August 23, 2010

Landlocked Beach House Style

As you know, I am a former Jersey Shore girl of the non-Snookie variety and I love me some laid back, coastal style.  Fortunately for me, our 101 year old colonial has enough character to help enhance a laid back beachy style were we ever to fully embrace it.  But the rest of my family is landlocked in Pennsylvania living in a townhome. If you love the coast, how can you foster that type of aesthetic in your own home without going too theme-y?

I am always on the lookout for design inspiration that celebrates the breezy style of the shore without painting all of your walls white and relying on a great water view.  Here are a few wonderful examples I have found recently:

The horizontal striping on the walls in this room sways a bit nautical for my taste…but I love the detail of the moldings in the corners against that gorgeous blue.  The muted tones of the repetitive artwork on the wall help add to the calm, serene feel of this bedroom.  And nothing says beach vacation like a white, chenille bedspread:

While I love bead board and wainscoting, this look could be way too theme-y for a landlocked home, but the textures and patterns and colors of the bedspread and the various pillows and that gorgeous painting combine with the headboard and coral lamp to really bring home a light, airy coastal feel to this room:


White woodwork, black and white stills of small watercraft and thoughtful details like a linen upholstered couch and a built in bookshelf make this home a great example of how a place can have that beach aesthetic without relying on a good view:



The beautiful, natural-grass side table and linen slip covered couches help keep this room from feeling too tailored. I love how they play off the blue accent pillows and lamp shades to really keep the space balanced:


A little more bead board here…but what really struck me about this comfy space was the white painted floor.  I'm not sure that's something I could ever take the plunge and do in my home, but it sure does a wonderful job at creating a beautiful jumping off point for this laid-back, sweet bedroom:


Lastly, the loose slip cover on this couch and the beautifully encased pillows practically beg you to while away the afternoon with a snooze…which is always a welcome activity at the beach:

It isn't the easiest proposition in the world to take the style of a place you love and incorporate it where you actually live successfully, but with some careful consideration and thoughtful editing, it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Any other coast-loving landlocked readers out there?  What's your favorite tip for infusing just the right amount beachy flavor into your home?


(Photos 1,2,3 - Richard Leo Johnson; photo 4 – Jean Allsopp; photos 5 & 6 – Wendell T Webber)

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One Response to “Landlocked Beach House Style”

  1. jan sturdevant Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    this is a little forced, isn't it.