When Christmas was over and all the decorations came down, I was more than ready to return to our simpler décor style.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the splash of red we had for Christmas, I yearned for my neutral coloured décor palette. It feels cooler in our hot and humid summer months.
Living in a coastal town means the beach is a very big part of our lifestyle.
So when it comes to adding some seasonal touches to our summer décor, I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration.
During summer I keep things fairly neutral in all shades of white and taupes…
But I add in a few coastal elements.
The beach has lots of shabby pretties that can add colour and texture to your vignettes.
Coastal decorating is by far one of the easiest decorating styles to achieve and is perfect for summer… especially if you live at the beach.
I made this candle holder from driftwood collected from my morning walk.
It adds some natural texture, while keeping the colour palette neutral.
One of the joys of living opposite the beach is watching first hand the daily changes that take place along the shoreline.
Recent stormy weather brought with it high tides and rough seas. Our pristine white sandy stretch of beach was left littered with sea debris, rocks and what seemed like tons of driftwood.
Most days something comes home in my pocket from my morning walk on the beach… this week I took a bucket with me to fill with driftwood for a few crafty projects.
I love the faded and weathered look of driftwood and it works so well with shabby coastal chic decorating.
I usually clean anything I bring home from the beach using a mix of bleach and water in a 1:9 ratio. Simply soak in a bucket of the solution overnight or even a few days and then leave in the sun to completely dry out. This is particularly good for shells that seem to harbor that unpleasant sea smell.
For this project, all I needed was my clean driftwood in varying sizes, a large white candle and a ball of white crochet cotton.
I cut 4 lengths of cotton, approximately double the circumference of my candle. Next, I lined up my row of driftwood and started tying the pieces together with the cotton; two strands at the top and two strands at the bottom. When my row of driftwood was long enough to surround my candle, I simply wrapped it around the candle and tied the two ends of the cotton together.
This is a super quick and easy project, but one that definitely adds a little coastal chic to your decorating.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share the other elements I used to achieve a coastal look and a room reveal.
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