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BB Aloha Atlantic

Byron Bay is a beach side town located on the east coast of Australia just south of Brisbane and well north of Sydney.  With an eclectic mix of surfing, sophistication, and a big dose of bohemian culture, a thriving design scene has recently emerged.  One of the most notable additions is the hip but laid back Byron Bay Atlantic,  “a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses and joined by meandering sun bleached paths.”

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The calendar may say October but don’t let that force you into a color scheme of brown and orange.  Equally rich but not nearly as expected is the pairing of pink and wine.  Like a great cab served with a perfectly seasoned filet, spice up your fall with this interesting and autumnal candy-colored combo.

David Hicks for Lee Jofa’s La Fiorentina fabric is a great geometric pattern for pillows like this one from Arianna Belle on Etsy.

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The carefree and lazy days of summer may be almost over but Labor Day is right around the corner and a great excuse for a picnic.  Nothing sets the mood quite like gingham.  Either in big, bold, navy blue or a blend of bright pink and citrus orange checks, gingham is fresh and fun and flirty.  Kind of like Martha Stewart meets Betsy Johnson.  But don’t get too crazy.  Just remember a little goes a long way.

Sweet yellow checks and a hint of liberty flowers set the stage for a late summer picnic courtesy of

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Shabby chic may be a term of the past but elements of its style are not forgotten.  Keep the elegance of the french caned furniture and simple, white, slip covered furniture and painted floors but switch it up by substituting the floral, frilly and sometimes frou frou look with warm rustic wood, classic striped fabrics and industrial vintage finds to define a new style affectionately called Beach Country.

This North Carolina lake house was renovated by its owners with lots of flea market purchases and their own elbow grease.  The Craigslist caned sofa and Goodwill wing back chair were both reupholstered in thrifty drop cloth which looks a lot like linen at a fraction of the cost.

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Modern design is about clean lines and minimalism.  In a post-industrial era, many rejected the notion of traditional.  But in a beach house setting, you can’t forget the color.  Sleek and white make a home feel spacious and uncluttered but there’s surely a way to make modern more fun than sophisticated and stuffy.

Popham Design does a great job of taking geometric shapes such as the hexagon and combining them with a Moroccan touch.  The cement tiles such as their Hex Target in Cabana pattern can be used on floors or walls.

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