The East Coast has a distinct aesthetic — crisp and classic yet effortless and cozy. We're channeling the look of our favorite East Coast beach haunts with nautical-inspired decor that can work in any home. Keep reading to discover simple ways to introduce seaside style to your indoor and outdoor spaces this Summer!
Whether you're dreaming of a beach vacation or are looking to add coastal style to your home this Summer, allow these seaside haunts to serve as inspiration. To celebrate iconic East Coast beach style, we've rounded up a gallery of our favorite inns, rentals, and shops, ranging from the Northern to the Southern tip of the East Coast. Keep reading to discover a potential Summer getaway, or steal style notes to achieve the covetable coastal look.
Warm Summer months and outdoor nuptials go hand in hand, and we're inspired by the effortless elegance of beautiful beach weddings. Whether you prefer a classic nautical or modern bohemian aesthetic, we've included stunning decor to fit a range of seaside ceremonies. Keep reading to see the products and ideas that we're loving!
It's the season to take all parties outdoors, and this beachfront baby shower made for some open-air awesomeness. Created by South Carolina-based event designers Anders Ruff (who also helped with two of our favorite little girl parties of all time: one inspired by Snow White and the other by a vintage Supergirl!), this event is a fresh take on a gender-neutral baby shower, complete with yarn poms; hues of mint, aqua, lime, and yellow; and lovely printable paper goods. This shower (beautifully photographed by Becca Bond) would be supereasy to re-create at home, as the ladies of Anders Ruff kept everything simple and budget-friendly. And if you don't live close to the beach, then a backyard would work just fine! Keep clicking to check out all the details.
Source: Anders Ruff
If you've always dreamed of living in a Malibu Beach house but don't have the millions to snag one, Mad About You star Paul Reiser is renting his. While the $95,000 a month price tag doesn't exactly make it a steal, the stunning oceanfront home would make an ideal Summer rental. According to Trulia, Paul purchased the five-bedroom, four-bathroom beachfront home for $4,450,000 from Sting in 1999. The home spans 4,043 square-feet on a private stretch of beach and also includes a separate guesthouse, an oceanfront patio with a fireplace, and an oceanfront master bedroom with a fireplace and large oceanfront balcony. The home is furnished and decorated with a classic but contemporary beach house aesthetic that works brilliantly with the clean architectural lines and breath taking surroundings. Keep reading to take a look inside the home and to see the decor we found to replicate the look!
Remember when deciding to head to the beach for the day required little more than a blanket, some sunscreen, and some good music? Once there's a baby in the mix, an afternoon at the shore is still an option, it just requires a bit more planning! Before nixing the idea altogether, check out our nine baby beach bag essentials — blankets, towels, and umbrellas are still part of the plan, but here are a few other things that will make your experience one worth repeating throughout the Summer!
If you've ever taken your diaper-wearing daughter to the beach or pool, you've probably experienced the frustration of changing her while she's wearing a wet, impossible-to-pull-off swimsuit. When new mom Kimberly Goodwin took her daughter, Reese, to the beach in Nantucket for the first time a couple of years ago, she found inspiration from that frustration and created genius swimwear line, Snapping Turtle Kids. Goodwin, a New Yorker who formerly worked at Lucky and Vogue, has created a line that's equal parts fashion and function. The prints — inspired by different vacation spots like Palm Beach and Malibu — are totally adorable, and the designs feature stainless steel snaps for swimsuits and 100 percent cotton terry cloth for cover-ups and hats. Keep clicking to check out the line, which has officially made me even more excited for Summer — diaper changes and all!
In an effort to stay within budget, and to cut back on consumerism, sometimes you gotta work with what your momma gave ya . . . or what you already own. When stars align, sometimes the furnishing that's a hand-me-down, a street find, or the like, is the perfect one for your digs. The owners of a beach shack on the Isle of Wight in the UK made the most of an old oar by using it as a curtain rod. In most homes, a paddling device used to hold up curtain panels would look out of place to say the least. But here, it's charming and a bit kitschy, and it has the worn-in, well-loved style that every beachside home should have. Have you used any unusual items as a curtain rod in your home?
We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with LaurenConrad! The TV personality, writer, designer, and style maven started LaurenConrad.com, a social networking site that features daily posts by Lauren on all of our favorite topics — fashion, beauty, food, party planning — and Lauren will be sharing her latest fashion finds with Fab every month. First up? We get the skinny on Lauren's beach day basics.
The sun is shining and the seagulls are singing (or more accurately, combing the beach for your sandy leftovers)—it’s summertime! You may have your swimsuit du jour squared away along with the perfect pair of sunnies, but the question remains: Are you really ready to hit the beach?
In addition to my door side “go” bag (see In the Bag: Prepped & Ready for all the details), there are a few key fashion items I keep around for hanging beachside…
Classic Cut Offs
Every gal needs a good old pair of cut off jean shorts. For me, denim cutoffs will always be a summer staple. They are as timeless as they are California cool. Lately, I’ve been wearing Levi’s because I like the looser fit and higher set waist. The Levi’s 501 cut works well with most body types. Other cute cut offs I found online include Madewell’s cuffed Midi Shorts or Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal Shorts.
I cannot stress how important it is to have a great pair of neutral sandals. Your wardrobe choices are exponentially multiplied when you’ve got a pair of shoes that go with almost everything in your closet. A few of my favorites are the sandals I designed for my LC Lauren Conrad line for Kohl’s, Tory Burch’s Emmy Flats, Topshop’s Hoopa Sandals, and Aldo’s Dauster Flats. And for those of you who plan on treading into the sand, I suggest keeping a pair of Havaianas Slim Flip Flops handy (I like the sand grey and light golden color combo).
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