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How To Add Coastal Touches to Your Summer Home

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Today let’s learn how to add coastal touches to your summer home, whether it be an apartment, rental home, dorm, or the home you own. This is my tiny summer home tour!


Welcome to the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tour hosted by my dear friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew!

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Kelly and I have known each other for several years now, since we met each other at my very first Haven Conference. She recently moved into a new-to-her-home and has been having fun adding her own decor touches to the home. It’s lovely!

Speaking of lovely, if you are visiting her from Yvonne’s home at StoneGable, welcome! Yvonne is one of my dearest friends and I had the time of my life visiting her in Pennsylvania this past fall! She’s also my decorating hero!!!

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My Tiny Summer Home Tour

I’m thinking I should be saying my “tiny home summer tour” because this tour is going to be anything but small.

For those that don’t know, My Wee Abode has had a recent transformation.

Well, actually, it’s a completely NEW My Wee Abode! Get the full story by visiting the Who, Where, What, and Why of My Wee Abode 2.0.

Suffice to say, this is the first post sharing some of the fully decorated areas of the new My Wee Abode, so we’re talking a big tour… not a small one. πŸ˜‰

So, let’s start the tour and get some tips and inspo for how to add coastal touches to your summer home.

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Add Coastal Summer Decor to Your Tiny Entry

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

I’m talking the front door and entry way to My Wee Abode.

tiny entryway with bench mirror coat hanger lantern and blanket

Y’all… I ACTUALLY have a little entryway!

This is still a work in progress, however, I did give my aqua coat hanger a quick update with some paint. Tutorial coming soon!

tiny summer home tour collage of thirty plus homes in bloggers best summer home tour coat hanger with wreath and round mirror on wall

I purchased a wooden round mirror that reminds me of driftwood and has the look of a porthole without actually going “overboard”. It adds some texture and depth, and it’s practical for a quick makeup and hair check as you go out the door.

Instead of a candle, I filled a white summery lantern with some coastal-vibe filler in grays and whites. And the cotton blanket in neutral tones reminds me of the beach, as well.

white lantern with filler balls in gray and ivory

The bench is great for a seat to slip on my shoes, and works as a great storage item, too!

tiny summer home tour tiny entryway with bench mirror coat hanger lantern and blanket

Now, take a look at our huge walkway into the living area!

entryway with door pantry wall bench and mirror

Yep, that is a pantry wall on the right! It’s amazing, to say the least! And this huge walkway is perfect for my disabled mom who lives with me.

These ceilings are a bit low here, but the living and dining area actually has vaulted ceilings!

Apartment Living Area with Coastal Decor Touches

As you enter from the front door, this is what you see.

tiny summer home tour view of living area and dining area in a small apartment

My living area and dining room combination are MUCH bigger than MWA-OG.

Though I normally wouldn’t have a recliner like this in my home, it is a necessity for my mom. Thankfully, the color is neutral and the fabric is nice.

living area with sofa recliner coffee table and cabinet

The side table came with my mom, as well. Truth be told, this is usually scattered with her Bible and devotionals along with activity books to help her keep her mind ‘moving’.

For a coastal element, add some books that coordinate and include colors that remind you of the ocean or beach. For example, use interior design books with aqua and pink spines.

tiny summer home tour side table with books and floral arrangement

This table is on the list for a makeover as the colors are not quite right for My Wee Abode.

Adding an arrangement with faux lamb’s ear in a live edge wood container adds a bit of coastal style. But, adding the starfish next to it on the table really gives a nice ‘nod’ to the beach and ocean.

starfish with leaves on a wood surface

Add Touches of the Coast to Your Coffee Table

Remember, you don’t need LOTS of ‘stuff’ on the surfaces in your home. Keeping decor limited and neutral gives your home a light feel and welcomes the summer season.

My round coffee table seems a bit dwarfed in this area, compared to the loft apartment, but it will have to do for now. πŸ˜‰

tiny summer home tour coffee table with plant and tray in living area

Pop a faux plant into a white pot and elevate it with a tiny pedestal, as shown here. Take a weaved tray, add a shell and DIY aqua bead garland, and you’re set for the summer!

plant in white pot with shell in weavedtray
I wish I could say I found this on the beaches in Hawaii. But, I bought it at a shop on the pier!

This is my devotional right now. I can’t recommend it enough. Ruth Chou Simons of GraceLaced is a fave author and artist of mine!

tiny summer home tour book with beads in a tray

Tiny Summer Home Tour with Coastal Decor in the Dining Area

I actually have a dining area, y’all!!! (As a reminder, this was lacking in the loft apartment.)

dining area with drop leaf table and two chairs with farmhouse decor

This table acts as my remote work desk, as well. If you look closely, you can see the drawers that are in the table (against the wall), as well as another drop leaf. The drawers are super practical for work!

