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Beach Up Your Home for the Summer

Now that summer has arrived, many people are craving time on the beach. The beach represents relaxation and an escape from the stresses of life. Why not bring that stress-free beach feeling into your home? Here are a few tips and tricks to properly “beach up” your home!

Living Room

For the living room, you want to create an open and airy space. Disjointed placement of furniture and the cluttering of accessories is very “non-beach” and can negatively impact stress levels. Arrange your furniture to fully embrace the space in your living room.

Curtains also play a large room in the feel and aesthetics of a living room. Linen curtains with a soft color can really bring the beach vibe to a room. Be sure to use curtains that are heavy enough to block the sun but light enough to allow light to fill the room.

Furniture and Accessories

There is no need for molded plastic type furniture in a beach friendly room. Chairs in a beached up living room should look like outdoor chairs, but with more comfortable cushions. Natural woven chairs are perfect for a breezy beach styled room.

Couches should not have bold designs that catch the eye upon entry. A couch with a simple pattern is perfect for the natural look of a beach style room.  Try to match the color of the couch with the color of your linen curtains to optimize the flow of the room.

For any wood-based accessories, such as a mirror, choose a whitewashed style that resembles driftwood. A matching style of this kind with a mirror and a table can truly bring the beach feel to a room.


For a beach-resembling kitchen, you’ll want to choose white marble that looks as natural as possible.

Engineered or designed stone or marble detracts from the natural beach feel that you are looking for. Cream and light blue colors for the kitchen accessories works well to promote the airy and relaxing feel of a walk on the beach.

When it comes to beaching up a particular room or even your entire home, subtlety truly is key. A lot of beach inspired rooms or homes are many times overdone. This is usually due to an excess of engineered designs or “beach towel” inspired rooms rather than the simplicity of an actual beach visit.

Let us know if you use these tips to beach up your living space! Contact us through our Costello Builder’s Facebook page or @CostelloBuild on Twitter!


Home Décor Ideas for Spring 2014

As March 20, 2014 – the first day of spring – slowly approaches so does the need for an updated spring décor. Whether you have thought about totally redesigning several rooms in your house or simply just repainting a few rooms now is the best time to start. The sooner you complete your redesign, the more time you will have to enjoy it, so what are you waiting for?  Here are a few ideas to get you started and help inspire your new spring décor.

Start with Your Color Selection

Before you can start selecting paints, materials and patterns, fixtures, or other décor items, you must first choose the colors you wish to incorporate into your design. Since you are doing a spring redesign, you will likely want to incorporate bright colors that inspire as sense of warmth and fresh growth. So to help, here are Pantone.com’s top ten colors for spring 2014:

  1. Dazzling Blue
  2. Violet Tulip
  3. Radiant Orchid
  4. Celosia Orange
  5. Freesia
  6. Cayenne
  7. Placid Blue
  8. Paloma
  9. Sand
  10. Hemlock

After you have selected your color pallet, you can then move forward with your design. There are many design styles you can peruse and many different elements you can include. The important thing is to do what you like; after all you will be the one living there. Here are a few ideas to help make your design stand out in 2014.

Hot Ideas to Incorporate

  • Flowers – Accent your design by including fresh cut spring flowers
  • Raw Materials – Include furniture and tables that are made with raw wood, metal, or stone
  • Honey-Tone Woods – Lighten up your space with furniture made from walnut, oak, or cherry woods
  • Bring the Outdoors In – Incorporate earth tones and spring colors, as well as outdoor styled furniture to make the inside of your home feel like your back yard
  • Decorate with Copper – Incorporate copper design elements into your redesign, such as copper light fixtures, backsplash, cabinet hardware, and other accent items
  • Patterns – Select pillows, curtains, and other fabric elements that have rich patterns that match and accent your design style and colors

Enjoy Your New Space

Throughout the hard work of your redesign, it may not seem worth it, but once you finish your design you will have the satisfaction and pride of knowing that you created this new space. So once you have finished your design, feel free to sit back and relax in your new spring oasis, after all you deserve it. Oh, and you might want to plan an Easter dinner or other family and friend gatherings to show off your new space and be further rewarded for your hard work.

If you have any additional ideas or tips for a fresh spring décor, please tell us in the comments section below!