My Coastal-Inspired Interiors Stir My Summer-Loving Soul

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Summer is absolutely overflowing with great textures. From waving blades of dune grass to driftwood along a shoreline to sugary grains of sand to pointy-yet-smooth seashells … just so much to behold. I want to take it all in and keep it with me throughout the year.

And I do keep it with me! Really! It’s all about creating interior spaces that sing to you. As a coastal bent is one of my favorite sensibilities, I focus on things like woven furniture and accessories for a nautical and beachy vibe. I also bring lots of whites, creams, taupes and grays — along with woven pieces —  into my vignettes, making the entire home fresh and restful. (My current Summer A-List — sun, sea and sand! — speaks to this style, too.)

In the depths of winter, I can take a soulful “walk” along the beach anytime I want because of my coastal-inspired spaces. But do know this: I’m not talking about fish and seashells everywhere, or doses of turquoise and coral and little seahorse-themed items. Well, I might have a few of those things around, but for me, it’s more about a Scandinavian coastal feel;  a walk along Leland’s docks in Northern Michigan; or a stroll amid the sand dunes of Northwest Michigan. To see a specific example of what I’m referring to, go here to see my kitchen — not overboard beach, but definitely embracing a coastal mood.

My three go-tos for capturing this type of feel include:

– Neutrals with texture. What do you think of  the stool shown above  from It’s a petite beauty in chalky white and bleached, round teak legs. Texture comes in the way of great baskets/totes, like the “beachcomber” above, from Pottery Barn. It’s handwoven from sustainable natural fibers and seagrass.

 – Wovens and ropes. Check out the Palisades chair from Serena& Lily, also above. It has a fold-up frame, comfy seat and more. It’s made of natural woven rattan over a bent rattan frame. Perfect!  Even in lighting, ropes add a coastal touch. See the Corso pendant from Crate & Barrel, with its simple glass dome? So great.  Don’t you love the Tara Shaw Maison Beaded Jute Tassel? Also, check out the Dakota rope drapery tieback from Restoration Hardware. These are used as a finishing feature for holding back your draperies and curtains.


– Stripes. Stripes are so nautical and so classic, they’ll just NEVER go out of style. They evoke images of waterside living but retain such sophistication! A fave piece is the Jason striped stool from; an antique blue-and-white painted striped mirror from; a navy blue and cream canvas striped night stand from; and woven baskets from (love them all!).

Are you inspired by coastal sensibilities? How do you add touches of coastal to your home, without going overboard? Please share.

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