I can comfortably sit six at the table… if I had six chairs! For now, these comfy chairs from IKEA are sufficient for Mom and me, and I love that this area has the highest ceiling area.

AND, with both leaves dropped, this works great for another conversation area.

tiny summer home tour dining area with drop leaf table and two chairs with farmhouse decor

Using a galvanized tray with twine wrapped on the handles, I added some driftwood, as well as some sage and white candles. Driftwood is another great way to add coastal style to a dining room.

sage and white candle in tray with driftwood

Coastal Decor On a New TV Console

The TV console is the only new piece of furniture that I have purchased since moving into My Wee Abode 2.0. And I love it!

tiny summer home tour living area with tv console olive tree and chair
BTW, you may notice the TV is new. This a something my sister wanted when she takes care of my mom on Mondays/Wednesdays+. So *she* purchased it! πŸ˜‰ Thanks, DeeDee!

It matches our LVP floors and the storage is perfect for us! Assembly took me about 2 hours, by myself… with NO mistakes! Will miracles never cease?!

This wooden bowl was my souvenir purchase from Pennsylvania last fall. I almost didn’t buy it, but I’m so glad I did as it’s a staple piece of decor now in MWA.

wooden sandpiper and wood bowl filled with neutral balls and coastal elements on console

Last summer, I picked up this cute little sandpiper at Hobby Lobby. I still love it, and I’m sure it will be used in my decor for years to come!

tiny summer home tour wooden sandpiper and wood bowl filled with neutral balls and coastal elements on console
I combined two different bags of filler to create a coastal effect in the bowl.

Using different fillers in your seasonal decor is easy, and it’s a great way to add texture and interest to your home.

vase filler in wood bowl

This enclosed weaved basket from IKEA is a great place to hide the media remotes!

tiny summer home tour console with basket and starfish

Setting a starfish and a sand dollar on top of the basket adds another summery coastal touch.

weaved basket with starfish and sand dollar
Again… not a treasure found on the beach of Waikiki… just a purchase at our local pier!

DIY Cabinet with Coastal Elements

And last, but not least, my newest DIY cabinet is all gussied-up for the summer season.

tiny summer home tour coffee table with plant and tray in living area

The weaved basket underneath the shelf reminds me of the coast, but will look great and work well for holding more interior design books throughout the year.

tiny summer home tour shelf with basket and summer decor elements

Some pretty yellow daisies in an aqua demijohn adds some color that coordinates with my summer pillows.

glass vase with yellow daisies and heart shaped candle on wood shelf

The pretty heart-shaped wooden candle holder was a gift from my blogging bestie, Crissy from First Day of Home. It reminds me of driftwood!

Summery Coffee Station

Okay, I lied… the cabinet isn’t the last area on the tour today.

When we moved to MWA 2.0, I knew there was no place to put my portable island in the kitchen. But, I just couldn’t part with it!

So, a coffee station it is!

tiny summer home tour summer coffee station portable cart

The area directly under the kitchen counter that opens to the living area has turned out to be the perfect place for a coffee station. There’s even an outlet right behind the cart!

butcher block surface with coffee station items

And even though I don’t have anything coastal decorating this area, I just thought you might like to see it anyways. πŸ˜‰

Don’t the DIY lemon canvas art pieces in the background remind you of summer?

Tiny Summer Home Tour Last Looks

Here’s a couple more views of the new My Wee Abode decked-out in understated coastal style.

living area with sofa recliner coffee table and cabinet
The Bible verse sign was a recent purchase at Hobby Lobby.
tiny summer home tour living area with tv console olive tree and chair
Adding curtains to the sides of the slider out to the balcony made the room look much cozier!

How Do I Make My House Look Coastal?

There are so many ways to add touches of coastal decor to your home without making your home look like a ‘beach theme’.

Here are a few items to think about using in your home to give it a light and airy feel of summer and the beach:

Do you use coastal decor in your home for the summer… or even throughout the year? What are your favorite items to use? Let me know in the comments… I love hearing from you, and I answer every comment!

tiny summer home tour coffee table with plant and tray in living area

Now, be sure to hop on over to Kelly’s home at The Tattered Pew! She always has lovely ideas and lots of inspiration in her gorgeous home!

And be sure to come back each day this week to click on the links below for more summer decor inspiration, tips and tricks!

