In Relaxed Coastal Style, Sally Denning offers decorating inspiration for anyone lucky enough to live by the ocean, as well as those who only dream of it.
Scientists tell us that living by the ocean makes us happier and healthier: increased views of blue space have a calming effect and sea air improves our ability to absorb oxygen. Being by water brings a sense of tranquillity and relaxation and a home by the sea has never been more desirable.
The first part of the book offers up Sally's unique take on coastal style, celebrating the colours and textures of the seaside: bare wooden boards, uncurtained windows, and furnishings covered in robust linen or cotton that will endure salt water and the sun's rays. Sally also looks at lighting, furniture and coastal decorative accents such as maps, charts and nautical-themed accessories. She draws inspiration from beachcombing, displaying shells and driftwood to feel close to nature and the sound of the waves. The second half of the book visits a selection of glorious coastal houses, cottages and hideaways that are guaranteed to enchant and inspire. Wherever you live, relaxed Coastal style will inspire you to adopt the relaxed, informal simplicity of life by the sea.
Sally Denning is a UK-based freelance interiors stylist and creative director. She has more than 20 years' experience in the industry, including 12 years working on leading interiors and women's interest magazines for prestigious publishing houses in London. Sally embarked on a freelance career 10 years ago and her work regularly appears in titles such as Homes & Gardens, Homes & Antiques, House Beautiful, and Country Homes & Interiors. She also has a wealth of commercial clients who continually draw on her styling skills and creative flair. Sally's Instagram is at @blackshorestyle, where she is followed by a roster of interiors insiders. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two young sons.