H&A Decorating: Beside the seaside

By Alice Hancock,
21st August 2013 - 09:07

Create a nostalgic beach-cabin look using a fresh palette of orange and blue. The perfect way to remember summer days.

For a comfy and chic beach picnic, have cushions covered in punchy coloured fabrics (above)

Furniture Deckchair, £50, find similar at vintage markets
Textiles Windbreaker, made using orange and blue 'Montcalm' by Lorca, £48 per m; striped mat, made using 'Ikaria' by Lorca, £86 per m; orange cushion, made using ‘Louisiane’ by Lorca, £42 per m, all Osborne & Little. Blue patterned cushion, made using ‘Rabanna’, £96 per m, Fermoie. Blue striped cushion, made using Navy Oxford Stripe’, £29.50 per m, Ian Mankin
Accessories Storm lantern, £29, Toast; votive lantern, find similar at Anthropologie. Vintage lantern, £15, find similar at vintage markets. Hamper, find similar at Marks & Spencer. Bucket and spade, find similar at seaside shop

Introduce highlights of contrasting pink, yellow and orange to the nautical palette

Furniture Ticking chair, find similar at Pimpernel & Partners. 'Bluebell' sofa in chalk, £1,195, Sofa.com; 'Cricket' side table, £165, Leaf 
Textiles Lambswool duck-egg throw, £60, John LewisCushions (from left): 'Pamelie' velvet mustard cushion, £59, William Yeoward. Screen-printed lobster cushion, £45, Not on the High Street. V&A Fabric scallop cushion cover, from £11.50 per m, V&A. Trim, find similar at VV Rouleaux. Candy stripe indigo, £22.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Dark blue pom pom trim, £8 per m, Deckchair Stripes. Birds cushion, £65, by Pink Grapefruit at Not on the High Street.  Plain lambswool throw, duck egg, £60, John Lewis. Orange stripy cushion, find similar at Habitat
Selected accessories from top left: Books, a selection from Focus on the Past. Framed heart map, £52, Bombus at Not on the High Street. Vintage Map Bunting, £15, Grace and Favour at Not on the High Street. Framed sailors valentine, £150, Berry Red. V&A shipping forecast screen-print, £35, V&A shop. Blue miner's lantern, £4.99, Homebase. Postcards, £1 each, Focus on the Past. Fishing creel, £295, The Great English Outdoors. Plymouth touch task lamp, aqua, £65, John LewisOn trunk: Vintage world map journal, £20 each, Bombus at Not On The High Street. Jute braided round rug, from £185, The Conran Shop.

Reclaimed shutters given a fresh coat of paint make for an effective bedhead

Furniture Reclaimed shutter used as bedhead, find similar at Lassco 
Textiles Paisley stripe bedlinen, from £99, find similar at Toast. V&A fabric, £11.50 per m, V&A shop. Speckle B Portsea place voile, £24.95 per m, originally Liberty but now stocked here. Hattie striped wool blanket, £198, Rowen and Wren.
Accessories Vintage world map journal, as before. Birds (on wall), £40 for three, Bombus at Not On The High Street. 'Wilham Coach' lantern, from £24, Rowen and Wren. Newgate Ritze alarm clock, £25, John Lewis. Postcards, as before. Books, as before. Shell box, from £12, Lassco

Layer shower curtains of different patterns for a more vibrant look. Meanwhile, an outdoor rug is a great, practical bathroom-mat alternative for sandy feet

Accessories Enamel toothbrush holder, £15, Berry Red. DR Harris Windsor shave set, £54.95, The Conran Shop. Bamboo toothbrushes, £10.50 for 4, Berry Red. Orange Marvis toothpaste, £5.50, Niven & Joshua. Basket with blue stripe, find similar at Designers Guild. Stool, Pimpernel and Partners. Recycled woven mat, from £35, Toast.  

Reminisce about summer days gone by with a display of your most treasured beach finds

Furniture Victorian pine chest of drawers, c.1860, £550, Lassco 
Accessories On shelf: Books, from a selection at Focus on the Past. Large shells, £15 each, Victorian-style shell boxes, from £12-£55, all Lassco. String, £4, Postcard, £1, both Focus on the Past. Hand blown glass vase, find similar at The Conran Shop. US Anchor jar by Solid ID, £155, The Mint List.

[Photographs Rachel Whiting; styling Kiera Buckley-Jones]

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