By Sea and Style: Coastal Home Decor

Taking inventory of older blog posts results in the need to occasionally update and refresh the ones that overtime have grown stale.  The core information remains relevant, but home decor and accessories offerings do not.  Summer’s official debut is as good a time as any to inject a breath of fresh sea air into a post featuring suggestions for your coastal home decor consideration.

River Dunes Captain's House

River Dunes Captain’s House

Spending quality times on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast beaches makes for many memorable experiences.  Regardless of what body of water or sandy beach I’m at, the vibe is all coastal to me. If you love a season, place, or activity so much, isn’t it a natural wish to want to add a touch of it to your home decor?  Let’s bring it home with these stylish coastal home decor suggestions selected with casual coastal elegance in mind. 

coastal home decor

 Biscayne Barrel Chair

The Biscayne Barrel Wicker Chair pairs a classic look with casual form and function- the hallmarks of coastal decorating style.  To quote a Places In The Home favorite, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Burnham-Home-Designs-Hasting-Accent-ChairBurnham Home Designs Hasting Collection Distressed Oak Arm Chair

Colors in the coastal landscape, skies and waters inspire the coastal color palette.

gray coastal paint colorsBetter Homes & Gardens

At first I thought what drew my eye to the Nate Berkus for Target skirted slipper chair was the word savvy shoppers love- clearance.  After carefully studying the form, fabric and function I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have.

Nate Berkus skirted chair

Skirted Slipper Chair by Nate Berkus for Target

Dining chairs?

Foyer accent chair?

Bedroom spot chair?

Did I mention it is on clearance?

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

The Geoffrey Console from Century Furniture is an elegant investment piece for coastal living in high tide style.


Serpentine 3 Drawer  Chest

coastal area rugs

LR Resources Sonora Prague Indoor Area Rug  ||  Safavieh Braided Area Rug  ||   Tradewinds in Seafoam

Under the sea underfoot area rugs in serene shades of coastal colors gorgeously work the room.

rattan 3 tier stand

Safavieh Ajani Grey 3 Tier Rack

The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.


decorative fish vase

Silver Octopus Sculpture ||  Admiral Shaker  ||  Turtle Cocktail Napkins  || 4 piece Canape Plates  ||   S/12 Silver Shell Cocktail Picks  ||  Canoe Paddle Swizzle Sticks ||  Jumping Fish Vase


Kokopo Ultramarine Shade Antique White Outdoor Table Lamp

Kokopo Ultramarine Shade Antique White Outdoor Table Lamp

Stunning lamp shade of blue.

nautical shell table lampNautical Shell Table Lamp

Natural Bench CoastalShore Bench from Serena & Lily 

coastal light fixtures

Bay Court Hanging Lantern  ||  Marlowe Galvanized Cage Ceiling Light  || Crystorama Coco Collection Antique Silver Mini Chandelier  ||  Solar System Chandelier  ||  Broche 8-Light Shaded Chandelier  ||  White Twig Chandelier

woven hanging light

John McCall Interiors ~ Alexander James Photographer 


Daisy Hanging Light from Soane Britain

11.5" Polystone Porthole Mirror w/ Verdi Green Finish

Porthole Mirror w/ Verdi Green Finish

decorative silver bamboo mirror

Bamboo Silver Mirror


Beach Dunes Canvas Art Print

Originally I sourced a canvas print in coastal blues and greens accented in strokes of gold, but this black and white print of beach dunes and deepening clouds seemed an excellent choice for focal point drama.  I’m careful to avoid suggesting home decor items that run the risk of being too on the nose or worse, too typical.  Beach dunes typify coastal areas, but the striking black and white effect not only draws the eye but steps away from the expected.

Coastal style transcends a decorating trend.  Coastal is not just a decorating style or home decor accessory choice, it’s a state of mind. Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the decorating mind.

Spring Home Decor Accessories Gotta Have It List

A new season means new home decor accessories, seasonal decorating updates and a totally new and refreshed blog theme.  The Places In The Home Gotta Have It List spring home decor accessories edition is here to get the refresh and update ball rolling.


Architectural Digest

First up on the list is a home decor accessory considered a quintessential gotta have-must have for the southern, Gulf Coast and Floridian home. We do love and revere these elegant pink feathered creatures.

Flamingo+Bird+by+Tim+Knepp+Painting+Print+on+Canvas ‘Flamingo Bird’ by Tim Knepp

What colors of the spring season speak to the decorating side of your brain?

an-aesthetic-pursuit-portfolio-interiors-stylesAn Aesthetic Pursuit ~ Dering Hall

Bold and bright.  Pastel perfection.  Coastal cool and oh, so chic.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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spring home decor accessories

Spring Into Color, Texture and Pattern Decorative Throw Pillows


The colors of the spring into summer season thaw the last of winter’s remnants and extends an invitation to color and decorate your world.

colorful-world-2-pillowColorful World 2 Pillow


Jungle Animal Print Square Wool Area Rug

Color, pattern and texture pairs well with the the best outdoor living spring into summer style has to offer.

