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May 1, 2012

keys to coastal style

Every time the weather warms up, I get really into the easy elegance of coastal (nautical/Nantucket/Hamptons/New England) style. Here are five common elements of this laid-back style:

1. Stripes
Stripes, stripes, stripes. Everywhere, stripes. Broad stripes, seersucker, ticking stripes, any stripes!

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | Coastal Living
2. Classic Colors
Red, blue, and a little bit of yellow: in addition to being just plain classic, they're also sailing colors.

3. White
Ah, white. Clean, clean white.

4. Heritage Pieces
Not all coastal stuff is spic-and-span--there's an element of heritage in well-worn antiques. Especially if you're going for a masculine look.

5. Nautical Ephemera
Rope, signal flags, boats, anchors, oars and other sailing-inspired touches are a dead giveaway for coastal style!


Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

This is one of my very favorite looks combining things that I love..... stripes, navy and a big dose of cozy!

Angie Helm Interiors said...

Love this post Marissa! Coastal style is one of my absolute favorites. That first image is perfection!