Home Decor, Living the Beach House Lifestyle

beach door and bench thepaintedapron.com

We are celebrating our 30th summer at the beach house, watching our grandchildren come to love it as much as our children did, playing on the same sand dunes, learning to swim and fish, and enjoying the world of coastal water at very young ages…




Life is very casual, and things are rustic and weathered



beach signs


There’s an outdoor BBQ station/bar


outdoor bar thepaintedapron.com


Where we do our grilling and chilling




Sunning and swimming



The great room has a wall of windows but we prefer to be outside


beach living room thepaintedapron.com


On the upper porch there is always a cool sea breeze and a beautiful view


sea of glass 5 thepaintedapron.com

Having a second home on the coast means outdoor furnishings must be easy to secure or move inside during stormy weather


hurricane sign


“A hurricane is merely a brief interruption of good weather…”


table tiles


Tiles make great placemats, and they can’t blow around


gazing ball pot


My pots are full of shells and a gazing ball so they don’t need watering, but Mother Nature adds some greenery now and then 🌿



summer bar car


An Outdoor Serving Station is a cart on wheels that can be easily be rolled inside

The top is set for a beverage station with a tub of snacks on the shelf below



porch serving cart thepaintedapron.com


A lot of the things I’d love to do aren’t practical, like this chandy from HGTV,

Anything permanent is out of the question


rope and candle chandy

There is an arbor over the open area of the porch, so I could hang something that is removable like this from Terrain


wreath light chandy


In the meantime we have been enjoying this glass & light filled lantern,  easily brought outside for meals, and kept inside so it doesn’t get filmy from the salt air


bottle lit lantern


A high top table for 4 is good for viewing


no wake zone


A lot of boats go by, but it’s fairly quiet because the waterway in front of our house is  a No Wake Zone




A children’s table is handy for eating and playing


kids flag table


There are several seating areas for 2, this one has a Handy Drying Rack, updated Wicker Chairs,  and decorative wooden cooler


painted wicker legs


The east end of the porch is smaller and it’s where I like to read and have my Portable Art Studio close at hand




Now that we’re spending more time here, I want to redecorate!

We have debated about buying a new place- Douglas Elliman has wonderful properties full of temptations, but our hearts and memories are here

How dreamy is this from Overstock.com


outdoor seating


Sigh, maybe not very practical…




What do you think of this rug?   {source}


blue rug

Do you think you’d get tired of the pattern?

Since I like to use a variety of pillows, I better be careful with a new rug choice…


beach pillows

The kiddos are getting bigger, and we’re thinking bunk beds– I love this room from Coastal Living


bunk room


We are going to need a bigger table, don’t you love the idea of a large square table for 8



dining set


As our family grows, we are debating about adding on, out or up…


hollydaystress thepaintedapron.com

I don’t know if I can handle that!!


roll tide pillow


For now anyway, I’m just going to roll with the tide…

Juicy Details

If you’re dreaming of your own beach house to decorate and enjoy check out these Florida real estate opportunites

click on green highlighted words or titles for links to more information

Roll with the Tide pillow/Pottery Barn Teen

You can see more ideas on my Pinterest Beach House board here


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

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Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&J, 

The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life,   Tickle My Tastebuds,

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29 Responses to “Home Decor, Living the Beach House Lifestyle”
  1. Mary says:

    Your coastal home is a dream Jenna but I know it must be tempting thinking about a building new home or redecorating! What a fun mix of patterns and pillows and I love your seaside gardening with shells and gazing ball 🙂

  2. Jodi says:

    Oh how fortunate you are! Just marvelously beautiful and welcoming.

  3. Annie says:

    Beautiful beach house! A great website that was beach rugs is clairemurray.com. I wish I had a beach house to buy her rugs. I am landlocked in Dallas.

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, thank you for giving us a more detailed glimpse of your lovely coastal home. What a wonderful place to share with your family—-especially as it keeps on growing! You had me at the deck…..I can feel those cool breezes right now while sitting with a book. I love your whimsical signs, bright colors and patterns. Redecorating is so much fun and breathes life into each space, but I know it can be overwhelming! You are so artistic and have such a good eye, that I know you’ll be successful with your adventure. Please share your findings! Rosie
    PS: LOVE those bunk beds!!

    • Thank you Rosie, it is a slice of paradise except when everyone is here we are busting at the seams. We would love to have a bunk room for the 4 kiddos, so stay tuned 🙂 >

  5. Summer Daisy says:

    What a beautiful and inviting home ♥


  6. Lynn says:

    Very nice! Looks like you have a great place to spend the summer-enjoy:@)

  7. And what a great “tide” is it!….How wonderful to be able to spend the time with your family with so many memories and truly your little piece of heaven…..the views are stunning!!

  8. Jenna, love you beach house on the beautiful Alabama coast! Thirty years of memories is so awesome! Love the bunk beds idea! Happy Wednesday!

  9. Heart for Dixie says:

    I love your family room! Such pretty colors.

  10. Jemma says:

    Oh how fortunate you are! You must have to pinch yourself every morning to make sure you are not dreaming! So beautiful and welcoming.

  11. Cindy says:

    I am in love with your Coastal home! Everything is so pretty, serene, fun and yet it says to me; RELAX! We are going to a cottage on the beach in August and I am so excited to just get away. Looking at your pictures now makes me more excited! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Stacey says:

    This looks like a heavenly spot for family and friends to gather. I love the way you put the bottles in the lantern and your inspiration pics are wonderful too. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do…either way it’s great. Love the hurricane sign!

    Happy Thoughts of Home. Pinning. 😉

  13. Kitty says:

    I love your beautiful coastal home, Jenna, both inside and out, for the inside is as bright and cheery as the out. What fun to have all those special memories with your family. I like all your decorating ideas that you’ve shared, especially those bunk beds for the kids. The deck with the wicker looks like a heavenly spot to me, but I also love your view of the water. What’s not to love? I love it all!!

  14. Your beach home is lovely, Jenna! I love your beautiful colors and great seaside tablescapes. I know your family enjoys getting together there.

  15. janey says:

    Perfecto!!! your cottage is so lovely and you’ve used colors just like I love. My lakehouse is bright and blue/green too. So soothing and makes me smile.
    Advice on your bunk beds…..we put a bunk room in our deer camp for the grands and we have free standing ones like in your picture. But when we rented a beach house in gulf shores in may, the bunk room had bunk beds built into the wall. They were perfect! My grandbabies are still very young and they provided so much more stability. And so cute. Check it out at Sand Castle West at Perdido. Now I want to redo our bunk room so bad……..
    Going now to look at the links for more houses!!

  16. Pamela says:

    Stopping by today via Coastal Charm and I am so glad I did. My husband and I are from Iowa and recently bought a home in Florida. We are still going back and forth but in a few years hope to make this coastal home our main home. We are redoing and slowly making it ours and I am always looking for inspiration. I really like your use of the blues. I swoon for your aqua door and pinned that family room. <3 Also, thank you for including that pillow. I am going to PBT next. 😀

  17. Sandra Garth says:

    Leisure living at it’s best and it looks so peaceful. Thank you for joining us again this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  18. JESS44903 says:

    Everything is SUPER pretty!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. I always love seeing pictures of your gorgeous cottage, save me a spot in the guest room!

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