The New All-American Coastal with Erika Ward from BluLabel Bungalow

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Wow!  It’s been an exciting month here on the blog.  Today I have the lovely and talented designer and blogger Erika Ward from Atlanta.  I absolutely love coastal style and I’m so glad Erika is sharing her version today! – Tobi

The Coastal decorating theme has always been an important part of the American lifestyle. Whether you consider yourself a permanent resident of Alys Beach or a yearly visitor to Palm Springs, coastal décor is easily recognizable and instantly sends your thoughts packing for the next vacation.  Cabana stripes, watery blue hues, slipcovered furnishings, seashells, and nautical references all help to evoke thoughts of all-American coastal living.

While this traditional look is timeless, current trends in the marketplace reveal some equally suitable furniture and decor for a seaside retreat. Let’s take a look:

Introducing “The New All-American Coastal.” It’s a look quite different from what we are accustomed to, but it exudes most of what we love about coastal décor, nature.

1.| First spotted at Atlanta’s January Market in Trowbridge Gallery, these framed linen, hand-embroidered textiles by Ankasa appear to be symbolic of fossilized sea life.

2.| An unlikely departure from a lounge-y slipcovered sofa, Room and Board’s Murray Sofa in Teal is just as hardworking as its casual counterpart. Its form is streamlined and better suited for those with a more modern aesthetic. 

3.| West Elm’s Glass Jug Table Lamp made of mercury glass takes cues from water’s reflective qualities. It’s shiny surface also bounces sunlight across the room and provides a touch of glam without being too girly.

4.| 100% Linen Blackout Panels provide a look that is effortlessly chic and also help postpone the early sunshine when you’ve had a late night.

5.| Brownstone’s Verona Coffee Table cleverly combines natural elements to create a piece that tests the boundaries of rustic and modern design. It’s weathered wood exposes the beauty of decay while the stainless steel legs mimic the reflective qualities of the table lamp.

6.| Accent pillows delight our tactile senses without taking too much attention from the overall design. Mongolian lamb’s wool plays a supporting roll to Stella in Mellow Blue by Adam and Viktoria with its luxurious crushed velvet motif. Its palette provides color direction for other possible accessories.

7.| Bring the outside in with Snug Furniture’s Cloud End Table Lo. It’s not your grandmother’s wicker furniture.

8.| The Cloud Lounge Chair offers yet another unexpected twist into the coastal mix. Outdoor furniture allows you to enjoy your investment in quality furniture year round.

9.| Without introducing another color to the scheme, the Spectrum Rug in Cream by Company C brings white sand to your living room and adds another layer of interest with tufted squares and circles.

Thank you Tobi for the opportunity to share my interpretation of The New All-American Coastal. While it deviates from the norm, it opens our minds to unlimited possibilities which in itself is the foundation of our fair country.

Erika Ward

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5 Responses to The New All-American Coastal with Erika Ward from BluLabel Bungalow

  1. Sherry says:

    I love the NEW coastal style from Erica……Every element in that room adds texture and a little elegance. Thanks for featuring Erica!

  2. Franki Parde says:

    Absolutely stunning for sunning, etc! franki

  3. thanks for including snug furniture in your new americana coastal chic list! what a thrill to be on your like list and tobi’s blog. enjoy the rest of your summer! 🙂

  4. Carrie says:

    I adore coastal design when it’s done right. I try to envision a Ralph Lauren coastal as opposed to tacky tourist beach gift shop! {not that you can’t find fun accessories at tacky tourist places if you have the right eye for it, but you know what I mean} By the way, your blog design is STUNNING. I’m a sucker for patterns. You had me at the modern Greek Key up top. 😉

  5. I love it! The coffee table and the rug (and everything else for that matter) is to die for. The palette is perfection, so understated yet lively. I love how Erika didn’t go all out with the coastal accents in this design, but only hinted at it through texture and color palette. So pretty!!

    xox Linda