Whether it’s your summer or permanent home, a common mistake people make when designing with coastal décor is over-styling the space which can result in your home resembling a surfside gift shop. Go beyond the seashell clichés and create that serene, coastal feeling in your home with elements that are a little more unexpected… Color || The most subtle way to create a laid-back beachy vibe is by painting a room or two in nature-inspired colors. Try layering aqua hues with muted seagrass greens; a combination that has a way of calming your senses yet leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated like a summer breeze.   Furniture || Rather than choosing the typical whitewashed furniture, consider picking out pieces that are a bit darker and evoke more of a rustic or industrial vibe. Many of these pieces resemble driftwood with their coloring and distressing and will pair nicely with pops of coastal or nautical décor without appearing cliché. Adding a jute rug or linen drapes to a space is another neutral way to impart coastal flair.   Accents || Juxtapose style-neutral décor with coastal accents so the room doesn’t become too themed. Get creative with your coastal décor. Seek out a vintage nautical map to hang on the living room wall or an antique compass to place on a side table. Brighten up a window sill with potted seagrass or create a “coastal corner” in your bedroom by placing hurricanes filled with white pillar candles on the floor and scattering air plants all around.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
Outdoor Furniture Care Extend the life of your outdoor furniture with these tips. Care and Maintenance for Outdoor Furniture All-Weather Resin Wicker: Cape May, ScanCom All-weather wicker is durable, resistant to sun fading and impervious to the effects of water and humidity, making it ideal for outdoor use. Clean all-weather resin wicker furniture with a mild soap and water solution, wipe dry. Remove debris—like trapped leaves—from getting caught in the weave. Decomposing leaves can cause discoloration. All-weather resin wicker should not be subjected to intense heat. Therefore, do not place resin furniture too close to a grill or a fire. All-weather resin wicker furniture should be stored in a sheltered spot over the winter months. Ipé: Jensen Leisure Ipé is naturally a uniform brown color. Keep in mind that all outdoor wood furniture will turn gray when exposed to sunlight and the elements. This occurs as ultra violet (UV) light bleaches the wood. To preserve the original color of Ipé, we recommend using the Ipé Aftercare Kit. Please note: the Ipé Aftercare Kit should only be used after the original finish begins to lighten in color (after approximately 2-3 months of outdoor exposure depending on your local weather conditions). Step 1: Apply Penofin Pro Tech Brightener Before using any Penofin product, eye protection and rubber gloves should be worn. Cover the ground under your work area before starting. Empty the packet of Penofin Brightener into one gallon of clean water and mix. Wet the surface with a garden hose and sprayer. Using a plastic pump garden sprayer or brush, apply the solution liberally. DO NOT ALLOW THE SOLUTION TO DRY ON THE SURFACE. Mist occasionally and agitate with non-metallic stiff brush for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Step 2: Apply Penofin Verde Oil Finish Apply one coat and wait 15-20 minutes, thoroughly wipe the entire surface with a nap-free cloth until the wood feels dry to the touch. Please note that any excess oil left on the surface will congeal and result in a tacky finish. Following this treatment, apply Penofin Verde once per season (tabletops and other horizontal surfaces may require a second application). Remember that the wood surface needs to be clean and completely dry before applying the Penofin Verde. Depending on weather conditions, a single application of Penofin Verde should be dry to touch and ready to use within 24-48 hours. Please note that outdoor cushions or other fabrics should not be allowed to remain in direct contact with the recently finished surface during wet weather, until the finish has been allowed to completely dry and set (approximately 1-2 weeks depending on local weather conditions). Teak: ScanCom Teak is one of the hardest of all wood types, resistant to rotting and the effects of weather. The natural color of teak is honey-brown with a polished look that comes from its built-in reservoir of teak oil. Within 9-12 months of exposure to the elements, if left untreated, teak will age to a silvery-gray color. Jordan's teak maintenance kit provides products for cleaning and maintaining teak furniture. To retain the natural brown teak color, a regular application of teak sealer that contains UV protection is recommended. Atmospheric changes and changes in humidity can cause "checking" on teak