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Island Design Keep It Simple

1. Keep It Simple. Keep things minimal with a simple teak sofa, brown-wired lounge chairs, and an ombre of green throw pillows that mimic lush island surroundings.

Aqua Accents

2. Aqua Ocean Blue Accents. Let's be honest the Aqua ocean waters of the islands are mesmerizing. Adding pops of ocean blues is a great way to evoke that island feeling. These distressed teak chaises adorned with aqua blue striped cushions will have you relaxing on repeat.

Island rattan design

3. Rattan is island living. Woven wicker and rattan speaks the language of the island. This Jamaican cabana is filled with rattan, a 60s favorite that’s topped with cozy cerulean blue cushions and treated with a sealant to withstand island temperatures and weather. 

Seating to view the sunset

4. Create a seating plan to best view the sunsets. There is nothing better than relaxing and watching the sun go down on a island. This St. Barts porch is brimming with beach-chic furniture with soft fabrics in serene colors to let the sunset shine.

Coastal outdoor living

5. Outside Meets Inside. A  Bahamian cottage outdoor living room with a vintage teak daybed, rattan side table, and ceramic planters. Bring accents from the indoors out to blur the line between them.

Create a true island vibe with these 5 simple design tips. Take a tip from the crew at Our Boat House, these tips will allow you to create a beautiful island design.

PHOTO CREDITS:

Minimal Island Style Porch

Aqua Ocean Views From Sun Loungers

Island Rattan Design

Seating To View The Sunset

Outside Living Room

Striped Outdoor Coastal Living Room

Whether they adorn a beachside front porch or a landlocked patio, striped draperies add an instant poolside atmosphere to an outdoor space. To further earn your stripes outside, look to other interior flourishes such as striped rugs and throw pillows.

Coastal dining room with cabana stripes

Strike the perfect balance between formal and fun with a mix of bold and subtle stripes in the dining room. Here, a two-tone rug makes a classic, coastal statement underfoot, while slightly wavy lines bring softness to chair backs and subtly echo ocean waves.

Coastal living room with striped furnishings

Cozy, layered living rooms with Slipcover Furnishings are the perfect opportunity to show your stripes—lots of 'em! To keep the look more all-American than all over the place, stick to a classic, streamlined color scheme like the red, white, and blue shown in this cozy space. 

Sunny yellow and white stripe tiled bathroom

Striped Tile Patterns In The Bathroom Or Kitchen

Simple, solid-color subway tiles get a stylish overhaul when arranged in a fresh stripe pattern. The yellow and white combo shown here in this sunny Cape Cod cottage ups the cheer factor with a sunny, Cabana-like vibe. 

Painted wall stripes

Wall Painted Stripes or a stripe wallpaper can create this same coastal chic effect. Boathouse style navy and white stripes add a bold coastal touch to this classic beach house living room with slipcover navy sofa piped in contrasting white.

Coastal chic living room

 Striped Throws laid across an ottoman can add that little extra touch of beachy style the rooms needs. The beachy blue stripe area rug paired with classic stripe throw pillows is the perfect balance of coastal design.

Stripe painted stairs

 Stripe Painted Stairs. A simple stripe design on your stairwell can create a coastal chic vibe in the most unexpected places.

Stripe painted coastal furniture and lighting

 Stripe Painted Furniture like beach cottage chests or headboards can add a whimsical touch in any coastal bedroom.

 Striped Table Lamps like these subtle strie aqua lamps are an easy way to add some interest to a bedroom.

10 design tips for decorating with coastal stripes. How to add coastal stripes to your beach house design with style.

PHOTO CREDITS:

Coastal Outdoor Living Room With Cool Striped Pattern Design Photo: Lisa Romerein

Coastal Stripe Aqua Area Rug In Beach House Dining Room Photo Courtesy of Kravet

Coastal Living Room With Striped Furnishings Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Striped Tile In Bathroom Photo by David Land

Coastal painted wall stripes in Living Room

Coastal Chic Living Room with Stripes Rita Chan Interiors.

Stripe Painted Stairs  Photo: Tria Giovan

Stripe Bedroom Painted Furniture Photo: Annie Schlechter

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: 
Tools:

Blender
Shaker
Jigger
Ice Bucket
Strainer
Juicer
Muddler
Bottle Opener
Corkscrew

Glassware:

Highball
Lowball
Champagne Flute
White Wine Glass
Red Wine Glass
Cordial Glasses
Shot Glasses
Martini Glass
Pilsner

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.

PHOTO CREDITS:

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

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