In my suburban home outside of Madison, Wisconsin, you’ll find something surprising for a dwelling situated amongst rolling hills and nearby farms—beach décor. And plenty of it.
As I enjoy living here in the cornfields, there is a sizeable portion of my psyche that yearns for sun-soaked, oceanfront locales. I slake my thirst of the ocean with annual trips to Sanibel Island, Florida (where I’ve traveled nearly every year since my childhood). And the rest of the year, when I miss those rare seashells and astonishing sunsets? I decorate.
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I’d describe the décor in my home as “a vintage farmhouse at the beach.” I scatter prized shells, sea glass-hued bottles and white starfish alongside my flea market finds. I’ve been inspired by the Floridian spaces I’ve visited, and I glean ideas from Instagram as well. And while I'm just about as far from the ocean as you can get, when I'm at home, I can easily imagine sandy shores just beyond my front stoop.
Here's what you won't find in my home: ship’s-wheels or seagulls, or any other variety of the beachy decorating that is prevalent. I take my cues from fellow beach lovers who have gotten creative, freshened up traditional concepts and provided stirring, yet simple, inspiration that fellow homeowners like myself can emulate. Even when summer is a distant memory, these accents help me keep a summer state of mind all year-round.
Here are 30 ideas for bringing the beach into your home.
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