Decorating Outdoors Coastal Style

Decorating outdoors in a light and airy coastal style.

When spring arrived last week, it got me motivated to bring my vision of coastal style to my waterfront home. I still can’t even believe I can say that…“waterfront home”. :-) I am still taking it all in… it is truly a dream come true to have made living on the water a reality.

In “the dream house in my head” that I have decorated a hundred times over the last 30 years, I am giddy that I can finally put all those dreaming ideas into real every day living.


… which is easy, breezy with a touch of colorful coastal thrown into the mix.

I also want to be able to use decorative items inside and out – no fussiness, just functional, stylish pieces that won’t break my budget and that can easily be moved outdoors to transform the gazebo that is over the water for dining alfresco if a fitting occasion pops up.

Lake house gazebo

Since my kitchen and living room were under construction and the weather warm enough to dine alfresco, I decided to take my Pier 1 finds to do just that… cozy up the gazebo that sits out on the water for a family dinner over the holiday weekend.

I have only shown you a glimpse of the gazebo before when I first moved into the house. I think it is where we will be spending a lot of time now that spring is here and summer not far behind.

lake house living

We placed the outdoor dining table and chairs from our previous house in the gazebo. It fits perfectly.  There are built-in benches on two sides, a ceiling fan and light.

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I have been wanting woven driftwood Kubu dining chairs (no longer available) for a long time. I finally bought them and brought two out to the gazebo to start decorating outdoors. They look great in my kitchen, too and are super comfy. Even without cushions. I am going to go back and get two more since I noticed over the weekend that everyone favored them over the other chairs around the table.


Not sure we will use the ceiling light in the gazebo as it will just attract bugs, but the fan will be nice to have on hot summer nights. For lighting, I will be using two tall table lanterns. I made the runner using a long length of burlap.

Coastal style decorating idea for accessorizing your home

Turquoise is one of the colors in my decorating scheme. This colorful throw adds a touch of cozy to the outdoor space. It is good to have on hand to wrap yourself up in as the evening gets chilly or if the opportunity arises for an evening boat ride on the water.

Driftwood color dining chairs kubu from Pier 1

The Mother-of-Pearl pillow just looks so pretty.


It is still too cold to swim, but the two-toned  basket can do double duty once I use it to carry all the items from the house to the gazebo. When it sits empty, guests who just came in from the water can place their towels in.  In my living room in the house I am using it as a place to stash my collection of chair throws.


If you like to decorate in coastal style, this driftwood bowl can be used in many different ways. I have glass floats placed in mass in it for now, but it could hold mail, fruit, or a small collection of your favorite items. The Blue and white pillow add to the cozy up the space.


If you don’t know this about me yet, I love to set tables. Really I do. I think it comes from all the years I worked in retail display and was in charge of all the displays in the china department. I had fun decorating many tables in any way I wanted using the stores merchandise in creative ways.

I like the contrast of the melamine plates with the Driftwood Chargers. They are a little rough hewn. I will use it every time we eat outside which could be breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also like that I can pair it with my white every day dinnerware.


I poured sand into the lanterns and placed turquoise candles inside.


I made place card tags with card stock and tied them around blue woven napkins with ribbon. I will show you how I make these later this week.


Now that my first lake side dining alfresco experience was a success, I am sure you will be seeing my new coastal style decorations pop up all around my house…indoors and outdoors over the spring and summer months.

Ideas for decorating outdoors with a blue and white color scheme. My favorite item are the waterway plates. | In My Own Style

Are you starting to change things up around your house now that it is spring and summer?

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  1. pamela creadick says:

    Well i started with your diy chalk paint site and went from there, pinned a ton of your ideas and I’m just getting started. I adore your site!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Pamela – I will be posting a whole new series of chalk painted pieces over the summer I am looking forward to doing them. Thanks for reading my blog and pinning. XO

  2. Melisa Lissa says:

    Love all your decorating inspiration. Lovely! Everything is beautifully perfect.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Melisa :-)

  3. Terri/Houston lady says:

    Hi Diane! I love your blog and all your decorating inspiration ?
    Have a great week

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Terri for taking the time to comment and say hi from Houston. XO Thanks for reading my blog.

  4. your posts have always been so fun to read, sponsored or not…. clearly you’ve put your heart into it…. appreciate the great work!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Vincent – I do enjoy decorating and coming up with new ideas on how to make it fun and affordable.

  5. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Amazing Diane!!! I adore all the blue. Looks like I’m going shopping.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Stephanie – Thanks. XO I had a good time, not only buying the items, but then setting them up outside for out first dining experience out on our gazebo.

  6. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Everything is beautifully perfect. I tried to get the throw, but as usual, it is sold out in my neck of the woods. I am so happy for you two and that you got to have your girls home for Easter. God Bless!

  7. Fantastic, made me want to rush to Pier1, I do have a Pier1 charge. Love the new plates.

  8. Elaine Williams in Baltimore says:

    The gazebo is gorgeous and the perfect place to dine outdoors.

  9. It is gorgeous- be careful of wind! Not sure if your gazebo has screens.
    Otherwise your beautiful items may end up in the water.

  10. Diane, delighted to see your pleasure in decorating home and your dreams come true. Have a great spring!
    I’m your fan all the way down from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and here is already autumn, although hot as hell and with green trees! But this is part of the world weather changes!
    kisses ML

    1. I love your color choices. I can imagine you and hubby spending many a beautiful Dhakand evening enjoying irr.

  11. Linda Weeks says:

    It is beautiful, and I would expect nothing less from you! I hope you are taking the time to relax and enjoy all this loveliness !

  12. So happy for you and Ed in your new home!! Love your style – would love to see what you could do with my home – we have a ranch on 10 acres! Very rustic, no lake views but beautiful views of the countryside, neighboring cattle farms and our horses and cattle!! Maybe we will have a lake home when my body can’t handle the farm any more!! Enjoy the spring in your new home – looking forward to your emails and projects as you put your style on your lake house!

  13. I love the sound of “Waterfront Home”!!!
    Your gazebo is gorgeous! I love how you decorated your lakeside table!
    I’m sure you will enjoy many nights at this beautiful lake!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – We had Thursday and Friday to enjoy the gazebo over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday (Easter) is was overcast and rainy. Today the sun came out after everyone left. Wish it would have been a sunnier weekend.

      1. DeeAnn B. says:

        Which begs the question, how are you hauling all that beautiful stuff indoors during inclement weather & to keep from getting dusty everyday? I love my Pier 1 cushions outdoors on pool deck furniture, but have problems with the above.

  14. Heather C says:

    it just makes me want to sit and enjoy the cool breeze and languid conversation with nothing more demanding than to pour another drink.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Heather – I agree and plan to do just that – a lot of it! Cheers :-)

  15. I am so impressed how it is all coming together! I know you will love your new style of living every day. Can’t wait to see more! Enjoy retirement!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Shirley. Even though we moved south, we are not retired yet. Maybe in about 5 years for Ed and 8 for me :-)

  16. Sue Bauman says:

    Your outdoor spaces and views are gorgeous! I love the decor, too!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sue – thanks – The outdoor spaces around the house were one of the selling features for us. The house was truly designed for the lake in all aspects.

  17. Your gazebo is beautiful!