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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cost-Cutting Coastal Decor

Achieving coastal style in your home without breaking the bank or trashing the planet seem to go hand-in-hand to me. A beachside aesthetic is most authentically achieved by combining found objects, secondhand cast-offs and a few new pieces, which is most certainly a budget-friendly mix. And since nautical decorating styles pay homage to the beautiful beaches and oceans that surround us, it only makes sense to chose home decor items that are green enough to honor the great blue. If you don't have the time to scour garage sales or go beach-combing, you can still achieve the look of a seaside retreat with pieces like these:

Sweat-shop free and made from recycled cotton, this throw would add instant nautical style to any plain sofa In2Green Sea Star Eco Friendly Throw ($115 from Wayfair).

Bring the beachy look of rattan to your dining table with this sustainable Bamboo Double Wine Holder from World Market ($9.99).

This would be a great DIY project with an antique bottle and found wire, or order this set, filled with sand and tiny shells, from BeachBumChix on Etsy for $20.

Storage, ottoman and coffee-table in one, this eco-friendly natural seagrass Holbrook Trunk from Pottery Barn is a multi-functional wonder at $299.

A budget-friendly dose of coastal lure: Driftwood Lamp (on sale for $149.99 at Cabella's).

Cover a lot of ground with this eco-friendly Lhasa 8' x 10' Natural Tan and Beige Wool/Jute Area Rug (on sale for $292.39 at Overstock.com)

For hallways, I love the mix of blues and khakis in this Recycled Denim Jute Runner from West Elm ($99).