Coastal styling

Col­lect your coastal finds and let stylist Sally Den­ning and photographer Ben­jamin Ed­wards guide you in the art of sea­side-themed dis­play.

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Beach­comb­ing of­ten yields ocean trea­sures that make fas­ci­nat­ing dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures for a coastal or coastal-themed home. Don’t be afraid to use items found by the coast. Washed-up shells, corals, drift­wood and beach finds, dis­played on their own or in a group, can look re­ally ef­fec­tive. The sea washes up all man­ner of trea­sures, some of which are works of art in their own right. The chances are th­ese items have been weath­ered, washed and bat­tered by the waves and the el­e­ments, and are rich in tex­ture and patina. Look out for pieces of drift­wood as you walk along the shore­line – the early morn­ing or low tide is the best time for beach­comb­ing. It’s also worth keep­ing an eye open for un­usual items that will con­trib­ute to a beau­ti­ful tex­tu­ral still life – feathers, pieces of coral, shells or bat­tered wooden buoys. Some­times keep­ing it sim­ple is key to the dis­play, as it’s the tex­tures that make it in­ter­est­ing. Try to ar­range things in clus­ters or groups of three – us­ing items of dif­fer­ent sizes and heights usu­ally works well. Small items, such as sea glass or at­trac­tively coloured peb­bles, look good piled up in glass jars.



Corals are beau­ti­ful in­tri­cate nat­u­ral forms, but th­ese days it’s not ad­vis­able to buy any­thing that might have been har­vested from al­ready en­dan­gered reefs. In­stead, choose from the vast ar­ray of faux coral de­signs – try Kelly Hop­pen (kel­ly­hop­, In­dia Jane (in­di­a­jane. or Pot­tery Barn (pot­tery­ – that won’t harm the coral reefs yet look as good as the real thing.



The beau­ti­ful shapes of seashells pro­vide am­ple in­spi­ra­tion and can be used as a dec­o­ra­tive cen­tre­piece. The sea of­ten brings up at­trac­tive shells that are no longer in­hab­ited by any form of crea­ture, but nowa­days it’s best to choose faux resin ver­sions for a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ap­proach. Try Rock­ett St Ge­orge (rock­ettst­ge­, Nordic House (nordi­c­ and Wood­pecker In­te­ri­ors (wood­peck­er­in­te­ri­

When you go beach­comb­ing look out for a mix of tex­tures for your dis­play - here a cool, wave-rounded peb­ble, im­pasto oil paint­ing, beloved book and wind­blown fir twig com­bine. Feathers, straw hats and drift­wood add won­der­ful in­ter­est too.

Re­laxed Coastal Style by Sally Den­ning is avail­able to read­ers for the spe­cial price of £14.99 in­clud­ing P&P (rrp £19.99) by tele­phon­ing Macmil­lan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quot­ing the ref­er­ence PR2.

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