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[caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignnone" width="640"]Coastal Decor - Cushions, Couch and Lamp Achieving a coastal vibe is all about the right tone and texture[/caption]I have to be honest with you, Creatives; I have been into homes where I have seen things I cannot un-see. You know, sand in bottles, shells in jars, Gone Fishin' signs; all of the things that people thought you needed to create a coastal decor vibe. Thankfully, design therapy has taught me that you don't have to be so literal with your decor. If you're looking to channel a coastal vibe, it's simply a matter of using tone and texture - with a little accessorising - no sand in sight!

Beige Decor and Brown Decor from FreedomI've been known to declare my aversion to beige from time to time, but truth be told, beige decor can work wonders in keeping a space understated, clean and calm. If you have a somewhat neutral space but fear you're about to enter a micro-sleep at any given moment, there are a few ways you can keep the beige without an all-stops train to Snoozeville. It's all about tone and texture, Creatives!

Happy Home by Charlotte Hedeman GueniauI thought I was a fan of colour and extremely adverse to the use of beige until I picked up Happy Home by the founder of Danish homewares company RICE, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. It clearly states from the get-go that not all Danish design is about cool and calm interiors and I must admit, the whole ethos of the book being fun, colour and enjoyment speaks to me like the new Pope speaks to the man upstairs (and I sometimes talk back)!