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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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Let's Hit the Beach! Double DIY: Popsicle Tote and Watermelon Towel

by Stephanie Lee

DIY popsicle tote and watermelon beach towel

One of the things we look forward to most come summertime are visits to our local beach. Lying back on a towel with our toes in the warm sand and the sound of waves in the background is pure bliss.

But once we head to the water for a dip and emerge from the ocean to stroll back to our towels, we often find ourselves looking around in confusion because our little bundle of belongings looks just like every other bundle on the beach!

Well no more. I've decided the easiest way to easily identify our stuff is to make sure it looks different to everyone else's, and I think this bright watermelon and popsicle combo might just do the trick!              

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Downloadable: 4 Palm Springs-Inspired Desktop Wallpapers You Gotta Have this Summer

by Stephanie Lee

4 Palm Springs inspired desktop wallpapers

I can't even begin tell you how much I want to go to Palm Springs one day. It's got everything I could ever want in a getaway -  oodles of sunshine, poolside cocktails, canyons and hiking trails to explore - what's not to love?

And although it might be awhile before I get there (it's a long way away from where I am here in Australia), that doesn't stop me dreaming about all things related to summer holidays. Which is exactly how these...

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7 Dreamy Beach House Kitchens

by DIY Maven

Windmark Beach house kitchen

For me, the term 'beach house' conjures up all sorts of decor opportunities, all of which do not include a kitchen. Why is that? Because if I lived on the beach, I wouldn't be spending my time in the kitchen? Because I'd be grilling corn on the cob and lobsters over an open flame on the beach

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The Bucket BBQ

by DIY Maven

The Bucket BBQ

Just in time for summertime fun is Pottery Barn’s new Portable BBQ Grill. Perfect for the beach, the lightweight, stainless steel grill has a convenient carrying handle that hides away when it’s weenie time. Available through their catalog or website, the grill will set you back $39.

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One Person Beach House

by DIY Maven

One Person Beach House
 

Unica Home sells one-person cabanas. "Designed by Mary Bloch in 1962, the beach house is a little cabin woven in natural unbarked cane on rattan frame and aluminum structure. Covered in waterproof canvas bordered with natural leather belts and back support bands, the cabin provides a bit of privacy and shelter from the world outside."And yes, they’re expensive. Together the house and the stool will run you about 6 grand. But aren’t they just the...

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