By Amy Gibbs

San Diego, CA designer Kathy Abell of Kathy Ann Abell Interiors shares the 5 products you need in your home now.

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San Diego, CA designer Kathy Abell of Kathy Ann Abell Interiors shares the 5 products your need in your home now.

From charming slipcovers to playful pillows and ottomans, no beach home is complete without a cabana stripe. Bold cabana stripes are a fresh and easy way to make any ocean front home feel beachy and casual. We love using this pattern for custom ottomans or draperies—the stripe is just perfect for coastal homes!

Beach homes are all about sunsets and fresh ocean breezes, so why spend time inside when you can be outside? Lane Venture carries some amazing outdoor furniture—but our favorite has to be their Colin line. The pieces are just as comfortable as anything in your living room, but are built to withstand the elements. Deep enough to tuck your feet up and listen to the waves and soft enough to cozy up on, you can’t go wrong with these! Not only are they extremely comfortable, they also come in the most adorable fabric options.

We love these monogrammed beach towels by Pottery Barn. They are such a sweet addition to any beach home. Perfect for a family or as a special housewarming gift, we just can’t get over how cute these are!

As easy as 1, 2, 3, our top must have for any beach home is the easy combination of candles, seashells and sand! Perfect as a centerpiece on the dining table or on a console behind your sofa, every beach home needs them. Just pour the sand, stagger an odd number of candles at a few different heights and toss some shells all around! And here’s a little designer secret … swap out sand for Epsom salt. It looks just like the tropical white sand you’d find on the most idyllic beaches, but is cheaper and much easier to get your hands on.

Whether you need a place to hide flip flops, somewhere to stash beach toys or an easy way to tote your gear down to the sand, we think wicker baskets are the ticket! We love Mainly Baskets. They have baskets in all shapes and sizes, perfect for any beach home. Our favorite is their market cart. They are a cute and convenient way to get your family and all your beach supplies to the sand!

All photos courtesy of Kathy Abell. 

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