! Click HERE to view more information.
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I will announce the winner on Friday, July 1…good luck!!
I hope you all have been enjoying the Waterside Home Tour all this week…in case you missed it- click on the links below to see some really fabulous coastal decor ideas!
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