As soon as the sun comes out it's only natural that we start thinking of the beach! Ah, the sight and smell of the sea! We've spoken to Juliet & Amanda who have, as ever, come up with a brilliant guide which will mean that even if you can't get to the actual beach, you can get that coastal look rocking in your home.
I love the idea of summer at the seaside! Is there a way that I can get the look in my home?
When the sun comes out and the days start to grow longer who doesn’t start to hanker after the simple life of a seaside escape. We show you how to bring the atmosphere of a coastal home retreat to your own everyday life before the holidays have even started. The lines between inside and outside living become blurred in the summer so we are giving you ideas for both.
This year on the high street there are lots of takes on the seaside look, with some more obvious, others more subtle. There are lots of nautical blue stripe designs - to make a bold statement mix these in with some more unusual offerings. There’s also a strong element of fantasy creeping in. We're talking antique imagery of the deep; for instance Moby Dick and Captain Jack Sparrow. A rollicking ocean adventure is the story of the M&S range of irregular antique looking melamine plates which are decorated with engraved marine prints. At George there is a whole nautical range to help you complete the look, from Sailor Joe tattoo art on bed linen and towels, to cushions with images taken from romantic antique paintings of Captain Cook. And they have antique style bamboo hurricane lamps, perfect to take the look out into the garden.
More garden ideas can be found in Furniture Hacks by Hester van Overbeek (published by CICO Books (£14.99), Photography by James Gardiner © CICO Books), packed with clever furniture makes. And for an original nautical garden statement and to complete the seaside look make yourself a simple shade sail using the easy to follow instructions.