7 Steps to Casual Beach Decor

A busy mom transforms an outdated Casey Key, Florida, home into a relaxed carefree retreat for her energetic family.

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White dining room
Photographer: Mark Lohman, Stylist: Francoise O'Neill

2. Bring in some color.

One of the most frequently used areas in the home, the tiny breakfast nook off the kitchen is where the family shares their daily meals. Nikki commissioned the custom built-in and painted the backs of the shelves a pretty sky blue shade to make her white dinnerware pop.

The cabinet's accent paint was mixed to match Benjamin Moore's Blue Allure. The chandelier is from Savantiques.

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