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ColorFULL Coastal Style

April 27, 2021

It’s starting to warm up out there, Creative Tonics, and you know what that means…SUMMER is just around the corner! Living in Houston, we’re just a quick drive away from the coast and I’ve always loved packing up the car + heading to the beach for weekend getaways with friends + family!! So many of my happiest memories include windblown hair, sun-kissed skin, beach reads + sandy kisses from my boys!!!

It’s easy to see I don’t shy away from color and the beach is FILLED with some of the most glorious hues Mother Nature has to offer! I’m constantly inspired by the beauty, balance, rhythm and flow happening along the coast + I think we’re ALL feeling ready for a vacation! So grab your tropical drink of choice and let’s walk through a few colorFULL tips for weaving coastal style into your home, life + wardrobe PLUS a ton of shoppable beachy essentials that will have you summer-ready in no time! Scroll on!

Bold Yet Easy Breezy

It’s important to remember that coastal style doesn’t mean covering everything in seashells, anchors, and sailboats – in general, we’re talking about more of a mindset than a motif!!! Think vibrant, seaside hues against bright whites, ocean-inspired fabrics reminiscent of waves + a relaxed vibe that feels warm, welcoming + carefree!

Okay, okay, so I said you don’t have to cover EVERYTHING in seashells but if you do, you know my motto – GO BIG!

Balanced + Texture-Rich

I love balancing bold coastal hues with earthy, organic pieces crafted from wicker + rattan…even better if a few of these pieces are vintage finds! It’s also fun to hunt down old seaside scenes, shipwreck paintings or beach-inspired paint-by-numbers that can be framed in crisp white modern frames to add to that mix of old and new.

Charming + Carefree

No colorFULL coastal style is complete without easy, breezy tabletop essentials!! Stock your cabinets with playful, brightly colored pieces ideal for entertaining by the bay, like acrylic drinkware, lively glazed stoneware plates and chargers + shell-shaped serving dishes and utensils!! Top it all off with the perfect scented candles that transport you straight to the beach, no matter where you may be!

Fun In The Sun

Summertime is your invitation to let loose and have some FUN! Pick up your favorite outdoor games and create a coastal playground for kids of all ages +  then watch everyone drop their phones for a friendly round of bocce ball or cornhole! Shop a few of my family’s all-time favorite outdoor games below!


Let It Flow!

Whether you’re looking forward to a weekend getaway or planning the ultimate tropical vacation, I can’t possibly let you go without talking wardrobe!!! When it comes to stylish beach ensembles, it’s all about bright colors, dazzling patterns + light, flowy pieces that transition from lounging in the cabana to beachside bonfires in a flash! From swimsuit coverups to one-pieces and statement sandals, I’m sharing everything you need to prep your wardrobe for the summer season!!

What’s on your itinerary for the summer?! Share your tips for mastering colorFULL coastal style in the comments below!

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