Scroll Through to the First Day of Summer

The first day of any highly anticipated event can generate a ton of inspiration, enthusiasm, and general fancy.  Notice I say highly anticipated.

The first day of summer vacation generates a ton of excitement.

The first day of school generates a ton of anxiety.

What a difference an activity makes.

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In a wave of let’s hit the beach-shore-coast good times, the first day of summer kicks off the hot fun in the summertime season.

lobster

Better Homes & Gardens

Picnics, cookouts, boils, bakes, and barbecues are tailor-made for summer days and evenings.

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These rituals of keep it summer simple fun celebrate what summer is all about- relaxing times based around good food and drink shared with family and friends.

Summer bursts onto the scene in bright and bold glory.

Thunderbirds

 Air Force Thunderbirds

Red, white, and blue especially takes command of the color palette spotlight in July.

Anthony Cochran Design

Anthony Cochran Design

Nature dips a fine brush into a pastel canvas to paint across sea and sky.

pastel beach sky waves surfing

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The first day of summer just wouldn’t be the first day of summer without a slew of fresh vegetables ready for the picking.

tomato server

The History of the Tomato Server

Home grown tomatoes sliced not too thick and not too thin served with a generous dollop of Duke’s mayonnaise and finely peppered is the summer simple treat we’ve waited for all year long.

That first bite is the stuff summer farm to table dreams are made of.

Duke's Real Mayonnaise

Duke’s Mayonnaise – James Reed

The first day of summer is here, and I for one and ready for it.  And how about the extra added bonus of it landing on a Friday!

Dave the Builder has put his order in for a summer soiree for this evening.  The grill is ready, the playlist is loaded, and the lanterns ready to light the summer night.

Let the summer fun begin.

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Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

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.

The casual with an island edge decor and coastal home decor accents and accessories decorating Jimmy’s Hideaway epitomize coastal casual.

Coastal Home Decor Classics

Deb Armchair

Deb Armchair

It isn’t coastal style until there’s at least one piece of wicker or rattan present and accounted for.  

Dayana Armchair

Dayana Armchair

 

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Jann Rattan Armchair

My previous suggestion to check out consignment shops, estate sales, vintage sites applies to this next coastal home decor piece.

New and vintage mid-century furniture is on-trend, and this pretzel rattan chair is a wonderful example of a classic design and style befitting a coastal castle.  

Vintage Mid Century Frankl Design Pretzel Rattan Chair


Very Golden Girls.

Golden Girl serving tray

Golden Girls Serving Tray

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.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

If you think about it, oceans and seas share the commonalities of form, color, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating.

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

 

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Root Wood End Table

Root Wood End Table

Texture is king in terms of layering.

Textured throw pillows top the list of simple and affordable ways to add texture, pattern, and color.

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Kathy Ireland Beaded Diamonds Silver Throw Pillow by Nourison

croc-leather-pattern-decorative-throw-pillow

Lunarable Croc Print Throw Pillow Cushion Cover

Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Saro Lifestyle Stitched Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

floor cushion crochet ecru

Crochet Floor Cushion

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Pair a spiffy accent chair with a decorative throw pillow, ottoman, or pouf  and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Talavera-Brunschwig-Fils

Talavera Linen – Kravet

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

 

Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Counter and Bar Stools

Oceanview Counter Stool

Oceanview Counter Stool

Goku Bar Stool

Goku Bar Stool

 

Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

 

Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

 

Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Pearson Design Group

Pearson Design Group

Burg 29.5 Bar Stool

Burg Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool 

Dining Room

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Island Retreat – At Home in Arkansas

When you search and source to no avail and still come up empty handed it’s time for a creative interpretation

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

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.

 

Hooker Furniture Dining Room Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table

Hooker Furniture Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table 

 

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Antique English Oak Jacobean Style Oval Barley Twist Dining Table

If old-world charm appeals to your decorating style, go all in with an antique English barley twist dining table.

 

The combination of a rich dark patina and a slipcovered, natural wicker or a rattan dining chair is striking.

 

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

 

Cornwall Console Table

Cornwall Console Table

 

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

 

Hallows+Creek+Dining+Table

Hallows Creek Dining Table

 

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Eirwen Armchair Wicker

Eirwen Armchair

 

Haverford Dining Table

Haverford Dining Table

 

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

coastal place setting

Luxe Interiors +Design

 

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

 

Safavieh-Rural-Woven-Dining-La-Rochelle-Antiqued-Oak-Finish-Taupe-Dining-Chairs

Safavieh Rural Woven La Rochelle Antiqued Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

 

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

 

Sea Dreams

wicker rattan 3 drawer chest

3 Drawer Chest

 

 

Lael Wicker Bench

Lael Wicker Bench

 

White hot coastal knot.

