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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Throw 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.
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!
Add 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.
Update 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.
Rearrange 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.
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.
Our team at Pineapples, Palms recently designed this beautiful coastal riverfront home in Jupiter, Florida. The client was looking for a sophisticated, clean modern space.
The fresh color palette is white with sea glass and gray accents, which is carried throughout the entire home. The living room decor includes Lee Industries upholstered furniture and AERIN table lamps. The clear, lucite coffee table makes the space feel open and doesn’t distract from the elegant fireplace.
This cozy dining nook features Ralph Lauren Home lighting. Custom stained built-ins with white pottery adds a modern contrast.
We chose oversized loungers by Lee Industries, perfect for reading and relaxing in this sophisticated master suite.
The powder room features China Seas wallpaper, which can be custom colored to match the decor of your space. The sleek nickel vanity with Calacutta marble top and open shelving creates an airy feel in a small room.
We partnered with Sebastian Smallegange of Turtle Beach Construction to create this captivating space with intricate ceiling detail and ship lap walls . A custom designed barn-style door features thick glass and chunky nickel hardware on a sliding track. Using glass allowed for unobscured view of the river. The sea glass accents add soft and soothing color. We placed our popular Brahms Mount cotton throws throughout the home.
This driftwood and glass coffee table is one-of-a-kind. It is hand crafted and can be made in any size and multiple finishes. The Pineapple Girls love the current trend of organic mix of driftwood with modern decor, and this is one of our most popular pieces.
The brown and white color combination in the living room adds variety and compliments the overall palette of the home.
A house really isn’t a home unless it’s a welcoming space for children and grandchildren.
But can you create (and maintain) crisp, clean interiors while keeping the needs of kids in mind?
By its very nature, coastal-inspired design evokes feelings of relaxation and connection, comfort and convenience — weekends at the beach, reunions at the shore, an easy, breezy lifestyle regardless of the street address.
For those areas of your home that are either high-traffic or near a highchair, indoor/outdoor area rugs offer a fashionable, functional solution. They add warmth and texture to a room, as well as a softer spot for kids to play (and land).
Sturdy enough for patios and verandas but pretty enough for dens and casual dining rooms, Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs are a Pineapple Girl favorite. Available in African-inspired geometric, vintage tile and classic stripe patterns, these lightweight, reversible, indoor/outdoor rugs can be vacuumed, lightly brushed with water or even sprayed clean with a hose.
Kid-friendly coastal furniture? Invest in quality
It may seem counterintuitive, but until your kids grow out of their “the floor is hot lava” phase, investing in high-quality furniture will save money in the long run. Unlike cheap pieces, heavy, solid furnishings will stand up to years of abuse. As a safety measure, opt for furniture with soft, rounded corners when possible.
Another family-friendly furniture solution is woven strongly into the coastal chic aesthetic — slipcovers, a look that derived from the tradition of draping sheets over beach-cottage furniture at summer’s end.
Thanks to slipcovers, your family can enjoy a stunning white sectional – just machine-wash fabric as necessary, and replace when you’re ready for a change.
Make space for kids’ activities in your coastal home
Kids need dedicated spaces to do kid things – from homework to art work, from board games to video games:
Set up a study station in the kitchen so kids can tackle schoolwork where Mom and Dad are close at hand. Keep the area neat with clear glass jars to hold pens and pencils, scissors and rulers.
Create a kid-friendly mudroom near the back door by positioning a bench, baskets and hooks there. Kids will have a place to prepare for whatever activity they’re engaged in – ice hockey, beach volleyball, snowboarding or soccer.
Instead of major renovations to give a room a new, revitalized look, try freshening the room with something simpler. This is a great way to give a space of the home a makeover, without the toil and grief of major refurbishments. Often times, simple strategies are the most effective at making the room completely different, yet still comfortable.
Some ways that you can freshen up any room include:
Giving your interiors a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in augmenting and transforming any space in the home. Look for natural, organic colors that reflect the beauty of the surrounding sea. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is a great option that will make your room look fresh and new. Paint your ceilings in the same light color to make the space appear taller and larger.
