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Going Coastal All Year Round

leslie-rascoe“I am a firm believer that any day at the beach is…well, it’s better than just about anything!

I wish I could bottle the feeling of excitement, waking before dawn with the realization that I’ve made it to my peaceful place. Before the sun even thinks about rising, I bound out the door, headed straight to the sand for a walk and exploration. I’m constantly inspired by nature, but especially by coastal areas.” – Leslie Newsom Rascoe

Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of artifacts from beloved beach trips. I keep these objects close to me…so close, in fact, I’ve started decorating around them!

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You would be hard pressed to find a room in my home without some sort of shell, rock, sea glass or driftwood. I treasure these objects for the memories they recall, but also because they invoke a feeling of organic, light-filled spaces I associate with living on the water.

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We are hours from the coast, yet our home could easily be transported to Nantucket, the South Carolina Lowcountry or Catalina Island. I tend to keep the interior palette white, layering in furniture pieces that complement a more relaxed, coastal feel.

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“A home should be a reflection of who you are no matter where you live, so for this beach girl, ‘Going Coastal’ is a way of life!”

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Want the Coastal Look? Be inspired by our Wisteria favorites:

Seaside Welcome Entryway | Nantucket Entryway

Coastal Breeze Dining Room | Winward Retreat Dining Room | Nantucket Dining Room |  Coastal Resort Dining Room

Coastal Resort Living Room | Modern Retreat Office

  
  

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Frame by Frame: Creating a Salon Wall

So, you have that one empty (and consequently massive) wall that’s been staring at you far too long. Or maybe you have a collection of decor pieces, photos, and prints that you have yet to find the perfect place to hang in your home. Well, there’s a solution that may initially seem intimidating, but just might be what your polished home is missing. Enter the salon wall (AKA the gallery wall). A salon wall is a great way to infuse some personality into your space and really make a statement. You may not have all the right pieces laying around and find they may take some time. But don’t get overwhelmed—we have some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Start by selecting a consistent color palette or theme. In our example, we’re highlighting all things avian in a range of natural hues. We suggest starting with a piece or two that you adore, then build your collection around that. Ultimately, your salon wall should reflect your personality and showcase your favorite things.

Once you’re happy with your collection, it’s time to play with the layout and put it all together.

First, anchor the collection. We think this is best done with one large piece. A dominant piece will serve as the foundation and dictate the flow of other smaller pieces. There is, however, an alternative if you don’t have this piece. In it’s place, use two to four pieces hung at matching heights to establish your focal point.

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We suggest starting from the center then working outward and upward. This will help maintain balance within your designated space.

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Vary the sizes and orientation of each piece. A variety of shapes and sizes will help the wall feel balanced and keep the eye entertained.

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Be sure to keep the distance between the pieces consistent. It doesn’t have to be exact but you don’t want it to look cluttered and completely unplanned. Also, take time to make sure each piece is level. Creating a salon wall is no easy feat, so details matter.

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Our favorite part of creating a salon wall is watching it all come together. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but trust us, you’ll love it. An added bonus is that you can break up the gallery at any time and rehang the pieces throughout your home (although we suggest you enjoy the finished product for awhile first)! Love our salon wall? You can purchase all pieces as a set or individually to suit your collection (at 20% off until 9/21)!

Frame by Frame: Creating a Salon Wall | Wisteria

All together now!

  
  

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  • Chrissie Cheshire

    The products you have are amazing, interesting, decorative and fabulous. However, one sad point…….you do not ship to the UK.

  • Chrissie Cheshire

    The products you have are amazing, interesting, decorative and fabulous. However, one sad point…….you do not ship to the UK.

Pinterest Feeds We Love

We’re all guilty of losing track of time playing around on Pinterest. Recently, we asked our design team which Pinterest pages they most love to follow—here is a peek at just a few of their favorites! Don’t forget to follow us too and find what inspires you!

Pinners We Love

Left to Right: Autumn Clemons —Autumn has great craft and DIY ideas. Her pins prove a little paint and a little fabric can go a long way. // Flourish Design —Designer Sarah Swanson has a taste for clean, white spaces, and perfectly curated accessories, making for some serious eye candy. // Katie Rosenfeld Design —Our favorite board from this Boston-based designer is “Beach.” We love finding great coastal inspiration!

Pinners we Love

Left to Right: Kelly Wearstler —Kelly is a source of inspiration for furniture design and all around style! // House Beautiful Magazine —The House Beautiful magazine, though inspiring, is limited to it’s printed pages. On Pinterest, we get unlimited and everyday access to some of the hottest design trends and awe-inpiring features. // Maria Killam —This designer loves color and it shows. Check out her board titled “Happy Colour.” // Holly Phillips @ The English Room —This page’s board is divided by room and style, making for easy browsing (and lots of re-pinning)!

  
  

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