My Coastal Decor

Ideas, inspiration, and fun!

Coastal design on a budget!

Our front porch with my Pottery Barn INSPIRED pillows I made following instructions from a great blog http://bystephanielynn.com for FREE!!!! (Yep, those stripes are just painted on!)


Our Living Room...

Here is the before, 


The during...


Here's the AFTER where we tore out the rock and mirror fireplace wall, added cheap IKEA kitchen cabinets to either side of fireplace & topped them with a solid-core door (for an inexpensive built-in look-alike).  My fabulous hubby put the tv in a nook above the fireplace & we surrounded the fireplace opening with river rock we had collected...


One of my driftwood mirrors...


Here is the living room before we moved the tv...

 

Our river rock...

 

Driftwood sailboat on-top of IKEA kitchen-cabinets-made-to-look-built-in!

 


 

On the way to the Living Room... a photograph I took of Monterey Bay water and a chalk board we painted onto the wall (with chalkboard paint) for the kids to do artwork.

 

Inexpensive lamps from Target can be made coastal with shells and a striped shade.

 

 

I LOVE pillows!  Usually they are being used by the kids to make forts, but when they return to their proper place they look like this... the 5 is made of sailcloth and is for our FIVE kiddos, the shell pillow is from Pottery Barn and I made the sailboat pillows from clearance fabric.

 

Dining Room / Kitchen...

My fabulous husband made me this built-in bench (with storage inside) for our dining table... so great for lots of little bodies to sit at!  And another place for me to put MORE pillows!!!

 

 

 

I made this shell chandelier years ago when I saw some at expensive stores for thousands of dollars... this is just made out of cheap shell necklaces (think luau) and LOTS of glue!

 

These are sailboat blue prints given to me by my dad and even though they are fading from their bright blue color, they are still great.


Kitchen...

Here is before...

 

 

Our kitchen was quite full of Oak when we bought it, not that that is a bad thing, we just wanted lighter-brighter.  So, I tried my hand at painting out all the cabinets, plus added 2 small shelf cabinets from Home Depot to a tiny, out-of-place cabinet hanging alone near the window... then I added striped wall-paper from the kid's room to the little shelves for this result...

 

Ta-Da!  Cute with my blue and white dishes,etc...

 


Ace Hardware had these awesomely cute rugs!!!


Just painted one wall my new fave color... Turquoise!!! 

 

Kids Bathroom...

The before...


The After...

 

 

 

I made the mirror out of an inexpensive IKEA mirror, painted blue and glued a couple sea stars on top  ;)

 

I love having little coastal details everywhere!

 

 

The white subway tile my hubbie and I installed ourselves, and the flooring I did when I was 7 months pregnant... looks nicer in the photos than in real life, but it's the kids bathroom & they don't care about perfect grout lines!  The decorative glass wave tiles were a little splurge

 

 

Girls "Beachy" Room...

This was actually the boy room... I wallpapered it when I was pregnant with #3 and had an idea it might be a boy, so it worked as a cute, nautical nursery... but three boys later and they just didn't fit into this, the smallest of all our bedrooms.  So, recently we switched the 2 older girls in here and the 3 boys got the girls larger room... So, this is now a girls room with blue striped wallpaper.

(Dresser was an old unfinished wood one from college days just painted & new knobs, lamp from Crate & Barrel, quilts from PB Kids and Company Store and bulletin boards & initial pillows from Homegoods)

 

 

 

Boys Nautical Room...

 

 

Boys room under construction...

The bed is a trundle from Costco (but looks a little like the Pottery Barn one) and this room was the girls room with bright pink stripes... so navy seemed like the easiest way to go painting over the pink without having to re-do everything.


Here's what the girls room had looked like in pink stripes...

 

Some nautical artwork from Homegoods Store...

 

A sign I made from a board I found in the garage...  (idea came from http://theletteredcottage.com)

 

 

One of the sea star flags I've made out of left-over tounge and groove boards... got the idea off of http://theletteredcottage.com  an amazing blog site!


Master Bedroom...

Hubby made the headboard and I had painted it bright blue... now I think I'm going to do it bright white, but it's in-between right now... and more pillows!


Here it is when it was blue...

 

Shells, sea glass and beach photos... what more do you need?

 

This amazing cabinet was a gift from my dad... he's got excellent, coastal taste!



Kids Play Room...

It used to be all red, white and blue, but then I bought 2 weathered wood frames in coastal blue-green colors and I decided to paint all of my blue and red frames to match...

 


Other coastal things...

Shell art I made after seeing something similar in a PB catalog (of course)...

 

 

A flee market find painting of fish (great colors!) and oars - my favorite!!!



 

 

 

It took awhile to collect all these shells, which are abundant in our area, many were ones I had collected as a kid, then I covered an IKEA mirror frame with them & LOTS of glue!

 

Not the best photo, but this was an old yellow lamp sitting in my family's garage sale pile, so I tried out a coat of my new favorite color (TURQUOISE!) and it looks a thousand times better...

 

This was a great freebie!  Friends of ours are alcohol distributers and this boat (made out of wood) was a rum display.  They gave it to us, free, and I painted the Rum advertisement over with red, white and blue... check out the following photo too because we have turned this boat book-shelf into our 4th of July float for our neighborhood parade... just laid it onto our wagon & the kids have ridden around the neighborhood in it!!! But it always goes back to a bookshelf afterwards  ;)

 

 

 

 

 

This is our front door with my home made shell wreath


And now... I was "feeling" yellow would be a fun new front door color (with hand-made wreathe and driftwood star for Christmas)

 

 

 

This was a side-of-the-road type thing... an old bench that I gave a new patriotic life!

 

And the bench decked out for the 4th of July...

 

The Playhouse

We built a playhouse in the backyard big enough to handle several growing kids... "hubby" built it all himself, I just added some coastal touches...it has a loft, mini fridge, day bed, electricity, the works - and the kids LOVE it!  I hope it'll be my "creative" place one day, when the kids outgrow it...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and thanks to http://completely-coastal.com for encouraging me to add to this site... check them out for ALL things coastal!