Dear Style Studio,

We recently purchased this small beach condo. We need help in selecting furnishings to give it a comfortable and pleasing beachy look.

We need to work around the brown sofa sleeper. Otherwise we are open to your suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help.



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Hi Rose,

An exciting new adventure … life at the beach! Our suggestions will give you the beachy feeling that you desire!

Start by painting your walls a soft color like our choice by Sherwin Williams – Moderate White – SW6140. Painting will create a sandy colored canvas on which to build your beach style.

In the dining space, we recommend replacing the chandelier with the Coral 5-Light Chandelier. This lighting fixture has a fabulous organic look with a white finish giving a huge nod to the sea. Remember to add shades for an extra pop of color.

Next, place our large Sidney Table in rubbed white under the new chandelier and then pull up four Parsons chairs slip covered in Sunbrella Spa Blue. On the wall behind the table, add a fabulous mirror like the large French Farmhouse Mirror.

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As a bit of fun and whimsy on the wall facing the kitchen, use our Typesetter Letters to spell out “Beach” … now that’s a literal statement describing the space, isn’t it?

The focal point for you sitting area needs to be a large storage and media cabinet. Our choice is the Tuscan Media Console in cream. Now flank this media cabinet with two of our Adelaide Club chairs beaming with fabulous pillows in Document Spa or Sunbrella Spa Blue.

Having a dual purpose cocktail table is always practical for vacation homes so we suggest three of our Upholstered Cubes in Arden Blue. The upholstered cubes offer the perfect place for your feet, additional seating when needed and a spot to hold your morning coffee and paper served on a tray!

To really bring in the beach theme, we think a collection of the Conchae Botanica Prints hung above your sofa and a collection of pillows tossed on your sofa is perfect. We suggest Belgrano Ikat Spa and Arden Blue fabrics for the pillows. Remember to flank your sofa with side tables for storage and table lamps to fulfill your lighting needs!

We are always anxious to see how Ballard Designs products have inspired your life, so remember to send us pictures when your done!

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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