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HGTVs 10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Dana’s Top Picks! 4 Beach Home Interiors


Contributing Editor, Dana Haddon, recently selected these amazing “Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas” from HGTV to share with you! “Whether you’re hours away from a coastline or steps away from golden sand, bring the beach inside your home through rustic, sea-inspired decor.”  Check out Dana’s 4 favorite shabby chic retreats that were featured in the HGTV article.

Classic Turquoise – Soft neutral hues, found objects and distressed white furnishings bring in a contemporary nautical take on shabby chic living.

HGTVs 10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Toes in the Sand – An eclectic mix of distressed furniture and crisp white accents showcase the casual elegance of a refined yet shabby space.

Sand and Blue 10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Ocean Views – The inspiration for this cozy sun room was drawn from its surroundings and tranquil views. Stunning seashells, driftwood and starfish make perfect decor for a seaside retreat like this .

10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Desert Vacation – Even though this homeowner lives in Las Vegas, she knows how to turn her home into a beach getaway. Repurposed furnishings, natural bamboo materials and a white color scheme deliver a shabby chic feel with a crisp, polished look. 

Sandy 10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Do you like what you see? Visit HGTV for all 10 Beach-Inspired Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas!

We encourage you to visit Dana’s Coastal Business, Cereus Art, too!!!

Cereus Art Coastal Decor

wicker chairs for beach house

Timeless Coastal Furniture

seaside garden

A cliff covered in heath and heather’s looms over the vast steely ocean as a storm begins to brew, the wind stinging against several grand wicker chairs. Undeniable reserve speaks volumes for the rustic chairs and table, and they have seen many occupants leave as they have seen arrive. A great feature of any coastal furniture is that the pieces themselves have great endurance and are made to last much longer than their other furniture compatriots.

wicker chairs for beach house

With a storm advancing steadily on the horizon, as a cauldron of black brews in the sky, the window howls through a tall cliff and up to a small house, where antiquated, rare wood chairs stand in abundance.  Undeniable reserve speaks volumes for the rustic chairs and table, and they have seen many occupants leave as they have seen arrive.  Coastal furniture is built to last, to last well, and to degrade elegantly when all is said and done.

Wood beach chair

There are no limits to the amounts of materials that can be used in the building of coastal furniture, and these range anywhere from glass to soft, supple wicker, to hard and solid woods such as cherry.  The sea is a great running theme in coastal furniture, and shells, beads, or wood weathering are used extensively to mimic the wear and charisma of the ocean.  The power and age of the sea is clearly felt when looking upon a piece of coastal furniture, and such installments are both soothing and unique in their style choices.

Eclectic Bohemian Beach Chair

Inns on various coasts are extremely likely to have coastal furniture in their own establishments, and these pieces compliment their surroundings well.  Many collectors of coastal furniture are enthusiastic about keeping their collections in likewise coastal homes.  With other maritime objects in the same room as an item of coastal furniture, the image one gets from the combined effect of these two resembles an image of the grand ocean. 

White beach rocking chairs

Coastal furniture can bring the ocean to your very doorstep.  While blue is a popular tine, nautical gifts that consists of tables or beds can also simply be washed out for a vintage effect.  Wicker is a bumpy, woven material and as such must be cushioned to sit on, and beds made of wicker are not particularly desired.  Driftwood is perhaps the most desired material to have one’s coastal furniture created from, as it is smooth and has exceptional character while retaining functionality.  An ethereal beauty lies in a bed made of driftwood, as it is a soft metallic color but with all the gentle contours of wood. 

Driftwood table

Both the timeless feel and great functionality make coastal furniture wildly popular.  One of the more popular ways to decorate one’s coastal furniture is by using the rare and dazzling item known as sea glass.  The sea and its currents sandpaper glass pieces until they become nearly harmless and opaque, with a silvery sheen over the glass for accent.  Tables that have sea glass tops are remarkably rare and extremely soothing to look upon.  Coastal furniture also does well to soften an office or particularly bland room at home.  Even though coastal furniture is considered vintage, the pieces themselves never quite seem to fall out of favor, perhaps due to their impeccable appearances.  For many, coastal furniture has no limit imposed upon it in terms of fashion, as it always finds a way to fit in with the latest trends, and many trends themselves are influenced or enhanced by coastal furniture.  When one buys a piece of coastal furnitureFree Reprint Articles, one always knows it is a purchase that will never be considered old fashioned.  Coastal furniture is a quaint installment for any home.