furniture. Checking is characteristic fine cracks in the wood's surface. Checking will not negatively affect the use or the lifespan of the furniture. Teak furniture can be left outside year round. If desired, teak furniture can be covered, but the cover material should "breathe". Teak can also be stored in an unheated space. Care should be taken not to move teak from outdoors to a heated area as the drastic change in temperature and humidity can cause damage. Envirowood Made from recycled plastic, Seaside Casuals employs their patented “Envirowood” for all of their outdoor furniture. This high-performance material does not require sealing, will not splinter, and resists fading. For regular cleaning, wash with a mild soap and water solution. Do not pressure wash. To maintain the stainless steel hardware, especially in direct coastal areas or when exposed to salt water, regular rinsing with plain water is recommended. Use of caustic cleaners and harsh chemicals is not recommended. Cast Aluminum Furniture Cast aluminum furniture is lightweight, repels rust and stays cooler to the touch. Powder-coated painted surfaces are scratch and fade resistant. Frames should be cleaned with a sponge and a non-abrasive soap. Dish detergent should be avoided as it can leave an oily residue. Spills should be wiped with a damp cloth, using a mild soap and water solution. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided. Wet cushions will dry faster when placed on their sides to drain. Cushions should be stored in a dry area. Keeping furniture covered when not in use helps keep it cleaner (think birds flying overhead, or messy trees). Be sure furniture is dry before covering. Store cast aluminum frames in a sheltered area for the winter. If the furniture has foot caps, remove them to drain excess water before storing. Be sure that all cast aluminum furniture is dry before storing to prevent damage from trapped water freezing and expanding. Do not store cast aluminum frames upside down, as many frames are designed to drain excess moisture in the upright position. In coastal areas, salt may accumulate leading to corrosion. If used in an indoor pool area, chlorides may accumulate. Regular cleaning as described above will remove the deposits and protect the finish. Outdoor umbrellas: Treasure Garden, Tuuci No umbrella, regardless of size or weight, should be left unattended in the open position. In windy conditions, it is recommended that umbrellas be closed, removed from their base, and stored, or laid horizontally. This will reduce the risk of damage to your umbrella, furniture, and other property. Fabric canopies can be cleaned by brushing away loose dirt and debris, hosing off with water, and cleaning with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution (water should not exceed 100° F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap; air dry. Be sure that the parasol pole is firmly attached before opening parasol. Remove all packing materials—exterior and interior— before assembly. Umbrella ribs must be separated by hand at least 6” out from the pole before opening the parasol. Check bolts on base plates (Tuuci) regularly to ensure they are fully tightened. All umbrella bases are for use on flat, stable surfaces. To ensure stability of your umbrella, please observe proper placement, and use sufficient weight (base). Steel or cast iron bases should be kept clean. Remove dirt by cleaning with mild soap and water. Never leave bases standing in water. To keep your bases looking their best, you may wish to store them indoors when not in use for an extended period of time.
Summer is finally here which means you are probably entertaining more than usual. Whether it’s a casual barbeque or a swanky dinner, it’s time to get creative with your tabletop décor! Of course the décor will depend on the theme of the event; however there are a few design styles that are timeless for any dining table... Floral || Swap out that fabric table runner for some vivacious floral garland! Whether you bring the drama with large blooms or keep it simple with greenery, this look is fresh and modern! Choose flowers that aren’t too fragrant as this can be unappetizing when sitting down to eat. Vintage || From milk glass to mercury glass these vessels can be styled to evoke an intimate vibe when filled with candles. Intertwine linen with a strand or two of twinkle lights along the length of the table and bunching it around each vessel to tie the whole look together. For added romance sprinkle in some taller, narrow vases adding just a single, lush bloom.   Coastal || Using driftwood as the anchor, style the table with cream pillar candles in varying heights, sea glass bottles, and loose air plants for a more refined coastal look. Shells accompanied by mini spoons are a coastally creative way to serve condiments like sea salt and will double as décor!
