6 Easy to Create Coastal Home Decorating Ideas

As I am writing this, the house is completely silent. We’ve hosted company for almost two weeks in a row and while we’ve had a great time, I spent most of yesterday trying to catch my breath. I know this is probably a busy time of year for you guys too. It won’t be long before Memorial Day will be here and summer activities will be in full swing. I’m currently working on my Summer Bucket List and adding touches of summer décor around the house.

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In the past, I’ve incorporated a lot of coastal touches like shells, colored glass, maps and rope. It’s been fun to see how much my style has changed over the past few years. Way before the dining room housed the 7-foot tall black painted hutch and buffet, it was home to this coastal tablescape. I painted silver cans white, added a piece of cut burlap and hot glued the starfish I bought from a local craft store to each can for an easy centerpiece.

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The very next year, I used a simple color palate of white and blue for the dining room tablescape. This look was created with starfish, thrift store napkins and every day ironstone dishes.

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I made this coastal inspired bunting from canvas drop cloths, stencils and paint. It’s still one of my favorites. I love the way it hangs across the mantle and frames the watercolors of the marsh.

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Another favorite was this coastal inspired flag I made from an old picket fence. I watered down house paint colors we had on hand and hot glued the tiny starfish to the wood. I sold this at my booth in St. Augustine and I wish I could have made one for myself to keep.

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If you have pieces of old wood around the house or even MDF you can make this sea horse art. I downloaded the image from The Graphics Fairy and painted the pair in a beautiful coastal color called Atlantic Gray. These were painted on scraps of wood and hung from rope. The entire project was free because I already had all of the materials I needed in the garage.

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If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s that decorating for the seasons doesn’t have to be expensive. You can almost always create the look you want with a little paint and thrifted items. I created most of these projects in an afternoon and all were at a really reasonable price.

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I still have a few things to pick up but I’m definitely excited to welcome summer into my home. I plan to do something completely different this year so I hope it works out in real life the way I envision in my head. See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing how we built the frame for the porch swing.

Many blessings,


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  1. So many great ideas for a coastal look! Love those plates in the second photo!! And, I must have one of the coastal flags you made!!!! Love it!! Blessings!

    1. You’re so sweet, Angie, I appreciate you! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco! I love all of these decorations ideas! Of course, you know that I think the flag is fierce. Seriously, all of your ideas are so inspiring and beautiful! xo, Brooke
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    1. Brooke that is a huge compliment after seeing your amazing barn flag, thank you so much! Hope you’re having an awesome week, CoCo

  3. Hi Coco,
    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I hear you on the super busy weeks! It’s fun, but I need a day to catch my breath, too! Love your tablescape, so pretty! I have two very similar pillows. Great ideas, coastal decorating is my favorite! My husband has a ton of MDF, would love to try and make that Starfish Flag!
    Have a fabulous week!
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    1. The starfish flag is really easy to make so I know you’ll have no problems making it totally amazing! I saw your beach sign in one of your post and it was beautiful. If anyone can rock the coastal look, I know it’s you 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  4. Love love love this! I live in the country but like to add a little coastal flair when I can. My dream is to have a beach house one day so I can go all coastal. I may have to steal your flag idea because I’m swooning over that.
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    1. You’re so sweet Shannon, thank you! Having a beach cottage sounds like so much fun. I hope you get one soon so we can have a ladies retreat and craft all weekend 🙂

  5. Coco, I love your Coastal Inspired living Room and Dining Room and all the fab beachy touches. The bunting is fabulous!! I have to apologize sweet friend I kept checking Facebook for new posts and I should have come straight to your blog, so I’m catching up on all your creativity. xo Lisa
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    1. Thank you, Lisa! No worries at all. I’m always glad you’re here. Hugs for a happy weekend, Coco

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