 

Coastal Inspired Cocktails, Anyone?

Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the coastal home decor decorating mind.

Barcart_Rope

The style is chic and the palm pattern is summer spot on.

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Marin Rope Bar Cart

shell melamine plate
Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

Better Homes & Gardens Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

coral-snack-bowl

Coral Snack Bowl

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Southern Living

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

 

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

 

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Cart or cabinet, try adding a table lamp, eye-catching decorative accent, or whimsical art piece.

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

I’m including several lamps in the lighting section of this post that I believe will handsomely accentuate a coastal themed bar top.

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

coastal home decor options

Pokorny Ridge 2 Door Accent Cabinet

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

pastel dyed seashell toothpicks

Pastel Seashell Toothpicks

A decorative shell picked up from the beach or the local craft store becomes the perfect toothpick and cocktail stirrer holder.

flat shell

Coastal cocktails and coastal themed parlor games make for a splendid happy hour.

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Since I previously referenced Margaritaville and it’s coming up on five o’clock somewhere, let’s take a look at the recipe for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita.



Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces gold tequila (Cuervo 1800)

½ ounce tequila (Cuervo white)

½ ounce triple sec (Bols)

1 splash orange Curacao (Bols)

1 ¼ ounces Rose’s Lime Juice

Crushed ice

Juice of 3 lime wedges

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and add everything but the lime wedges.
Squeeze in the juice from 2 of the lime wedges and shake very well until beads form on the outside of the shaker.

Rim only the outside edge of the margarita glass with lime and twist it around in a saucer of coarse salt (see my page on how to rim a cocktail glass).

Fill the glass about halfway with crushed ice and strain the mixture into it.
Squeeze the last lime wedge on top and drop it in.

-Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Lighting

Rattan and wicker pendant lights fall under the category of classic coastal home decor lighting choices done right.

 

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

 

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

 

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

 

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

 

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier Wooden French Country Chateau Antique Rustic Distressed Metal Frame

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier by Decomust

 

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

 

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

 

Carlie Chandelier

Carlie Chandelier

 

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood, rice paper and reed sconces.

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

So sea chic!

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

 

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

 

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

beachfront bi-fold doors

AG Millworks

 

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

 

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

 

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

 

coastal lamp finials

Royal Designs Coral-Seashell Lamp Finials

 

anthony California table lamps

Anthony California Table Lamps

 

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

 

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

 

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Abbott Table Lamp

 

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp, Multicolor

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp 

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Decor Therapy Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

  Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

 

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

Sea Breeze

Sea air is warm air.

Move it around comfortably and in high coastal style with a ceiling fan(s).

minka ceiling fan

52″ Minka Aire Light Wave Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan

coastal style ceiling fans

54″ Caribbean Breeze 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

pendant-ceiling-fan

Alexandrea Pendant Ceiling Fan with Remote

Coastal Style Accents

Justine Sterling Design

Justine Sterling Design

seagrass-basket

 

coastal style foyer

Coastal Living

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Dining Bench

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Bench

An entryway bench is a perfect piece to decorate with textured throw pillows. 

Add a bamboo, rattan, or wicker basket(s) underneath for style and storage.

modern surf style house

House & Home

Albin Rattan Basket

Albin Rattan Basket


TMS Mandeville Live Edge Bench
Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

She, he, we decorate(s) with seashells found on the seashore or the local craft and hobby store.

 

gold caracol shell sculpture

Gold Caracol Shell Sculpture

sea shell display

Luxe. Daily

Seashells typify coastal areas, and a striking display of gathered shells from the shore or from the shelf housed in a decorative bowl or urn planter in coastal home decor fashion draws the eye.

Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

Veranda

 

Coastal Home Embossed Shells Clam Shell Bowl

shell-gold-bowl

 

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

 

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

 

Classic coastal style is here to stay. 

It transcends a passing trend and consistently ranks as one of the most popular interior design styles.

Tasteful and timeless coastal home decor accents and accessories accentuate the casual, comfortable, fun, elegance, and seaside sophistication associated with classic coastal style. 