By now, you know about the many benefits of indoor plants – they help purify the air, reduce stress and background noise, and improve your mood, in addition to being naturally beautiful. You can also add life to your space with other naturally occurring items like coral, seashells, petrified wood, geodes, plus textured fibers like macramé, abaca, jute, grasscloth and sisal. Adding these natural elements brings earthy textures to your décor, and increases the tranquility of your space. You can use these elements in subtle or big ways, and they work especially well in casual, boho-inspired interiors. Fish tanks and fountains optional.   Natural Found Collections || You can easily add natural beauty to your home by gathering your seashell or beach rock collection, putting it in a woven basket, and placing it next to a group of plants. A branch of coral is another classic touch, often displayed atop glass coffee tables or on book shelves. Other shore items like starfish, sea urchins and sea glass are inexpensive, readily available collectibles that can be gathered in groups or scattered randomly to charming rustic effect.   Furniture & Rugs || There are plenty of ways to use natural elements to make a bigger impact. In addition to natural wicker, rattan or rope accent furniture, you can complete a seating group with an eye-catching geode-topped accent table or tree stump table that's anything but cookie cutter. Each one will feature unique variations in color, pattern and shape. Ground your space, inside or out, with an environmentally-friendly natural fiber area rug that's both resilient and easy to coordinate with most design schemes. Accent Pieces || Geodes in their organic form can be striking, and appear in many gorgeous colors, including purple, blue, pink and green. Arrange them inside an open clam shell for an artful presentation. The aforementioned coral makes a great decorative accent, maybe on a tray with other objects or under a glass cloche. A natural woven sunburst mirror adds coastal charm when placed above your dresser, or use it to embellish a bare wall in an entranceway. Finally, if natural elements aren't your favorite décor go-tos, framed botanical prints work especially well in a formal grouping on your wall.
The industry’s top home furnishing designers gathered in High Point, NC to showcase their latest collection to prospecting retail buyers and interior designers for the biannual High Point Market. High Point Market is the equivalent to Fashion Week in the fashion world – it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, providing insight to new products and the latest trends in home décor… Mixed Media || Unique materials like concrete, metal, and stone are paired with more traditional elements like glass and wood to create an unexpected twist on classic silhouettes. Highlights include pieces like a writing desk or sofa table that feature metal bases topped with stone. Va Va Velvet || What once was a textile we only saw in the fall and winter months is now making an appearance in spring and summer! Slightly lighter in texture for the season, this fabric is being shown in both airy pastels and bold brights from pillows to ottomans to add a fun punch of color to your home. Flora & Fauna || While it’s not out of the ordinary to see an abundance of floral patterns for the warmer months, this design staple was spiced up with a dash of fauna this season! Birds and blooms mingle with leafy vines on poufs, bedding, and accent chairs. Nature's Neutrals || Bring the outdoors inside with textural raffia, rattan, or wicker. Furniture constructed of these natural elements provide a lighter look for the season while maintaining a refined look. Go coastal with the addition of shiplap or rope elements. Perfectly Imperfect || The Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi sabi – the art of living with imperfection, was prominent at this market. The trend highlights the inherent beauty of asymmetry and furniture pieces that are designed to purposefully look unfinished.
Nature is often equated to a feeling of peaceful serenity. Promoting a calming, nourishing vibe in your home can be simple with the addition of a few earthy home décor elements. Wood || Create a focal wall of distressed wooden planks or decorate with wooden furniture. Furniture that is crafted to look as though the wood had just been freshly cut is great for blending styles as these pieces will work as the neutral in the room. Driftwood is ideal for creating a more coastal vibe and comes in various sizes from a simple tabletop accent to a dramatic floor piece. Geodes || They are the most organic source of striking color and have quickly become the latest home décor trend. Anything from agate book ends to slices of amethyst used as coasters; these vivid gems will add enchanting color and brilliance to your space. Plants || Improve air quality while adding lush texture and color to your space by decorating with plants. Succulents thrive on neglect as they only need to be watered once a month and come in a beautiful range of colors from vibrant green to dusty purple. Air plants are also an easy, low-maintenance option since they don’t require soil and can be placed anywhere there is bright, indirect light.
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