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Getting that Beach House Look on a Budget

If you have been following me for a little while, you will know that I’m a huge fan of my wishlists. I love collecting items which is why Pinterest was such a fab thing when I discovered it a few years ago.

Matalan At the Beach - Siena

Matalan – Prices and details at the bottom of post

I have a real thing for interiors, not so much interior design per se, more the little tweaks and accessories that can be added to give an overall look to a space. One thing that I wanted to do with this blog was to show people the little tricks and things that I have done to pull off a look, by shopping in normal everyday shops. I’m a browser and once I get an idea in my head I will search high and low until I have found something that fits the bill. Being on a budget means that I have to manage my own accessory lusts (and current financial crisis means that I am on a strict spending ban).

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The Range – Prices and details at bottom of post


The Beach House look has to be one of my favourites, it’s been around for a while now and doesn’t seem to be showing any sign of disappearing. I think it’s popular here in the UK because of our ridiculously rubbish climate (yes, I’m in the NW and all it ever seems to do is rain). It evokes carefree days at the beach with the sun beating down on your back (liberally covered with Factor 50 of course). It suggests a certain lifestyle that I am sure many of us aspire to, that beach house on the shore, with its painted wood floors and drapes that swish and swirl in the sea breeze.

Even in a normal every day house, it’s quite easy to have a taste of the beach house lifestyle. Perhaps in a bathroom or conservatory,  or if you are feeling bolder in the main sitting room (french doors that open out onto the garden are a must!)

The appeal for me are the colours, the pale blues and greens that cast images of the sea rolling in to shore (sadly the sea near to me generally rocks a drab shade of grey even when the sun shines on it). I’m not a huge fan of being overly nautical although each to their own and I have noticed a lot of nautical items in the shops recently. I think my aversion to anything too nautical probably stems from my intense dislike of boats (thank you Isle of Man Ferry crossing 1980) and anything too naval starts to be a bit functional and official.

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There are also plenty of things to be found in Dunelm and George at Asda.

If you want even more inspiration check out The Directory on this very blog, it’s where I store all my interior ideas or alternatively see my Pinterest Boards.

Look out for part 2 which will look at items that cost a few more pennies!


*Please note that I am not affiliated in any way with any of the stores featured, I’m just a hopeless decor addict!


Stockists and links:


1.Small Ceramic Hurricane

2. Three Tier Beach Hanging Sign

3. Medium Panelled Lantern

4. Driftwood Lantern

5. Set of 2 Weathered Boxes

6. Free Spirit Wall Plaque

7. Set of 3 Slogan Hearts

8. Sea Urchin Tea Light Holder


The Range:

1. Set of 3 Starfish

2. At The Beach Wall Art

3. Beach Look Storage Crate

1.  Driftwood Large Letters – BEACH

2. Rope Knot Doorstop – Natural

3. Natural Wood Carved Seagull on Plinth

4. Driftwood Long Garland with Starfish

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  • pinkpearbear

    April 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love the beach house look too but I definitely agree that less is more! We used to live by the sea and had a few touches dotted around the house. I’ve not tried it since we moved away to a town because I thought it was a bit weird but I may give it a go and start small with a bathroom! Homesense had loads of lovely sea themed stuff in recently. It’s my new favourite home shop. Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      April 6, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Yes I think you can go a bit mad and end up with a house resembling a boat yard! I don’t think a few bits here and there would look out of place even if you aren’t by the sea. My nearest beach is about 20 miles away!

      I love Homesense it is one of my favourite shops, if only for the fact I never know what’s going to be in there. I will have a look (just window shopping of course!)
      Thanks for your comment xx

  • Louisa

    April 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I like a nautical theme in a bathroom but am not sure if it’s other rooms (unless you do actually live by the sea). I’ve seen some lovely sea side themed pieces in Matalan and the Range and Dunelm do some reasonably priced things too. I think as long as you don’t go overboard the pieces can mix and match with other things and will work very well.

    1. Siena Says

      April 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      The nautical look doesn’t work that much for me. I guess I’m aspiring towards more of the beach house in the Hamptons look, although I agree it would probably be out of place in suburban Cheshire.
      Yes you do have to make sure that you don’t end up with your house looking like the local yacht club!

      I’ve got a couple of things in my bathroom, but my house doesn’t really lend it self to too much beach ware sadly!

      Thanks for your comment x

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    April 7, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Aaah such a lovely theme isn’t it? Beach house chic is so fresh and clean looking! George do have some fantastic nautical/beachy inspired pieces in their SS16 range — I was lucky enough to go to the range preview and they’ve got some gorgeous things!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks too much for linking up with us! 🙂 #HomeEtc

    1. Siena Says

      April 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      It is fresh and I think that’s why I like it although I must admit there isn’t much of that particular theme going on in my house, its just one I tend to be drawn to!

      I think that George home stuff is really underrated, they have some really sweet items that I think people would be surprised to find out were bought from a supermarket. Lucky you going to the preview.

      Have loved linking up!

  • butterflymum83

    April 8, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Such beautiful items! I love the beach look and it’s great that the more reasonably-priced stores now carry such great ranges 🙂 #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      April 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Ah thanks for your comment. Yes I’m a real bargain hunter so always trying to get a particular look on a budget! Sadly as I’m on a spending ban at the moment, none of these items have made it home with me yet. I quite like the idea of adding an accent here and there even though I am in landlocked Cheshire!

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    April 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I am not a huge fan of the nautical theme, but I DO like the whites and blues and wooden accessories. I think you have to be subtle but it can look amazing! Thanks for linking up, great to have you 🙂 Jess xx


    1. Siena Says

      April 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      No I’m not a huge nautical fan either! I’m definitely more Hamptons beach house than boatyard chic ha ha.
      I totally agree and that is my basic approach to all things decor, less is definitely more.
      Thanks for having me!

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