Coastal Modern Design

February 11, 2016

By: Peyton Lambton


Living at the beach is something many people dream about. I am lucky enough to be living that dream all year long on the beaches of Cape Cod, MA.

When my husband, Chris, and I were designing our new home, it was important to bring in coastal elements because that’s where we live, but we had to keep in mind that this is our year-round home, not a vacation home.

Many beach properties are used as vacation rentals and guests want to see beach elements everywhere. Although I love those elements, I don’t feel the need to see them on a daily basis, especially when there is two feet of snow on the ground in January.

We decided to style our home with pieces of furniture and accessories that remind us of things we find when walking along the beach, without actually putting those items in the house.

Adding coastal elements to a room can help you feel like you are in a coastal area without being so literal with the beach. You don’t have to have starfish and seashells scattered all over the place to achieve that coastal feel.

Our dining table at home is a large wooden farm table, much like the Tahoe dining table. It’s the perfect size for a large family or for those of us who love to throw a dinner party.

The wood tones on the table remind me of driftwood found on the beach, while the linen-upholstered side chairs incorporate sandy tones.

One of my favorite sounds of summer is listening to beach grass blowing in the wind. Adding a jute rug below can bring in that natural element, as well as some sea glass tones.


A sideboard is a great piece to add to a dining room, because it provides extra storage if you have multiple sets of dishes like I do.

The sideboard shown here is from the Elements Gallery, and it’s definitely one-of-a-kind. I really like to mix and match furniture from different collections because it makes the room much more interesting.

This particular sideboard pulls out the same rustic wood tones as the Tahoe Dining Table, and it even features sea glass shades, like the rug. This piece really ties the room together with all of its details.

I also added a rope lampglass bottle and some decorative knots as additional nods to the beach, which help achieve a contemporary coastal feel.

As you can see, you don’t have to live at the beach or style with seashells to bring the coast home. Just find those items that remind you of the beach, and you are well on your way!

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