Home & Garden: 5 Tips For Modern Seaside Style
Nathalie Naylor's advice for freshening your look:
Bent Bamboo Lantern, $103 at Celadon
❶ Reflect yourself first. The new coastal style is eclectic and original. Always reflect who you are first and foremost, then weave in the colors and the qualities of the Lowcountry.
❷ Beware of trends. Like anything else, these are best in moderation—used in a few accent pieces such as pillows, lamps, or small tables—but not for major investments, like large furniture or
❸ Know that great decor is about
balance. Don’t weigh too heavy on any
one “theme“ or style, as this can overwhelm
architectural elements and bury focal points. Learn from classic designers like David Hicks, John Fowler, Madeleine
Castaing, Billy Baldwin, and Jacques Garcia.
❹ Use art. This is a great way to incorporate the colors of the surf, marsh, harbor, or sky. Choose original pieces, and
concentrate on what hues they might bring to your interior.
❺ Natural materials go a long way. Don’t underestimate the power of natural woods like bamboo, shell, or stone to connect your rooms to our shoreline.