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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. Thirty 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 / Cottage On Bunker Hill / She Gave It A Go

Cottage In The Mitten / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

Tuesday’s Tours

Thistle Key Lane / Midwest Life & Style / White Lilac Farmhouse

My Thrift Store Addiction / Willow Bloom Home Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Wednesday’s Tours

Bricks ‘n Blooms /Amy Sadler Designs / Peacock Ridge Farm

White Arrows Home / Pasha Is Home / The Ponds Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

Simply2Moms / Country Peony / Southern Home and Hospitality

Shiplap and Shells / Eleanor Rose Home / Cloches and Lavender

Friday’s Tours

Le Cultivateur / Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder / Noting Grace

My Family Thyme / Vintage and Grace Living / County Road 407

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  1. Wow, I’m so impressed that you have settled in so well. Two things I’m really loving is your dining area with the space saving folding table (so clever) and your coffee station. How smart you are to repurpose your portable island cart. It looks fantastic! Big hugs to you and your mom!

    1. It’s funny… almost everyone has made remarks on the dining area and coffee station! Hehe! I wasn’t sure about the cart, but now I think it was the right thing to do! LOL!

    2. Your new place is pretty. Always love lemons for summer.

      Repurposing your coffee bar is perfect for your place

      Wishing you and your mom tge best. Stay strong

  2. Julie! I love your new wee abode! It looks wonderful. The table and chairs are my favorite. So versatile, elegant and perfect for a small abode. Your coffee station is very nice, too. I’m so happy for you! Such a pretty space! Always a pleasure to hop with YOU, my friend! Be blessed today!πŸ’›

    1. Thank you, Kim! So glad to be on this tour with you, as well! I was doubtful of placing the cart where I did, but it seems like it’s a popular ‘new’ piece! πŸ˜‰ Hugs!

  3. Julie,
    Your home tour is just lovely, friend. I enjoyed all the details, and the inspiration…pinned!
    It’s a joy to be on this blog hop with you.

  4. I can’t believe all you have done in such a short time. I am impressed with decorations. The coffee station looks great there & I wish I had your folding table as they are hard to come by here. Now that side table really needs Julie’s contact paper make over to fit in. I hope your mother is doing well & likes her new dwellings. You look like you have plenty of room for her to get around with a walker or get a wheelchair out the door.

    1. Thank you so much, Fernie! And you are so right! That table just may need some vinyl! πŸ˜‰ Hugs and hearts!

  5. Julie, you have done so much in such a short time. I LOVE your little dining area! Perfect! And the tree looks wonderful above the table. But most of all I’m always, as ever. impressed and love your heart! Your care and compassion for others and your love of Jesus are so evident in all you do! Thank you for the darling coastal decor tips! I’ve got to dig out a few sand dollars and starfish. Happy summer, dear friend! xo xo

    1. Thank you, Yvonne! You are always such a blessing to my heart and day! Praying we get to see each other soon! Off to see your home tour!

  6. Julie, your home is just beautiful! It’s cozy and has the perfect touches. I am so happy for you and your mom.
    God bless you and your mom today and everyday,
    Numbers 6:24
    P.S. Thanks for sharing this author with us. I’m always interested in finding new Christian authors.

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne! And run and get the book (get all her books)… you will be SUPER BLESSED!

  7. Julie, I love your new updates, your coastal style, and your fun coffee station–what an inspiration for transforming small spaces! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia! I wasn’t sure about the coffee station, but I’m so glad you like it!

  8. You need to be so proud of yourself! You’ve accomplished quite a lot in such a short amount of time and it was a huge undertaking. It looks cozy and peaceful yet energetic. Love what you’ve done and I can see happiness filling the place. Big hugs friend. Beautiful job!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! You really do know how much this has taken. πŸ™‚ Love you for always being there, and understanding my ups-and-downs. Love you!

  9. Julie, you always amaze me. You have gotten so much done. Your new wee abode is just lovely! Not everyone can live in large spaces. I love how you show people how to decorate your space no matter the size. It’s warm and inviting!

  10. Julie it is so fun to see how you have settled in and made this a lovely home for you and your mother. She is so blessed to have you (and your family) taking care of her. I love all of the areas you have created especially the coffee station. And I have to say, I am impressed you put that media console together on your own. I just did a dresser for my daughter, and it was a nightmare. The hubs had to help me. Any ways, lovely tour my friend and loving your coastal flare. Pinned and so thankful you were able to join me this week!

    1. Oh, you are such a great encouragement, Kelly. Thank you! I was a bit skeptical about using my kitchen cart as my coffee station, but it seems to be a fave with readers so far! LOL! And yes… I get the nightmare of putting together furniture. I’m hoping to get a tutorial post out for help with that. I have all the photos taken! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for always inviting me to these tours. It truly blesses my heart!

