Style 7 – Cottage Coastal Style

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Gone are the days where anchors and shells dominated the décor of a cottage coastal home. Today’s coastal style is more sophisticated and paired down. Inspired by the ocean, it evokes a light and breezy feel by way of airy fabrics and the use of coastal colors in furniture and window coverings. Blues, light greens, neutrals, whites and warm toned and white washed woods are most common. It is warm, relaxing, and peaceful with a casual yet refined air to it. Raffia and rattan make their appearances in furniture, rugs (natural sisal), and even grasscloth wallpapers.  Unfinished wood pieces, and rope in lighting fixtures and decorative accents are the traditional décor items…ok and maybe just ONE jar of seashells is allowed :-)!

Williams-Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn and Serena and Lily are great sources for pieces that fit this design.


This living room shows a fresh take on today’s more modern coastal style, keeping the colors neutral an light with the use of bright white with natural wood toned accents in the chairs, rug, tables and chandelier.  Coastal colors of blue and green are brought in as accents for this calm and soothing look.

Coastal Living ROom
Coastal Living Room


This bedroom room starts with a neutral palette of whites and tans with accents of ocean blue to keep the room soothing and relaxing so it doesn’t detract from the star of the show…the view!

Coastal Bedroom
Coastal Bedroom


This Cottage / Coastal idea board shows the pieces you could use to recreate this look in your own home.

Coastal Idea Board
Coastal Idea Board

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Watch this quick 2 minute video to get some great decorating ideas.  This video will show you how to make a chic copper chandelier just with supplies found in your local big box store.  Copper is on trend right now and adding this over your table for the holidays will add a beautiful and festive… Continue Reading

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There are so many design terms thrown around these days that it may get intimidating for the person that just wants to update their bedroom or living room.  But understanding your style and what look you gravitate towards will go a long way to understanding what decor you should buy and invest in to make… Continue Reading

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Contemporary and transitional are distinct, but related design styles that share many commonalities. The main focus is on balance: not too cold, not too formal. It often has clean, sleek lines and is marked by solid colors, mainly muted neutrals with some bold punches of color in furniture and accessories. Furniture is sleek, lower to… Continue Reading