Summer is here so most of our living and entertaining happens outdoors.
The days are long and lazy, fresh food is simply cooked on the bbq
and there is plenty of time to relax with family and friends.
When it comes to creating a Hamptons feel with your poolside furniture - think long lasting materials like teak and synthetic wicker in natural colours. Both of these materials can be exposed to the elements and can stay permanently outdoors. Buy good quality pieces that will stand the test of time. Use waterproof fabric for upholstery and cushions. To keep them clean and looking new it's best to store these indoors when not in use. Consider a splash of colour for accents like cushions and guest towels - navy, pale blue and aqua are the most popular choices for a beach house.
Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 by Coastal Style, 6, 7 by Coastal Style
I love heading off on a summer's road trip with my husband. We throw a few basics in the car and head off down the coast. We have no plans, no destination and no deadline which makes it all the more perfect. We stop when we feel like it and if we find a great little coastal town then we stay until we've had a chance to explore it properly and check out the local pub! We have found some great little sleepy places off the beaten track which we might have ordinarily missed if we'd been in a hurry!
I'll arm myself with towel, hat, sunscreen, mags and beach bag.
It's the only place I truly relax and unwind
and it's the only place where the kids can amuse themselves all day long
without spending a cent!
It there's no winging, whining and fighting
they are rewarded with an ice-cream
so that always guarantees good behavior!
We trapse home sandy, salty and bedraggled
but pleased with our day of fun in the sun!
I used to love all the old Esther Williams movies,
my girlfriends and I would spend summers in the pool,
practicing our synchronised swimming, making up routines
and forcing reluctant parents to watch!
This shoot brings back happy memories!
If you are looking to create a relaxed seaside retreat then a palette of blues and whites mixed back with rustic timber furniture and organic textures such as driftwood and cane will do the trick. Finish the look of with some nautical accessories and remember a few stripes in the scheme will add to the coastal feel.