Two exciting things are currently going on in my life right now.

1. A copy of the Nightingale just showed up at the beach house (thanks to all of your recommendations) and I’m about to open the first page.

2. I’m sitting here looking at the ocean as I type this.


Many is the summer I have stared at this ocean.

There was the year I decided to collect sea glass (#muchharderthanitlooks).

There was the year I wanted to go the blondest of the blonde that there ever was (#unfortunatechoice).

And there was the year we saw a shark (#stayoutoftheocean).

Whatever the year.

Whatever the experience.  I always leave a little wiser and more joyful and ready to take on the next year.

But what if you could have a little beach with you all year long?

Here are 10 beach-inspired decorating ideas to bring the beach home.


1.  Paint your floor

You can paint them turquoise.

Or red.

Or pale blue.

Maybe just one room.  Maybe a runner in the hallway.  Maybe pull up all the carpets and paint your plywood sub floor.

Beach it up and paint.


2.  Add ticking

Preferably on a bolster pillow.

On a vintage bed.

With a red and white quilt.

And a really good book (like Orphan Train).


3.  Mix a little vintage with a little vintage

Add a vintage sink.

With a vintage medicine cabinet.

With a vintage shelf.

And what do you get?


beach house outside deck

beach house deck

4.  Adirondack chairs

I have four of these in my side yard.

Just between us….they are white and came from Wal-Mart.

And I look at a cow pasture.

But a girl can close her eyes and dream of the beach.

beach house stairs

5.  Add stars and tiny nooks

I love an over-sized star.

And a ladder leading to a secret passageway.

We are remodeling a room in our attic right now and adding a hideaway.

beach house garden

beach house chair

6.  Screened-in porch

We added a screened-in porch to our house after we bought it.

This is my cousin’s porch.

I wish it were mine.

Should I offer to trade?

beach house style

7.  Planked walls

Here’s how we added a planked wall with shelving.

Simple plywood boards painted white.

Yes, please.

beach decor

8.  Don’t forget about the wood

Every beach house needs a little original wood.

A vintage trunk.

An antique hutch.

Set off your white planked walls with the character that wood brings.

beach house style ideas

9.  Vintage letters

Create your own out of pallet wood.

Or simply find them at thrift shops and junk stores.

Then spell out a beach word for your wall.


10.  Don’t forget about the view

Not to wax philosophically on a Monday morning before you’ve had your coffee…

….but remember the view.

Whether your house is in a city or the mountains or the ranch or looks out over a cow pasture, bringing the beach home is all a state of mind.

So take a moment today to pamper your home.

Add a basket of shells.

Paint a word on a sand dollar.

Add a little sand and some flowers to a mason jar.

Create a sign or a mirror or a picture frame from driftwood.

And never, ever, ever….

….forget to let the sunshine in. 🙂

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I’ll be sharing all of my favorites over on Instagram stories today.

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Let me know if you find anything you think I need. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lisa Broussard Lisa Broussard

    What a beautiful beach house!!! So peaceful when looking out at the beach. Are there homes to rent in your area?

  2. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    It looks like such a beautiful place. Ah, wish I was at the beach instead of being stuck inside while it's raining out. Have a wonderful time. I love all your beach inspired pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Image for Susan H Susan H

    I decorate my house outside Denver with coastal beach like feel every summer …………except last year :-(. With the pandemic and not being able to travel I just didn’t feel it and was grumpy with everything going on . We just got back from a glorious sunny week in Florida on the gulf with 9 family members . I will be pulling out my tubs this week and changing up my decor to remind me of the sandy sunny memories of all of our beach trips !

  4. Image for Peg Peg

    Are you on the Cape? I wonder if that's why I had a dream about you last night...perhaps because you're so close by!! Enjoy!!! xoxo

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