Bringing the seaside feeling to our home

It’s been a little while now since our visit to Deal, where we stayed with Sykes Cottages in a former smugglers’ house, two minutes from the sea. I miss so much about the experience. Although the holiday was on a chilly February weekend, there was something about the shushing waves at night, and the fresh, clean salty air, that made it feel as though we’d travelled to an exotic land.

And our fisherman’s cottage was full of little reminders that we were right on the coast: pretty stacks of seashells, maritime pictures and nautical paraphernalia.

Seashell Cottage

Since coming back home, I’ve been trying to think of ways to try and recreate that seaside feeling. Our house is in central London, so cramming it with nautical items wouldn’t quite work. But I’ve been having a scout around to try and find some items that say ‘seaside feeling’ to me. It might just be a colour, a shape or a texture, but I’ve put together a mood board with a few objects I found that make me think back to that weekend by the coast.

Seaside Collage1. Nickle plated glass jars with rope handles, £56 from the Orchard

These transport me to balmy evenings sitting outdoors, drinking white wine, with the sea shushing away in the distance.

2. Curvo-rectangular coffee table, £299 from Fishpools

The blue curves of this coffee table remind me of waves, cresting before they break onto the shore.

3. Three-pack bamboo pots, £2 from HEMA

It’s the colours of these pots that bring the coast to mind. And, at that price, we’d be able to pepper our living space with lots of these merry little green and blue fellows.

4. Coastal strip cotton lumbar cushion, £26.99 from Wayfair

Nautical stripes are always a hit. I like the fact that these are grey instead of navy, to add a bit of a twist to the old classic.

Do you like any of these seaside-inspired selections?

I worked with partners on this post. All views are my own.

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  • Penny A Residence
    February 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Oh the sea gets inside your soul I am sure of it! I have been hatching very similar plans! How cosy is that cushion with the candles – makes me want to snuggle up after a brisk walk along the beach. Thanks for joining #happyandhome

    • Nell
      February 29, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      It’s a pleasure. Thanks for hosting! x

  • Amanda
    February 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I just love being by the sea and bring bits in to the home to recapture the coastal feel is a must. Some great picks; love the cushion and jars

    • Nell
      February 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Those are my favourites too!

  • Holly
    March 2, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Ahh, lovely choices. I love the seaside so much. I really love houses with a touch of beachy-ness about them and I am all about bringing the outside in!

    • Nell
      March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Yes, it helps through the dreary winter months, doesn’t it?

  • Izzie Anderton
    March 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I love being by the sea even in the winter months when the weather’s not so kind. I love each and every one of your choices – but think the glass jars are my favourite of all x

    • Nell
      March 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

      I think I like those the best too!

  • Sue J ~ The World of Suzy Homemaker
    March 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I am definitely going to check out that cottage! Since moving from Kent to Staffordshire, I don’t see the sea nearly as often as I would like. Sue x #HappyandHome

    • Nell
      March 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

      It’s a gorgeous little place.

  • Hung Thai
    March 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Very nice idea Nell. I guess it doesn’t take much to recreate that seaside atmosphere but I think it most important to have a seaside mentality.

    • Nell
      March 7, 2016 at 9:44 am


  • Jennifer
    April 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Gorgeous things, I particularly like the plant pots! We live quite near the sea and I have a few seaside bits, mainly little bowls filled with shells and sea glass, some local and some from holidays. I’d really like some kind of beach hut ornament, my Mum has some lovely ones, or something made from driftwood.

    • Nell
      April 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Driftwood’s so beautiful isn’t it! I love the fact that it has a history of bobbing up and down on the seas….


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