Updating your Shore home

Furnishing a shore home can be a delightful & exciting project, blending coastal aesthetics with practicality and comfort. Here are some tips to help you create a beautiful and relaxing space:

1. Embrace Natural Light: Maximize natural light by opting for light-colored curtains or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through. Consider using sheer fabrics to maintain privacy while still letting in the light. If you are looking for custom window treatments, we have a very talented window fabricator and installer and yes, we travel to the shore from Princeton!


2. Coastal Color Palette: Choose a color palette inspired by the sea, sand, and sky. Think soft blues, sandy beiges, and crisp whites. These colors create a serene atmosphere reminiscent of the beach.

3. Durable Materials: Select furniture and decor made from durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of beach living. Opt for solid wood coffee & dining tables where family & friends gather. You may spend a little more for solid, no veneer, quality craftsmanship but in the long run you will save (especially if you also use your property as a rental). Look for weather-resistant fabrics, such as outdoor-grade upholstery, and furniture made from teak, rattan, or wicker. If your space gets direct sunlight, consider Sunbrella fabrics that won’t fade.

4. Easy-to-Clean Fabrics: Opt for easy-to-clean fabrics that can handle sandy feet and wet swimsuits. Slipcovers are a great option for sofas and chairs, as they can be easily removed and washed. Kid friendly fabrics are also a great option. Our American made upholstery offers many super durable, long lasting fabrics that wear well.

5. Nautical Touches: Incorporate nautical touches throughout the space to enhance the coastal theme. This could include decorative items like driftwood accents, rope details, or artwork featuring sailboats or lighthouses.

6. Functional Layout: Arrange furniture to maximize space and flow. Consider the activities you'll be doing in each area of the home and arrange furniture accordingly. Create conversation areas for socializing and relaxation and ensure that pathways are clear.

7. Outdoor Living Spaces: Take advantage of outdoor living spaces by creating inviting areas for dining, lounging, and entertaining. Invest in comfortable outdoor furniture and add cozy touches like outdoor rugs and throw pillows. I recommend the outdoor pillows and rugs from Dash & Albert. Come check them out at the store.

8. Storage Solutions: Keep clutter at bay with smart storage solutions. Choose furniture with built-in storage, such as ottomans with hidden compartments or coffee tables with drawers. Utilize baskets and bins for storing beach towels, toys, and other essentials.

9. Personal Touches: Infuse the space with your personal style and memories. Display photos from beach vacations, showcase souvenirs collected from seaside adventures, and incorporate items that hold sentimental value.

10. Create Tranquil Retreats: Design bedrooms as tranquil retreats where guests can unwind and relax. Choose bedding and decor that evoke a sense of calm, such as soft linens, plush pillows, and coastal-inspired artwork.

By following these tips, you can create a shore home that is both stylish and functional, providing a welcoming retreat for family and friends to enjoy.

If you need help in furnishing your vacation home contact us for a home design visit (kristin@homesteadprinceton.com) Customers purchase a $500 gift card for a design home visit. We come out to your shore home, measure, take pictures and put together a personalized proposal. The $500 then is applied 100% toward your furnishing purchases. With Memorial Day quickly approaching you can be ready to visit or rent your shore home and enjoy building lasting summer memories.

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