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Neutral Tone Coastal Living Room

1. Neutral Range. Keep a room cohesive by sticking to one palette for virtually everything: brown, beige, or another warm neutral.

Neutral coastal living room with textures

2. Natural Woods. Create a light and neutral touch with wood surfaces.

3. Layers of Neutral Textures. Textiles over coverlets, sheepskins on chairs, Moroccan rugs over jute. You can break up the beige canvas with other textures and shades so the eye is never bored. 

4.  Earthy Coastal Accessories. Go neutral with  nature-inspired accents, earthy accessories bring warmth to the room.

Coastal Neutral Muted Master

5. Muted Master. Creamy white coastal covers and bedding always create a luxurious feel. Keep your master bedroom neutral with just a simple pop of color in an accent chair, throw pillow or lamp.

Neutral nautical Living room

6. White Slipcover Seating. A white slipcover sofa provides a blank canvas for patterned pillows. If neutral’s the goal, don’t go overboard with bright prints. Stick to quieter tones. Going neutral doesn’t have to mean boring walls. Search for colorless art such as this natural framed ship print or a driftwood seahorse.

Unique shapes with natural rattan chandelier

7. Unique Shapes. A neutral space can be exciting with creative and unique shapes like a driftwood or teak table base with natural wood twisting or a natural rattan formed chandelier. Unique shapes and elements can make it one of the most vibrant rooms in the house.

8. Off White Walls. Off-white walls can absorb a lot of art without looking chaotic. This is the perfect canvas to display a collection of art or your favorite seashell specimens.

Neutral nautical navy coastal living room

9. Neutral Navy. For a coastal home dominated by a neutral palette navy can fit right in.  In the same way blue denim jeans are a neutral staple in one's wardrobe, the nautical hue can work as a neutral in a room. This coastal living room with navy striped area rug shows how perfect it blends.

Neutral coastal dining room with metallic chandelier

10. A Touch Of Shine. A neutral palette can seem dull without a glimmer of metal. Gold and brass can act like jewelry for a room. The perfect example is this neutral coastal dining room with a beautiful tiered chandelier.

Dare to go nude in your coastal home. Neutrals are often thought to be boring, let us show you how to decorate with neutrals with coastal style.


1. Neutral Nautical Coastal Living Room With Ship Oars

2. Natural Neutral Coastal Woods In Living Room

5. Muted Coastal Master Bedroom

6. White Coastal Slipcover Living Room

7. Coastal Unique Shape Rattan Chandelier 

9. Neutral Nautical Navy Coastal Living Room

10, Neutral Coastal Dining Room with Tiered Chandelier

Social Society Organzied Bar cart

Get Organized

Just like when you're designing a space in your home, a well-styled bar cart begins with a plan. Roxy Owens, founder of Society Social, advises to use trays to help you divide the bar cart into zones and dedicate each zone to a specific essential, whether it's glassware, bottles or your own brass menagerie. You'll be simultaneously stylish and organized.

Look For Pretty Packaging

Color, pattern and texture all come into play when styling your bar cart. "Custom coasters add style and function," Owens says. "Cloth cocktail napkins are a small touch that can go a long way, and researching a small or local distillery can yield pretty packaging as well as equally delicious spirits."

Show Off Bar Cart By Naomi Stein of Design Manifest

Show Off

Your bar cart can be the perfect display space. Use it to present some of your favorite glassware and dishes. "My bar cart was super easy to style. It's vintage and has just the perfect patina, so just about anything looks good on it," says designer Naomi Stein of Design Manifest. "It's the place where I stock my favorite mixers and showcase my vintage glasses and fancy plates. Fresh flowers are a must to add beautiful aroma and color. The finishing touch for me is the painting above. It's like the cherry to my bar-cart cocktail."

Antique Treasure Bar Cart by Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled

Make It Work

Turn an antique bar cart into a modern treasure with a little elbow grease and a clear vision. Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled transformed this flea market find into an antique focal point. "I scoured flea markets looking for something that had the look I wanted until I finally scored the perfect antique at a junkyard. It was tarnished beyond recognition ... and the handle was broken off. After a couple rounds of polishing, a trip to a brass solderer and a glassmaker, it came back looking like new."

Play Dress Up

"The best part was dressing it up with all my favorite treasures: unique bar tools, cocktail recipe books, glasses from various flea markets and only the prettiest liquor bottles," says Sheppard. "I love that it's the first thing you see when you walk into our home. It immediately invites our guests to enjoy themselves while they are with us."

Add Wit And Whimsy Bar Cart Design

Add Wit and Whimsy

Another way to make your bar cart super stylish: Add personality to the wall behind it. Here, a chalkboard-painted wall adds a bit of humor to an otherwise traditional setup.

