Boho is the latest décor darling with bright paint, wild furnishings like Moroccan or Indian, and real attitude with paintings of elephants. The best part of this décor is that it fits well with the easy going coastal look.
The pictures I'll show you are representative of a smart interior design that keeps bohemian livable and desirable.
You'll see a great deal of aqua blue that ties the clear sea with the earth tones of furniture.
People who live in colder climates and near the ocean seem to appreciate a fireplace. Though a fireplace can mean different things to different people.
If you need the warmth during the winter of snow or rain you may have a wood burning fireplace. This one in the picture has a carved mantle and slate tiles.
Most folks don't use their indoor fireplace all year long. So what do you do with this large focal point in your living room?
Keep reading for some great seasonal ideas.
With rain and wind hitting across North America I am reminded that candles are necessary. Living in a coastal town, we flood often and lose electricity routinely.
Who says that candles can't be beautiful as well as functional. Hurricane glass in different sizes are my go-to item to start creating beach lighting. With a couple handfuls of sand, shells or colorful glass beads I can decorate my home near the sea with wind-resistant glass.
Rope, string and ribbon will boost your nautical décor and blend seamlessly with your home.
Don't forget that battery operated candles are uniquely able to resist wind, fog and rain mist. Great for the bathroom, dark hallways and stairs.
I suggest keeping a box of matches or small lighter next to each coastal inspired glass candles. You never know where you will be in the house or garage when the electricity goes out.
Use Velcro or a substitute to hold down your glass candle holders. Earthquakes, high winds, kids and animals can knock burning candles from their perch
Use your imagination to create candles that are both beautiful and functional. Please leave a comment below and Pin to your budget DIY.
When you live near water, especially the ocean or bay, there is a sense of wonder at everything coastal. You choose nautical pillows, seaside art and a color scheme to enhance your coastal home.
Each home is unique as is each interior design element. Once your color palette and theme is chosen-nautical, beach cottage, New England, coastal chic or Cape Cod for example, you will follow that design throughout the entire home for continuity.
This home is a nautical themed home with medium to dark blue color palette with white paint and dark furniture. Very cozy and the stripes really set off the pillows, chair pads don't you think? The designer chose to use medium warm wood, oars and brass lamps to soften the cool blues.
If you like this look for your home I'd check out http://www.nauticaldecorstore.com/ The items they sell are fairly priced and excellent quality. You'll find everything from US Navy Divers helmets to portholes. Love this site.
Hi, and welcome to my blog, Gypsea Decor. I thought I'd introduce myself and tell you why I blog about the sea.
Just out of community college in Huntington Beach located in Southern California I joined the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman. With great anticipation I began a lifelong adventure with the sea. I learned to scuba dive with Navy SEALS and took piloting lessons with a Lieutenant to fly over the beaches near my duty stations. My parents had a sailboat and I spent many hours sailing, fishing and exploring many ports of call. I even learned to surf...badly. Ah, those were the days.
Now I'm retired, living by the sea and crafting like crazy. I'm a little slower, much smarter and enjoy more tamed adventures. You can currently find me crocheting an afghan for my son's bed and penciling a new watercolor I will paint next week. I finished embellishing a small coastal table recently and have stored the item until I move to the shore of Washington State in a couple of months.
My long term plan is to photograph on the blog daily of my beach finds. Open a small shop in town near my seaside home. Sell my painted furniture, coastal artwork on home goods, books and original art pieces.
Sounds cozy to me. How will you retire?