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.
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.
1. 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.