Thanks goes out to the genius that is Google maps street view for allowing me to cruise up and down a scenic beach highway anytime I want.
It may not be the same as actually being there in person, but it is a fun in the sun way to satisfy your coastal curiosity.
White sandy beaches and deep blue waters bookended by amazing seaside architecture and interiors is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas for sourcing coastal home decor accents and accessories.
Another source of coastal inspiration comes from resort web and social sites.
“Palm trees and views I can’t believe Why would I ever want to leave?”
Speaking of Jimmy Buffet, I took a gander at the room types at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.
Speaking of The Golden Girls, how cute is this Golden Girls living room serving tray!
My aunt lives on the east coast of Florida, and her “Florida room” is furnished in super chic coastal accents and a fabulous suite of vintage rattan furniture she bought the first year she lived in Florida (1975).
She searched consignment shops and estate sales up and down the Florida coast for a set in good condition with a great price tag. Patience paid off, and she hit coastal home decor accents gold seven months into the hunt.
The set still makes a statement, and most certainly qualifies as an investment piece.
Pillows, Poufs, Odds and End Tables
Coastal home decor furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns reminiscent of the coast and its landscape, skies, and waters inspire the coastal color palette, casual elegance, and seaside sophistication.
The Chatelet extendable trestle dining table offers European appeal in farm to coastal detail. Hardwood solids paired with pecan, walnut and maple veneers replicate a provincial patina, making this a dining table contender for the casual yet elegant coastal dining room.
Family took priority over my coastal home decor refresh blog post publication last week, and understandably so. The Canadian snowbird flew home to Louisiana as a surprise belated Mother’s Day gift, and can I just tell you how full my heart is.
A house full of three generations gathered together to visit with him kicked off the official start of summer and plenty of good conversation. Seems we have one Millennial couple in escrow and another in new construction talks.
Now we’re talking my kind of talk.
When a season, a destination, or an activity leaves a lasting impression, it’s only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor. The future first time home owners are going coastal with their design and decorating selections, and of course Aunt Darleen is more than happy to offer coastal home decor ideas and suggestions to accentuate casual elegance and seaside sophistication.
After carefully studying the easy, breezy, comfortable chic form, fabric and function of the Bashir armchair, I decided this super chic affordable chair captures the true essence of coastal decor deeming it a coastal home decor must have times two.
The Bashir also comes in three other coastal chic color choices.
It is dawning on me after scrolling through the draft that this post is taking on a life of its own in length.
Looks like a part two is in order.
Part two of Casual Elegance with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor will feature coastal home decor furnishings, accents, and accessories suggestions for the dining room, bedroom, home bar, and spots of decorating interest.
What you hear about weather in the South is true- wait five minutes and it will change. Turns out the buckets of rain threatening the weekend held off making it possible to tackle a few curb appeal projects.
Repainting the rockers on the front porch has been a long time coming. Dave the Builder made the call, I selected the paint, and here’s rocking proof of our current curb appeal project in progress AND that semigloss and gloss finishes do tend to dry darker.
Caution: Wet Paint
Behr Grassy Savannah is the current star of our curb appeal show.
The color is I see shades of gray-green-brown perfection.
I enjoy being in the know when it comes to new and exciting products, home decor accents, and purchasing information. Luckily each month Home Accents Today arrives to my mailbox keeping me in the design and decor loop from cover to cover.
Celebrating the nouns of Southern living comes quite easy to me. Remember back during the holidays when I shared with y’all about receiving a surprise gift from my nephew and niece-in-law, Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture?
I finally found time over this past weekend to sit down with a glass of sweet tea rimmed in fresh mint and take in some southern exposure.
Getting down and Derby in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby is a Southern socializing-first weekend in May tradition.
As horseshoe good luck would have it, the floral department at the local grocery store put a slew of red rose bouquets on clearance Friday afternoon just in time for Derby Saturday.
I love when the clearance sale stars align.
Our Louisville meets Marksville crawfish boil shakes a dash of south Louisiana into the c’est si bon.
Boiled crawfish with traditional fixin’s thrown into the pot makes for good eating. Potatoes and corn have never met a crawfish boiling pot they don’t love to be a part of, but don’t stop there.
Back when Dave the Builder was in the corporate world, we would host the annual crawfish boil. One of Dave’s coworkers introduced our taste buds to a new way of boiling crawfish.
At first I questioned the addition of cabbage, smoked sausage, onions, lemons, whole carrots, mushrooms, celery stalks, and eggs to the seasoned boil, but quickly became a flavor convert.
The vegetables, sausage, and eggs boil to perfection in the seasoned water, picking up the unmistakable taste of the South.
I’ll say this about celebrating the nouns of Southern living- you learn and taste something new at every event, festival, and boil.
Blue and white is the classic color palette of choice of many Southern decoristas.
It is seen in the hydrangeas we plant, the china patterns we place upon the Southern dinner table, and the porcelain pretties we decorate house and home with.
Going up to the mountains (my Tennessee family calls all of Sevier County including Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg “the mountains”) is part of the landscape when we go home to East Tennessee.
I fondly remember the days of family style meals served at Trotter’s restaurant, wild wild west afternoons spent at Goldrush Junction, and the stories of Dolly performing on the Cas Walker radio show.
A proud daughter of Sevier County who has never forgotten the region, the town, and the county she calls home, Dolly Parton was recently awarded the FBI 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the work done to raise money for those affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016.
For this, the music, the voice, and the local love, we will always love you, Dolly.
Antoine’s is Louisiana restaurant royalty-a French Quarter icon.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday opens up the window to let the sunshine in. A glorious spring day sun kissed by nature and seasonally blessed with pleasant temperatures is made for open windows and a let the sunshine in attitude.