25 Days of Decorating

This holiday, decorate with coastal style. Try our design ideas―one for every day of the season!

Bring in more color by wrapping packages in coordinating paper and hanging wreaths with generous lengths of ribbon.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Stylist Stephanie Davis

Punch Up Your Palette

Use seasonal pillows and throws to add festive accents to a room. Bring in more color by wrapping packages in coordinating paper and hanging wreaths with generous lengths of ribbon.

Lighten the mood by skipping the heavy linens. Use chargers instead of place mats or tablecloths, and casually slip napkins through rings.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Stylist Stephanie Davis

Reinvent Your Chandelier

Trim the fixture with evergreen sprigs and silver balls hung with red ribbons of varying lengths. Lighten the mood by skipping the heavy linens. Use chargers instead of place mats or tablecloths, and casually slip napkins through rings.

In this modern home, the tree complements the living room’s sleek furniture.

Photographer Lisa Romerein, Stylist Char Hatch Langos

Streamline Decor

Holiday trees need not be over-the-top. Make yours pretty with sparkling white lights and metallic glass balls. In this modern home, the tree complements the living room’s sleek furniture.

Make a festive centerpiece by placing extra ornaments in planters on your table.

Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Add Some Sparkle

For a subtle, shimmery look, decorate with white and silver balls. Make a festive centerpiece by placing extra ornaments in planters on your table.

Add swaths of greenery and a centerpiece of ornaments for a touch of holiday spirit in any room.

Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Keep Decor Simple

Add swaths of greenery and a centerpiece of ornaments for a touch of holiday spirit in any room.

Or, instead of hanging yards of white twinkle lights, scatter lanterns around your outdoor space and let them provide more holiday glow.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Stylist Stephanie Davis

Go Beyond the Interior

Place a Christmas tree on your patio or deck, or near the pool, and play up the beach theme with sea-inspired strings of lights and blue and white ornaments. Or, instead of hanging yards of white twinkle lights, scatter lanterns around your outdoor space and let them provide more holiday glow. 

Tiny spruces in red pots decorate the coffee table, and swags of garland wrap around the loft area’s nautical rigging.

Photographer Roger Davies, Stylist Char Hatch Langos

Outfit Extra Spaces

Coastal touches such as nautical ornaments and stockings with images of sailboats highlight this tiny pool house’s year-round decor. Tiny spruces in red pots decorate the coffee table, and swags of garland wrap around the loft area’s nautical rigging.

Suspend wreaths from windows to welcome the season and your holiday guests.

Photographer Dominique Vorillon, Stylist Gena Sigala

Adorn Your Windows

Suspend wreaths from windows to welcome the season and your holiday guests.

It’s an easy decoration that won’t require off-season storage.

Photographer Dominique Vorillon, Stylist Gena Sigala

Display Fresh Flowers

Simple flower arrangements of fresh blooms can turn an everyday dining room into a festive holiday gathering space. It’s an easy decoration that won’t require off-season storage.

Attach a large sea star to the top of the wreath instead of a bow for a statement-making front door.

Photographer Tria Giova

Hit the Beach

Use your beachcombing finds to trim the tree or front door, or even decorate wrapped gifts. Tie shells into place with floral wire and, if necessary, supplement your fragile finds with items purchased at shell shops. Attach a large sea star to the top of the wreath instead of a bow for a statement-making front door.

For a finishing touch, intersperse glitter-dipped pinecones.

Photographer Jean Allsopp, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Go for the Gold (and Silver, Too)

A metallic-and-white display blends easily into a room that’s sparse in color. Spread gold wire mesh and silver beaded garland across a mantel. Fill galvanized tins with blooming paperwhites. For a finishing touch, intersperse glitter-dipped pinecones.

Drape along the end of a bed or atop windows where you’ll be sure to see them.

Photographer Eric Roth, Stylists Mandi Rapisardi & Tracey Rapisardi

Create Your Own Garland

Homemade garland adds a festive touch to the bedroom. Loop rope through sea stars and tie a simple knot to hold them in place. Drape along the end of a bed or atop windows where you’ll be sure to see them.

