My husband and I just got back from a week long trip to New England. I had never been to that part of the country before and since one of my bucket list items is to visit all 50 states, I knew I "had" to go at some point. Don't you love self-imposed goals that force you to do fun things?
Although a steaming bowl of New England Clam Chowder, a melt-in-your-mouth whoopie pie from Maine, and a savory (comparatively) cheap fresh lobster may make your mouth water when you think of New England, your eyes won't be left out. There's an amazing amount of beauty to take in. One thing I immediately noticed as we made our way through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine is the amount of texture not only found in the area's natural beauty, but also in the coastal decorating style.
While my mom leans more toward the traditional style of decorating, I'm
When it comes to decorating, "my momma always told me" to buy pieces that you love. If you buy items that you love in-and-of themselves, you will be a lot happier with your purchases. Even if they get a little outdated, you will still love them for their quintessential self. My mom is a wise one, isn't she? I'm lucky. When my great friend Alina from My Yellow Umbrella told me that her key to decorating is to surround herself with things that are special to her and look past the matchy-matchy, I knew I needed to change my thinking. The way I had been decorating was too black-and-white.
So what does that have to do with my trip to New England? While I was there I was a lot more observant of my surroundings. I paid attention to what I liked and looked past the "decorating style" of the quaint hotels and fun places we visited.
Here are some things I noticed I loved about the coastal decorating style. Maybe I won't turn my house completely coastal themed (that would be too much for me), but I do want to add touches of texture and bring natural items into my home. Maybe you'll even find some inspiration too!
I loved this fireplace at one of the hotels we stayed at. The straight lines of the mantel and the square picture frame accentuate the smooth lines of the glass bottles.
I also loved this bouquet that was displayed in the foyer. It had a whimsical feel to it with earthy tones. The basket added some texture without standing out too much.
I noticed a lot of lanterns along the coastal northeast. Sometimes they would be empty. Other times they were filled with not only a candle, but also with shells or other earthy objects.
Rustic wood floors were also a common occurrence. Imagine this room without the wood floors and with carpet instead. It would feel more like a cottage than a coastal home. The wood floors gave the buildings character that seemed fitting for an area that so much of our early U.S. history took place.
Those are just a few details I noticed and loved about coastal decorating. After this crazy weekend of packing and moving, Maureen may be ready for a trip herself!