Lucite coffee table with shells and sea glass

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Beach House Exterior

Planning a Beach House


Most people’s idea of a dream house could involve more than just the structure itself. Building a home near a beach could be a luxury and indulgence for most people. However, due to state restrictions and demand, beach front properties are becoming scarcer. Most beach front properties are very expensive, even if the beach house itself is smaller than a suburb complex.  In fact, home builders now are keener to build affordable beach homes, since the demand for larger beach homes are very rare.

Beach House Exterior
If you are not familiar with beach house plans, here are some pointers you need to pay attention to. When you start to brainstorm for ideas for your dream beach house, you can then consult an architect or an engineer to start your project.

Beach Front Coastal Living
It is not difficult to grasp why a beach house has limited structural design. Beach houses are built on sand, so it needs more durable foundation for more stability. Also, strong winds can send a destructive sandstorm into your beach house. This could not be enough to blow your house away. However it can lead to cause to your home. In contrast, most beach homes should also face the risk of tropical storms and other natural disasters. Durable construction materials and aerodynamic designs could keep your house beach standing and in good shape even during strong storms.

Perfect beach house exterior
In spite of the building demands of the beach house, it is always possible to obtain your dream beach house. A beach house is usually about relaxing outdoor space, stylish porches, patios and other outdoor spaces. You can extend your beach house without enhancing the building expenses.  In truth, it is not excessive to extend your beach house for an outdoor space. Most beach house plans are designed for your home’s interior to develop the feeling of calmness. Domed ceilings, open entryways, and large doors are great for beach houses.

Beach House in US Virgin Islands
Aside from modest kitchens and bathrooms, bedrooms and guest rooms are ideal for most beach houses. Also, as much as you enjoy the outdoors, the time certainly comes when you want the comfort and ease of modern beach house.

A beach house is not just for your easy accommodation during your beach vacation. Owning a beach house is your investment to have a relaxing sanctuary whenever you want to relax and unwind. Building your own beach house is easy if you are really determined and have the resources and guidance.

Modern Beach House Design Blue and White
Author: Dean Gammell

About the Author: Hybrid Houses provide clients with House extensions london. The company has plenty of builders in london to complete all kinds of building projects. Article Source

Beach Home Tour

Transitional Coastal Home

Today’s Transitional Coastal Home was recently featured on our friend’s blog.  She graciously let us share this amazing home with you. Thank you, Luciane, for this amazing coastal home tour! Please visit her on her interior design blog, Home Bunch.

Designed by Jodi Foster, from Jodi Foster Design + Planning, this 10 acre waterfront transitional home was inspired by the Cape Cod style of the East Coast. The main house was renovated based on the original footprint to take advantage of water views on three sides. Interior and exterior spaces are connected throughout, with all rooms having direct access to wrap around verandas on both levels.Attention to interior details throughout including beautiful reclaimed wide plank flooring, period painted wainscotting, gorgeous custom built-in cabinetry with a mixture of custom and antique furnishings.

The result is a light-filled timeless family home to be enjoyed for generations.


Transitional Coastal Home


This home has everything we need to fall in love with: it’s surrounded by nature, it’s on the water and it’s beautiful inside and out!

Exterior Paint Color: This exterior siding is in a standard Hardieplank material color: “Iron Grey”.


Any home feels extra charming with a front porch.

The porch flooring is a natural slate flagstone. Aren’t they gorgeous?


British Columbia… just beautiful! How I miss this province!

Exterior light fixtures are from Restoration Hardware.


Bright and full of personality, this entryway can impress any guest!

Flooring & Paint Color

These incredible wood floors are reclaimed 100+ year old Antique Hemlock, supplied by Scott Landon Antiques in Vancouver BC.

Paint Color: All trim and wall wainscotting are in paint color “Behr Off White 1873″. The upper walls and ceiling are in “Delicate White 518-1 by Pittsburgh Paints”.

