How To Style A Console

One of our favorite pieces of furniture is the console.  It’s functional, versatile, and fun to style! Consoles are traditionally used in entryways, but work well in many other spaces. We love them in family rooms (under a mounted tv), behind sofas, in dining rooms, playrooms and even bedrooms.

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The first thing to consider when choosing a console is the style you are going for in the space. Think about whether you want something modern, coastal or transitional. The Pineapple Girls have many favorites, from Coastal Fresh to Modern Organic …a console made of natural materials is truly something special.

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There are a wide variety of styles and finishes for consoles. Some have shelves or drawers for storage, and others are open underneath, leaving the perfect spot for poufs or ottomans that can be pulled out for extra seating.   Consoles are made with many different materials, such as wood, lacquer, reclaimed wood, textured lacquer,  or metal and glass.

To style a console, first think about what will go on the wall above it.  Some great art or a mirror works well here.  Don’t hang the piece too high.  It should be hung 4″-6″ above the console.

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Next, add a great pair of matching table lamps on either side.  There are so many great options for lighting today, so try going out of your comfort zone and choose some fun lamps that will make a statement in the room.

Between the lamps, you can add a low bowl, picture frames, a decorative box or a sculpture. Choose smaller items that scale with the lamps.  When choosing your decorative objects, keep it simple and classic.  You don’t want the console to be overly cluttered.

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A few final tips: think about balance and symmetry when styling your console. Experiment with a few different looks and don’t be afraid to switch it up when you are ready for a change.

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Fete Table Lamps // Quote Books

// Wilhelm Console //

Gyotaku Fish Print on Cobalt Linen // Blue Coral + Seafan Bottle

5 Ways To Update Your Coastal Inspired Home For The Season

January makes us think of renewal and a fresh start. While full-scale home renovations are fun, sometimes even small changes can make your home feel new.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to update your beach house without breaking the bank:

1Throw Pillows. Adding new pillows to your sofas and chairs is a tried and true way to freshen up your decor! The Pineapple Girls love luxurious, overstuffed pillows like the ones below that were designed by John Robshaw.

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Add a piece of artwork.  The right piece of art can transform a space.  We love a crisp, white room…but art can add a nice pop of color. Art can also show personality and spark fun conversation!

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3Add a statement chandelier.  With so many beautiful options for lighting, a beaded or rope chandelier can add a subtle, modern coastal touch to classic decor.


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4Update your rugs.  Switching out your area rugs is a simple and powerful way to add texture and layers to a space. Rugs are also a great way to cover up wear and tear on your flooring until you are able to replace the floors.

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5Rearrange furniture.  Changing your furniture around or even moving pieces from room to room will make your beach house feel like a new space! There are lots of ideas on Pinterest, check out our Design Tips & Tricks board for layout ideas and tricks.

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Gift Guide: Monogrammed Obsessed

Welcome to our 2016 Pineapple Girls Gift Guides! We have carefully selected gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season.  The first guide in the series is for “The Monogram Obsessed”. We hope you enjoy it.

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SHOP:

Coordinates Glasses // Suede Lariat

Tote Bag // Name Pillow // Appetizer Boards

Cocktail Napkins // Lucite Tray

Lamps For Your Coastal Home

Lighting is a very important element in any room, and choosing the right table lamps help set the tone for your space.  Your table lamps can be works of art, creating not only lighting, but a design element in your home.

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Lamps can add elegance, drama or create a casual feel, depending on their shape, size and composition of materials used in the base, as well as the shade.  For example, a clear crystal lamp base, with a white linen shade add a touch of elegance and formality to the space, while a ceramic base lamp with a textured or woven shade make the room feel more relaxed. Our driftwood and metal lamp below becomes a focal point suggesting a modern, organic and coastal lifestyle.  These are just some of the roles your lighting plays in your home, and that is why we suggest carefully selecting your lamps that will reflect the personality and style you desire.

Many of our lamps have organic, natural bases, utilizing materials like agate, driftwood and coral, which work well in transitional, modern or coastal homes.

