How To Get TDF’s Dream Beach House Style At Home

It’s almost summer, which means we’re planning weekends away, and dreaming up our ultimate beach house!

Luckily, we’ve got plenty of inspo to draw from, including; Lucy’s contemporary coastal beach shack; Josie Luczak’s softly-hued, timber holiday home; Jeff Provan’s eclectic seaside retreat; and Holly McCauley’s breezy NSW bungalow.

What do all these places have in common? They’re all dreamy, relaxed spaces with warm tones, plenty of texture and an eclectic mix of furniture.

Scroll down for our dream beach house style tips, and how to get the look!

Bea Taylor
Bea Taylor
14th of November 2023

When it comes to styling a beach house, the word ‘relaxed’ immediately springs to mind.

Days by the beach are slower; it’s swim, eat, rest and repeat. It makes sense, therefore, that a holiday home reflects this relaxed way of living.

Nothing is too precious in this set-up. Seating comes in the form of large, comfortable armchairs for an optimum lounging experience; a mix of dining chair styles, shapes and colours add a ‘mis-matched’ eclectic vibe; and a sofa bed is a must for when guests come to stay.

A clever combination of both vintage and new furniture helps to set these welcoming, homely vibes.

Lighting should be soft and oversized, for ambience. We love large paper lampshades and quirky portable table lamps (that can be used for outdoor living too!).

Mix warm tones, such as timber and terracotta, with cool coastal blues and greens to balance everything out. And don’t forget to layer with texture; rugs, throws and cushions are all important elements here that add to a feeling of comfort, and invite rest.

Finally, personalise the space with treasures you’ve collected over time – handwoven baskets and weavings work so well in these spaces, alongside paintings with coastal motifs, handmade ceramics in organic shapes, and anything checkered or stripy !

In our dream beach house moodboard above, we’ve selected a painting by Gemma Leslie and the Sun Stripe tray from Pan After, both of which have those lovely cool blue tones to pair with the Dante cushion in tobacco from Weave, which brings in warm earthy hues.

Find more inspiration below!

Lucy’s coastal beach shack featuring Surround by Laminex Batten 300 panels painted Dulux White Polar Quarter, curtains created by Zenn Design, using Warwick Fabrics Burano Eggshell linen weave. Custom sofa created by Gordy with upholstery by Zenn Design using Warwick Fabricks Cheshire Paprika. Vintage Lampe de Marseille wall light (available from Cult). Artwork from left to right, May Mayiwalku (May Wokka) Chapman, Lucy RoleffPan After x Alice Oehr Paper Plate and custom weaving by Tais Rose Wae. Cushions on sofa from Weave Home. Smooth side table by Nicole Lawrence.  Cadiz rug from Weave Home. Striped ‘Pepe’ side table by Sarah Ellison, Dining Table by Gordon Johnson, Dining chairs from ThonetDampier Lantern 70 above table from Hub General Store. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli. Photo – Eve Wilson

Josie Luczak’sCape Schanck home. Painting by Enos Namatjira. Ikea coffee table. Armadillo rug. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli. Photo – Eve Wilson

Jeff Provan’s eclectic Mt Martha shack. The French farmhouse dining table in this beach house is complemented by the homeowner’s favourite chairs he has collected over the years including designs by Wishbone, Thonet, Eames and Bistro. Photo – Eve Wilson

The photograph here is by LA photographer, Nick Green. The Ed Templeton print is an old fave of the homeowner’s from her uni days. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli. Photo – Caitlin Mills

Showcase items you’ve collected over time to add a personal touch.

Holly McCauley’s breezy NSW bungalow. A serene palette lets personal belongings shine. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli. Photo – Caitlin Mills

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