Living The Beach Life Year-Round
While most of the East Coast is watching a wintery wonderland accumulate outside their window, the designers at Cabot House Furniture & Design are dreaming up warmer, coastal-inspired days. Glorious lazy mornings in seagrass beds with crisp white linens, heading out to swim by the pool and share a warm evening firepit with friends. While the pandemic has created months of supply-chain furniture delivery delays, our designers are ready to help you dream up your own coastal spaces now so that your pieces can arrive in time for summer and beyond.
Coastal or beach-inspired spaces are not just for palatial, designer backyards. These looks can easily be achieved in a condo, townhouse, apartment or any space you wish to create a cool, casual, effortless energy. Beginning with elements pulled from nature like wicker, rattan, driftwood or hints of the beautiful blues of the ocean, it’s possible to infuse any space with the relaxed style of the beach-life. Using color, texture and curated pieces, our designers share a glimpse of the design process for creating a coastal vibe. We hope these mood boards and tips inspire you to begin your beachy journey in your home.
Nothing evokes an indoor ocean breeze better than seagrass furniture. Woven textures mixed with warm woods bring light and air to a bedroom or any living space. Casual comfort and easy style that marries beautifully with earth tones. Our designers select soft, breathable fabrics, cool to the touch metals and a hint of subtle elegance with velvet pillows or a hide rug.
Seagrass’s durable cousins wicker and rattan are welcome guests in any coastal home. A sleek white kitchen is instantly beach-ready with one of these fabulous counter stools. Bring in soft contrast with a dark rattan, complement crisp whites with light and bright wicker or go full-on casual comfort with natural woven seating.
Layer on the Whites
Coastal spaces don’t always have to be white, but when they are it is important to focus on the textures, the contrasts or the complements in your space so they still lend some warmth to an otherwise cool space. A simple rattan chair with fantastic lines or a fabric edged in just the right element of style will bring a simple space into an intentionally relaxed retreat.
We adore the lighting used for this space. Uniquely beachy and elegant, against the backdrop of fantastic contrasting chocolate rattan chairs with tons of personality. Don’t be afraid to take a risk with your space. It has the opportunity to become your own take on coastal style.
Architectural elements can become the backdrop for a beautiful beachy living room. When you are blessed with a built-in highlight in your space like this amazing wall of windows, it’s easy to focus on the natural elements outdoors while allowing the textural elements of creams, whites and browns to soften your room.
Beachy Blue & White
Adding blues to your palette really sets the tone for a more traditionally coastal space. Navy blue against crisp whites or creamy linens brings the ocean indoors and makes a room feel more grounded. Be careful not to overdo your seashells and sand dollars so your focus can stay on relaxation with a nod to texture and not kitschy decor. Both of these spaces show tastefully done blue and white seaside escapes.
Here a softer blue is used as an accent that achieves coastal perfection. Slipcovered sofas keep things airy and easy to clean. Popping these soft blue throw pillows on an insanely comfortable sofa gives your eye (and later your head) someplace to rest.
Step outside to be greeted by your own version of a relaxing retreat in your backyard. Dress up tans, creams and whites with casual family-friendly furniture that marry beautifully with pops of soft blues, or sunny yellows letting nature do most of the talking. Pay close attention to the soft comfort of your selections as you want long lazy days to be the vibe in any coastal outdoor space.
As sunny days turn to beautiful warm sunset lit evenings, coastal spaces need to have fire and heat lamps available to keep things going long after the warmer pool days turn to cooler nights. There are so many beautiful fire pit options warming up your coastal outdoor space, it’s hard to choose! Our designers adore gas fire tables with space for wine glasses, snacks and laughter galore. If you’re looking to achieve amazing style and warmth, look at some of our gorgeous options for heat lamps. Full-on style and functionality that can take you well into late autumn evenings.
Dining Al Fresco
Nothing says summer better than dining al fresco. Beautiful tables, comfortable chairs, or even casual seating by the pool creates perfect spaces for hosting. Look for effortless materials and food-friendly fabrics to create seaside shared meals.
Ready to design your own at-home coastal oasis? Let one of our amazing designers help you create the spaces of your vacation dreams. Take our style quiz and get started!