In addition to paint, another inexpensive way to freshen up a room is with pillows. These can be used as accent pieces and will add a little pop to your room, especially if larger pieces of furniture are not in the budget.
Natural Floor Coverings
Feel the Rug under your feet; is it comfortable and cohesive with your room? Try using natural colors to bring a clean, contemporary style to the space. For instance, the Natural Jute Woven Rug is a simple yet sophisticated way to revitalize any room. The nubby texture provides depth and interest, while the natural materials provide just the right comfort underfoot.
Treat yourself to a new piece of furniture to give your space a fresh face. A new sofa, chair, or cocktail table can inspire a theme or color palette for the room; update a quality piece of furniture that reflects your natural surroundings and that coordinates with your style vision. Add a light-colored sofa or the above-pictured Nantucket Sectional to a family space, or bring a unique and vibrant occasional chair to your bedroom for a pop of color.
Freshen Up Your Home
Whether your space is a simple studio or a stunning house by the sea, you can freshen up any room with these three suggestions. Find cohesive and coordinating furnishings, fixtures, and accents to bring your style inspirations to fruition. Try these simple strategies and give your home a fresh face for the coming season.
If you have embraced a coastal way of living, your home likely reflects the clean, crisp feel of a chic, or casual design style. Each element in your home, from teak furnishings to cotton furniture slipcovers, contributes to the light, airy feeling that coastal living embodies. With fall approaching, you need only make minor tweaks to your current scheme to transition to cooler weather.
Some fall decorating tips for your coastal lifestyle include:
Get Cozy at the Beach with Throws & Pillows
A useful accent for your fall design schemes might include lots of cotton or throws and pillows to keep the autumnal chill away. Look for vibrant blues, clean whites, and patterned variations that integrate the colors of your coastal-inspired home. Carry the blue hues throughout your scheme with a cotton Brahms Mount throw in soft white & shore colors. Check out textured throws to add warmth and visual interest to these simple accent items; mix and match patterned pillows to give your room a fun, but pulled together designer look. These are perfect to drag down to the beach for an evening bonfire this fall, too!
Bring the outside in with awesome porch and patio décor, and use lanterns to create a cozy, comfortable outside living space. These bring just the right amount of ambiance to the exterior spaces that you enjoy spending time in. This gives you the opportunity to implement, oversized pillows, and linens that meld with the look of your coastal surroundings, while also embracing the crisp, modern look of a contemporary coastal home. Weathered teak wood is a natural choice for a porch, patio, or lanai, and it complements marine blue, linen white, and navy perfectly. Be sure to choose fixtures and accents that can hold up to the chill of fall, and that will keep you comfortable during this cooler time of the year.
Often times, it is the simple things that create the mood and atmosphere of your room so accessorize accordingly. It is easy to get carried away with accents, but keeping the space a bit sparse can lend to the airy, sophisticated designs that work great on the coast, but also in other regions, when looking for a casual, crisp, and comfortable space. Use color and texture to convey a coastal vibe in a chic way, and to warm up the space during cooler months. Take the opportunity to extend your look through the necessary features of the space, such as the floor coverings, window treatments, and furnishings. Look for clean lines and natural materials to recreate a design that is as functional as it is stylish.
Fresh plants and flowers have the ability to brighten up any area and add a bit of life to your space. Use the vessel or planter to echo the color scheme of your coastal-inspired space, and look for plants that promise to thrive and bloom in the autumnal weather. Even a simple ivy or orchid provide oxygen and a healthy accent to the home, giving it a summery touch year-round. Try bringing your outdoor plants indoors during cooler seasons, but don’t overwhelm the interiors with foliage that will require a lot of sun and that could crowd or obscure the natural light coming in through the windows.
Slide a Coastal Slip Cover Over Your Favorite Nook Chairs
Slide a colorful cotton or linen slipcover over your favorite nook chairs to transform them from simple seating implements to coordinating fixtures of your coastal lifestyle. This is a simple fix for mismatched furnishings or second-hand finds, and also ensures you will always have ample seating for entertaining and guests at a moment’s notice.
Embrace the coming season and enjoy fall in a coastal setting with these design tips. With the right furnishings, features, and accents, your home will reflect and exude a day at the beach all year long!