Thanks to Coastal Living Magazine ( see their 2012 Happiest Seaside Towns ), the rest of the country now knows what we've known all along: Chicago's North Shore may be miles from the nearest ocean, but it's loaded with coastal style! Here along Lake Michigan, the natural beauty of the water, bluffs, sand and shore create a "seaside" atmosphere that's as much a part of our lifestyle, home and decor, as any coastal area.
And my home is certainly no exception.
From wall color to architectural accents to the smallest of accessories, a subtle hint of coastal flavor is ever present in my space and surroundings.
My comfort zone? A fine-casual aesthetic mixed with textures, fabrics and elements that create the warmth and feel of an afternoon at the beach.
Add to that an occasional hint of 'waterfront' with an unexpected accent or detail, and you have friendly, comfortable decor that welcomes family and friends alike.
One thing's for certain; whether it's oceanfront or lakeshore, Great Lakes or Pacific, North Shore Coastal-Seaside Style will always be part of my home design and decor, for this Phase Three home.....and all those that follow!
*Editor's Note: Look to this feature's upcoming posts for a sneak peek into my personal coastal style and for an inside look into the many ways Chicago's North Shore has redefined "Coastal"!
See you then.