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Coastal Charm | real living & Homes Plus magazine

1 January 2016 | Category: real living & Homes Plus

Coastal Charm

Amart Furniture is excited to partner with stylist Jackie Brown to bring you the latest looks for your home with the Smart Styling series. In the January edition, Jackie demonstrates how to style a breezy, coastal dining room. On this page you'll find the products Jackie used to create the charming look you see above.

Jackie says that a beachy dining room should start with a great set of table and chairs as it will be the ‘hero' piece within the space. You should first think of how many people you entertain on a regular basis, and then purchase a suitably sized dining suite. The eight-seater Le Franschhoek table seen above is a versatile option that will be able seat your whole family, as well as any friends that might pop around for dinner. Built in a classic style with chic, fresh colours that would not look out of place in a Hamptons villa, this gorgeous dining suite will undoubtedly stand the test of time. After all, nothing says coastal quite like white-cross fill-back chairs!

The next step is to then decorate and accessorise the room. Soft furnishings are an inexpensive and easy way to update your space to reflect current trends and changing lifestyles. To create a relaxed mood, Jackie chose a collection of natural materials and textured surfaces that complemented the Le Franschhoek table. She recommends using materials such as rattan, hessian, cotton, ceramic and driftwood, just to name a few! The Saba table runner featured above serves this purpose perfectly, and is balanced by the smooth texture of the ceramic Argan Vases on top. Lastly, be sure to add some colour to the space with a piece of lush greenery, such as the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, and a vessel of fresh blooms on the table.

These are Jackie's top tips for adding a coastal touch to your dining room:

  • Hang straw beach hats on wall hooks for a beachy decorative display
  • Mix and match hurricane lanterns on the dining table instead of candlesticks
  • For a party, give your white chairs a makeover by draping a stripy cotton tea towel over each one. These can then double as your guests' napkins!

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