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Memorial Day was the unofficial kick-off to summer. After a long winter, most of us are headed to the beach. We all love the beach on the weekend after a long work week. The sound of the waves crashing against the sand is relaxing and the warmth of the sun re-energizes our bodies. Bring a little of the beach back home. Enjoy casual living at home by incorporating a few coastal design elements.

1. Slipcovers, like these featured on Coastal Living and House of Turquoise, protect your upholstered fabrics and allow for lounging and a relaxed atmosphere.

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2. Decorate with natural beach inspired accessories — like the below from Tara Dennis — with items such as seashells, rope, sea glass and sea grass baskets.

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3. Minimize window coverings to maximize sunlight in the space.

4. Use bold stripes, like the bedding in this room from Marcye Philbrook.

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5. Wood and tile floors make for easy clean up. Add a sisal rug.

6. Wicker, bamboo, natural wood and painted furniture, like those featured in this room from Madison Spencer Architects, are durable and won’t break the budget.

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7. Grass cloth walls add a layer of texture.

8. Add art that is nautical or abstract, such as the below from Scott Sanders. Don’t overdo it with a theme.

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9. Add flowers, like these touches from Elizabeth Newman, with peonies, palm leaves, hydrangeas and daisies.

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Incorporate a few of these costal design elements for a comfortable atmosphere. Coastal style will bring a little beach therapy and relaxation at home.


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