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Beach House Style

Please come with me to the parallel universe in which I live in a beach house by the sea.

Or own a holiday home by the sea, which I can escape to on high days and holidays, and for weekends with friends and children. Where we’ll drink wine as the sun sets, with sand between our toes and salt drying in our hair, whilst children spill over from the deck to run down to the sea.

As you have possibly gleaned, I might have given this scenario *some* thought. I’ve also given due consideration to the decor. I’ll be stripping my style right back (forget the hot pink cocktail chair – it can live in my city pad…) and keeping it simple and natural. Why would you do otherwise with sea views from every room? (Look, if I’m going to dream, let me dream big. I’m hoping for Something’s Gotta Give meets Emily Henderson.) We won’t need distractions, just lashings of white paint, wood, basketry (of course), and days which start with coffee on the veranda. Um, yes, I haven’t quite figured ‘work’ and ‘the school run’ into this scenario, were this to be our every-single-day-home.

There’s no reason why you can inject a shot of beach house style into your home wherever you happen to live. Surf board in the kitchen not obligatory.

I love the bright white simplicity of these spaces, and am making mental notes re the exposed shelving, the lighting, the wood panelling and the flashes of lemon/s. This colour palette (swapping the yellow for navy, should you so wish) also works very well in the bedroom.

And, of course, in the bathroom, its natural habitat.

Here’s a little not-such-a-distant-fantasy shopping list, should you find yourself tempted…

Clockwise from top left: Alibaba laundry basket, from £75, Artisanne; Striped towel, £9, La Redoute; Table lamp, £79, M&S; Waikiki No. 4 print, from $35, Max Wanger; Chest of drawers, £225, La Redoute; Adler Stool, £39, John Lewis; Salcombe towel, from £12, The White Company; Leaning shelf, £85, Next; Brittany bedding, from £24, The White Company

I’ll end with my very own poolside bar. Because, heck, if you’re going to have a beach house dream of a Monday morning, then you might a well make it a good one.

All images via Pinterest

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