Cool Ways to Beach Up Your House

Even if you live nowhere near the shore, you can still make your home feel like a breezy retreat. One family shows HGTV Magazine how they did just that.

Courtesy of HGTV Magazine Subscribe Now
  • Family Home

    It would be easy to mistake Meghan and Bill Cashel's sun-filled Marblehead, Mass., house for a vacation home. But the Cashels and their two sons, Billy, 5, and Tucker, 3, live in the 1940 Colonial — with its blue and green walls, slipcovered furniture and woven accessories — all year long. \"Before having kids, Bill and I lived in San Diego, and we loved that laid-back coastal feeling,\" says Meghan.

  • On the Water

    When they bought their house by the Marblehead Harbor in 2008, they figured, why sacrifice breezy style just because winters can dip below 10 degrees? With the help of architect and interior designer Molly Frey, Meghan, a stay-at-home mom, and Bill, a finance executive, decorated their home to feel like the kind of place you'd like to escape to for a beach getaway.

  • Gray Exterior

    Stone-gray siding (the paint is Hailstorm by C2) is quintessentially coastal, especially paired with white trim and a light-blue door (Nantucket Fog by Benjamin Moore). \"The house is calming from the second you walk in, which is exactly what we had in mind,\" says Meghan.

  • Living Room

    \"We were craving an open, airy hangout space with tons of sunlight and soothing colors,\" says Meghan. She certainly got her wish. The linen curtains fit the aesthetic well. They're heavy enough to block the sun, but their loose weave still allows light to filter in.

  • Rattan Chair

    The natural woven club chair from Ethan Allen is topped with a fish-pattern cushion that's made of indoor/outdoor canvas fabric.

  • White Coffee Table

    A double X-base makes this poplar table look light and airy, not bulky. Plus, the natural sea-grass rug looks cool on any kind of wood floor.

  • Slipcovered Sofa and Sea-Inspired Pillows

    Removable cotton and twill cushion covers give the couch a relaxed, slightly rumpled look. A lattice print, stripes and a fish pattern, all in soft shades of aloe and brown, make the room look serene.

  • Blue and White Dining Area

    A combo of slipcovered seats and cushioned X-back chairs is more casual than a matching set. The table's antique white finish gives it a slightly weathered look.

  • Capiz Chandelier

    Iridescent shells falling from a fixture whisper beach. The delicate discs come from windowpane oysters.

  • Distressed Mirror

    The frame's whitewash finish resembles driftwood. Try a distressed look on a console or table.

  • Striped Rug

    Meghan added an ocean hue to the room with a nautical woven cotton rug from Dash & Albert.

  • Kitchen

    The Cashels chose white marble rather than granite or engineered stone for the countertops. An adorable clamshell fruit basket sits nearby.

  • Glass Tiles

    The pale bluish-green backsplash is made of 2-by-4-inch tiles. “A white kitchen is clean and pretty, but without the seafoam wall color, it wouldn't be as calming,” says Meghan.

  • Pastel Seats

    Cream stools with light-blue leather seats feel summery.

  • Bedroom

    “You know that relaxed feeling you get from gazing at the water? That's what we wanted for our bedroom,” says Meghan. Ocean-inspired art like this seaside painting above the bed is easy to find at flea markets and on websites like

  • Linen Headboard

    Meghan paired a white nail-head-trim headboard with beachy blue-and-white bedding. At the foot, big rush baskets hold pillows and blankets.

  • Worn Wooden Chests

    A burnt-oak stain gives these three-drawer dressers an aged, washed-ashore look. The plantation shutters above them are a clean and crisp contrast.

  • Bathroom

    Meghan gave the white shower a seaside spin with a 12-inch swath of blue mosaic glass tile. Coastal art like this rippled-water canvas print is an easy way to beach up a bathroom.

  • Children's Room

    Nautical details make an appearance throughout Billy’s room. A jute rope with clothespins shows off artwork. A replica of a ship light sits on a bedside table, and a fun lobster stool makes for extra seating.

  • Bedding

    Star-pattern sheets and a navy-blue blanket complete the red carved sailboat bed.

Advertisement will not be printed