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Every summer, it feels like the calendar fast-forwards from the Fourth of July to Labor Day in the time it takes to flip over on your lounge chair. But you can hold on to that laid-back, sunny vibe all year with these beach-inspired decorating ideas. Margaritas not included.
Get a beachy feel from accessories like coral pillows and a bamboo-inspired glass-topped table.
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This California home features built-in bookshelves for highlighting treasured items, and there's marine-grade plywood throughout the home to create a modern, beachy look.
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Maximize sunlight with pale walls and light-colored furniture or slipcovers for an airy, summer house feel.
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Extend the Season
Drag out the summer as long as possible by setting up a dining area and rug on a screened-in porch.
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Ride the Wave
Surfboard storage doubles as decor in this Long Island retreat, and wicker furniture gives an outdoorsy feel.
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A shimmering curtain of capiz shells acts as a room divider and infuses this Los Angeles home with elegant, eclectic style.
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The owners of this cottage on Oregon's Sauvie Island wanted to think of the house as a boat, so they built in storage wherever they could. The wide sofas double as extra sleeping accommodations.
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Create a walk-on-the-beach feel on your mantelpiece by hanging a nautical map above a collection of found objects and antiques like sea glass in votive holders along with coral, shells, sand dollars, and vintage glass bottles.
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Highlight vacation keepsakes and other favorite objects on floating shelves, like in this California home. Some of the owners' treasures include ceramic vessels, old bottles, and surfboard fins that washed up on the beach.
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Soak Up the Sun
The pale palette and large windows enhance the breezy vibe in this Santa Barbara, California, home. The striking wooden lamp evokes thoughts of driftwood washed up on the beach.
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You can give any space a beachy feel with natural objects like shells, coral, and wooden accessories.
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Long, lazy summer days seem designed for lounging, much like the inviting built-in sofa in this California home.
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