Beach House Decorating Ideas

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Full of detailed pictures and home decor, this post is filled with beach house decorating ideas that will have you dreaming of your own escape one day!

A living area with a building in the background

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp.


Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with you guys. The house is quite interesting with unique details and style.

Sometimes when you rent you never know if the house will be clean, functioning or look s as good as the pictures. This house did not disappoint us.

A palm tree in front of a building

Key to taking pictures? Sending the kids and Tim off to the beach before they had time to make themselves at home! I didn’t photograph every room but am including my most favorite details.

When I’m on vacation I refuse to be as obsessively overly neat, but we try to keep the major living areas manageable. If not, we’d be looking for sunscreen for hours. Know what I mean?

Beach House Decorating Ideas

The house has three levels, which is only a problem when you’re hauling all your groceries, suitcases and personal belongings. By the end of the week my calves had gotten a workout which made me thankful I live in a one level!

A living room filled with furniture and a fire place

The style is very casual with a teal and lime green color scheme that is so refreshingly cheerful. Almost the entire main level is painted a pale beachy blue and the owner has pulled in unique, original art work that is so fun. 

A bedroom with a colorful umbrella

I love that the furniture is a mix of prints and solids, but it’s also comfortable and durable.

A green sofa in a living room

The stone fireplace is just gorgeous in the cathedral ceiling living room.

A living room filled with furniture and a fireplace

The dining room is one of my favorite areas with a fun mix of different colored chairs and great natural light.

A dining room table

This little nook is where I set up my scrapbooking stuff (although I accomplished basically nothing. I was prepared for a rainy day!)

A bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room

The rope lamp adds to the casual beach decor.

A lamp that is sitting on a table

This wrought iron table with mosaic inset is just gorgeous.

Beach and House

Here you can see one of the two levels of decks. Tim enjoyed his coffee out here in the mornings as I had my quiet time. 

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A room with a large window
A room filled with furniture and a large window
Beach and House

 Such a great piece of art work!

Art and Beach

Downstairs there is a large bedroom with queen bed which is where our daughter and son-in-law stayed when they came down midweek.

A large bed sitting in a room

Blurry picture (sorry!) but I love this rustic table. 

A wooden table

The second room downstairs contains a foldout queen bed which is where our son and daughter-in-law stayed when they also came down midweek. 

A living room

Love the finish on this piece. 

A close up of a box

Framing out the window was this unique wallpaper.

A bedroom with a bed and a window

It’s a clever imitation of distressed shutters (although I like the real thing!) 

A close up of a door

Not pictured is a third bedroom downstairs with a set of bunk beds and private bathroom (a total of two baths downstairs).

This surfboard makes  a perfect accent piece under the third floor railing.

Beach and House

The master bedroom is located on the top floor and this little nook was a makeshift bed for my youngest son last year (before our oldest son got married).

A bedroom with a bed and desk in a small room

Built in bookshelves on the upstairs landing are lined with reading materials in case you forget your own! (Not a problem since I took 7 books! Can you tell I over pack?)

A close up of a book shelf

 That’s the end of our tour!  Just remember……

Text, letter

At the beach time you enjoyed wasting is not time wasted!

What is your favorite part of vacation, and do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

(You might want to check out my 7 tips for family vacation as well!)

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  1. Would so love to do what your family did, think am dreaming. Love being at the beach. Have read so many family beach books Have myself convinced would be great. That’s if all the family get along. lol.
    Glad to hear you had wonderful time, did those days fly by? What a great house, loved the decorating.
    Happy daze

    1. Hi, JaneEllen. We’ve had some wonderful beach vacations, but they were never picture perfect! Always a lot of planning and hard work, usually some complaining, probably mine! Not sure it was even relaxing but we always created memories!

  2. Can you tell me where (or how) to get the sign you have at the end of your blog…”At the Beach Time You Enjoyed Wasting is Not Time Wasted”? I sure would appreciate it!

  3. Hi Marty1 Interested in rental info on this property??? Can you provide??

  4. What a beautiful beach house. I love that you showcased the state I live in. The wallpaper was amazing. Thanks for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty this week and I hope you will come back next week to link up again.

  5. Hi Marty! I love both the beach and the mountains! I grew up going on family vacations to both! Now I live at the beach and I am a beach BUM! This house looks awesome! I especially love the shutters around the windows inside the house! Super cute and the dinning room chairs are pretty cool colors! Thanks for sharing this awesome beach house with us! Dropping in from Snickerdoodle Sunday linky party!
    Gina Marie from Always Savory

    1. Hi, Gina Marie. I love the beach for a one week vacation but not to live! I am not a hot weather fan although I love the breezes and a good rocking chair at night! Have a great weekend!

  6. I love the print with the beach scene (striped towel, chair, umbrella, etc.). Do you know or can you tell from your pictures who the artist is? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Christy. I have no idea who the artist was but it might be somebody from NC because that’s where the rental is. That probably doesn’t help. Sorry!

  7. What a happy and fun looking place. A beautiful space to really enjoy being on vacation. I would love to have the “Go Fish” placque….love it.