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Casual with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor

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.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I don’t stand steadfast with the definition of coastal style.

I pull looks from coast to coast; blending in the best of nautical, tropical, gulf, low country, cape, lake and river style that run the gamut of sea to shore.

Nantucket Beach House Kitchen

Ike Kligerman Barkley

As in life, variety spices up the space stylishly embellished in high tide fashion.

The Decorators Unlimited

The Decorators Unlimited

I’m a big believer in choices and options in decorating your cottage-condo-bungalow-beach house-haven-hut.

The core concept of coastal decorating style places an emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting space rich in layers, textures, natural elements, crisp colors and warm neutrals.

Now, how you define coastal style is up to you.

Regardless if your definition of coastal style is formal to the hilt or no shoes, no shirt, no problem casual, there is no right or wrong.

Whatever coastal home decor accents, accessories, and furnishings floats your boat works.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Rachel Reider Interiors

Spot On Spot Accents

Accent chests qualify as spot on spot accents for a foyer, entryway, living, family, or sun room.

coastal home decor accent cabinetLeola 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Distinctive hardware, sleek lines and an elegant design presence is the criteria to meet when it comes to the perfect accent chest.

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Greenport Door CabinetGreenport Door Cabinet

serpentine-3-drawer-chest

Serpentine 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Gorgeous is found in the details of the statement piece.

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

Leave no stone unturned in your search for a special piece or accent to tie the coastal look all together.

Check out consignment shops, estate sales, and vintage sites for classic pieces that can easily become the focal point of the space.

Part of the fun is the hunt, and the grand prize is in the treasure found.

Euphemia Console Table

Euphemia Console Table

Akersville Console TableAkersville Console Table

distressed console table

Distressed Console Table

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror 

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Shant Accent Mirror 

  Shant Accent Mirror 

coastal foyer options

traditional-rectangular-mirror

Traditional Rectangular Wall Mirror

Hernandez Greene

Hernandez Greene

Art is the jewelry of the room.

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

Shells 2 by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art PrintShells 2 by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art Print

Coastal Birds Framed Graphic Art PrintCoastal Birds Framed Graphic Art Print

Gold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art PrintGold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art Print

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

coastal home decor accents

palm tree print

Kaleidoscope Palm Crop Canvas Art Print

Sea Style Underfoot

Jute, seagrass, and sisal area rugs top the coastal home decor area rug or runner list, meeting the durability test without compromising on the natural beauty style factor.

LILIANE HART INTERIORS

Liliane Hart Interiors

Diamond Sisal RugDiamond Sisal Rug

Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.

HerringboneIndigoWovenCottonRug

Herringbone Indigo Woven Cotton Rugs

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Eden hand loomed palm rug

Eden Hand Loomed Palm Rug

Decorative Natural Manzanita Branch

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug

Accent Chairs in New Traditional Coastal Style

Liliane Hart Interiors

Liliane Hart Interiors

McKenna accent chair

McKenna Blue Floral Accent Chair 

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Bashir armchair

Bashir Armchair

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.

Bashir Armchair Color Choices

The Bashir also comes in three other coastal chic color choices.

Sarah-Gilbane -painted-wallpaper

Sarah Gilbane InteriorsDecorative Artist Brian LeaverHouse Beautiful

Palm Beach style is anything but visually boring.

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair1 Lind Armchair

azure window Gozo 4

Flickr

I am so taken with the Azure Window and the rich azure hue of the Chart lounge chair.

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

coastal colors

Sherwin-Williams

Endless Sea SW 9150  || Dark Night SW 6237  ||  Ramie SW 6156

Eleanor Armchair

Eleanor Armchair

A black accent chair introduces a touch of coastal elegance.

Giannetti Home-secretary-coastal-home-decor

Giannetti Home

I realize black may not be the color that immediately springs to mind when considering the coastal style color wheel, but it is the color that lends a touch of elegance to any decor style it graces.

Lindsey Lane - Charish

Lindsey Lane – Charish

See (or should I say sea) what I mean?

Chardon Armchair

Chardon Armchair

Bunyard Coastal Arm Chair

Bunyard Armchair

Palm Springs, Palm Bay, or Palm Beach- the colors of the Thacker armchair appeal to the new traditional coastal palette.

Thacker Armchair

Thacker Armchair

Banana Leaf Wallpaper by YorkTropics Banana Leaf Wallpaper by York

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.

