What is it about simplicity and Summer? When you just need a swimsuit, a beach towel and a cool refreshing drink to get by. For some reason it seems we need twice as much stuff for all the other seasons? I’ve never understood it but rather choose to just enjoy the simple things of Summer while they last. This Hawaii beach cottage on the island of Maui is just one of those things. A simple stunner of a beach house that’s been carefully designed from an old carriage house, not to include more than one really needs.
I love the simple decor and openness of this space
At first glance this rustic dinning table seems like nothing more than a shifty old table, but at second glance I noticed the all natural legs and my heart went boom-boom
In love with these pillows!
I love that they put printed wallpaper in between the beams!!
and continued it into the bathroom
This outdoor seating has my heart!
This home doesn’t look like it belongs in Venice Beach but it does! and it has the most amazing outdoor space I’ve ever seen!! Not going to lie, I have a bit of garden envy. Which is why I’ve broken this post up into outdoor and indoor pics. The home itself has strong Moroccan influences (hence the reason I say it doesn’t look like it belongs here). There’s lots of weather wood, a personal favorite, mixed with smooth cement walls. Check it out:
I could float in this pool all day!
I love the tile work in this pool!
Love those rustic cabinets!
also having coffee table envy
via Apartment Therapy
I love this beachy home in Charleston that I spotted on Domino. Even though it’s not actually on the beach, this home in South Carolina has a laid back good vibe that’s not to be missed! The owner, Amanda Greeley, brings in a lot of natural elements (which is so my style!) and I love every room of it. There are a lot of rattan and wooden elements from floor to ceiling and did I mention she painted her floors and ceiling a beautiful shade of aqua?! Check it out:
The wall color! Those chairs! That pool picture!!
I’m obsessed with the lighting!
There’s no replacement for a good ol’ claw foot tub!
I spent all Spring thinking about those hot Summer beach days! Now that it’s warming up and Summer is right around the corner, I wanted to share from fun DIYs for Summer. These crafts range from home decor, to succulents and more! Click the pic to get the step by step:
Good vibes art via Sugar and Cloth
Watercolor pillows via Tidbit Cami
Citrus bath salts via Christina Williams
DIY embroidered fan via Sugar and Cloth
DIY Polish Chandelier via Oh Happy Day
DIY Donut Beach Umbrella via Studio DIY
Succulent Sphere via Burlap Wreath
Today I rounded up my favorite 5 beach houses! They’re located all over the world and in some of the most beautiful and tropical places. These home tours are not to be missed! Check ’em out:
What I loved most about this beach house was the pops of turquoise throughout, the fact that it’s surrounded by palm trees, oh and the gate in the backyard that leads to the beach! Click the pic to take the tour
This beach house in Australia has a more serene and calming decor. I love the soothing aqua and natural wood elements in this home. Click pic to see more!
The best thing about this beach house is the backyard with a stunning pool and the most amazing outdoor shower I’ve ever seen. Click pic to check it out!
You can’t tell from the picture but my favorite thing about this beach house is its size! This beach house is teeny tiny, proving that you don’t need much square footage just great views! Click pic to take the tour.
The decor in this beach house was my favorite! I mean just take a look at this dresser. Click pic to take the full tour!
Take a tour of India Hicks’ beach home in the Bahamas! It’s filled with history and antiques and I love it all. From the tropical greenery growing outside to the coastal fish prints inside, this home has captured my heart. Also did I mention they have a pet parrot named Jenga? You’ve got to take a look:
I’ve always thought of libraries as the heart of the home! I love the nautical touch to this one!!
Who wouldn’t want to dive into this bed?!
I’m obsessed with this distressed desk!
Because who doesn’t need an adorable playhouse for their backyard?
Many of you may not know that I have a bit of a plant addiction. Actually, most people I meet have no idea, until one day I invite them over and they see the dozens (not exaggerating!) of plants I have lovingly scattered across my home. As one friend put it, “Holy jungle Jen!”. This particular friend hadn’t been over in awhile and she wasn’t aware that I had recently discovered how to propagate succulents. If you’ve never tried propagating, I urge you to give it a shot! It is highly addictive once you learn which succulents you can pull leaves off of and grow into whole new plants. Well it was just my luck that this year’s Pantone color is greenery! Recently I was encouraged by Douglas Elliman’s Florida real estate team to share how I would use greenery in my Spring entryway Check it out:
Tip #1 : Sets of Three – This is a decorating rule that’s been around for awhile but it also applies to plants. Group your plants in sets of three, in varying heights. If you don’t have plants in varying heights, you can do what I did on the left, and add books to prop up one or more of your plants.
Tip #2 Don’t buy all babies! – Keep in mind when shopping for plants, especially if you’re just getting the hang of your green thumb!, that nurseries sell everything from cuttings and babies to more mature plants. While the cost usually increases with maturity, sometimes it’s worth it if you need a larger plant for a larger space. Normally when I go to my local nursery I’ll take a lap around before placing any plants into my cart. It lets me see what all my options are and plan out what I need or am looking for.
Tip #3 Lighting – Another thing to keep in mind is the natural lighting in your space. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your entryway, you may want to think about a pothos. I have several and not only are they very easy to take care of but they do well in low light. An added bonus is that they help purify the air in your home. Which is part of the reason I have so many! A good rule of thumb is one air purifying plant per 100 sq. feet of your home. The two plants shown above are jade, a form of succulent. Succulents are incredibly easy to care for but usually require bright light. Also if you find that your entryway is just too dark or you haven’t found your green thumb, there are some very realistic faux plants out there.
Tip #4 Put your plant in something unexpected – Air plants (like the one shown above) are a miracle of nature. You can basically stick them anywhere. This one I’ve put into a seashell but driftwood is another good option for your coastal home. Try looking around and see what you already have. Maybe there’s something you love that you just weren’t sure what to do with it. Put a plant in it! (haha I’m joking but not really)
Tip #5 – Small Spaces – When dealing with a smaller space remember that you can go vertical. I bought this carved piece of wood (you can’t tell but it’s about 6′ tall!) at Home Goods for around $80. When I bought it, it was a dark wood with gold leafing but a little primer and a little paint, it soon fit right into my home. I added wire so I could hang plants on it. Something I was inspired to create after watching an episode of Fixer Upper! While this item isn’t in my entryway, it is in a tight space where I can’t have something jutting out. It works perfectly and would be great in an entryway as well. You can see a close up below.