Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beach bungalow ...

Memorial Day weekend always signals the official start of summer in South Texas. The quaint beach bungalows and seaside condos are filling with visitors and residents alike, all ready for a little relaxation and fun along the Gulf of Mexico. (With coastal waters at Mustang Island at 81 degrees today, who can resist?)

Image via Everyday Minerals.

There are so many great beach bungalows along every coastline, each with its own personality, a reflection of the owner's taste and budget. Even with a predominance of blue in the color schemes, there's lots of room for interpretation.

Nautical and fish themes are predictable, yet comfortable and casual like those above. Images via House Beautiful (left) and Lynn Morgan Interiors (right).

The sophisticated ease of the room designed by Kate Jackson Interior Design (shown above and below) really appeals to me. I love the framed, vintage swimsuit as art! The citron floral and striped occasional chairs look comfy and coastal casual.

The fresh white walls are a clean palette for the citron green, black and white color scheme, and I love the departure from shabby chic cottage decor so often found in bungalows from coast to coast.
Image via The Swanky Nest.

Neutrals are at home along sandy shores, too. Even without a bungalow of my own, I definitely like the beach tabletop for summer dining!

Image via Coastal Living.

Bungalows, with their limited space, often provide novel ideas for guest accommodations. I think the built-in daybed with storage below is a great idea and love the use of baskets to contain guest bedding. Cute, easy to make shell mirror is a winner, too.

Image via Southern Accents.

The nautical appeal is apparent in this bungalow's guest room. Suspended bunks leave ample stow space below, just like they did in steam ships long ago.

Now, I have to plan a quick jaunt to a sweet Port Aransas bungalow to kick off my summer!

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