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Curb Appeal Projects

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.

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.

wet-paint-rocking-chairCaution: 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.

grassy-savannah-behr-marquee-paint-colors

Behr Grassy Savannah N340-5 Semi-Gloss Enamel Exterior Paint

paint-formula

Soffit, facia board, and box end repair is the project Dave the Builder loves to hate.

Rotting (from tornado damage) soffit and facia is not only an eyesore and curb appeal deal breaker, it can allow squirrels and goodness knows what other varmints to gain entry into the attic.

soffit-repair

Dave won’t win any fashion awards, but what he does get is big time brownie points in the honey do division.

replaced-soffit

Now that we’ve got the boards replaced, it’s ready for paint time.

house exterior front

We are seriously contemplating a total exterior refresh beginning with painting the brick which will be a rather large project over many weekends.

I played with paint color wheels, charts, and swatches Friday night into Saturday morning.

If we do this, I’m leaning towards Benjamin Moore Simply White for the bricks, Behr Grassy Savannah for the cedar shakes, and Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the soffit, facia, and columns.

exterior-paint-colors-2019

Another change will be changing out the painted wood shutters for louvered vinyl exterior shutters.

Sanding, scraping, priming, and painting the existing louvered wood shutters every two to three years (Louisiana heat and humidity takes no prisoners) is becoming tiresome and expensive.

Vinyl exterior shutters can be cleaned with soap and water and can be painted when and if needed.

Tauba Copper Finish MailboxTauba Copper Finish Mailbox

Nine years in and I’m still happy with the copper mailbox and address plaque.

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

The mix of metals with classic design and form creates curb appeal wow factor.

2e Architects

2e Architects

Classic curb appeal notables include wicker furniture and Boston or Kimberly Queen ferns displayed in decorative urns and/or hanging baskets.

fern-rocker-dusty-miller

fern-rocker

The woven wonder that is wicker is one tough broad that gets better with age.

All Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor ArmchairAll Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor Armchair

modern French facade

Michael J. Siller Interiors

The shutters.

The lanterns.

The hardware accents.

The landscaping.

This is how we curb appeal.

And how lovely is the Spanish artichoke finial?

Spanish-artichoke

Spanish Artichoke

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Jay Blue Sherwin-Williams

Jay Blue from Sherwin-Williams

monogram H door knocker

Monogram Letter H Door Knocker – Brass by Michael Healy Designs

Thomson Cooke Architects curb appealThomson Cooke Architects

outdoor-wall-mounted-lighting

one  ||  two  ||  three  ||  four  ||  five  ||  six

 

I have it on good authority that a three day holiday weekend is upon us.

Three day weekends and captivating images come together to inspire curb appeal beautification projects.

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Gorgeous!

Island Architects

Island Architects

Thomson & Cooke ArchitectsThomson & Cooke Architects

First impressions make lasting impressions.

Curb appeal projects lead the way to big returns, impressive results, and beautifully welcome style home.

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Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The May issue of Home Accents Today arrived this week which means it’s home accents today show and tell time.

Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The customized Mosaic welcome mat collection by Spicher and Company immediately caught my eye.

Mosaic Customized 8th Avenue 24x36

These customized mats remind me of the shop entry and restaurant foyer  Mosaic decor seen throughout New Orleans.

Napoleon-House-Mosaic

Napoleon House Mosaic 

The consumer spotlight is on the best social media platforms for info about home furnishings.

Facebook leads the way with 38%.

Pinterest captures 23% of the pie.

pie-chart

Rounding out the numbers:

YouTube:   16%

Instagram:  10%

Yelp:  5%

Reddit:  5%

Twitter:  3%

Strategic Insights, March/April 2018 Furniture Today Study


Now for the good stuff we turn the style spotlight on selected items currently catching my eye in the feature Best of Market 2019.

 

Vail Chandelier

Vail Chandelier – Arteriors

 

lear-demoiselle-crane

Demoiselle Crane Watercolor by Edward Lear – Celadon Art

 

Vivi Swivel Chair

Vivi Swivel Chair –  Hancock & Moore

 

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

 

Infinity Cocktail Table

Infinity Cocktail Table

 

mystic forest Orian rugMystic Forest Soft White Rug

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.

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Celebrating the Nouns of Southern Living

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?

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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.

