Coastal Chic Beach Homes

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Ocean Front Home, Newport Beach CA via Houzz

To some, home is where the beach is. Filled with ocean relics, sea tones, rustic details, simple design elements and nautical themes, these awe inspiring, feet in the sand, hair in the wind relaxing escapes, offer a breath of fresh air from the monotony’s of life. Meant to relax and inspire, rejuvenate and renew, the feelings that arise from the inside of a beach home are truly anchored to its design. From peaceful living rooms to serene kitchens to blue and coral bedrooms, come get lost in the beauty of coastal chic décor…

The Entryway:

Warm textiles, weathered wood and pops of blue and aqua, work to transition these high traffic areas into clean and comfortable entryways.

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A Coastal Chic Minneapolis Entryway via Houzz

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Comfy Beach House Entryways via Wayfair Coastal Living (left) and Taradennis.com (right)

The Kitchen:

Soft blues mixed with wood and wicker detailing and vintage beach signs, makes for a comfortable and warm eating area for everyone to enjoy.

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Coastal Kitchen Décor via Houzz (top & bottom)

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The Living Area:

Often the most occupied area in the home, clean white furniture mixed with nautical inspired pillows, wood detailing and pops of blue, aid in designing a perfect beach inspired living room.

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A Boca Raton Living Room via Houzz

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Coastal Vintage Style via Better Homes & Gardens (left) & A Beach Cottage Blog (right)

The Bedroom:

Below, elements of the sea are brought through in colorful prints and peaceful photographs inspiring a perfect relaxing escape for one to rest their head.

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A Santa Barbara Bedroom via Houzz

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Images via Houzz (left), Cabbage & Roses Winchelsea Beach Lookbook (middle) & DMagazine’s Home & Design Blog (right)

The Bathroom:

From shells to starfish to a fish net covered light fixture, coastal chic bathrooms often bring natural sea elements to life in new and exotic ways.

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Breezy Seaside Cottage Style Bathrooms via Houzz (left) & Elle Decor (right)

The Coastal Chic Details:

When it comes to coastal chic décor, little details do make a difference. An antique ship to a roped lamp to sea inspired curtains, all help to bring that perfect beach vibe inside to enjoy day after day.

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Coastal Chic Details from Pinterest (left & right) & A Beach Cottage Blog (middle)

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DIY Project: Wallpaper on Stair Risers!

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Alternate wallpaper designs for an exceptionally unique touch

From black and white prints to the more vibrant and colorful, adding a beautiful pattern to stair risers is an easy way to bring stylish detail to the interior of your home. With numerous ways to express your own individual design style, this is the perfect time to allow those creative juices to flow! Whether you choose a pretty floral print for a more romantic and girly feel or instead opt for a chic geometric for that dash of modern flavor, this simple DIY project will truly make a statement in your home as well impress those around you by showing off your artistic talents!

Project Tools:

  • 1 roll of wallpaper prepasted or unpasted (2 rolls+ if you are looking to alternate designs as seen in the picture above)
  • 1 can of acrylic wallcovering primer
  • 1 can of wallpaper paste/adhesive (if using unpasted wallpaper)
  • 1 quart of matte gloss or gloss clear acrylic
  • Household cleaner & sponge
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper sponge/brush
  • Smoothing tool
Stairway on a luxury house interior

Before & After: Bare white stairs transformed into a lovely new décor statement

Project Directions:

  1. With your ruler, measure each stair riser separately as each stair could vary in size.
  2. Using your pencil, trace out each measurement on the back of your wallpaper and cut to size with a pair of scissors (read the wallpaper label to determine the exact pattern repeat, to ensure that each sheet remains proportional to one another).
  3. Next, wash your steps to make sure they are free of any dust or debris.
  4. Apply a thin coat of primer to each stair riser and let dry. This helps the wallpaper stick to the surface better as well as makes it easier to remove later.
  5. If you are using an unpasted wallpaper, apply a thin coat of paste to each stair. Next, press the wallpaper onto each stair riser and even into place with a smoothing tool. If you are using a prepasted wallpaper, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the correct booking time, and then use the same steps from above to apply.
  6. Wait until the wallpaper has completely dried, while making sure to wipe away any excess paste with a sponge.
  7. Lastly, apply a thin coat of glaze to protect your stairs from future wear and tear.

More Inspired Designs…

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A perfect way to invite a pop of yellow into your home

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Adding a floral motif is both feminine and flirty

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Think outside the box by mixing and matching colors and patterns

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A subtle yet sophisticated example from Good Housekeeping

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