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COASTAL LIVING
Relaxed By The Water
Dive into Kara Miller's world of beautiful design inspired by the sea.
Florida native Kara Miller creates luminous spaces that boast the perfect mix of sandy neutrals and ocean hues—characterized by a casual layering of classic textures, natural materials, and easygoing elegance. There's something undeniably calming about her relaxed and sophisticated seaside creations. Here, we've pinpointed nine easy ways to bring Kara's coastal style home.
Make A First Impression
When stepping inside a light and airy seaside retreat it's impossible not to instantly feel relaxed. Set the tone by layering in natural materials, accessories inspired by the ocean, and pops of fun color. Allow a prominent lighting fixture to take center stage against a backdrop of elements that capture coastal style.
Incorporate Shiplap
The clean, timeless look of shiplap paneling is a foolproof way to infuse a cozy coastal character. These textured wood walls help to keep an all-white room from feeling sterile. Opt for wall fixtures in contrasting brass to add warmth and visual interest to the look.
Embrace Natural Elements
Natural materials are an important feature of the coastal design aesthetic. They bring the outdoors in and contribute to the soothing and relaxing tone of the space while adding texture and interest. Natural fibers can be incorporated into rugs or floor coverings, statement chairs, and table runners. Beyond that, light fixtures or lamps in a white plaster finish can add an extra dose of personality and life to any room.
Opt For Ocean Hues
Calming blue hues inspired by days spent seaside will infuse a space with coastal charm. Add this watery accent color to bring the tranquility of the calm ocean waters inside. Lighting fixtures and lamps in natural tones and metallic finishes lend contrast against the subdued color palette.
Linden Table Lamp
KELLY WEARSTLER
Darlana Lantern
CHAPMAN & MYERS
Metropolis Table Lamp
RALPH LAUREN
Pelham Moon Light
THOMAS O'BRIEN
Lilian Floor Lamp
AERIN
Right Angle Single Sconce
CHAPMAN & MYERS
Culloden Table Lamp
AERIN
Jacqueline Chandelier
AERIN
Boston Library Light
CHAPMAN & MYERS
Henry Hanging Light
THOMAS O'BRIEN
Katie Conical Sconce
THOMAS O'BRIEN
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Rethink Rattan
Rattan's natural organic look is perfect for coastal style living, and it is enjoying a major revival. Designers are using pieces made of this earthy sustainable material in new ways throughout the house, such as this power room mirror. It's casual aesthetic plays equally lovely with brass wall sconces for a touch of luxury to the laidback vibe.
Play Up Pattern
There is no better place to play with patterns than in a coastal style home. From stripes to ikat, mixing patterns in bold colors add personality and dimension to a room. Opt for a ceiling light with an understated, classic silhouette for a look that effortlessly frames the embellishments.
Give A Nod To Nautical
Infuse nautical spirit by keeping things simple and classic with clean lines and a blue and white color scheme. Whitewashed walls and a pale floor work perfectly with deep blue armchairs and wooden accent tables. Add shine to the palette with polished nickel pendants and clear glass lamps to bring the look together.
Don't Forget The Whimsy
When trying to incorporate whimsical seaside-inspired flavor, liven up powder room walls with a sophisticated take on underwater style. Wallpaper with coastal motifs or mirrors made of shells can bring the sea and shore indoors. The finish of your wall lighting can blend seamlessly or go bold in contrast.
Take It Poolside
What's better than a home by the sea? One that also has a pool. Blur the lines between indoors and outdoors by ensuring the design is consistent so that everything flows together. Amplify the poolside experience with exterior lighting as it can help create ambiance and style while also keeping the pool area safe for those late-night dips.
Gene Single Arm Sconce
ALEXA HAMPTON
Darlana Linear Lantern
CHAPMAN & MYERS
Precision Pendant
KELLY WEARSTLER
Morris Lantern
SUZANNE KASLER
Go Lightly Sconce
BARBARA BARRY
Linear Lantern
CHAPMAN & MYERS
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To learn more about Kara Miller Interiors, visit For coastal style inspiration be sure to follow her on Instagram All photography done by Brantley Photography. For inquiries, visit and follow on Instagram
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