DIY Decorating Coastal without the beach {pool house makeover}

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Last week I shared our  pool house which was a catch-all for pool supplies and my husband’s drums. While the drums at some point may make their way back to this space, it will be refinished to a modern coastal cottage theme conducive to rest, relaxation and functionality.  DIY decorating coastal style without the beach is a little tricky. We don’t want the room to appear as though there is a beach directly outside, although that would be fabulous! Does that make any sense? Our goal is to create a modern cottage with hints of coastal elegance. My mom plans on having her weekend morning coffee in this space while I plan on blogging during the summer in this space. This little o’l blog has turned in to a little part time job and once my son is out of school, I need to find a way to be “at” the pool but still be able to work.  This space is directly off the pool so it has a clear eye shot to the pool which is nice.

diy decorating coastal

Want to be inspired? This is what inspires me to keep going and get this space done!


DIY decorating coastal style without the beach

turquoise planked walls


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Coastal Living magazine is one of my favorite go-to site for DIY decorating coastal ideas. What do I love about these photo’s? Crisp white walls, planks, distressed and slip covered furniture and blue accents. I decided to paint the pool house floor a gray color and already added board and batten to three of the walls and the fourth wall was planked last weekend. It’s very similar to our family room wall that I planked last year except the pool house wall is planked floor to ceiling. I will share pictures soon!

diy decorating coastal

Neutral background, bright blues, striped pillows and a sisal rug. A classic mix when decorating coastal style.

striped pillows cottage

Love this blue sofa with white piping detail and gorgeous pink patterned pillows.

blue couch textured walls

greens and blues

While we won’t have a kitchen in our pool house, I plan on hanging a shelf or two creating an open display for blue and green glass accents. The deep warm rustic wood tones on the counter tops are beautiful. Most of the furniture pieces we are using in this space are old random pieces that we don’t use. I have painted them white but may change one to a rustic brown to incorporate the warm tones as shown below. Maybe a rustic brown toned ceiling fan would do the trick!?


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A lot of white, rustic browns, stripes, planks, blues and greens. Do you see a common theme? Do you have a space that you would love to incorporate a little cottage and a little coastal but don’t have the beach right outside your door? I would love to hear your ideas on how DIY decorating coastal without the beach can be accomplished! If you didn’t see see last weeks post on our existing pool house, be sure to check it out! It has tremendous potential in my opinion :).

UPDATE: since the post, I have added wide planks to our pool house wall. Check it out!

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  1. i love a coastal set up. it’s light and airy–and so relaxing! can’t wait to see your results.

  2. ValenzMom a/k/a Helen says:

    I especially love that bright blue rustic coffee table in the pic with the stark white sofa and the large clock. I really enjoy unexpected pieces like that in a room.

    We have recently moved, so I’m in the process of changing our decor to blues and greens. Our sofa is chocolate brown leather and our other furniture is walnut so it is a nice mix. I’m still trying to talk hubby into letting me paint some furniture pieces, so we’ll see how that goes…

  3. thanks bunches for putting together such inspiring photos…
    I think beach decor is fresh and serene and bringing that feel into a space is desirable even if you’re smack in the center of the country 🙂
    Looking so forward to seeing what you come up with!
    All Things Heart and Home