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DIY Beachfront Retreat

Create a rustic, shaded area for socializing or siestas.

Stack shipping crates, painted pale blue, to form the base of a daybed. (Unpainted crates, or skids, are free at many lumberyards or hardware stores.) A twin mattress or foam slab covered with a white sheet or a canvas cloth and piled with pillows creates a comfy surface for lounging. A makeshift awning, made with a dropcloth or sheet, is supported by two sturdy branches securely staked into the ground. Dress up the rugged setting with budget-friendly whimsical additions, like the wicker elephant table from Chinatown.

For more outdoor decorating and design ideas, see our Tropical-Inspired Outdoor Spaces gallery.

  • Photographer: Stacey Brandford
  • Source: House & Home July 2009 issue
  • Products: Donghia pillow fabric, Télio; seat fabric, Designer Fabrics; sewing of banquette cushion and pillows, MacFAB Fabrics; crate colour, Drop Zone (P5108-34), colour on stump sides, Soft Buttercup (P5058-14D), Colour on stump tops, Winter Jasmine (P5058-73), Para Paints.

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