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Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 7: Display and Adornment

PART 7

# Display and Adornment

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Don’t you just love a beach wedding! Its definitely an occasion where you’re allowed to go a little OTT (Over The Top)

Coastal decor is an essential part of coastal style but there can be a fine line between sophisticated and tacky. Decorating your beach house with things you’ve collected, made, or have a real connection to will make it right for you.

Specimens of shells, coral and other past marine specimens are a popular way to bring the beach to your home however they should only be collected with proper regard for the environment. When adorning your home inside and out, experiment with different textures of glass, wood, stone, shell, driftwood, coral, seaweed, string, seagrass and fresh flowers.

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Key Features:
* Common shells that wash up on your local beaches can be just as inspiring and attractive as rare and antique marine treasures but less is definitely more when putting them on display. Don’t go overboard with decorative nautical paraphernalia, instead exercise restraint to maximise appeal and impact of each piece.

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* Arrange a few seashore treasures on a table, tray or bookshelf.
* I love this idea (below) The perfect keep sake of precious holiday memories… small old jars and with a few shells, driftwood, stones and sand collected from beaches you holidayed at.

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Photo from DIY Enthusists

Something a bit special… A beautiful glass table lamp with shells inside

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Photo from Everything Coastal


* An odd telescope, lantern, nautical search light, barometer, nautical compass, angel, buoy, ship’s wheel or pair of paint stripped oars announce a nautical theme, similarly cotton canvas striped bunting flags, shipping charts and model yachts offer a playful oceanic feel.

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Photo from RNG Construction


* Turkish or beach towels and straw hats hanging on hooks near the door are a perfect reminder of the casual nature of this home.

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Photo from Meghan Carter


* Soft woven raffia baskets, clumps of turquoise colours bottles and nautical artwork or old surfboard propped up against the wall achieves a look of relaxed spontaneity.

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Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 6: Fabrics

PART 6

# Fabrics That Create a Coastal Look and Feel

Calm Aqua NaperyPhoto above: “Calm Mist” Aqua Leaf Table Cloth


Coastal homes are notorious for beaming with nautical stripes and maritime motifs. Soft furnishings that are hard-wearing, high quality and simple in design and mix and match with ease. Start with a design scheme that is based on natural plain textured fabrics – and take your cues from nature.

# Key Features

* Quality rather than quantity is fundamental. The materials you opt for must be hardy, washable, and where possible resistant to intense weather conditions. Outdoor soft furnishings should be water repellent, UV resistant and mildew resistant to endure harsh weather conditions of sunny seaside abodes.

* Go for a mix and match look in similar colours but different patterns or vice versa. In your outdoor space, if you like the modest pastel coastal colour palette choose a simple mix and match collection like the Hampton’s Range or if you’re like me, you could add a splash of colour and fun. Bright stripes, and geometric patterns add a sense of fun and playfulness to your outdoor room, deck, lounge.

Outdoor Cushion Covers – UV Treated, Mildew Resistant, Water Resistant – buy them here

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* Incorporate sky blues, dusky greys or pale turquoises and foamy whites in cotton, cotton canvas, linen or hand-knitted fabrics.

There’s nothing better than high quality 100% cotton bed sheets – don’t settle for polyester, especially in Summer. Cotton is a natural fibre that allows the body to breathe and absorbs moisture keeping you cool. Nothing says coastal style – like ticking stripes…

Aqua green SheetsPhoto above: Ticking Stripe Cotton Bed Sheets

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Photo above from The White Company


* Mixing vintage fabrics with a couple of accent pieces such as a button style or a patchwork cushions accomplishes a lived-in look and feel.

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Photo above from Film in the fridge

* Create a sense of casual relaxation with the inclusion of natural or striped rugs, cushions and throws.

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Photo from abeachcottage.com

Director’s chairs can be soooo beachy, but if you want to coordinate your look with everything else, chair covers can be the answer. Look for 100% cotton again, as they will be more comfortable to sit on and absorb moisture from your body, keeping you cool.


