Hamptons Beach Style – How to Perfect this Look at Home


No matter what time of year it is, perfecting a coastal style in your home décor will have you feeling warm and toasty. We love beachside couture because of the calming and relaxed vibe it brings to any living space.

One of the most famous coastal styles in home décor is the Hamptons style.

Let’s have a look at what defines Hamptons beach style and give you some great tips for perfecting this style at home (even if you don’t have a Hamptons style budget!)

Hamptons style comes from the Hampton Islands area in upstate New York, where the sophisticated spend their summers. It is a chic and effortlessly cool décor vibe that is light and bright and somehow exudes expense and beachside chill at the same time.

The Hamptons look is “sophisticated, relaxed, timeless, airy and light”, according to Indah Island interior designer, Natalee Bowen, who specialises in a gorgeous fusion of Hamptons and lush Australian coastal.

This style of décor is open and airy with the simplicity of colour, pattern and design. It draws inspiration from some romantic European styles including French Provincial and Baroque mainly in the furniture design.

This style is always cool and relatively easy to exude in Aussie homes, fitting in perfectly with our warm climate and laidback entertaining vibe.

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Styling ideas for Beach Themed Kids’ Rooms

Cozy white and blue nursery

We get so excited about beach-themed home design, as there is so much fun and variety in what you can do. Your own personal taste and individual touches can be brought out beautifully in many different ways meaning that you are never restricted, and you can make your space truly your own.

Beach themed kids’ rooms come in many different colours and styles as well, and can be as unique as your own high-spirited child. Wonderfully gender-neutral, a beach themed room can inspire creative play and imaginative fun, as well as teaching your kids about the importance of respecting our oceans and the glorious life within her.

There are really no rules with a beach theme, and you can play around as you or your child likes. Coastally inspired ideas are generally serene and relaxed, cool and breezy, with either a natural vibe of sun, sea and sand or the bright colours of beachside recreation or underwater life.

Furniture and decorations may show fish, shells, starfish and other creatures, watercraft like boats and surfboards floating on the waves, ocean side flora like tropical trees and bright blooms or summertime fun like ice cream and beachballs.

Often there is a happy use of weatherworn and distressed furniture that looks like it may have washed up on the beach, or made from natural textures like grass, wood, and bamboo.

We love the colour combinations and the relaxed feel of a coastally designed room. Here are some of our favourite ideas for beach themed kids’ rooms and unique décor.

Calming Ocean Nursery


Image: Project Nursery



The tranquil blues and whites of an ocean nursery have a beautiful way of not being too ‘boy-room’, and are stunning for baby girls as well (and great for when you don’t know the gender of your baby yet).

These tones are sublime for relaxing your little one to wind down for sleep, or as a lovely calming welcome when she wakes up. You will also find this a lovely place to sit and feed in the middle of the night.

Choose several different tones of blue, as the ocean changes colour and personality every day, and then accentuate with white wood furniture, pale motifs such as white starfish, clouds, birds or seashells.

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10 Easy Eco-Friendly Tips to Help Protect our Oceans


Looking after the ocean should be a bit of a no-brainer, right? We all know that we should be taking care of our waterways and looking after the conservation of our oceans and all of the creatures that live within them.

But there might be a few tips that you hadn’t thought of, and a few things you were guilty of that really aren’t great for our ocean and her dwellers. The truth is there is always a little more we could be doing. Let’s have a look at 10 easy eco-friendly tips you could follow in your everyday life to help protect the ocean.

Why does the ocean need protecting?

The oceans are massive, right, and flourishing? Why on earth would they need our help?

Oceans play a vital role in regulating our climate and feeding all of the people and creatures on the globe. Oceans represent the world’s largest store of carbon and help to create most of the air that we breathe as well as keeping temperatures across the globe even enough for life to thrive.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation:

“As the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean. If we reach a tipping point, we will likely see more extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels and temperatures, and melting of sea ice and ice sheets—all of which aggravate the negative impacts of overfishing, illegal fishing, pollution, and habitat degradation”

Basically, the oceans are being threatened by a number of factors including:

  • carbon emissions which cause climate change, raising the temperature of the ocean and the world
  • the carbon makeup of the ocean is changing which is gradually killing off species of marine life and natural habits such as coral reefs
  • they are also threatened by manmade rubbish and chemicals that make their way into the water.

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Top 2019 Trends for Coastal Interior Design


If there is one quality we love about coastal design, it is that it can be fresh and new even as it is thousands of years old.

