Decorating with Seaside Elements

July 31

August arrives tomorrow…and even though the lazy days of summer are inching towards fall, it’s not too late to enjoy the sights of the current season in our homes!  I always use August as my cue for adding touches of sea & sand to my rooms.  July is full of patriotic color schemes and bright sunny palettes but when the month comes to an end I’m ready for peaceful hues and glimpses of the beach before it’s time to break out the pumpkins and mums!  I’d like to share some really simple ways to bring those natural elements into your spaces…whether you use shells, driftwood, or textural sisal in your accents, this is the perfect season to create a seaside oasis right within your very own walls!

enjoy a seaside stay-cation…

patio decor

in the summer we practically live on the patio…and it can feel like a mini vacation while we’re out there!  so to remember some of our seaside adventures, i filled a lantern with shells we’ve collected on our trips to the beach!  adding elements like this can bring back vacation memories!

decorating with shells

some tiny battery lights tucked inside look especially enchanting at night and add some sparkle to our container filled with memories of the sea!

decorating with shells

but we can’t stay on the patio ALL the time, so i decided to carry on with natural elements, neutral colors, and textures that remind me of the beach inside too!

decorating with neutrals

textures and patterns on pillows are one of my favorite ways to add to a seasonal theme without breaking the bank!  i love these sea grass pillows that are surprisingly soft and comfy!

decorating with natural elements

a single shell is an easy and pretty detail…simply placed on a tray that also holds a school art project with a seaside flair!

decorating with seaside elements

i found the jute-twine door curtain in the clearance section at one of my favorite go-to stores and decided to use it as wall art!  i love the contrast and texture it adds to my room!

decorating with natural elements

a starfish and wine bottle turned candle holder (filled with Florida sand) are simple, beach-inspired accents…

decorating with shells

i filled a dessert stand with sand and more of our saved shells to create a REALLY easy seaside addition to a side table…

decorating with seashells

though the bar cart doesn’t hold shells, i do love to keep it ready with some easy, summertime sips for cooling off.  pitchers of water, ice, and lemons are easy to pop out if guests stop by!  keeping it neutral & natural with touches of wood in the vase and a driftwood pineapple tucked behind the ice bucket help the cart blend effortlessly into the feel of the room…

bar cart decor

a seashell hanging planter doesn’t have to hang…i just tucked an air plant inside this one and laid it on top of a decorative box that happened to be covered in shells!

decorating with seaside elements

i also currently have a little seaside whimsy on my dining room buffet…some party supplies for a pending project looked too cute to keep tucked away!  i love these darling straws…

seaside straws

and this coral cake topper created by one of my favorite paper artists…Two Chihuahuas!

coral cake topper

some sugar shells and candy stones make a beachy accompaniment to my cake prop…yes, it’s fake!  between styled shoots, i often leave mine out to add some cake beauty on my counter!  it will never spoil…or ruin my diet!

seaside cake topper

so i sure hope you found some inspiration for bringing soft and sandy hues of summer into your home!  we still have plenty of time to reminisce about trips to the beach when we make our homes stay-cation-ready with summertime accents that keep us…

dreaming of the seaside!

product guide:

coral cake top   Two Chihuahuas

custom paper straws  Note Worthy Paper Place

cake prop  Confection Deception

porch sweet porch pillow, black and white pillow cushions  Kirklands

starfish/seashell decoration  Michaels

jute door curtain, outdoor lantern  Home Goods

sea grass pillows, wood accent vase  Target

sugar shells  The Bakers Party Shop