Directors chair cover GelatoEmerald

Previous Posts on this topic: 

Part 1: Architecture & Design
Part 2: Floors, Walls & Ceilings
Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light

Part 4: Using Colour
Part 5: Textures & Materials

Future Posts:

Part 7: Display & Adornment

 

 

Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 5: Textures and Materials

PART 5

# Textures and Materials

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Photo above from Broste Copenhagan at Achica.com

Texture has an important role in coastal homes in providing harmonious natural warmth and depth as well as compelling visual interest. Just as natural colours and patterns are suggestive of coastal style, so too are textures of materials inspired by the seashore.

# Key Elements

*Go natural. The classic beach house contains a plethora of textures, specimens and colours reminiscent of the nautical environment. Creating contrast by combining rough and smooth  textures, adds depth and visual interest to a room. Eg lumpy coral on a smooth wooden cabinet, or driftwood pieces placed with some smooth pearly white shells.

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Photo above from Houzz – Faux Spike Coral buy it here

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Photo above from naturalmoderninteriors.blogspot.com.au


* Furniture, particularly timber, oiled, painted, whitewashed or lime-washed styles as well as wicker cane or rattan add textural variety. A single coat of paint to reveal the grain or better yet, flaking or sanded back to reveal different coloured undercoats produce an attractive weathered look.Learn how to paint wicker here

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Photo above from homelife.com.au


* Floor coverings such as rugs and mats made from jute, sea-grass or other natural looking fibres continue the native feel through the home.

jutedelmarPhoto above from Hemphillbrett’s Rugs and Carpets

 

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Photo above from Overstock.com buy seagrass floor rugs here

Soft furnishings that you love the feel and look of will also add that textural variety. Stick to your colour palette and don’t go over board. See my next blog post on coastal fabrics…

 

Previous Blog Posts for Coastal Style Decorating Guide:

Part 1: Architecture and Design
Part 2: Floors, Walls, Ceilings
Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light
Part 4: Using Colour

Future Blog Posts for Coastal Style Decorating Guide:

Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display and Adornment

Choosing A Director’s Chair Cover That Fits

You’ve had your old director’s chair for a few years now and although the faded navy blue canvas, mildew and bird poo stains are part of its charm, its finally time for….

 

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So you’re looking forward to transforming your old director’s chair …

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WARNING !


Don’t fall into the trap so many people do when buying a new DCC:

DID YOU KNOW there are many different sizes of director’s chair covers?

The last thing you want is one that doesn’t fit your chair.

  • Too small is a disaster – It’ll never fit
  • Too big – It’ll drag on the ground, get more crushed and folded, get dirty at the bottom and be a trip hazard!

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How To Avoid Disappointment with your new DCC:

- Measure your chair, write measurements down and check that the new cover you are going to buy has slightly larger measurements.

- They need a little bit of give so that they don’t rip or tear when sat on.

- 1-2cm at most.

 

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Now you know what you are looking for…

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How To Choose The Right Size Cushion Insert

 

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Ever wondered which size cushion insert you need for your cushion cover? or have cushion inserts that you need new covers for so you’re wondering what’s the best size cover to buy?

There are so many sizes of inserts out there and they increase in size usually by 5cm intervals eg

Square inserts Will fit cover Rectangular Inserts Will fit cover
35 x 35cm 30 x 30cm 35 x 55cm 30x 50cm
40 x 40cm 35 x 35cm 35 x 65cm 30 x 60cm
45 x 45cm 40 x 40cm 45 x 55cm 40 x 50cm
50 x 50cm 45 x 45cm 45 x 65cm 40 x 60cm
55 x 55cm 50 x 50cm 55 x 65cm 50 x 60cm
60 x 60cm 55 x 55cm
65 x 65cm 60 x 60cm

 

For plump, filled out cushions, you should always get an insert that is one size bigger than the cover as shown in the table above.

For instance:

if you have a 40x40cm cover, you’ll need a 45x45cm insert. -measured horizontally and vertically (not diagonally)

if you have a 45x45cm cover, you’ll need a 50x50cm insert and so on.

Likewise, if you have a 65 x 65cm insert, this will fit a 60x60cm cover nicely

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Great! Now that’s sorted, how do you put the insert in the cover?

Watch this quick and easy demonstration below.

 

If you wish to know more about this topic or buy inserts online visit www.beachabodeliving.com.au

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