Light Coastal Living Room

This is why many of us love coastal interiors… they’re often casual and effortlessly beautiful!

Chairs and chaise are from Montauk.

Nautical Beauty

Shades are motorized “Silhouette” shades are by Hunter Douglas.

The coffee table is an antique, found at “Farmhouse” in Vancouver, BC.

Kitchen Design

The kitchen feels open and, with an island and peninsula, it offers plenty of counter workspace and storage.

Island Pendants: These are the “Clemson Classic Pendant” from “Restoration Hardware”.

Off-White Kitchen Paint Color

The custom cabinets were painted to match Behr’s “Off White” 1873.

Kitchen Backsplash

Backsplash tiles are 3″X6″ ‘Horas Art Tiffany Crackle Series’ in color “Bianco”.

Kitchen Hardware

Knobs and drawer pulls are from Cliffside Industries Ltd. Drawer pulls are B1-3; the dishwashers are B1-8 and the fridge pulls are B1-12.

The beautiful cabinets were designed by “Wesley Ellen Design & Millwork”.

Kitchen Countertop

Kitchen counters are Alaska White Granite.

Kitchen & Eating Nook

This entire space feels welcoming and homely. I also really like the warm white on cabinets, trim and wainscoting.

Eating Area

Table and chairs are antiques.



Who wouldn’t love to have their meals with a view like that?! Just lovely!

Dining Room

The dining room is very casual and opens to a waterfront patio.

Table Dimensions: This custom table is 10′ long X 42″ wide.

Chairs and table are by “Steve Archer” at “Archer’s Antiques”.

Chandelier is by Bocci Lighting.

Powder Room Paint Color

The upper walls are a slightly lighter tint of “Benjamin Moore 2062-60 Blue Hydrangea”.

Cabinet is an antique, repurposed as a vanity.


The stunning wall mounted faucet set is the “Georgian Era” 3 hole wall mount column spout by ROHL Perrin & Rowe.

The surface mounted basin is from the “Loop & Friends” series by Villeroy & Boch.

Hallway Built-in

You guys know how much I love built-ins… they’re classic, clean and so useful!

Hardware is from Cliffside Industries Ltd.

Hallway Built-in Desk

A smart usage of space!

Door hardware is from Rocky Mountain Hardware.

Foyer Lighting 

The gorgeous lighting in this foyer is the “14 Series Twenty-Six Pendant Chandelier by Bocci”.

Bocci Lighting

How much? This chandelier costs around US$12.000

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is casual and very inviting, with subtle feminine touches.


Coastal Bedroom 

Dreamy views!

The stunning handmade quilt is a family heirloom belonging to the owners of the house.


Get a book and come listen to the ocean…

All of the home’s windows and exterior doors are by Marvin.


Gorgeous reclaimed flooring brings some warmth to this all-white bathroom.

Bathroom Vanity

The spacious cabinet offers plenty of storage.


Mirrors were custom made using salvaged/antique molding.


Countertop is polished white Carrara marble.


This bathtub has a timeless appeal and it is from Kohler.

Closet Design

This closet is any girl’s dream!

The chandelier is “Schonbek”.

Closet door hardware is by “Sun Valley Bronze” and glass knobs on cabinets and island are by Restoration Hardware.

Paint Color

The upper walls are Benjamin Moore’s “Blue Hydrangea”.

The custom island is made of wood with a high gloss lacquer finish.

Guest Bedroom

This vintage-inspired guest bedroom has lovely ocean views.

Antique-inspired bed is from “Charles P. Rogers Beds”.

Dresser is a vintage piece.

Smart Small Bathroom

The guest bbathroom was smartly designed with a built-in and walk-in shower.

Sink is the “Kathryn Console” by Kohler.

Shower drain is from California Faucets.

Guest Bedroom

This guest bedroom is on the smaller side, but its light color palette makes it appear larger and bright.

Marble Bathroom

Beautiful marble tiling and countertop adds a classic feel to this bathroom.

Blue & White

Just like the master bedroom, this is yet another space that feels casual and comfortable.


Happy colors!


Vintage beauty.


Simple and timeless!

The mirrored medicine cabinetand sconces are from Restoration Hardware.

