Going Coastal

Hi everyone! Happy Easter to those celebrating today! I’m in Bethany Beach, Delaware at my family’s beach house, so today’s post is going to be a little different. No how to guides today–instead, I’m going to share with you some coastal decor inspiration, all straight from our beach home.

front door
Come on in for a tour!

My parents bought this house over 20 years ago, and they’ve been hard at work improving it ever since. Here’s what it look like when we bought it.

painting of old house
Not a photo but it looked exactly like this

And, when we lifted it (yes, you can lift a house!)

old house on stilts

And, here it is today!

new beach house

Home of my Heart

family pic on the beach house stairs

This home has such a special place in my heart. I’ve spent winter weekends here, curled up on the couch, reading and relaxing, and summer weekends with my girlfriends, dancing and and laughing all night. I spent my whole summer here between graduating college and starting my first job, holding the reality off just a tiny bit longer. We’ve celebrated countless Easters, Fourth of July’s, Thanksgivings, and New Years’ here, with both family and friends. And, a few years ago, my now husband asked me to marry him here.

engagement picture

My Amazing Parents

My parents are the heart of this home. Every time they come down, they have some sort of project up their sleeves to make it better, sometimes for them, but mostly for the family. Sometimes it’s weeding the garden and planting flowers after the winter (like this weekend).

pile of weeds

And, sometimes it’s building a shed that matches the house (my dad and uncle built this a few summers ago).

shed

My dad definitely takes on more of the manual labor and building, while my mom is more of the decorator. My dad built these beautiful bookshelves, adding so much storage and style to what was a pass through to the back bedrooms and bathroom.

builtin book cases

My mom found a lot of inspiration for her coastal decor from Coastal Living magazine. She’ll take ideas from some of their feature homes and find the best spot for them in our house, like these stairs and the window decorations.

When my mom bought this big fish, we all thought she was crazy, but I have to say, it’s now everyone’s favorite part of the kitchen.

beach house kitchen

And, she puts together some pretty amazing faux flower arrangements.

dining room with floral arrangement

And, let’s not forget, some of the adorable bedrooms.

Through the years, they’ve made the house grow to accommodate our ever growing family. We were a family of 2 adults, 3 kids, and 1 pup when they bought the home, and we’re now a family of 7 adults, 2 toddlers, 2 pups and a cat. And all the while, through the renovations, they’ve kept the feel of the original home and the coastal feel throughout.

beach house

This will always be where I call home, and I can’t wait to continue to make more memories here and see how my parents continue to make the home grow with our family.

~Lauren

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