Beach Living: Orange Crush for Fall

Rachel- Orange flowers

Rachel Cannon Lewis

This was an amazing summer and its hard to believe it is already over. Fall is starting to creep in. Soon the days will get shorter and it will get colder here at the beach. Instead of getting down and out about that, I have decided to focus on the great color opportunities fall brings. I have never been a huge orange fan, but lately I have been so drawn to this color and all the many ways to use it. It’s the color of these great flowers in this photo above, designed by Rachel Cannon Lewis Interiors. The color of Hermes, pumpkins, and as Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest color”. The thought of bringing this color into my designs and wardrobe this fall at the beach, does make me very happy. So I have what I refer to as an orange crush. I am on a mission to find fun and bright ways to cheer up fall with this happy shade, and discover all the fabulous color combos that work with it.

Rachel Cannon Lewis Interiors

Rachel Cannon Lewis

I die over this Hermes orange tray styled in this photo by Rachel Cannon Lewis Interiors. It shows that orange gives a huge wow factor in small doses. And of course, who doesn’t love Hermes?! Love how it pops against the neutrals that surround it. The space is gorgeous and polished, as in true Rachel style.

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley recently used orange and grey in her master bedroom design for the Hampton’s Designer Show house this summer. I love this great toile fabric by Duralee. Grey and orange can typically be a modern combo, however, Tobi really showcased here how to make it more traditional. New traditional one might say. It makes me want to get curl up and read a great book.

Fall dinner party

Juilie Borrud/ Veranda

I love this combination of turquoise and orange. Since turquoise is one of my most favorite colors, perhaps styling the orange with it will be a smooth transition into fall for me. It marries the beach with the look of fall so well, and I love to put a coastal spin on whatever I do. I am always looking for ways to do coastal differently.

orange and green

Image from Habitually Chic

Orange and Emerald look nice together. This would certainly be a bold fall statement and fun for Halloween coming up. I don’t think I am ready to paint my front door this shade, but I do love it. It shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously and adds that bit of whimsy.

Orange in kitchen

How about painting the interior of a re-purposed piece of furniture? Love the feel of palm springs this orange brings to this china cabinet. This would be an exciting way to pop color into your kitchen and give it a beachy feel. I might not need coffee in the morning if I woke up to this.

tobi fairley orange

Tobi Fairley

Maybe spruce up your dining space with a fun pattern and pop of orange, like these drapes. This space was also designed by Tobi Fairley. I love that it is a small, simple space. The orange grounds the other light and airy colors. The great clam shell is the perfect nod to the beach.

Condo in MB

Wendy Patrick Designs

This is a condo I designed last year at the beach. It is much more in the moody, jeweled toned shades. The orange sofa against the aqua walls gives it a fun pop. This is a seasonal rental unit, so we certainly had to work on a tight budget, but it turned out very nice. They were a wonderful family to work for.

orange and pink

Camille Styles

Orange and pink is a fun combination, like this Moroccan styled set. Love this dinner party look with all the gorgeous fuchsia flowers and the orange table linen. It is casual but has a ton of energy. This space has a great collected look to me and is very inviting. A glass of Rose’ would finish it off for me perfectly.


Porter Design Company

I love this combination of the orange, paired with chocolate, aqua, and white. The chocolate gives it such richness. These coastal coral prints are fabulous with the orange mats. And I love the natural elements like the sea fan and branches. I have two antique sea fans in my office that are some of my favorite accessories. They can be a pricey accessory, but totally worth it. They provide color, texture and are so interesting as sculptures.

Ashlee Raubach and Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson

I love this playful pattern mix that designer Caitlin Wilson came up with. The white sofa really keeps it fresh and compliments the wall so perfectly. This is a great look for the beach, mixing the more fallish colors with the light and brightness you want in a seaside home. White sofas are beyond gorgeous and classic beach, however, depending on your family, could be short lived.

Shop Ten 25 Seahorse Pillow

Maybe you want to spruce up for fall without a huge commitment. In that case adding a great throw and some new pillows can be an inexpensive way to get a new look. I am loving this little orange and white seahorse pillow.

Lisa Mende Design and Tracy Zeller Design

Lisa Mende Design and Tracy Zeller Designs

Or you could add some boxes or cover some books in orange paper like the photo above. It would be an excellent way to bring your existing bookcases into fall and make them come alive.

orange carrots

Maybe you want to take a cue from nature and her color palettes, like this Pinterest photo above. This one above is so organic and could be done in earth tones or bold ways. I know a certain little bunny rabbit that would vote for this. His name is Loppy and he is my pet bunny.

Loppy and carrot

One of his favorite things to eat are carrot tops.