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Driftwood & Metal //  Abaco   // Selenite

Nassau // Bel Air // Rivoli Nickel

Arteriors Edge //  Marilyn

 

 

 

 

 

How To Choose Artwork For Your Coastal Home

Art is a great way to express yourself and give a space personality. The right piece of artwork can transform a space. When choosing a piece of art for your home, think about the following:

  1. Mood: Think about what mood you want to create. Perhaps you want a relaxing and comfortable space, something more sophisticated, or a buttoned-up, formal look.
  2. Space: What look do you want?  Transitional? Something modern? Or coastal and clean?
  3. Location: Look at your walls and furniture and decide where the art will be placed. Popular locations for artwork are over a sofa, bed or console. Think about whether you want one large piece of art or a grouping of smaller pieces.

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When choosing artwork for your home, think about what style you want to achieve. Do you like landscapes, abstract or soft watercolors?  Photography, shadowbox art or paintings? For a coastal look, consider using art that features organic, natural elements like the art in the photo below.

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The Pineapple Girls love using whites, blues and seaglass hues in the coastal homes we design. Crisp, white slipcovered furniture and white accessories can act as great canvas, and art is placed to add some color.

Finally, when hanging your art, make sure to hang it in a comfortable spot, where the art is eye-level. One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging art is to hang it too high. A general rule is to hang the art so that the middle of the piece is at 57″ high.

SHOP:

Blue Seaweed Crop // Fluid Contract //

Gyotaku Fish Print // Barclay Butera Starfish // Deep Dive

Blue Seaweed // Mediterranean Boats //

Silver Leafed Shell // Gyotaku Fish Linen

Decorating With Trays

The Pineapple Girls love trays. They are functional, and great for organizing personal objects but can also add a nice pop of color and style to a space.

There are so many options for tray decor. We love them on a coffee table, a bedside table or even in your foyer by the entrance to your home.  A great way to reduce clutter, trays are perfect for storing magazines, keys and small decorative objects.

aerin-lifestyle-framesUtilizing an ottoman instead of a coffee table is very popular, but where do you put your drink?  A beautiful tray does the trick!

Trays can also be used for serving at a casual or formal gathering. A stylish tray can can serve as a quick and portable bar, just by adding some cute beverage napkins, a bottle of wine and cocktail glasses.

We adore these printed trays by one of our favorite brands, AERIN.  Aerin Lauder is a granddaughter of Estée Lauder. Aerin spent 25 years working for the family beauty business before introducing Aerin, her own beauty, home and luxury lifestyle label, in 2012. Her products are true luxury, and we love having them as part of our collection.

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We are also in love with these easily customizable lucite trays. We’ve added a custom fabric to create a design element in the photo below. You can also proudly display your favorite photo. It’s so easy to change your photo, fabric or wallpaper anytime! To change the photo, fabric or wallpaper just separate second backing from magnets.

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AERIN Blue Shagreen Rectangular Tray
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AERIN Cream Shagreen Rectangular Tray
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AERIN Printed Ikat Tray
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Customizable Lucite Tray
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How To Create A Beautiful Centerpiece For Your Fall Gathering

In Florida, we love embracing the Fall season in a coastal and sophisticated way. Fall decor does not have to go in an obvious direction, utilizing only an orange palette. The Pineapple Girls adore the simplicity and elegance of white pumpkins.  To create a beautiful centerpiece, pair a few white pumpkins with an organic bowl and some fresh flowers. A white antler adds a modern touch.

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We love using natural elements in home decor, and bringing the outdoors inside is a great trend for Fall. The Palecek River Stick Lanterns below are composed of assorted natural driftwood, and were hand-formed into a hurricane with a glass insert. We love the organic look, and how the air bubbles, swirls and discoloration in the glass is part of the natural beauty of the hand-blown recycled glass. 

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Here’s a handy how-to-guide for creating a beautiful centerpiece for your Fall gathering. Happy Fall from the Pineapple Girls!

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Get the look:

Monarch Rope Tray //  Reclaimed Wood & Nickel Lantern 

//  River Stick Hurricane Lantern  //

More Fall centerpiece inspiration on our  Pinterest boards!

{Featured Image courtesy of Tone on Tone}