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3 Cheap and Charming Coastal Decorating Moves


Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Sally Lee by the Sea for having me!

The coast is so special to me; in fact as I write this, I am looking out at a Maine lobstering harbor from a humble cottage that’s been in my family for five generations. We have traditionally decorated our place with cheap and free finds, including buoys and crates that washed up on the rocks, carved birds gifted from a beloved friend and glass vessels full of sea glass, shells and pebbles. This inspired me to share a few inexpensive and very easy beach decorating moves that will give your home charming coastal cottage character.

Eclectic Living Room design by Other Metros General Contractor CapeRace Cultural Adventures

Vintage nautical pieces placed one per shelf against a crisp white background make a wonderful coastal composition. While wooden buoys are not used much anymore, they are fairly easy to come by at antique shops or in your lobstering neighbor’s garage.


Eclectic Kitchen design by Atlanta Interior Designer Liz Williams Interiors

Interior designer Liz Williams wasn’t sure what to do with these rustic wooden frames. She hung them in the kitchen, stepped back for a long look, then placed a few of the owner’s favorite beach rocks inside. In an instant she had an easy-to-make, original art arrangement that incorporates natural coastal textures.


Contemporary Entry design by Houston Interior Designer Munger Interiors

I never knew a bunch of beach towels could have such a great impact while simply hung up to dry! Downgrade all of your mismatched, worn-out beach towels to rag status and invest in a new batch of brightly colored matching towels. They’ll perk up your entryway, clothesline and outdoor shower.

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