Infuse your home with sophisticated, beach-inspired style
1. Basket Case
A fashionable basket with handles is a versatile accessory—use it as a handy hamper or to store anything from magazines to toys. The two-tone seagrass Bianca tote basket (medium size) measures 15 inches high and 13¾ inches in diameter and costs $34.99 at World Market in Chevy Chase, D.C. (202-244-8720, worldmarket.com).
2. Beachy Keen
This abstract art piece features a color palette
that evokes a sense of surf, sky and sand. The mixed media on canvas is by American artist
Carol Benson-Cobb, and is available in a variety of sizes, shapes and framing options, with prices ranging from $1,650 to $5,237.50 through Urban Country in Bethesda (301-654-0500, urbancountrydesigns.com).
3. Summery Stripes
Treat yourself and enjoy the summer season with a set of chic candy-colored towels. Made in Turkey, the Milas Fouta beach towels from Kassatex have a flat-weave cotton design, knotted fringe trim and are a generous 40 by 70 inches. Choose from four colors, $48 each, at Neiman Marcus in Mazza Gallerie in D.C. (202-966-9700, neimanmarcus.com).
4. Made in the Shade
Bring the feel of a resort to your home with a personal cabana lounge. The Hamptons outdoor daybed is 72 inches wide, 59 inches deep, 93 inches high and constructed of weather-resistant teak. Choose from a wide selection of Sunbrella fabrics for the slipcovered cushions. The daybed is $6,000 at Arhaus in Rockville (301-230-2973, arhaus.com).
5. Glass Act
This elegant little light fixture features 22 strands of weathered sea glass on a cast-iron frame with an antique silver finish. The Enya sea glass chandelier measures 17 inches high and 20 inches in diameter, and retails for $749 at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598, potterybarn.com).
Leave the glassware inside and use these blue beauties on the patio and pool deck. This turquoise acrylic stemware comes in four styles, is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and priced from $6.95 to $7.95 each at Pier 1 Imports in Rockville (301-230-9028, pier1.com).
7. True Blue
Add a pop of color to the kitchen counter or tabletop with Le Creuset ceramic bowls in bright Caribbean blue. Beautiful and practical, they are dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave- and oven-safe (up to 500 degrees). A set of three is available for $120 at Crate & Barrel in D.C.’s Spring Valley neighborhood (202-364-6100, crateandbarrel.com).
Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.