Decorating & Design

August 23, 2012

Beachy Inspiration

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a week down in Turks and Caicos with my family for an end-of-summer vacation. The island of Providenciales is the destination for most who travel down to the white sand beaches of TCI, and you may remember Suzanne Dimma’s trip there last April.

Although the cooler months are approaching, let’s make the most of these last few weeks of beachy inspiration. Take a cue from the colours and textures of the Caribbean when styling your indoor and outdoor spaces this summer.

While in Turks, I was intrigued by this great interior design shop called Belongings. I loved the look of the store and really appreciated their translation of the sand and sea into tangible and translatable products and vignettes. They offer both interior design services and sell island-inspired furniture, textiles, art, lighting and accessories that are elegant, not kitschy.

Check out how these beach treasures have been collected and displayed under glass domes and bottles — clever. I also like the references to worn, sun-bleached wood in their offering of case goods.

This tablescape offered an interesting mix of handmade pottery, modern wood pieces and glass elements. The combination of black utensils with blue-grey glass plates also caught my eye as a cool and casual pairing.

Finally, although it’s more overtly beachy, this collection of cushion patterns and art would be perfect in a Canadian cottage for a hit of the tropics.

For more beachy decorating ideas, browse our Seaside-Inspired Interiors photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1-5. Lauren Petroff