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The classic sling chair gets a playful update from Serena Lily with happy all-weather fabrics and a teak frame. | coastalliving.com

Each shell for Karen Robertson's artwork is handpicked for shape and color, making each piece of art one-of-a-kind. | coastalliving.com

Annie Selke deems coral her color inspiration of the year. Comfy bedding in a happy pattern instantly brightens a beach house bedroom. | coastalliving.com

Update a patio or poolside seating with Dash Albert's indoor/outdoor pillows in fabulous colors. | coastalliving.com

Ochre-colored plaster walls and columns deliver color without the need for outdoor paint in this Malibu home's loggia designed by Lewin Wertheimer. | coastalliving.com

We love this SoCal beach cottage from designer Lewin Wertheimer. Its front porch, climbing garden, and open design make it inviting. | coastalliving.com

A metallic wallcovering and velvet headboard bring the luxury factor to this Massachusetts bedroom. | coastalliving.com

Gideon Mendelson suggests mixing pieces from different styles and periods to give a room character and uniqueness. | coastalliving.com

Designer Gideon Mendelson chose dark wood to balance the natural light of this Hamptons bedroom. | coastalliving.com

Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks kept the work area in this beach cottage modern with clean white and modern accessories. | coastalliving.com

The green and blue plaid fabric echos the colors found in the painting on the mantle. We love the cheerful green bedside chest!

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

`Poppies` Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858)

When you see someone reading your book…

love this article. E.B. White, writer. | 40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative

"I suppose the thing I most would have liked to have known or been reassured about is that in the world, what counts more than talent, what counts more than energy or concentration or commitment, or anything else - is kindness. And the more in the world that you encounter kindness and cheerfulness - which is its kind of amiable uncle or aunt - the better the world always is. And all the big words: virtue, justice, truth - are dwarfed by the greatness of kindness." ~ Stephen Fry

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) ... gifted writer and civil rights activist ... winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mark Twain: "Be good and you will be lonesome."

Bellingham Garden - I love this idea for a garden path - flat stone, mos, other keepsakes