5 ways to add sunny sum­mer style to any room.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

Cre­ate a din­ing room that feels like an out­door en­ter­tain­ing space.

T his cheer­fully fresh din­ing room would look per­fectly at home in a pa­tio or gar­den, thanks to a vi­brant de­sign by in­te­rior de­signer Elena Phillips. “The home has an in­door-out­door feel,” says Elena of Elena Phillips In­te­ri­ors. “The fur­nish­ings are ca­sual. We didn’t want any­thing to feel too pre­cious.” Ea­ger to get the look? Here are five ideas to steal.

1. TEX­TURED WALL­PA­PER. Elena chose a raf­fia wall cov­er­ing of nat­u­ral fibers from Kneedler Fauchére for an earthy and more ca­sual feel.

2. CLUT­TER-FREE DECOR. An open, airy at­mos­phere is an im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic of beach­side style, and main­tain­ing vis­ual flow and re­mov­ing di­vi­sions be­tween rooms help achieve this look, Elena says.

3. OUT­DOOR STYLE. From the blue-and­white French bistro chairs to the leafy co­ral-like chan­de­lier Elena used, ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes com­mon for gar­dens im­bue the room with ca­sual el­e­gance.

4. BEACH DE­TAILS. The waves art­work is a unique take on beach art—it also set the color pal­ette for the room.

5. PAINTED FLOORS. The white high­gloss painted floors are a clas­sic beach­house el­e­ment. They are easy to clean and add that sum­mer cot­tage vibe.

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