Loppy Bunny and Carrot

Needless to say he is very excited about fall. And in nine days it is his two year birthday! That calls for a banana cake in his opinion :-))

So I am off to make my plans for fall and incorporate this color more into my life. Hope you all are enjoying the changes of the seasons and coming up with your own exciting ways to brighten up your life and home. I would love to hear your plans, leave me a comment above. Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Beach Living: Master Bedroom Retreats

The importance of a master bedroom that allows you to escape the cares of the day is huge. Everyone needs that place to come home to that is a respite where they can recharge. This bedroom above was featured in House Beautiful and designed by Hillary Thomas and Jeff Lincoln. It has a Mad Men sort of vibe, which makes it fun. One very important element to a master retreat is great linens. Don’t skimp on your bedding and mattress because you do spend half your life in it.

I love to read and typically right before I go to sleep. My reading list is forever long and I never get caught up. This fun lucite nightstand is perfect for holding all those books on your list. This photo is from Savvy Home Blog, and is so inviting. And a great lucite piece is always in style!

Many people just go straight to bed without really allowing themselves to unwind and enjoy their space. Try lighting a soothing candle, having some wine or hot tea, and a flip through a great magazine. These types of elements really make it a retreat and more restful. Of course fresh flowers on the nightstand are always a must! I love this seashell accessory in the photo above by Small details and touches really create the experience.

I am quite the fan of a fabric headboard. This space from screams glamour and drama with that tall turquoise headboard. The fun thing about a master retreat is that its yours and you can make it as bold or simple as you like. There are no rules, just add what you love and what makes you feel at home.

This is one of my recent master bedroom designs. I love the soft colors and filter of natural sunlight. We kept it light and bright. We attached this custom fabric headboard to the wall, which is a fabulous space saver in a small bedroom. The fun thing about fabric headboards is they can be made in any shape you like, and I think they really make a space cozy.


We all lead very hectic and busy lives. Its really important to have that area of your home to take your shoes off and really let your hair down.  Master bedrooms are very personal and we all love different experiences. Fill it with what makes your heart happy and drift off to dream…

Beach Living: Sunshine

It is hard to believe August is here! The summer is flying by and coming to an end. My inspiration today is this bold and fun yellow. It has really caught my eye lately and has been pulling me in. Its the reminder of sun filled summer days. The color of cheerful sunflowers. That pop of color that really makes a statement in interiors and fashion. Love yellow or hate it, this shade is all around if you are watching for it. This color can immediately brighten any day.

I love the statement these drapes make in this room! This space was designed by Amanda Nisbet. She certainly knows how to punch in that wow factor! What a stunning shade of yellow.

Mary McDonald takes it to a more formal level by adding black, grey and creme. This photo was featured in House Beautiful and also her book Mary McDonald Interiors. She is the queen of drama and glamour.

Denise McGaha adds that modern flair with this great wallpaper in one of her kitchen designs. Paired with this yellow, it is the perfect compliment to those grey tones!

Here is a vase that was featured in Veranda. It is part of Miles Redd’s vase collection. It is a statement piece all on its own, and I just love it!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I know I am. I would love to know how any of you have used this bright, bold and fun color! Leave me a comment at the top of the page. You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board, titled Sunshine. This color just makes me happy when I see it and I have never been a huge yellow fan. Maybe I might just change my mind…

Beach Living: Coastal Patterned Walls

Wallpaper is back, and in a big way! Its not your grandmother’s walls anymore. Wallpaper is updated, easy, and fun now. I love the great coastal beach patterns for walls and fabrics that Thibaut offers. This pattern above is called Shorething, and featured in turquoise. What I love is that it has that great wave motif and it does not over power you. The pattern is still very serene. It does come in other colorways, and is great for kid’s or adults.

This pattern is called Sumba Shell and is also by Thibaut. I love how the coral and the green compliment the turquoise background. This would be great in a small powder bath or guest bath. Very bright and nods to the natural elements of the beach, such as seaweed and seashells.

Love, love, love this pattern by Thibaut, called Turtle Bay, featured in green! It is simple and sophisticated, but still has an element of whimsy. This pattern comes in coral and blue also. Gorgeous for so many places in a beach home, entry space, kid’s room, nursery, accent wall, or powder bath.

How great is this Cozumel pattern by Thibaut?! This pattern is bold and so much fun for the kid’s space. It has great colors and the variety of fish make it interesting. This could be an accent wall or kid’s bath, or even the entire bedroom or playroom. It has lots of energy and the white background makes it just perfect.

Love the idea of using this pattern, Tanzania, as a compliment to the above fish pattern. This would be great as an accent and also comes in fabric. Perhaps this is incorporated onto the kid’s bunk beds. Or a some great chairs or reupholstered sofa in a playroom.

As with anything in design, you can go as big and bold as you like. I love that there are so many great options for wallpaper now. Its not the commitment it once was and it is much more practical and stylish. We all think of relaxing when we come to the beach, but why not punch in some pattern love in small doses that remind us to have fun and enjoy our time on the coast? All of these patterns and more from Thibaut can be purchased through Wendy Patrick Designs. Please leave me a comment above and tell me which is your favorite!

Beach Living: Cabana Beach Stripes

Who doesn’t love a stripe right? They are classic and can be muted and soft or bold and bright. I love stripes from fashion to interiors, they always catch my eye! Here are a few stripe inspirations that really appeal to me. This photo above of the umbrellas in navy and white is exactly what you would expect to see on the beach. They are simple and yet very chic.

