Summer Apartment Living Area with Coastal Decor

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The season of sunshine is peeking up just over the horizon. Don’t you think a home tour hop is just the way to welcome summer? Take a look at my summer apartment living area with coastal decor to get your summer juices flowing!


summer apartment living area with coastal decor blue starfish

Welcome to the 2023 Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tour hosted by my sweet friend and fellow blogger, Kelly from The Tattered Pew. Thank you, Kelly, for all you do to put these amazing tours together!

So Many Homes to See!

summer apartment living area with coastal decor collage of summer homes

Yep, we have over 25 bloggers sharing their homes throughout the week, and if you are here by way of StoneGable, welcome! Isn’t Yvonne’s summer home tour (part 1) breath-taking? And, if you haven’t yet seen Yvonne’s gorgeous home, be sure to pop on over and get ready to have your heart swell-with-joy from visiting her home!

Coastal Decor in a Summer Apartment

If this is your first visit to My Wee Abode, I’m so glad you are here! And, of course, welcome to all the MWA family members!

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Why Coastal Decor?

My Wee Abode is a 900+ square foot apartment that is located just 10 minutes north of the So Cal coastline.

Now, since the Pacific Ocean is my next-door-neighbor, you might figure I’m a beach lover. I’m talkin’ runs on the beach at the wee hours of the morning, coffee and a book while I sit and sun myself on the shore, or even a total surfer-babe. (Almost spewed out my coffee on that one!)

Okay, y’all… honestly, have you seen this girl’s picture? I mean, I was called “Casper” in highschool (and not by my friends), and I don’t think I could lift this ‘bod’ onto a surfboard, let alone poor it into a wet suit!

I crack myself up!

Really though… I’m NOT a beach lover. Don’t like the sand anywhere on my body, hate the smell of a firepit in my hair, and I burn like a… like a… well, I burn like a “insert-some-funny-southern-saying” piece of bread in a 1950s toaster (think “I Love Lucy” here).

However, I LOVE coastal decor.

I’m been drawn to oceanic decor elements and colors since I was a teen. Not sure why, it’s just kinda part of me.

So, when summer starts to swing its sun-shiney face my way, I put on the SPF 50 and take out the starfish, sand dollars, and aqua!

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Ocean Blue In a Summer Apartment Living Area

Usually I only use a smattering of coastal elements in My Wee Abode. But this year, I kinda didn’t hold back.

And, rather than aqua, I’m using ocean blue (with a bit of aqua… I just can’t give it up).

summer apartment living  area with coastal decor

There may have even been a little shopping splurge with one or two (or more) new coastal items purchased.

close-up of blue metal starfish

If you look around, the color blue is apparent in just about every area of my home this season! Read on to see more!

Coastal Colors

There are LOTS of colors you can use to add a touch of the beach to your home:

  • Aqua (of course)
  • Ocean blue
  • Navy
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Sand
  • Camel
  • White
  • Tan
  • Gold
  • Yellow
  • and more!

To get color combinations that YOU might like to use in your home, visit Design Seeds on Instagram or Color Palettes and checkout the THOUSANDS of color palettes they have to offer!

Coastal Dining Area in a Summer Apartment

The dining area is sporting a light weight blue throw blanket that has a coastal vibe to it. It was a gift purchased in San Diego (can’t get more coastal than that) by a dear friend that was visiting.

summer apartment living area with coastal decor
To create a more spacious living area, I dropped one of the leaves of the table.

Did you know you can use throw blankets as table runners, or even table cloths? Scrunching it and throwing it across the table from corner-to-corner gives it a casual coastal feel.

The white pot with some faux wispy flowers add another coastal vibe to the table.

white pot with greenery on blue throw

Casual coastal type textiles could include:

More Coastal Decor

New pillow covers for the sofa were affordable, and added to the coastal blue used this year.

summer apartment living area with coastal decor

I found the blue linen-like pillow cover on Amazon, and the textured gold cover was an IKEA find (I love the rope-like look and feel, and it’s super comfortable).

The top of the cabinet has a sign I DIYed at Haven one year. It was so fun to make, and I take it out every once in a while to use during the summer.

sign that reads new mercies with starfish
Decorating tip: Use risers to adjust the height of your decorating items. πŸ˜‰

It reminds me that no matter how hard of a day I have had, or how much I have sinned, I have new mercies from the Lord… every morning!

