How To Turn Your Home Into An Updated Beach Bungalow

Being from Florida, we see many beach houses through the years, and many of them look exactly the same with the same beach decor. They tend to strive for a “Hamptons” look where mostly everything is white, and sometimes, it looks nice while others it doesn’t. Either way, they all look the same. People are afraid to try to incorporate typical beach colors in their beach decor, because it can look cheesy. We want to lead you to thinking about an elegant and relaxing beach home that includes stylish beach decor. Colors and all.

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When it comes to colors, we mentioned typical beach colors. We’re talking about blue, green, sand, and white. That doesn’t mean add in coral! Why some people do this is still in question. Just pay attention to the colors of the coast and let them lead you to your décor.

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When you are picking your furniture, especially for the “hangout” spots, think about shapes, forms, and textures that remind you of the beach. This goes for the beach décor as well, not just the furniture. It doesn’t even have to be items from a store. Create décor by placing what you find on the beach in apothecary jars. Instant beach décor!

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Now, for some secrets we’ve kept bottled up but haven’t thrown in the ocean quite yet… (See what we did there?)

Fade-proof fabrics for curtains

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These will immediately become your home’s best friend and your pocket’s savior. Not only are these fabrics still beautiful, but also if your home gets a lot of sunlight, this will save you from buying new curtains all the time.

Add Prints

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Yes, we want to keep it soothing and calm, but add subtle prints. This means you can use a soft pattern accent rug or accent chair or both! You can mix it up and boost up your home’s visual interest. Just make sure you read our mixing patterns how-to for extra tips and tricks.

Bold Backsplash

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Kitchens can look very beautiful but also very bland being white, tan, or even using blue pastels. Granted, the ocean view is probably the highlight of your home, but why can’t your backsplash be too?

Wooden Towel Rack

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Seeing towels hung over the end of doors and thrown about waiting to dry can really ruin a stylish look of the home. Instead, use a reclaimed-wood ladder to hang the towels on. It adds a little rustic flare but also keeps things tidy.

Super-Size Your Dining Table

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With a beach house, you are probably the host of many dinners! Maximize your dining room capacity by super sizing your table. This also gives you the opportunity to create a larger centerpiece using your extra beach décor.

Hopefully this has helped you find a balance between beachy and elegance and has shown you how to successfully turn your home into an updated beach bungalow!

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How-To: Flower Arrangements

Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful flower arrangement? They’re perfect home decor all year round, but because of the blooming flowers, they’re especially beautiful in spring and summer. We have tips and tricks for making beautiful flower arrangements for you to keep around your home throughout the summer months!

Choose A Container

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This is your first step. You can choose a plain and simple glass vase, you could choose a mason jar, or you could choose a teapot. Literally any container you think is beautiful will work.

Securing The Bottom

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You’ll need to place something in the bottom of the container, such as glass chips or pebbles, to secure the stems. It isn’t as necessary for slim containers, but it’s still suggested.

Types Of Flowers

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Next, we’re going to choose the flowers we would like to use. There are three different types that will typically go in a flower arrangement. They are line, mass, and filler flowers.

Line Flowers

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These are the flowers that pretty much define the shape of the overall arrangement. They give the flower arrangement height and width. You can use snapdragons, dendrobium orchids, or calla lilies; really any tall flower.

Mass Flowers

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Mass flowers are the focal flowers that attract attention, such as roses, tulips, or daisies. They’re always placed in the center.

Filler Flowers

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These flowers are simply used to just fill up empty space, hence the name. Filler flowers normally grows in clusters on a single stem. Examples of filler flowers are  feverfews, ferns, and chrysanthemums.

Create The Arrangement

 

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Size the mass flower to the container and cut the stem at an angle. Place all sized mass flowers in the container. Add in the line flowers to produce the height and width of the flower arrangement. Organize them how you would like and add in the filler flowers to any leftover empty space. Make sure there is no back side to the arrangement. You want every angle to look beautiful.

Last Trick

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Add in a 1/2 tsp of sugar with a little water to help the absorption, and then, add in the rest of the water to fill the container up halfway.

We hope these flower arrangement tips help when creating your beautiful summer home decor! Comment below if you have any tips and tricks of your own you’d like to share!

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