Love the idea of walls painted in coordinating stripes like this beachy kitchen pictured above. The blue is soft and serene, but fun enough to give you an island life feel. Stripes are a great way to give a small area a little punch of pattern. Add some great lighting and bold art and you have a very interesting space.

stripe rug

If you want to experiment with stripes, but do not want to commit to paint, a cotton rug like this is the perfect solution. Its bold and bright and feels great on your feet. And if you tire of it, simply change it out. I love the complimentary lamp shades, bed skirt, and throw on the bed. This room has simple furnishings, but the pattern mix and fresh colors really make it eye catching.

kate spade stripes

Lets turn it up a notch… This is the staircase in one of Kate Spade’s stores. I think its so different and lots of fun, but you would have to have a bold aesthetic and not be afraid of color to embrace this look. It is not for everyone, but what a statement it makes!

tobi fairley stripes

I simply love the idea of a stripe painted ceiling, such as this room designed by Tobi Fairley.  I find this to be such a soothing space. She kept the majority of the space in solid colors, so that the eye is really drawn to the pattern on the bed, ceiling and windows, without being overwhelmed. Perfection for a beach house!

celerie kemble stripes

This space designed by Celerie Kemble, has a great mix with the soft stripes on the wall, and then that bright punch found in the drapes. Very Palm Beach with a bit of a traditional flair.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used stripes in your home and how. Do you prefer a bold pattern pop or are you more drawn to understated color and pattern? I would love to hear your thoughts!

All of these inspiration photos can be found on my Pinterest board, Cabana Beach Stripes. Click on the Pinterest icon at the top of the page and follow me for daily coastal inspiration! I ‘ll show you how to do coastal differently.

Beach Living: Summertime and the living is Easy


This past Saturday, we had an impromptu outdoor photo shoot. The weather was gorgeous, summertime has certainly arrived. I am feeling a strong appreciation for summer this year, since last winter was pretty cold. I even had ice on my palm trees, which was so strange to see!



This pool is a recent addition to one of my client’s beach homes. What makes it so unique is the mosaic turtles at the bottom of the pool. They look realistic when the water is shining from the sun. What is even more fitting, is that the name of their beach home is “Turtle Tides”, and from there came this idea for the pool art.


IMG_4607-128  Here is a closer example. I just love them!



With the Fourth of July coming this Friday, I was inspired to use some red, white, and blue pillows in a fun pattern mix. Outdoor pillows are such an easy way to spruce up your exterior entertaining spaces. Here at the beach, we use the outdoor spaces as much as the interiors. Therefore keeping them comfortable and stylish is a must!



Even our fur babies deserved to be pampered and have a relaxing time by the water. Chico is definitely a salty sea dog, he even has his own sunglasses for when he decides to catch some rays.



As I continue to get things ready for The Fourth of July here, hope everyone is having a great celebratory week! Leave a comment below and let me know what fun things you are doing for this holiday.


Beach Living: Blue Like The Sea

 Water and Palm      ocean and adirondack chairs- Blog#1- Pinterest      ocean

If you know me well, you know I LOVE the color blue! Its such a serene color in any of it’s forms. One of the reasons I love living on the coast is because I can look at the ocean daily and draw inspiration from it. No matter what the day holds, looking at the water brings a sense of calm and peace over me.


turquoise sea      blue umbrellas- Blog#1- Pinterest      Egret

One of my absolute favorite shades of blue has always been aqua or turquoise. It is a color that I never seem to tire of and use it in different hues as I am designing beach homes. It takes my mind back to the water where the inspiration starts.


Sea glass                  

I am often asked about what colors people love most when designing a vacation home. In my decade of experience in the rental and second home market, the colors I find that people ask me the most for usually relate back to seaglass. Seaglass comes in a variety of colors from white to cobalt. They can be pale and soft, or bright and bold. While none of my designs are ever the same, there is a thread of that seaglass inspiration in many of them. I find it a classic go to for the beach, that never trends out of style.



This is a photo of a home we recently completed on Cape San Blas, Florida. Every floor of the home looks at the ocean and all the windows have great filtered sunlight. We varied our shades from bright turquoise and lime green, to more muted and grey tones of the same color range. This Lee Industries sofa is covered in a turquoise Sunbrella fabric that will allow it to be cleaned and changed out if desired. The homeowners love their pets and this sofa allows all members of the family to be comfortable.


The Cape has amazing light. Here seaglass colored tequila jars with natural palm fronds decorate the dining table.


We carried the color scheme out onto the deck with this turquoise metal furniture and Sunbrella fabrics. Its a great place to relax with a cocktail at the end of a busy day on the beach.



I feel blessed to live on the coast and love my life here. I find inspiration all around me. Wherever you live, you can bring the calmness of the ocean into your home, by incorporating some of these colors and elements. Create a life and a home that YOU love. Bring the serenity of the beach home with you.