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:

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