The Essentials

When stocking your bar cart, Beth Dotolo of Pulp Design Studiosadvises, "Much like your home design, your bar should be built for your needs and the beverages you like to drink and serve. I think it's important to not run out and break the bank to fill your bar cart with what you think you should have, but rather carefully think about what you will be serving."
Here are some basic tools and glassware to have on hand: 

Ice Bucket
Bottle Opener


Champagne Flute
White Wine Glass
Red Wine Glass
Cordial Glasses
Shot Glasses
Martini Glass

Stocking the Bar

Now that your bar is beautiful, what should you serve your guests? Christian May of Maison 21 suggests mixing the practical with the unexpected. "Have a selection of basic liquors: vodka, gin, bourbon or whiskey and vermouth," May says. "Round these out with a few funky liquors in bottles with different shapes for visual appeal."

Less Is More

A stylish bar cart needs to be functional and beautiful, so be sure to add items in moderation. "Keep soda and tonic in multiples. Several of the same bottles will keep the bar looking welcoming and not overly cluttered," May says. "Part of the appeal of serving cocktails is visual, so keep you bar cart pretty, rather than overburdened with bottles."

Double duty bar cart

Double Duty

When the party's over, you can utilize your bar cart in a whole new way. "Your dining room is not the only place you can use a stylish bar cart," says Manja Swanson, chief creative officer of Lamps Plus. "Try dressing up your office with a chic, metallic framed bar cart. It's a great way to free up your desk space while adding a pretty element to the room. Place your office accessories, like a notepad and picture frame up top with your favorite books on the bottom shelf."

Coastal design tips from thew pros on styling the perfect bar cart. Get all the design ideas to style your bar cart.


Organized Bar cart by Society Social

Antique Treasure Bar Cart by Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled

Show Off Bar Cart By Naomi Stein of Design Manifest

Add Wit And Whimsy Bar Cart Design bySociety Social

Double Duty Bar Cart By Society Social

Coastal Bedroom Resort Style With Lounge Seating And Drapes

1. Dress Your Windows.

Most hotels and resorts use blackout-lined curtains for the perfect night’s sleep. Dress your windows up with coastal style but make sure you don't block those ocean panoramic views. Fabric panels or curtains can be the design icing on your cake, they can really dress up your bedroom with big coastal impact.

2. Create A Lounge Space. 

The master bedroom deserves a coastal lounge area to enjoy. Create your resort style design with an upholstered bench at the foot of your bed or a slipcovered chaise or chairs in the corner to sink into with a good book. 

3. Comfy Coastal Bedding.

Fold lush coastal bedding down at the foot of the bed to create a fluffy pop of color. Pair your duvet  or luxurious ticking comforter with coastal white bedding for a clean resort style look. Throw on a few coastal accent pillows to complete the design. 

Island Charm Coastal Bedroom

4. Add A Touch Of Island Charm.

Mosquito netting can transform your bedroom into an resort retreat and add a touch of island charm.  Take your coastal bedroom from basic to an island resort in one step. If You're not a fan of netting try incorporating other island elements, like rattan furniture and bright colors.

5. Mirror Mirror On The Wall. 

Hang a beautiful coastal mirror over the bed to create an island resort feel and a beach resort design. 

Sea Inspired Beaded Chandelier, Driftwood Wall Hanging and Slipcover Bed In Coastal Bedroom

6. Driftwood Accents.

Nothing speaks the seaside language quite like driftwood.  A piece of weathered and worn island treasure can give your bedroom that little piece of ocean resort style it was needing.

7. Sea Inspired Lighting.

A large coastal chandelier hanging in the center of your bedroom will add that island resort touch while creating a lighting ambiance that will get you in the island mood.

8. Set The Lighting Mood With This Lighting Tip.

Lighting is the easiest and most effective way to create a resort-worthy atmosphere. Lamplight casts a softer, more inviting glow than harsh overhead lighting. To soften chandeliers and pendants, install dimmers for the perfect amount of light day and night.

9. The Slipcover Life.

A piece of slipcover furniture sends the message of casual coastal retreat. With just one slipcover piece of furniture you can create that laid back relaxing resort feel you get from traveling to an island resort. This Montauk slipcover bed is a great example of casual island design.

10. A Serene Coastal Color Scheme.

Pick a palette that makes you want to unwind. Blues, greens, whites, and neutrals are go-to beach hues for good reason: they’re known to induce relaxation.

Create your own island resort style oasis bedroom with these 10 great design ideas. 10 Ways you can create your own resort worthy bedroom


Coastal Bedroom Resort Style With Lounge Seating And Drapes Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Ginny Branch

Coastal Bedroom Island Charm With Mosquito Netting Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Liz Strong

Sea Inspired Chandelier In Coastal Bedroom With Slipcover Bed By Our Boat House

Soooooooooo beautiful!!! I love it!!!
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Love the beauty of seaglass,what a fantastic way to display it!!!! An love the ombre effect!!!
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