monday at the beach

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach.
(Unfortunately, my body just doesn’t get a chance to go!)

Whether it’s New England or the Gulf coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.

What is it that has this effect on me?

Does this happen to you?
So welcome to my blog series…

'Monday at the Beach'

Let’s go...

I was looking around on the internet the other day and ran across these beautiful images of coastal rooms that sport the best of sailor-chic style, from preppy prints to ocean-themed accessories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



Elegant All-American

Here, opposites attract (in a big way!): Sky blue mellows out the bold red in a fire-and-ice combo that's perfect for brightening beach house bedrooms.



Layered Stripes

The secret to piling them on without going overboard? Pairing stripes with different scales and styles (like narrow pinstripes and more abstract designs) and limiting the palette. Here, stylist Melanie Molesworth stayed true to blues, ranging from slate to indigo.


Nautical & Nice

This kitchen’s boat-like style comes straight from its proximity to the water. The mahogany countertops were sealed with marine varnish, consistent with yacht design. Brushed-nickel hardware modeled after boat cleats accents the refrigerator and freezer.



Built In

Bold stripes and playful prints puts a fun spin on the nautical theme. The built-in daybed expands this home’s yacht-like appeal and provides the perfect sleeping spot for afternoon naps or overnight guests. The extra height of this daybed creates the bunk feel of first-mate sleeping quarters.




Coastal Americana

This upbeat interior aims to bring a smile with its bold patterns and classic color scheme. We love the vintage sailboat photographs and ocean-themed touches that give a subtle sea vibe to the traditional colonial style.


Making Waves

You can call attention to a room's architectural elements by painting trim and molding a deep navy. Wake up the floor by painting a nautical motif or stripes of alternating shades of blue.




Instant Update

Dress up outdoor furniture with colors of sea and sky to pack a nautical punch.




Country Classic

Two country favorites—painted floors and checked wallpaper—come together to create an all-American kitchen complete with a butcher-block island and hanging copper cookware. Whimsical coastal motifs stenciled on the floor ensures the room is more nautical than pastoral.



All Aboard Style

A built-in bed with navy-and-white linens lends yachtlike feel. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom effect.



Character Building

Everyday items hung in a series create a graphic focal point of architecture-free walls. Baskets, oars, shutters, and even wheels double as art.




Summertime Blues

A flat woven rug in traditional blue-and-white looks just right beneath this master bedroom’s coordinating bed and linens. Overhead, an antique canvas kayak reminds homeowners that the water is only steps away.



Ship Shaped

This casual dining area features a freestanding custom replica of a ship’s table surrounded by banquette seating. A retro-nautical light fixture hangs overhead.




Sea Reflection

Elegant water-resistant fabrics, pillows, and blankets inspire connection with the sea and can handle this cottage’s heavy traffic.



Smart Use of Space

Floating shelves for nightstands and wall sconces in place of bulky table lamps help accommodate the bedroom’s pint-size space. Billowing fabrics overhead soften the lines of the ceiling and walls, while adding more texture and interest plus the illusion of extra height.


Personal Touch

The homeowners dubbed their open living and dining space “The Boathouse” after outfitting it with nautical details.



On Deck

The homeowners dubbed their open living and dining space “The Boathouse” after outfitting it with nautical details.



Sailcloth Chic

A custom slipcover constructed from handmade recycled sails makes a nautical statement and preserves their heritage.



Ocean Lining

Inside this wood-and-glass conservatory just above the high tide line, built-in furnishings and mahogany walls wrap the tiny space, creating the sense of being on a yacht.


Warm & Bright

Knotty pine walls reminiscent of old beach homes and wooden sailing vessels combined with saturated blue, green, and white fabrics create the classic look of a luxury liner.

Simply Styled

No need to be overtly nautical when working with a classic coastal color scheme. Simple shades of blue and yellow can convey the desired feeling.

What do you think of these cute nautical beach styles?

Are they move in ready for you?

Many thanks go to my friends at Coastal Living for their help with this.