14 Seaside-Chic Decorating Finds
Add a coastal vibe to your space.
Light up your patio with a classic lantern.
Distressed finishes add rustic appeal. Rich blue, golden yellow and creamy white evoke Hamptons-esque style. For unattended lights, use battery-operated candles.
Wooden slat lantern. $40. Distressed wood and glass lantern. $50. Glass and wood lantern. $40. At HomeSense.
Sunshades offer breezy style.
Take shelter from the sun under a classic umbrella in a beachy hue. Choose between a boldy trimmed parasol, a striped version or a simple solid.
Add seaside charm to your desk or library.
An achor–shaped paperweight keeps loose-leaf sheets from scattering when windows are open. Magnifying glasses look scholarly and help with fine print, while a dip-dye pencil cup neatly holds writing utensils. Sandwich your favourite novels between creative bookends for a stylish bookshelf display.
Bring the outdoors in.
Fit for both country and contemporary style rooms, a chic ceramic lamp captures the look of a tree trunk for its base. For a more organic look, choose real wood. Roots and pieces of drift wood form a unique lamp base, and a linen shade keeps the focus on the pillar.
Use accessories to add natural, rustic texture to your rooms.
A seagrass tray will carry utensils and glasses onto the deck, while knotted napkin rings pair perfectly with crisp linen napkins. A jute door stopper keeps doorways open and a hanging lantern looks great hung or resting on a tabletop.
Jute knot door stopper. $65. At The Cross Design. Hanging rope lantern. Small, $18, large, $27. At Urban Barn. Nautical rope napkin ring. $5. At The Cross Design. Kenley woven tray. 24″ l. x 24″ w. x 7″ h. Through Made Goods.
Adorn rooms with character-filled pieces.
Display an aged looking oar on a covered porch, leaning against the exterior, or affix one to a wall. Hang keys by the door or necklaces in a bedroom on a rustic panel. Conjure up a voyage on the sea with a porthole-like convex mirror.
Oxford Varsity oar. 92.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″. $105. At AM-Living. Reclaimed wood key hook. 11.5″ w. x 1″ d. x 7.5″ h. Wood, metal. $24. At Urban Outfitters. Manu mirror. Glass, zinc. 36″ diam. Through Made Goods.
Dress beds and tables with a timeless pattern.
Toss blue and white throws over an arm chair or drape one across a bed for year-round style. Striped napkins work perfectly for summer barbecues.
Nautical stripe throw (top left). 50″ x 60″. $90. At Indigo. Johnstons of Elgin pin stripe throw. Wool. 78″ x 54″. $210. Through Fivestripes. Harwichport napkin set of four (bottom left). 20″ sq. $24. At Anthropologie.
Bring seaside charm to your bathroom.
You can’t go wrong with a water-inspired blue and white palette. Rough finishes lend a beachy-cottage vibe, such as the aqua handblown bath accessories from Pottery Barn and the textured bronze hardware from West Elm.
Try thick blue stripes for a nod to nautical style.
Blue, white and red stripes may be the classic marine colours, but a softer take includes greys and creams. This bedding has the ability to elevate a rustic cottage space, as well as add a casual touch to traditional-style furniture.
Contemporary prints and shapes offer a fresh, youthful take on Cape-Cod style furniture.
Hay, a Danish design collective, puts a new spin on recycled furniture with colourful ottomans made of antique Indian quilts that are casual enough for a cottage, yet stylish enough to make a statement. Gallant & Jones, meanwhile, take a classic deck chair to new heights with pretty fabrics in a myriad of summer colours. In a more traditional approach, Pottery Barn’s latest stools are beach-friendly with weatherproof synthetic wicker.
Qualicum Garden Deck Chair & Footstool. $380. Through Gallant & Jones. Antique Quilt Ottoman. 30″ w. x 38.2″ d. x 15.7″ h. Through Hay. Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Accent Table. 20″ diam. x 17.5″ h. $149. At Pottery Barn.
Enliven rooms with a pop of colour on the floor.
From doormats to runners, boldly striped rugs made of natural materials add a welcoming touch to any space. Greet guests with Fivestripes’ earth-friendly doormat — it’s hand woven from recycled lobster rope collected from lobstermen.
Gradiated-stripe cotton rug. Available in 6 sizes. $19-$299. At West Elm. Staffordshire stripe woven cotton rug. Available in 7 sizes. $40-$564. Through Dash & Albert. Down East doormat. 18″ x 30″. $54. Through Fivestripes.
Adorn your space with images of life by the water.
A framed vintage sailboat illustration is the perfect mantle topper. For a more demure marine display, try John Derian’s crystal dome paperweights featuring old world illustrations.
The delightfully curvy seahorse adds a whimsical touch to a throw pillow, lamp or bag.
The large tote from 44 Knots is made entirely of recycled sailcloth material. Use it as a beach carryall or to store blankets on the front porch.
Seahorse lamp. 7″ w. x 25″ h. (with shade). $295. Through Jonathan Adler. Seahorse embroidered outdoor pillow. $30. At Pottery Barn. Large royal blue seahorse tote bag. 21″ w. x 14″ d. $165. Through 44 Knots.
Keep your outdoor flower arrangements casual with unexpected containers — such as a baby blue watering can or galvanized metal tins.
Fill a water pitcher with hydrangeas, ferns or wildflowers to create a New England-inspired centerpiece, or try a trio of recycled glass jugs for a pretty yet raw look.
Watering Can. 5.8L. $10. At Canadian Tire. Sockerärt vase. $25. At Ikea. Socker vase (set of 2). Small, 10″ h. x 4″ diam. Large, 10″ h. x 7″ diam. $10, At Ikea. Recycled glass jug (shown in grey and emerald). Small, 4″ l. x 4″ d. x 11″ h. Large, 4.7″ l. x 4.7″ d. x 17.7″ h. $19-$29. At West Elm.