The rustic and weathered pieces that fill our homes beautifully represent both the age and timelessness of the sea and the sand. While coastal design has been around forever, it is always contemporary and new.

Let’s look at the 2019 coastal design trends that have us most excited to get decorating and renovating this coming year.

Time to Declutter and start Anew

With a fresh new year, many people want to give their home a fresh new look. It is the perfect time to clean out cupboards and get rid of items that no longer bring you joy.

Move furniture around and mix up your use of colours, patterns and textures. Some tidying and rearranging can make your space feel brand new even if you can’t afford to buy a new home or undertake significant renovations.

A change is as good as a holiday, and changing around the coastal design of your living spaces can make summer feel like it lasts all year.

Set yourself a task of one cupboard at a time or one room at a time – don’t take on too much or you can get quickly overwhelmed. You don’t want to make too much mess at once either – when you are clearing and decluttering your home can look a lot messier before it looks better.

Tidy surfaces and spaces that can be seen by everyone by getting rid of what you no longer need and investing in good storage to hide everything else.

Then use the clean slate you create to craft your own stunning coastal design for 2019.

Top 2019 Trends for Coastal Interior Design

From small changes to big ones – you’ll be surprised by how good you will feel with some variety in your life.

Whether you are just starting out in coastal design or you already love a beachside theme but just need to shake things up a bit, these ideas will inspire you and awaken you to a whole new feeling in your home.
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Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe at the Beach this Summer


Everyone looks forward to summer, don’t they? We always love chilled out holidays and taking time off from work, relaxing by the beach and hanging out with family and friends.

You can’t be too relaxed, however, because the Aussie beach can, unfortunately, be a dangerous place if you aren’t careful.

Here are some beach safety tips to help you look after your family without losing the fun and relaxation of a day beside the sea. You do need to be careful and stay alert, but it shouldn’t get in the way of having fun in the sun.

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Coastal Christmas Decor Tips and Ideas

Coastal Christmas Decor

I may have mentioned this before, but Christmas and the beach go so incredibly well together – don’t you think?

While across the globe Christmases are all snow and fireplaces and hot roast dinners, in Australia when we think of Christmas we naturally go to sunny days, swimming, fresh seafood and tropical fruit covered pavlovas.

Whether your Christmas day is by the beach, or you just love channelling a coastal vibe wherever your home is located, we have got some gorgeous coastal Christmas décor ideas for you.

From traditional sit-down dining, to grazing platters, cold buffet or a balmy Christmas Eve cocktail party, we have got all the festive beachside decorating tips you will need.

Why do we love a Coastal Christmas so much?

A beachside Christmas has a far more laidback, chilled-out vibe than a Northern winter Christmas.

Christmas can be a mad, mad time of year, a time of being hectic and getting stressed out. While at Beachside Collective, we love the coastal look all year round, we think it fits beautifully well with Christmas.
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Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Part 2

coastal christmas gift ideas part 2

If you are stumped for some present ideas for the kids, or if you have lots of extra people to buy for, we have the ultimate list of coastal Christmas gift ideas for you. Fun, quirky, useful and well within your budget, for all those extra gifts and stocking fillers, check out this list.

Just for Fun – Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming closer – how is your Christmas shopping going? Starting to panic yet?

The range of fun and quirky coastal Christmas gift ideas from the Beachside Collective is the answer to all of your problems. You can find everything you need here and buy it all online – even enjoy a quiet beverage while you are doing it!

If you are looking for kids’ coastal Christmas gift ideas, or smaller things like Kris Kringle, for teachers or stocking fillers, we have you covered with our list below.

If you are looking for the bigger gifts for her, for him, or for that person in your life who is just impossibly difficult to buy for, be sure to check the first part of this blog, here!

Our gifts are out of the box extraordinary and support small and boutique local businesses as well as helping to support global enterprises. Made from only the best materials, many of them are handcrafted as sustainably sourced as well.

Something for the Kids

If you are looking for a gift that won’t date, that looks good with your décor and that your child is guaranteed to play with over and over, check out the whimsical animals and creatures from Aquamarine Home.

One of our favourites is the Princess Playset (also available in a Dinosaur set), which is handcrafted by artisans in Nepal. Money from your purchase goes back into the local community where it was made.