The faucet is also by Kohler: the Memoirs “Stately” widespread faucet in chrome.

The toilet is aslo from “Memoirs” series by Kohler.


The third floor lookout home office has lovely ocean views.

Laundry Room

I am in love with this laundry room. Here, you can truly see the cream white paint color selected for all millwork, cabinets and built-ins in this house.

Cabinet Paint Color: Off White #1873 by Behr .

The floor tiles are “Pizarra Black” Slate.


The mudroom is soothing and practical. This space is connected to the laundry room.


Make your life, a good life!


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Sterling Silver Starfish Jewelry

Coastal Jewelry: Sterling Silver Starfish


The Coastal Collection photography series was created by, and for, a lover of the sea and all things coastal. The photographs in The Coastal Collection are the inspiration for this NEW jewelry series. With our love for texture and tone, each piece reflects the details of our most popular images. The double starfish, “Star Struck” is two starfish showing the front and the back as featured in the photograph. The single starfish image “A Star Is Born”, is represented as the single starfish post earrings showing the underside of the starfish with great details and texture.


Susan Fairgrieve of Susan Fairgrieve Design/The Coastal Collection teamed up with private jeweler, Brian Joseph Jewelry Design of Philadelphia, PA to bring you the Sterling Silver Series. The pieces in this series are created from real starfish, hand-crafted and molded from deoxidized sterling silver to prolong their beautiful shine and luster.

Sterling Silver Starfish Jewelry

Each piece of the Sterling Silver Series is hand-stamped on the reverse side with CC BJJ representing The Coastal Collection and Brian Joseph Jewelers.

Sterling Silver Starfish Jewelry

Your Coastal Collection Sterling Silver Series jewelry will arrive in an ivory satin pouch in a jewelry box for easy gift-giving. A perfect gift for a beach lover, a summer bride or a gift for yourself!

Sterling Silver Starfish Jewelry

Available in this series is the “Star Struck” double starfish hanging earrings and pendant and the “A Star Is Born” single starfish post earrings. The pieces in this series are “statement pieces” with their unique style and craftsmanship. We know these will be favorites in your jewelry collection for years to come!

Sterling Silver Starfish Jewelry

What a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Pop over and browse through Susan’s products at The Coastal Collection…right now!

Beach House Wall Art – Dreams Come True!


“Even if you don’t consider yourself art savvy, you can easily decorate your home with art and paintings. Displaying artwork is a great way to spruce up your walls, create conversation pieces and create a flow to the decor of your home. No matter the budget, no matter the taste, you can decorate your home with art and paintings to add character and panache.” – Ricky Andromeda, Demand Media.

Courtney Noelle began writing names in the sand beach and was born. “I consider myself to be the trendsetter in writing in the sand and merchandising this concept in a way people could buy these unique works of art. Paired with my professional photography, artistic eye and spiritual connection to the ocean and its beaches, Nature’s Notebook was born. I am drawn to the soft sandy edges of the sea, and have always felt inclined to write words or names, thoughts or dreams into the ever-changing landscape of the beach. Something about its tumultuous fate, an uncertainty that parallels our own lives, makes sea sand the perfect tablet for expression. And what better way to capture that expression, the memory and the magic of the beach forever, than in a photograph. I began sharing these captured moments with friends and loved ones 7 years ago through gifts and cards. Soon people were talking about these special snapshots, encouraging me to make these gifts available to anyone. Touched and eager to share this passion with the world, I began Nature’s Notebook, an online collection of photographs and cards using the seas’ tranquility to express love and emotion! I am very passionate about what I do and love this art form and am blessed to share it with everyone.”

“Dreams Come True,” these words perfectly capture your deepest emotions and desires. This inspirational wall art or personalized home décor makes a unique gift for family members and friends. This is the perfect uplifting gift of encouragement!

This Framed piece features Dreams, Come, True, Shooting star in a wooden frame. Each photograph is 4×6. Frame Measures 42″x 11″ and ships in 2-3 Days!

Nature’s Notebook’s framed wall art is available in either black & white or color photograph — You even get to select your frame color! Frames available in white, silver, or black.

Order your framed beach art today from Nature’s Notebook – purchase here.


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