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.
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).
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.
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: