Would you like a booth?

By Cindy Clay Srader
I talked about using a bump out window to help make a benched dining area. You can still have the same feature without having the window. In this room they upholstered the back and the seat in the same fabric. I have actually seen a headboard that looks just like this at Pier 1. In a beach house, storage is always at a premium. Using this design you can have the storage and still have room for 4 more chairs around the table. This space can still be used as a great reading nook and by using swing arm wall-mounted lamps. Not only would the lamps be functional but in this case next to a wall a chandelier would not need to be used. In the case of an addition or change in your layout, this would not add those pesky additional electrician costs. An area such as this in your living room could also be a great family game area. Another idea for a back to a dining area like this would be an old wooden or iron headboard. A great find at almost any second hand store and you can paint it any color you would like. I love to reuse things in ways that they were not originally intended to be used. Once again use your imagination and please send me pictures of what you have accomplished.

HOW TO…Enjoy the Beach everywhere

In my opinion, the beach is a state of mind. Whether you are living in a high-rise in Houston or on the beach front at Bolivar or Galveston, you can bring your beach finds home with you. There are many ways you can display them in your home. The beautiful silver pieces are made even more beautiful with the added seashells in the elegant footed serving piece. Putting your Shells or pieces of driftwood on a bookshelf will remind you of your vacation or your next visit to your beach home. The beach, any beach is a state of mind. I can imagine the memories that just looking at the treasures invoke because this was why I chose to live full time at the beach. I finally decided to live where I had my best memories. Just make sure you learn to make your own.

(This article was first published on April 22, 2013)

What is “BEACH CHIC”? A design style comprised of a combination of clean lines and organic finishes that work together to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The color scheme is inspired by the beach and the natural environment of sun, sea and sand!

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