Coastal Style

Words By Stephanie Hoey Photos By Ale Santana Photography

What does it mean to have coastal style? In home interiors, I think it means light, airy, and comfortable. It means being able to play with organic patterns that feel natural in our setting. It’s all about exploring colors and textures that you would find close by… Maybe colors you’d see in the sunset over the water, the bold blues from blue crabs, and who could forget the gorgeous greens you see over the marshes? All of these things are the backdrop and inspiration for the coastal interiors that I love to create.

Enjoy a little inspiration for your next project.

The Coastal Powder Room

Every now and then, I walk into a room for a client consultation and I know immediately what I want to do. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s magic! I’ve wanted to use this wallpaper for a long time now but I didn’t want to use it in just any room. The lighting needed to be right– not too dark and not too bright. The adorable little window in this powder room gave me exactly what I needed! Mixing this blue organic pattern with the rattan light fixture and several soft brass tones gave it that coastal touch that I was seeking. I’d say it was well worth the wait and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

The Tybee Beach House

What could be more coastal than a beach house? I always say that there’s a way to do a beach house right that isn’t “in your face” beachy. This beach house is just a few islands north, on our very own Tybee Island. I intentionally chose to style this one more coastal than beachy, you don’t need everything to be seashells and crabs.

The ombre blue chandelier in the dining area adds a touch of coastal with the colors and texture.  This came from a local home store here in Richmond Hill, Ellas. And the coastal landscape artwork was commissioned by an artist in Charleston, Jordan Connelly Studio. I love sourcing items locally for my projects as it aids in telling the story. This space is classic, but still fun and can certainly grow with the family and their grandkids for years to come.

The Savannah AirBnB

When you’re looking for an AirBnB in a super cute area, you expect the décor to match the experience, right? I sure do! I don’t want to visit a beautiful coastal town and not feel that in the interiors of my rental. After all, where you stay is part of the experience, too.

When my clients approached me about designing their home for a vacation rental, I knew that it had to feel like Savannah. It had to have southern charm, fun colors, and of course, a touch of coastal. I think it does all of those things and even more! I sure hope that anyone that stays here feels the southern charm coming out of everything they see here.

The light and airy colors bring a calming feeling to the whole house. Adding in little playful items like board games on the built-ins serve as decorative, but also functional. I finished the main living space off with local Savannah books from E. Shaver Bookstore on the coffee table that tell all about the history of the beautiful Hostess City.

The fall Coastal Front Porch

No season is more pleasant than Fall on the Coast, and although there isn’t a chill in

the air everyday, Mother Nature throws a few wonderful days our way to sit on our porches and enjoy the great outdoors without the heat.

Because it is often a little warm for classic Fall foliage like Mums, I opted for a faux version to ensure their longevity. I added pumpkins with muted tones and the always trusted Croton for a natural look that I could easily extend from before Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Pro Tip: Choose a pale yellow wreath for your door—this will allow use in any season!.