Packing for a Move
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Packing for a Move

Welcome to my website. I’m hoping to provide you with some useful packing tips. My name is Ellen Monday. My family and I moved from a very large home to a large home. My point being, although we still live in a large house, we did downsize. It was almost like packing for two moves because we had belongings going to the new house and some going to storage. We had to make decisions about what we wanted to keep, store and get rid of. I have some tips on how we made those decisions, and the best ways we found to pack. Items that were going into storage were packed differently than those we were moving to the new house. Boxes had to be carefully and clearly marked so we didn’t end up storing our everyday dishes or something tragic like that! Hope you enjoy my blog.


Packing for a Move

5 Steps To A Coastal-Inspired Patio

Aaron Carroll

Your patio is your outdoor retreat. For that reason, many homeowners opt to create a patio with a definite vacation vibe. Well, what says "vacation" more than a day at the beach? Even if you're in the most land-locked of areas, you can transform your patio into a beachy retreat with some coastal-inspired steps.

1. Start with Plank Flooring

Beach-side patios can be in any material. However, wood is often associated with coastal style. So, start with a foundation of that material. Consider having hardwood flooring installed. If you don't want the maintenance of wood, the Landscaping Network suggests choosing composite decking. It's low-maintenance and long-lasting. Either way, choose white decking for that coastal feel.

2. Buy Beach-Inspired Furniture

Your next step is to decorate your patio with beach-inspired furniture. Generally speaking, beachy furniture is made of rattan or wicker. However, you can also get a beach vibe with wooden furniture. For instance, look into a low-riding beach chair in wood. A chaise lounge or even a day bed gives the feel of lounging in the sun on a warm summer's day.

3. Incorporate a Coastal Palette

The furniture provides the base for your patio décor. Your next step is to incorporate a beach-inspired palette. As noted, white is common for beachy décor. However, you have many options for other color combinations:

  • Shades of turquoise with sand for a general beach palette
  • Navy, white, and red for a Cape Cod ambience
  • Pastels for a seaside ambience
  • Turquoise mixed with bright pinks and corals for a tropical feel

Look at pictures of seaside resorts for inspiration for your color palette. You should use this color scheme for the cushions and other textiles in your patio's décor.

4. Include Beach-Inspired Images

Décor always comes down to the details. To create a truly coastal ambience, you want to include beach-inspired images. For one, you can add cushions with nautical themes onto your seating. You can also hang artwork with beach-side scenes. Don't be afraid to be literal by scattering tables with seashells or even hanging a captain's wheel on your wall. Make your beachy décor unique.

5. Add a Sun Umbrella

When you're at the seaside, you want to soak in some sun. However, beach-side resorts also feature many shade umbrellas to keep their guests cool. You'll want to add such a sun umbrella to your décor, too. Not only will it keep you and your guests cool, it will add to the beachy vibe. Look for umbrellas in your target color scheme. You might even find one with a nautical image.

Create a coastal getaway with your patio design.