  11. You’ve made it so cute Julie – what a great spot for you and your mom! And the coastal vibe will make you feel like you’re at the beach all summer. Thanks for sharing it with us, and inspiring my upcoming decorating! πŸ™‚ Take care and Happy Monday!

    1. Thank you so much, Barbara. We are enjoying the apartment so much. My mom thinks it’s a new place every time we drive up to the community. We have to giggle, or we’ll cry. πŸ˜‰

  12. Your new apartment is just the cutest! This is just the best spot for you and your mom. I can’t believe how much you have done in such a short amount of time Julie. I’m loving all the coastal decor tips. Praying for you and your mom and sending you all the hugs and love.

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. Lots done, and lots to still do! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see your home!

  13. Wow, Julie! MWA 2.0 is looking fantastic! I know you’re loving having that entry and all that pantry storage! You’ve done such a great job decorating and your coastal touches are all so pretty for summer, all the way down to your β€œporthole” mirror (you made me laugh with that). So happy to be touring together this week. Happy summer!

    1. Always a joy touring with you all, as well, Anne! Thank you so much for the encouragement, and I’m glad I got a giggle out of you! Hugs!

  14. I’m so glad you’re getting settled in your new home with your mom. Looks like it will be a comfortable haven for you both. So glad you’ve got some new β€œextra” spaces to have fun with, too!

    1. Thanks, Lora. It has been fun to get things settled. And there is still LOTS to do! πŸ˜‰ Love hopping with you!

  15. Hi!
    Luv your new home.
    And it is truly a home. We live on Long
    Island, New York. Twenty minutes from our beautiful beaches. My husband and
    I both grew up here. Yes I love to have a bit of BEACH here and there throughout our home. Especially during
    the spring and summer.
    I hope you were able to keep your Hoosier.
    Take care and love reading your posts.

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Su. I didn’t know you were in New York! And so close to the beach! Yes, my Hoosier is with us still. It’s sharing the room with my mom. πŸ˜‰ I think it has made her feel a bit more comfortable and ‘at home’ with having it in her room. And it really wasn’t going to fit in the kitchen or living room. πŸ˜€

  16. Your home tour is so beautiful. I’m inspired by your post and the many ways you’ve incorporated coastal touches. I’ll definitely by trying a few of these myself.

  17. Your new place looks beautiful, Julie. Looks like you are getting all settled in. I love your cozy little dining area and all of the coastal vibes with the shells and wicker accents. Perfect for summertime! So happy to be touring with you this week, friend. Pinned!

    1. Thanks for the pin, Jen… and for the lovely comment. I think the dining area was a fave for everyone! LOL! Maybe because I didn’t have one before!

  18. Such a lovely home decorated with the perfect coastal touches, Julie! I love all the textures you used, especially in your beautiful bowl next to the sandpiper. Everything is looking beautiful in your new abode. Thanks also for the sweet shoutout! πŸ₯°

  19. Hi Julie! I’m so excited to see your new place! It looks amazing! I love the coastal touches you added! The dining table is a perfect size, and I love how it folds down on both sides! You have created a beautiful and comfortable space for you and your mom! Blessings to you both! Donna

    1. Thank you so much, Donna… yes, the table is a wonderful addition and works well in so many ways! I think it was a fave on this post for everyone! LOL!

  20. Your home looks lovely Julie, I love the neutral coastal decor, it’s so peaceful and relaxing! I also love your uncluttered look, but where do you store your extra stuff?? Your coffee station is fantastic, you are going to have such fun decorating that seasonally!

    1. Thanks, Jenna… I have LOTS of storage in the wall pantry. And I have an extra closet in my room that I’m hoping to share sooner than later. Also, I have a storage unit in this community, as well as extra storage in the washer/dryer closet on the balcony! πŸ˜‰

  21. Julie, I love your new place and its coastal style! It’s so light, bright, and relaxing which is tough to do with a small space and you’ve definitely achieved that!! What a sanctuary you’ve made for you and your mom. So happy to be touring with you again. Happy Summer!

    1. Thank you so much, Kate… I’m still working on it! I’ve got a new sign coming to put over the sofa, and I think I may need to replace the coffee table! (Too tiny… but maybe I just need to add an occasional chair! LOL! Always thinking, right?!)

    1. Yes, I’m loving my floors, too! Wish my cabinets matched? I’m thinking of painting them, and seeing where it gets me when we move out! LOL! (Loss of a small deposit?)

  22. You have made your new place so pretty Julie! The vaulted ceilings are amazing! I’m loving the fold-down dining table – such a smart piece of furniture. Thanks for sharing all of the coastal decorating tips! Pinned πŸ₯°

  23. So much inspiration I love it! Coastal aesthetic is my vibe and this has me so excited for summer! Thanks for sharing at my weekly link party!

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