Princess Playset
Princess Playset from Aquamarine Home


If you are thinking less along toy lines, and more for something useful and practical, you will love the retro-inspired rashies, swimmers and boardshorts from Babes in the Shade. Keep your kids protected from the sun as well as looking suave and uber cool while they play at the beach.

babes in the shade
Rash vests from Babes in the Shade


Pair them with the breezy Vacay Capes from Ozel, perfect to throw in the beach bag, quick drying and adorable on little ones!

Vacay Sun Cape from Ozel
Vacay Sun Cape from Ozel

Quirky fun stuff

A sweet coastal inspired print will please people of all ages, and is so versatile. We love these for children, as well as for when you are completely stuck for ideas.

The beachy hues of this boho print from Final Touch Décor are precious.

boho bear print
Wild and Free Bear from Final Touch Decor


Everyone would love to receive this beautiful dreamy beach print, it will make anyone think of holidays and happy times.

Sunset Beach Scene from Final Touch Decor

For anyone hoping for some chill out time by the beach this summer, you can’t go wrong with a voucher to buy some easy reading material, there is a huge range of options or you can go with a gift voucher from Book Depository.

Stocking fillers and shopping on a budget

A gorgeous beach towel is never a bad gift, especially one as vibrant and timeless as this one from Sun Republic. And under $25, it is great for the work Kris Kringle or your kid’s teacher. A clever unisex present, it will also go perfectly if you have lucky dip sort of gift exchange happening.

cotton peshtemal towel
Cotton Peshtemal Towel from Sun Republic


Something we especially love for teachers is the jewellery range from Aquamarine Home. Cute, bright and versatile, every purchase also donates money towards education for girls in third-world countries to prevent them from being trafficked.

Check out these earrings in coastal inspired tones:

Paper Bead Tassel earrings from Aquamarine Home


Wonderful for stocking fillers, you should also check out their range of handmade, ethically sourced Christmas decorations as well.

cuttlefish ornaments
View the range of ornaments from Aquamarine Home


Other easy options, that everyone will love to receive include the coastal scented candle range from Saltwater Lifestyle. Pair them with a four-pack of mini bottles of sparkling wine or prosecco to make sure your recipient knows this gift is all about some indulgent me-time.

Coastal scented candles from Saltwater Lifestyle

A true ocean experience

If you can’t bring your special person to the beach, but still love a coastally inspired gift, how about tickets to the aquarium in your capital city, or a donation to help support marine conservation or the Surf Lifesaving Foundation?

And if you are still completely stumped for coastal Christmas gift ideas, why not buy a gift voucher from one of our incredible vendors? We have a huge range of coastally inspired items for the beach, home or just for fun; your friends and family are sure to find something to suit them perfectly.


Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Part 1


Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Something for Everybody

In Australia, Christmas and summer go together like strawberries and pavlova. With the vision in your mind of a balmy summer’s day for Christmas, giving gifts with an easy coastal vibe is a wonderful idea.

Whether your gift recipients live on the coast, are planning a beach holiday, or just love sprinkling some coastal décor around their home, wherever they reside, we have the ultimate list of coastal Christmas gift ideas for you.

If you are looking for gifts for her, for him, of for that person in your life who is just impossibly difficult to buy for, we have you covered.

If you are looking for kids’ coastal Christmas gift ideas, or smaller things like Kris Kringle, for teachers or stocking fillers, be sure to check our second part of this blog, coming soon!

Many of our gifts are out of the box extraordinary and support small and boutique local businesses. Made from only the best materials, many of them are handcrafted as sustainably sourced as well.

Gifts for her

Any special lady deserves a little chill-out and some me-time. Indulge the woman in your life with this luxurious throw, perfect as a blanket or as interior or exterior décor.

Ozel Australia Oasis Lifestyle Throw – on sale!


Encourage her to completely relax by pairing this magnificent throw with some other self-care items such as a bottle of expensive champagne and a few good books bundled up in a ribbon or in a picnic basket.

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Beach holiday travel tips


The beach holiday is everyone’s dream break. The sun, sand and sparkling seas, the relaxation time and peace and quiet. The unwritten rule that you must use this time to chill out and just reconnect with yourself.Beach holidays are supposed to be easy and relaxed, but it can take a little bit of planning and preparation to get there. We have put together some beach holiday travel tips and advice to make the planning part stress free.

With our help, you can be on your relaxing holiday sooner, and in the right frame of mind from the beginning.

The Beachside Collective’s Easy and Relaxing list of Beach Holiday Travel Tips

Make a list

Some people LOVE being delegated the job of packing master, while others are more forced into the role kicking and screaming. Either way, packing needs to be done – and if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself – amiright?