Derby-hats-pink-blackGetting down and Derby in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby is a Southern socializing-first weekend in May tradition.

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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.

boiled-crawfishOur 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.bottle-crawfish

I’ll say this about celebrating the nouns of Southern living- you learn and taste something new at every event, festival, and boil.

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Southern Living

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.

Dolly Parton Southern Living

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.

Southern exposure

Antoine’s is Louisiana restaurant royalty-a French Quarter icon.

How gorgeous is this facade?

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Southern chefs

From pan to page, southern chefs and southern writers craft a delicious, unique, and enduring story.

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Summer suppers give a Southerner yet another reason to host a get together, not that we need one.

summer suppers

I’m seriously contemplating changing my rule of KISS- keep it summer simple to KISSED- keep it summer southern entertaining delightful.

Field Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon VinaigretteField Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

We celebrate everything summer from a good crop of garden tomatoes to  a barbecue on the bricks music festival.

soul of true barbecue

Courtyards, patios, and porches replete in lush greens fashion and shade southern exposure.

lawn gate Southern Living

Chicken coops are a thing in the South.

People go nuts for these chic henhouses.

Planning, constructing, and styling is serious business, and rival that of the south’s most phenomenal architectural wonders.

chicken coop Southern Living

Distinctive, indelible, delicious, gracious, hospitable, and charming customs, styles, and traditions influence, define, exemplify, and celebrate the nouns of southern living.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Let the Sunshine In

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.

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Domino

French farmhouse Vivi et Margot

Vivi et Margot

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open kitchen window panes

Tara Hurst Design

open windows bedroom

Elle Decor

Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911

Taylor & Taylor bay windows

Taylor & Taylor

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blue and white cottage bedroomCountry Living

open casement windows

Traditional Home

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El Mueble

I hope your weekend captures the essence of spring, the comfort of home, and a little let the sunshine in time.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers unselfishly give so much of themselves to their child/children.

“Mother’s love grows by giving.”

– Charles Lamb

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Mothers Day recognizes motherhood, the love a mother exemplifies, and sets aside a day to celebrate her through thought, word, action, tribute, and token.

mother and son paintingButterfly Kisses by Joe Bowler

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” 

—Unknown

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Fashion Gone Rogue

Our Mothers-Moms-New Moms-Mothers-in-law-Grandmothers-Woman Who is Like a Mother to Me deserve acknowledgement.

Perhaps these Mother’s Day gift ideas will lend inspiration and idea.

mother's day gift ideas

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Powder Pink Pattern Scarf

Wulofs Fashion Women Weaving Tassel Shoulder Bag Messenger Bag Crossbody Bag Beach Straw Bag (Pink)Wulofs Fashion Weaving Tassel Shoulder Bag (Pink)

 Sam Edelman Andy Leather Espadrille Sandals Sam Edelman Andy Leather Espadrille Sandals

Invicta Women's Bolt 28963 Rose Gold Watch

Invicta Women’s Bolt Rose Gold Watch

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Your Mother’s Story

Bouqs Co. spring flowersSpring Style

Flora by Flora Nikrooz 2pk Knit ShortsFlora by Flora Nikrooz 2pk Knit Shorts

Lakshmi Kimono RobeLakshmi Kimono Robe

French linensVictoria Magazine

Vintage linens make a lovely keepsake gift.

Large Open Ended Pillow Shams

Large Open Ended Pillow Shams

Brunch Tartines and Crepes with Three-Citrus Compote

Brunch Tartines and Crepes with Three-Citrus Compote
Click HERE for recipe

French Dinner Napkins - Set of 9French Dinner Napkins – Set of 9

You know what pairs well with vintage French dinner napkins?

A gorgeous tablescape fit for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch.

White Linen Cutwork Tablecloth and Napkin SetWhite Linen Cutwork Tablecloth and Napkin Set

Moms of all ages love the gift of beauty.

After reading positive review after positive review for Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, it is now included as a must product in my morning and evening beauty regimen.

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My mother swears by the benefits of the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System.

No wonder it is a consistent top selling beauty product.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System

Welcome style home.

Ginger Jar Coir Mat

Ginger Jar Coir Mat

May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People's Houses by Wendy Goodman May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses
by Wendy Goodman

The art of May flowers.

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It’s amazing the things you can learn and learn to cherish having tea, talking, and making memories with your mother.

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I hope one or more of these Mother’s Day gift ideas guides you to the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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