Fill with treats on Christmas morning or every day of the season!

Photographer Eric Roth, Stylists Mandi Rapisardi & Tracey Rapisardi

Decorate Your Bed

Hang stockings at the end of beds to save mantel space. Fill with treats on Christmas morning or every day of the season!

A mix of greens, sea stars, shells, and handwoven Nantucket lightship baskets brings the sea indoors.

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink

Fill Your Fireplace

If you have a nonworking fireplace (or if it’s simply too toasty for fires in your locale), fill your firebox with a centerpiece instead. A mix of greens, sea stars, shells, and handwoven Nantucket lightship baskets brings the sea indoors.

Boats and ship’s bells ring in the season, and primitive accents lend folk-art flair to this living room.

Photographer James R. Salomon, Stylist Susan Salomon

Coordinate Your Gifts

Use coordinating wrapping paper to match gifts to your holiday decorating scheme. Boats and ship’s bells ring in the season, and primitive accents lend folk-art flair to this living room.

Throw red-and-white quilts over beds to provide cozy comfort on Christmas and all winter long.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Warm Up Bedrooms

Throw red-and-white quilts over beds to provide cozy comfort on Christmas and all winter long.

On your table, pair a tray of pomegranates with green or teal mason jars or large wine bottles.

Photographer Jean Allsopp, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Bring Decor Outdoors

Opt for casual over froufrou when decorating for the holidays. On your table, pair a tray of pomegranates with green or teal mason jars or large wine bottles.

When the china’s taking up table space, display holiday cards in a glass cabinet.

Photographer Jean Allsopp, Stylist Brian Carter

Get Creative With Displays

No fireplace? Try hanging your stockings on an old cherry-picking ladder. When the china’s taking up table space, display holiday cards in a glass cabinet.

Bright green feather wreaths and gaily wrapped packages scattered about the room continue the unconventional theme.

Stylist Vicki Weathers, Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Abandon Traditional Colors

Dramatic green, pink, and blue trees embellished with whimsical sea creatures prove a welcome departure from red and green. Bright green feather wreaths and gaily wrapped packages scattered about the room continue the unconventional theme.

Pair translucent and silver accessories with a sea-inspired fixture for glamour and elegance.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Celebrate With White

Pair translucent and silver accessories with a sea-inspired fixture for glamour and elegance.

It’s a festive touch that especially shines against minimalist decor.

Photographer Jean Allsopp, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Fashion Your Own Tree

Create a Christmas tree of cut branches adorned with white and silver ornaments for a quick holiday arrangement in any bedroom. It’s a festive touch that especially shines against minimalist decor.

Decorate a fir tree with shells and bleached sea stars.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn, Stylist Whitney Wise Long

Don’t Forget Tradition

Bring in some of the established elements of Christmas and give them a coastal twist. Decorate a fir tree with shells and bleached sea stars. A Christmas favorite, poinsettias bloom not only in red, but also in beachy shades of pink, yellow, and white.

The dazzle of a decorated tree doubles when paired with shimmery giftwrap in silvers and blues. Instead of bows, tie on seashells and palmetto leaves.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn, Stylist Whitney Wise Long

Design A Sea of Gifts

Incorporate shades of the ocean in your present presentation. The dazzle of a decorated tree doubles when paired with shimmery giftwrap in silvers and blues. Instead of bows, tie on seashells and palmetto leaves.

Intertwine the ribbon with the candles to enhance the burst of color.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Unite with Color

With such a stunning gabbro stone fireplace, the mantel needs minimal embellishment. Match crimson candles to the ribbon used in the fresh fir wreath to establish your color palette. Intertwine the ribbon with the candles to enhance the burst of color.

Use scented candles to add warmth and holiday cheer with seasonal fragrances.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Bask in Fresh Greenery

A staircase becomes the center of attention when adorned with fresh greenery and flower-laden hanging vases. Arrange tropical flowers in glass sconces to bring sprays of color to the banister. Fill hurricane lamps with sea glass and candles to brighten steps and cast a welcoming glow. Use scented candles to add warmth and holiday cheer with seasonal fragrances.

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