Take a lesson from Santa on this one – make a list and check it twice. Make your list at least a few days before you need to pack to give you time to review it, add things you’ve forgotten, and go shopping for anything you are missing. Ideally, you make the list a week or two before you are leaving.

There is a great template list here

If you are flying

There will be some absolute essentials you need to take if you are flying somewhere, especially if you are travelling overseas. Things like sunscreen and thongs you can pick up anywhere, but these you must have packed in your bag to go:

  • Passports and ID
  • Copies of any tickets/reservations/transfers
  • Money/exchanged currency/credit cards
  • Any medication, ensuring that it is labelled
  • Contraception if needed

If you are travelling with a baby, check with your airline to see what items you can take on the plane – some will include these in the ticket price. Some will allow a baby carrier or stroller to be taken along with your regular luggage.

If you want to minimise the items you take with you, check with your accommodation about the ability to borrow or hire these things from your

Put a beach bag together with the day trip essentials

And then leave that bag alone. Take things out to use them, wash them etc, then put them back ready for the next beach trip.

We particularly love the Grey Wolf bag from Cub and Scout; it looks good, is sturdy and easy to clean, has heaps of space and pockets, and even stands up on its own when you need it to.


In this bag you may want to put:

  • Sunscreen
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • A small first aid kit
  • Snacks that travel well (pretzels, muesli bars, rice crackers)
  • A couple of bottles of water
  • A couple of snap-lock bags to keep sand out of any valuables
  • A hat for every person in your family
  • Sunglasses
  • Floaties for anyone who needs them
  • A rug or beach blanket
  • Change of underwear or nappies for any little ones not yet toilet trained

This way you don’t have to keep repacking the beach bag and stressing about what is in it every time you go.

The fun stuff list

Your beach holiday is supposed to be fun and relaxing – right? Being well prepared is part of that, as is bringing a few comforts of home. Just because you are on the beach doesn’t mean you want to be uncomfortable, overheated or get sand in weird places.

Time to think of fun, comfort and luxury for this list – you are going on a well-deserved break after all.


  • Bucket and spade if you have little ones
  • Goggles
  • Things that sink and float for various water games such as sinkies, balls or frisbees.
  • Boogie boards or pool noodles

A beach cart is a fabulous accessory


Think of an Italian beachside in a vintage movie – and go classic and classy with your shade options. We love the unique prints on umbrellas like this Cool Cat print from Camilla, or you may also like the quirky shape of the gorgeous beach tent range from Lovin Summer.

We adore this innovative Sand Pillow as an easy beach seat. It is lightweight and folds up small when empty, but when you are at the beach fill the base with sand and the headrest insert with air, and you have an instant seat. Then just empty it again and fold up to go home.

The Sand Pillow



Always swim in patrolled areas. Keep an eye on anyone who is not a strong swimmer and closely supervise your children.

Make sure everyone stays hydrated and protected from the sun especially in the hottest parts of the day. Don’t overdo alcohol and swimming, and make sure that someone knows where you are.

If you are unsure, check with hotel staff about safe beach spots to go to.

Use sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a t-shirt or rashy, and have shade such as an umbrella or a spot under the trees. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

Beach Holiday Travel Tips: Try not to overthink it

The best way to have a great beach holiday is to not overthink it.

If possible, try not to stress too hard about your beach holiday preparation. Unless you are on a desert island, almost anything you forget can be replaced – you don’t need to be so prepared that you have thought of everything.

Go with the flow a little bit and teach yourself to relax. If you have forgotten something, that is ok. The chilled out boho vibe is probably why you planned this holiday in the first place – so, take a deep breath and chill out.

And enjoy.


How to travel without your kids, guilt-free

For all the joy our children bring us, sometimes you can get to the point where you are overwhelmed and exhausted, and you need a time out to prevent burn out. It can also be difficult to carve out time to focus on your relationship and spend some quality time as a couple. One way to get some much-needed adult time is to go on a holiday without your children. A few days away relaxing on a beach and drinking cocktails can re-energise your mind and body, not to mention your relationship with your partner. Here are our tips on how to plan ahead and minimise the guilt, well before you even plan that getaway.

Talk yourself into it. It can be so difficult as a parent to consider leaving our little ones, even if we really need a break. Focus on what’s to be gained for your whole family. It’s important as a parent not to lose your identity and to take time for your own interests, and having a rest can be essential for your own mental health. Just remember you are worth investing in, and you will most likely be a more relaxed parent having had some time out.
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