The coffee table includes items from past years…

summer apartment living area with coastal decor sand piper figure with candle and sea grass in a vase

If you want a beachy vibe candle, add some white twine, dry-brush with blue, and glue a miniature sand dollar to the twine. Easy-peasy!

white candle with blue twine and sand dollar

Coastal Decor on a TV Console

The TV console was super easy to ‘dress-up’ in a minimal way…

summer apartment living area with coastal decor tv console with tv art and coastal elements

Adding a fishing net underneath the the blue metal starfish gives it more texture and interest.

blue metal starfish on stand with fishing net at the bottom

And my favorite candleholders are topped with my aqua candles wrapped in plain unbleached white twine.

summer apartment living area with coastal decor candle holders with urchin and olive tree in background

The blue speckled resin “urchin” was a new purchase (from HomeGoods), and I love it! Here’s one that is really similar, as well as a gold urchin.

resin sea urchin with speckles on white surface next to candle holders

Did you notice the ‘artwork’ above the TV console? Notice anything different in this photo verses the one above?

summer apartment living area with coastal decor tv console with tv art and coastal elements

Nope, I’m not rich enough to have TWO pieces of coastal art. However, I am computer savvy enough to use YouTube on my Smart TV to display a gallery of vintage coastal art! πŸ˜‰

More Coastal Decor

And finally, there is just a bit of coastal decor on the beverage cart, next to the dining area.

blue metal starfish on stand with fishing net at the bottom
The flowers on the counter above the cart were a Mother’s Day gift to Mom from my sister. πŸ™‚

When you have a long surface area, sometimes it’s nice to simply add a long, narrow tray with some vase filler, just like I did on my spring dining table centerpiece.

summer apartment living area with coastal decor tray with filler and knot with coral in background on wooden surface

The sailor knots (aka monkey fists) were a purchase several years ago, and the coral is new this year. I purchased both a wide piece and a tall piece from At Home for a great price.

sailor knots and filler in tray with coral

Now It’s Your Turn

What are your plans for decorating your home this coming season?

Well, be sure to visit the next home on the tour, Kate from Southern Home and Hospitality. Kate’s home is always elegant, and she’s a sweetie, too!

Remember, come back throughout the rest of the week to get even more inspiration for decorating your home this summer! Simply click on the links below!

Thanks so much for dropping in, and be sure to come back often!

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Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. Twenty eight talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew // Worthing Court // StoneGable // My Wee Abode //
Southern Home and Hospitality // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In The Mitten // Eleanor Rose Home
Peacock Ridge Farm // Bricks n’ Blooms // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday’s Tours

White Arrows Home // A Life Unfolding // Simply2Moms
WM Design House // White Lilac Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

The Ponds Farmhouse // Thistle Key Lane // Open Doors Open Hearts
Robyn’s French Nest // Cloches and Lavender // DIY Beautify

Friday’s Tours

Pasha Is Home // My Family Thyme
Midwest Life and Style // Amy Sadler Designs

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia! Yes, I couldn’t pass that up. Michelle thought a DIY could be done of it, too! Hmmmm. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much, Kate. The throw was a gift from Yvonne a couple of years ago, and her daughter used it as a table cloth while I was with them in San Diego. She was my inspiration. πŸ˜‰

  1. Happy Summer friend! I love all the beachy touches in your home. Your home does beach colors wonderfully! The blues and aquas and white look lovely together. Your starfish art with “new mercies” touched my heart! Just what I needed today. I also wanted to mention, the Mother’s Day gift guide for moms with dementia was so helpful and sweet! I pray for you and your dear mom often. God bless you! xo

    1. Thank you so much, Yvonne. πŸ˜€ I always appreciate you dropping in and LOVE touring with you! When I step back and look what the Lord has done in our friendship and businesses, I think, all this and Jesus, too?! Such a blessing!

  2. So beautiful. Julie. You do some of the best decorating in a small space that I’d seen. Blessings.

  3. Julie I too am a coastal decor lover so it was so fun tot take your tour and see the items you used! I love that starfish and the sign you made at Haven. You have created such a gorgeous and fresh apartment. I love your style. Happy summer my friend!

    1. Thanks, Kelly. It’s so nice to have a friend that ‘gets’ my coastal decor love! Thanks, again, for the tour!

    1. Thanks, Kim. I finally found it online and added a link for the urchin. Can’t wait to visit your home!

  4. Julie!! I love your coastal decor!! So beautiful!! I find it hilarious that you like coastal decor but want nothing to do with the coast haha I’m all about the beach and doing all things on the beach…but for some reason I never bring any beach home with me. I love your ideas for the candles. Maybe I could do that to add some beach to our home. Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!

