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5 easy ways to give your home a beachy feel

It’s always bittersweet to come home from vacation and get back into the swing of things.  I love the beach and I’d love to have a home there someday.  While that’s not in my near future, I started thinking about ways I could add some of the things I love about beach decor to my own home.  Here are 5 easy ways that we can all have a “beach” home no matter where we live.

1.  Color Palette

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Blue and white reminds us of the sea and the sand.

 

 

2.  Texture

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This space is almost void of color, but what it lacks in color, it makes up for in texture.  Add a sisal rug, a wicker chair and bamboo blinds for a natural, casual beachy feel.

 

3.  Driftwood

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This is the most literal way to add a beachy feel to your home, but driftwood is one of my favorites.  You can easily collect it on beach trips or purchase pieces online.  Driftwood can be placed on bookshelves, made into wall decor or furniture.

 

4.  Bamboo blinds

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I love to add bamboo blinds to my clients homes.  They are not only affordable, but can give a quick update to any space.  They aren’t exclusive to beach homes, by any means, but they are an easy way to add the texture that I love about my favorite beach retreats.

 

5.  Palm fronds

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Palm fronds are my current favorite beach accessory.  I love to use real ones, but you can find amazing artificial options as well.  They add another layer of texture and color.

What do you think?  Have you added things to your home from your favorite vacation destination?  I’d love to see how you add subtle beach decor to your home.

 

An instagram tour of Charleston

Okay, so I know I promised a different post for today, but we took a surprise trip to Charleston yesterday and I wanted to share my instagram photos with you.  If you’ve never been to Charleston, you should certainly put this on your bucket list.  It has some of the most beautiful homes that I’ve ever seen.  And not to mention the food, which is where our tour starts…

 

Toast was our first spot for a delicious brunch.

 

Charlotte was thrilled with her breakfast favorite!

 

 

Next was a carriage ride tour of the city.  This is where the fun begins!  (My sweet nephew Jeremiah was less than thrilled with the ride, but he and Charlotte soon fell asleep and missed the majority of the ride.)

 

Love all the architectural details and the beautiful blue paint color.

 

The porches on the sides of the homes were once used to receive guests, especially during the heat of the summer.

 

Many of these doorways are “false” doors.  They open up to the sitting porch of the home.

 

Gotta love the blue ceiling.  They are everywhere in Charleston.  The blue is called haint blue which was used by the early residents of Charleston to keep the evil spirits away.

 

 

I loved these shiny red doors.  The windows were so clean that they look like mirrors.

 

One of Charleston’s quaint hotels.

 

These morning glories were so blue that they almost didn’t look real.

 

There are so many amazing churches.  These gorgeous columns are actually brick covered with smooth stucco and painted to look like marble.

 

Another wonderful place to visit are the many old cemeteries.  It’s fascinating to read about the people buried there.

 

I know this picture is a little wonky, but I had to lean out of the carriage to get it.  I didn’t want to miss this gorgeous pink home.

 

This home was under going a major renovation.  It’s so different from all of the others.  It felt so sturdy, yet so beautiful.

 

And, last but not least, this is the most photographed home in Charleston.  It sits right on the water.  People were lined up to take photos of it.  Can you imagine living here and having people look into your windows day and night?  I can’t, but I guess that’s just part of living in one of the most beautiful homes in one of our most beautiful cities.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my instagram tour.  If you’d like to see more photos, be sure to follow me on instagram at @lorimayinteriors.  I love to take photos when we travel, but I also share photos of my daily shopping adventures for clients and of course, myself.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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