Years ago when my husband and I were deciding how to decorate our home we discovered that the only look we really agreed on was beach-inspired. We both love causal, yet pretty. light, airy shades of blues and gray. We both love old things that add interest, crystal and seashells. Our beach inspired home makes us feel relaxed and happy.
Welcome to our living room. This is where the action happens.
A lot of people ask me how I can have so many breakable things in my home with little kids. Well, things break. My kids have broken things, so has my husband. We use this room and we aren't very careful with it. Basically everything you see here is from the thrift strore, so I don't cry when it brakes.
This sofa table used to be dark wood stain but I painted it with chalk paint and added the little embellishments on the legs. I keep a big basket under the table for toys.
I added on to our mantle a couple years ago (pre-blog). I covered the slate tile that was there with these pretty glass tiles and added some MDF and dental moulding for a more custom look. The glass tiles remind me of Mother of Pearl.
I found these lovely chairs (also pre-blog) at a yard sale. I painted and reupholstered them and now they are so delightful.
I love my leather couches. They are so durable and neutral. Most the time when you think of a beachy room you think white slipcovered sofas. Well, that really would not work for my mental well-being. My kids eat nacho flavored Doritos (totally against the rules) on these couches. They jump all over them. They wipe their hands on them. Yep, no white slipcovers for me.
The wall color is Magnetic Gray (Sherwin Williams). As you can see, it's not so much gray as it is blue. I always say, if you want blue walls go with a gray with just a touch of blue. That way you get the prettiest shade of watery blue.
This room incorporates shades of blue, green, gray, brown, and natural linen. Light, airy and simple.
My sandy-colored carpet reminds me of the beach.
These candle sticks are some of my favorite thrifted finds. If you look closely you can see a broken crystal (thanks kids). But, like I said, I didn't cry.
I really love using books as decor. They are great for adding texture and color. They are also perfect for adding a little extra height to your accessories.
By the way, I am working on a fun project for the big wall behind the couch. I have wanted to do something there for so long. Coming soon ;)
I adore my IKEA polka dot pillow; it's really cozy to cuddle with. This Home pillow is new. It's not the coziest, but I love the texture and typography it adds to the room.
This little minty and glass table is one of my fave thrift store finds. I think the color I painted it was called Sea Glass. Love.
The art is a copy of one of my oldest brother's paintings. I love it and it does a great job of tying in our slate flooring. A lot of people ask why I have a copy of my brother's painting... it's because I can't afford an original and it's not like he's not handing them out, not even to his little sis. Bummer.
I found this bench in my sister's storage room and asked her to give it to me for my birthday. She was more than happy to oblige. I wish I could show you how horribly ugly it was before. You'll just have to trust me on this one.
I adore my linen pillows. One I found at the thrift store, one I bought the one with the "B" on Etsy, and I got the one with the shell buttons on sale at Target.
In creating this space, I have tried to keep the color palette simple and light. I have accessorized with items that all work with my beachy theme. At them same time, I have taken the liberty to not take my beach theme so literally. You won't find any sailboats or light houses, but you will find homages to the sandy shores.
Until next time!