    1. LOL! That is so funny how you love the beach but don’t bring it in to your home. However, I LOVE your style so much! It’s interesting how the Lord makes us unique in so many ways! Looking forward to your tour!

  5. Love the coastal vibe for summer! It looks beautiful! How ironic you don’t love the beach! hahaha. Love it! Happy summer!

    1. I know… it’s weird that I don’t love the beach. Hehe. I guess I appreciate God’s outside creation, inside my home! πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Stacy!

  6. Hey Julie, Your coastal summer house tour was terrific! You gave me lots of great ideas – it was so inspiring! I had so much fun being on this blog tour with you. Here’s to a great summer!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement and sweet words, Brendt! I’m running behind, but I’ll be catching up on visits in the next couple days! Can’t wait to visit your home!

    1. That is a great idea, Michelle! Thanks for the love! Looking forward to visiting your post… Life has been ‘extra’ this week.

    1. Oh, I didn’t even think that your ocean would be colder than mine, but it makes sense. It’s so fun to see your coastal touches, as well as Kelly’s!

  7. Even though I can’t think of a southern saying about sunburns, I can say they are as welcome as a porcupine at a nudist colony or as welcome as an outhouse breeze. LOL
    And I’m with you – not a fan of sand. It’s super hot and I don’t like to sweat so send me to Alaska.
    Love your coastal decor and you do such a great job of decorating your apartment. You have just the right amount of everything. It looks spacious, uncluttered and relaxing. Love that sofa too. Your family photo is perfect and I especially adore you call the grands jellybeans. That is sooooo cute! Happy summer friend. Great tour!

    1. LOL! It was SO late when I was writing that part of the post, I was going to text you about it, but I knew you wouldn’t answer. I KNEW you would have something! Maybe, “I burn like an egg in a hot frying pan”? I even read one about witches in Salem… but opted out of that one! πŸ˜‰
      Yes… I would take Alaska over Florida in July ANYTIME!
      Thanks for the kind words. I try to make the apartment feel exactly like that!
      And I DO love my bag of jellybeans!
      Hugs to you!

  8. Your coastal decor is so fresh and pretty, Julie, perfect in your apartment! And who can resist touches of aqua and blue? Always appropriate πŸ™‚ I especially love the twine wrapped candles – those would be fabulous for an al fresco summer dining table too!

    1. Thanks, Janet… Yes, you are so right… how pretty to have these outside for a summer evening dinner! You have me thinking! πŸ˜‰

  9. I am looking for ideas for decorating my, recently decorated, coastal bathroom. I still need a couple more touches to be able to call it that. I love your candle idea! I think that will put the finishing touch on my new decor. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you found something here to finish off your bathroom, Catherine. Will you be posting about it? I hope so!

  10. Julie, there are many take-away tips in your summer tour. I love how you didn’t stuff your rooms with too much furniture and items, but left it open and relaxed. And I want to make a jute candle but with white paint.
    Ron and I would drive 25 minutes to get to the Newport Pier and walk along the tide, or the walkway to Balboa Pier.
    Thanks for the tour.

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you were inspired by the post, Rachelle. It makes my day! And, I DO LOOOOOVE taking drives to Balboa on a summer evening with the windows down and the stereo up… going up and down the streets of those gorgeous homes, and singing praises to the Lord! I’ve done that since I could drive! It was a fave thing to do with my bestie in high school, too!

  11. What a lovely coastal, beachy Summer home, Julie!! I ADORE all of the blue and aqua accents…it’s hard to pull those colors off here in Midwest, so I’m always happy to look at them in other’s homes. That tree you have next to the TV is SO pretty in that white pot!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel, for the kind words. The tree comes from IKEA, as well as the planter! πŸ˜‰

  12. I love the coastal vibes, Julie. And the blue is beautiful too. It’s all so pretty and calming. Perfect for summertime. Happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned!

  13. Your post is so wonderful – this is beautiful! I was super inspired by your creativity. I would love to invite you to link up your project at Whimsy Home Wednesdays to inspire others and have a chance to be featured.

  14. Julie, you do coastal do well, my friend! I love what you’ve done. That urchin is a great find and looks fabulous next to the aqua candles. I love that tall plant stand next to your console table too. Everything looks so beautiful for summer coastal vibes! Pinned!

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