You don't need to own a beach house to have beach-house style. In her book “Beach Cottages,” Mary Emmerling shares key ingredients for giving any home “an instant dose of sunshine.”
We rounded up some of our own favorite warm-weather, I-can-smell-the-ocean items to illustrate Emmerling's ideas. Happy summer.
Peg rack. “It's what's hung on the pegs that creates a distinctly beachy vibe and easy, grab-and-go storage,” she writes.
Sea grass and sisal rugs. “Their sturdy weaves and sandy neutral color make them a favorite choice for beach homes. Keep in mind that all natural fibers, particularly sea grass and jute, absorb moisture easily and should not be used in very damp or humid environments.” We think summer-stripe cotton area rugs are pretty beachy, too.
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Canvas Umbrella. “Like its brethren on the beach, a canvas umbrella used on a deck or with an outdoor table is an inviting and often essential source of shade and respite from the bright summer sun.”
Outdoor Umbrella in Capri Stripe (starting at $359.95) at www.ballarddesigns.com.
Lanterns and oil lamps. “Hurricane lanterns and oil lamps offer the romance of candlelight with shelter from the breeze. The flickering glow of candlelight creates the most appealing and intimate ambience for outdoor dining and summer evenings.”
Wicker furniture. “Whether new or antique, wicker furniture lends a gracious air of gentility to patios, screened porches and covered decks, as well as indoor rooms. It can be easily painted, and cushions add to its comfort and design flexibility.”
Bistro table ($390) and chair ($290) in French Blue at www.mainecottage.com.
Adirondack chair. A “favorite for decks, lawns and docks, with its angled back and wide arms, which offer a natural perch for drinks.”
Classic Chair ($169), Reclining Chair ($189) and Footstool ($79), from www.llbean.com.