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Coastal Décor for a Seaside Soirée
Summer salutations, wonderful friends! I hope that the summertime sun has been brightening your days in all the right ways. Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we often yearn for the smooth sands and warm temperatures of the beach. So, what better way to enjoy the summer season than to bring the beach to your very... Keep Scrolling
Written, photography and styling by Kara Williams


Summer salutations, wonderful friends!

I hope that the summertime sun has been brightening your days in all the right ways. Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we often yearn for the smooth sands and warm temperatures of the beach. So, what better way to enjoy the summer season than to bring the beach to your very own backyard with coastal décor?

This season, I’ll help you host the ultimate seaside soirée, with all your favorite beach décor.

Outdoor patio with picnic table decorated with candles and string lights
This outdoor patio is such a cozy set up. With a campfire, picnic table and beach décor table setting it reflects the best feelings of an evening on the beach.

Coastal Décor – Subtlety at the Sea

You can achieve a more overt coastal vibe by using objects such as life preservers, lighthouses and various nautical treasures. However, using subtle coastal imagery and beach décor creates a gentler, more peaceful coastal feeling.

Here are my techniques for taking home a bit of the beach … without bringing the entire wharf with it!

Beachside bathroom décor with live plants and sea shells
It’s hard to go wrong with the classics. Play with seashells and coral to create coastal emotions.
Blue glass and ceramic details on a beach inspired bookshelf
This bookshelf uses more subtle seaside imagery, with the blue glass and ceramic pieces. The fresh greenery gives the space a natural feel.

Stage your shells and corral your coral. Both seashells and coral are essential to any coastal décor scene. Try sprinkling them subtly throughout your table décor and combine them cleverly in your centerpiece.

Coastal colors and shades of the sea. Relaxing, sea-inspired colors produce a bayside breeze effect. I love presenting white and soft, blue tones through my dinnerware, linens and other beach décor. Another way to bring in these soft seaside colors is with light-blue and white hydrangeas.

Piano topped with beachside décor, like shells and wicker details
Items such as vintage sailboats, ocean paintings and other nautical items bring in a touch of character. You can play with them to produce a more traditional seaside scene.

Beachcombing for beauty. I’m a very tactile person, so I love experiencing the magnificent textures of the beach. You can emulate the sand and grasses of the oceanside with woven seagrass placemats. This brings a warm effect that balances out the softer sea colors in your coastal décor.

Your seaside scene will be sure to bring light, joy and that unmistakable beach fragrances into your summer gatherings. Enjoy the rest of your sweet summer, my friends!

Xoxo,
Kara

Large dog on outdoor furniture
Experiment with plenty of plant life to bring greenery into your coastal creations. You can also use blue- or green-tinted vases or jars to strike the perfect balance. I love white hydrangeas for summer beach décor.
Beach inspired cupcakes decorated with brown sugar sand and sea shells
These coastal vanilla cupcakes are the perfect beach treat. Dress them up with a light-blue frosting, and sprinkle with crumbled graham crackers. The edible, sugared seashells on top are the finishing touch.

To see more of Kara’s daily décor inspiration, visit her on Instagram: @littlehouseonchestnut.

For more on Kara, check out Proudly Introducing our 2022 Brand Ambassador, Kara Williams. Or see Gathering for a Garden Party for more summer entertaining tips.

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