Style on the beach~

The Leopard Lady Beach Towel from our favorite maxxinista haute haunt, T. J. Maxx delivers big returns on life’s a beach fun and style. The price is right and the look is spring into summer fun.


Sunny, Spring Sunday Afternoons ~

We interrupt this sunny spring Sunday afternoons train of thought in the name of Louisiana travel and tourism transparency.  Never let it be said that this native Louisianian is less than honest about Louisiana humidity and the hot as Hades havoc it plays with our unsuspecting visitors.  The summertime humidity levels down Louisiana and Gulf Coast way ain’t for the faint at heart.  Oppressive puts it mildly.

vintage-shoppingWashington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall Antique Fair

Ah, but spring is a most delightful time of year to visit our fair state. The sights, seasonings and strolls pair well with a sunny spring Sunday afternoon tailor-made for festivals, food and finds of the antiques, vintage and spring home decor accessories kind.

French-antiqueOne Kings Lane


Painted Pine Armoire


The Apothecary Bench from Paul Michael Company is a great option for foyer or end of bed seating.

Linen. It is the look and feel of the season.


Linen Pillow Linens  ~  Decorative Shell  ~  Large Glass Vases

Mixing, matching and marveling at the new season of home decor accessories remains my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update. What spring home decor accessories do you have in mind for your gotta have it list?

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Louisiana: A Distinctive Style and Taste Odyssey

A late summer commencement ceremony and “we are family” celebration calls for a home statecation.  Between last week’s Louisiana Gulf Coastal style post and a re-familiarizing of intrastate points of interest I am, to borrow and embellish a line from Billy Joel, in a Louisiana state of mind. Louisiana excels in taking the senses on a distinctive style and taste odyssey.

alligator-home-decor1House Beautiful ~  Jennifer Bevan Interiors

This boot-shaped state of which I speak takes the word unique and runs parish to parish with the concept.

alligator print fabric

Palazzo Fabrics

alligator dinner platesZazzle ||  Domenico Vacca by Prouna

A telltale (or should I say telltail) sign is the alligator influence evident upon our walls and plates, and vice versa.


crocodile trayCrocodile Tray

Good taste through decor and plate is native to our Louisiana lagniappe appeal.

fried-alligator-CochonCochon’s Fried Alligator with Chili Garlic Mayonnaise


Gallery walls adorned in details and turtle shells inspire the palette of color and the palate of taste.

gold turtle shell

Straight from page 71 in the 1967 edition of the Talk About Good cookbook by members of the Lafayette Junior League, their relatives and friends is Mrs. Helen M. Hayeses’ Turtle Soup II recipe.

talk about good cookbook

Talk about good!

talk-about-good-cook-book-turtle-soup-recipeTurtle Soup II ~ Monteleone

Louisiana-paint-colorsBenjamin Moore

I love the Louisiana proper names given to these paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

seafood-paint-colors1Cajun Shrimp ~ Lemon Twist ~ Sea Salt

Salted Roasted Shrimp

3  cups kosher salt
2  pounds head-on unpeeled large shrimp
Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400°.  On a large rimmed baking sheet, add salt in an even layer.  Bake 10 minutes.  Remove ½ cup salt and reserve.  Arrange shrimp evenly over hot salt; sprinkle with ½ cup reserved hot salt. Cover tightly with foil.  Bake just until shrimp turn pink, 6 to 8 minutes.  Discard excess salt.  Place shrimp on a serving platter; squeeze lemon over shrimp.

~ Louisiana Cookin’

Am I the only one who is craving Cajun shrimp sprinkled with a generous amount of sea salt and a lemon twist?  Louisiana Cookin’ reads my mind. That will satisfy the palate portion of the Louisiana lagniappe show.  Now to find the perfect space for Louisiana themed decor accents, a native pattern and a home state inspired paint palette.

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Coast to Coast: Coastal Designs of Summer

With the 4th of July holiday weekend right at the doorstep of a three day weekend I know schedules are full and plans are coming down to the wire. Grab a beverage, stream some soft jazz or whatever music genre floats your relaxation boat, and cast your eyes on a few of my favorite images in today’s Coast to Coast Coastal Designs of Summer design and decorating show and tell. Summer serenity now is just a scroll away.  Enjoy!

antique-coastalTraditional Home


beach-house-homer-oatman Home Adore-Homer Oatman Architects

blue-white-sunroomBetter Homes and Gardens

domaine-ropeTimothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts Interiors – Domaine

Beach Style by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators Gil Walsh Interiors

 Love your coastal designs of summer style!

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