Designer Q&A

Top pick for kitchen flooring?

Each month, we interview one of our favorite designers about his or her best decorating tips for you. Award-winning New York kitchen designer Karen Williams spilled her secrets in our July/August issue, and she had a couple of bonus tips. Coastal Living: What’s your top pick for kitchen flooring? Karen Williams: I love a wood floor in the kitchen. It’s a […]

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What’s your home office must-have?

  In our second bonus question with designer Jocelyn Chiappone, she shares her key to a pretty and efficient office space.  Coastal Living: What’s your home office must-have? Jocelyn Chiappone: Everyone needs a pretty place to stick notes and reminders. You can make your own by covering a piece of corkboard in fabric and securing it with a decorative nailhead in a Greek key […]

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Symmetry: Yes or no?

  In our first bonus question with designer Jocelyn Chiappone, she shares a design tip for pulled-together living spaces. Coastal Living: Symmetry: Yes or No? Jocelyn Chiappone: Yes, with a twist: Symmetry creates a sense of peace and balance, as well as a sense of grandeur—but symmetrical doesn’t have to mean exactly the same. For example, select different height lamps and side tables […]

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What’s a great, low-maintenance water fixture option?

  In our third bonus question with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, it’s all about keeping things easy. Coastal Living: Are there any low-maintenance options for water fixtures? Margie Grace: Choose a fountain with only running water visible (pondless with a hidden reservoir underneath it). There’s no standing water to keep clean. See the Q&A with Margie that appeared in our April […]

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How can you make a new garden look well-established?

  In our second bonus Q&A with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, she shares an expert gardening trick.   Coastal Living: How can you make a new garden quickly look well-established? Margie Grace: If you want multiples of one kind of plant, buy a few that are mature and put those where they’ll have the most impact while you wait for […]

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What’s one of your favorite trends in outdoor living?

  Every month, we ask one of our favorite coastal designers for his or her top decor tips.  Santa Barbara, CA designer Margie Grace shared her advice in our April issue (see it here!), but had some extra tips to share. Here’s the first in our weekly installment. Coastal Living: What’s one of your favorite trends in outdoor living? Margie Grace: Outdoor showers. There are some absolutely […]

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How can I incorporate nautical art into my home?

In our fourth and final bonus Q&A with interior designer Liz Carroll, she dishes on her favorite way to glam up vintage pieces. Coastal Living: Do you have any suggestions for incorporating nautical accessories into your home? Liz Carroll: I love the idea of three vintage life preservers framed in a beach house hallway. An acrylic case is a fun, modern way to […]

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What’s a decorating lesson you learned the hard way?

In our third bonus question with designer Liz Carroll, she shares a design tip that everyone needs to know. Coastal Living: What’s a decorating lesson you learned the hard way? Liz Carroll: Measure not just the space where a piece will go, but how it’s going to get there, whether through a tight doorway or up a flight of stairs. […]

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What’s a bold decorating choice you’d only try in a coastal home?

In our second bonus Q&A with Wilmington-based designer Liz Carroll, it’s all about going bold. Coastal Living: What’s a bold decorating choice you’d only try in a coastal home? Liz Carroll: A fireplace with beautiful custom seashell surrounds. It really wouldn’t work anywhere else! Get more design inspiration: 15 Fabulous Fireplace Ideas Ideas for Your Outdoor Fireplace Liz Carroll’s first […]

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What’s the best way to show off a shell collection?

Every month, we ask one of our favorite coastal designers for his or her top decor tips. Wilmington, North Carolina, designer Liz Carroll shared her advice in our February issue (see them here!), but had some extras to share. Here’s the first in our weekly installment: What’s the best way to show off a shell collection? Liz Carroll: Find a great […]

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