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Move over, cottagecore—there’s a new décor trend in town! The internet is buzzing over the so-called “coastal grandmother” aesthetic—a recent TikTok trend that's all about about fresh flowers, bright kitchens and living a slow-paced lifestyle, and we have a feeling it's going to be the next big thing in interior design.
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Don’t worry, though—you certainly don’t have to be a grandmother to enjoy the look. (The TikTok user who coined the phrase, @lexnicoleta, is only in her 20s!)
What is 'coastal grandmother' style?
To gain better sense of the coastal grandmother style, just picture a middle-aged woman who lives a life of leisure in an impeccably decorated, well-manicured oceanfront home. Chances are her home is clean and modern with a subtle coastal flair. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, reading books on the beach and browsing her local farmer's market Ina Garten-style.
Celebrities like Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon also embody the "coastal grandmother" lifestyle—they’re always elegantly dressed while whipping up delicious homemade meals and tending to their gardens. In fact, Nancy Meyers, who plays quintessential coastal grandma roles in movies like "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated," recently announced that she’s working on a new film for Netflix, which also helped spur the trend.
From bowls of lemons to tapered candles, here are 14 essential décor items to achieve the coastal grandma look at home.
1. Williams-Sonoma's Blue & White Ceramic Planter
Ginger jars and plants are two coastal grandmother staples, and this gorgeous ceramic planter combines the two items perfectly. The planter, which is available individually or in a set of four, features a stunning blue and white floral design inspired by hand-painted Chinese ceramics. It’s made from glazed porcelain, and the large size has a diameter just over 14 inches. All you need is a lemon or olive tree, and you have yourself the perfect decoration for your kitchen or sitting room.
2. The Bouqs Co. Lemonade Bouquet
Fresh flowers are another essential for your kitchen, and if your local farmers market isn’t in session yet, these gorgeous blooms from The Bouqs Company will hold you over. This particular bouquet includes 14 stems of pastel-colored flowers, and it comes with a glass or ceramic vase. You can order one-off arrangement or sign up for monthly floral deliveries. It’s the perfect opportunity to hone your flower-arranging skills—which we’re sure Martha would approve of.
3. Minted Frozen Pond Table Linens
This napkin set will expertly complement a coastal tablescape thanks to its understated aquatic print and sage green, navy and white colorways. Made from a lightweight linen fabric, each napkin is machine washable and dryer-friendly so you can pop them in the wash after dinner. The set includes two napkins per design for a total of six; so you can mix-and-match depending on the size of your dinner party.
4. Kouboo La Joll Rattan Fruit Bowl
Every coastal grandma needs a bowl of lemons on her kitchen counter, and while you’ll have to get fresh fruit itself from the grocery store, this rattan basket is the perfect vessel to display them in. The handwoven design has a white-washed finish for a light and airy appearance, and it’s 14.5 inches in diameter, allowing you to pile it high with your favorite fresh fruits. Plus, there are also matching charger plates if you want to go the full nine yards for your table.
5. Ryan Blue Glass Coastal Modern Table Lamps
You won’t find any kitschy fish decorations in a coastal grandmother’s home, but you might find something like these beautiful lamps, which are designed to look like sea glass. They come in a set of two, and the design features a pale blue translucent glass base that twists upward toward the shade, flanked by warm wood accents. The two lights are topped with off-white drum shades, and they’d look perfect on either side of your bed or as an accent in your living room.
6. Square End Grain Cutting Board
With all the cooking you’ll be doing, you’re going to need a cutting board that’s as functional as it is pretty—and this one fits the bill! The square design is made from acacia wood with a durable end-grain construction, and the rich warm tone will be the perfect accent in your kitchen. The cutting board even has cute stabilizing feet, and it would work just as well as a tray for some delicious charcuterie.
7. Sunwashed Riviera Dining Chair
Serena & Lily has the coastal grandmother aesthetic down to an art, and these stunning dining chairs are just one of the many amazing décor pieces the brand has to offer. The chairs are available with or without arms, and each rattan frame is shaped by hand. More strips of rattan are then woven over the seat and back to complete the design, and while there are several colors to choose from, we like the natural option the best.
8. Le Creuset Demi Tea Kettle
Le Creuset is another brand that embodies this décor trend, and the cute demi tea kettle is a must-have for your kitchen. It’s the ideal size to boil a few cups of water any time you’re entertaining, and it comes in a range of pretty colors, from subdued Meringue to eye-catching Cherry Red. The tea kettle lets out a single-tone whistle when your water is boiling, and it’s attractive enough to keep right on your stovetop, even when it’s not in use.
9. L.L. Bean Boat and Tote
Every coastal grandmother needs an L.L. Bean Tote Bag to carry her towel down to the beach or haul her farmer's market purchases back home. These iconic bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as several colors including red, black, blue, green and natural. They’re made from heavy-duty cotton canvas, and you can even have the bag monogrammed with your name or initials for a small extra fee.
10. Sutton Candle Holder & Taper Candles
Tapered candles are also a crux of the coastal grandma aesthetic that adds a touch of elegance to your evening meals, and you can’t go wrong with these pretty candle holders. The holders come in two different sizes and are finished with a fun, speckled glaze. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a few tapered candles to go with them—Anthropologie sells 18-inch candles in a pack of four, and they come in more than a dozen colors.
11. Cortland Quilt
This gorgeous quilt was made by hand with soft cotton voile with cotton fill, and it has a subtle botanical design that will add a pop of texture to your bed. The quilt comes in all-white, or white and blue colorways and has three small tassels hanging off each corner of the blanket for the ultimate coastal grandma design vibes. Serena & Lily also has matching pillow shams to complete the coastal look.
12. Olli Ella Handwoven Seagrass Market Basket
Head off to market (or your vegetable garden) with this handwoven basket under your arm. It’s made from natural seagrass with a vegan-leather strap, and there are two sizes to choose from, depending on how much fresh produce you need to carry. The basket has an extra-wide shape that makes its contents easy to access, and when you’re not toting it around town, it will make a pretty piece of décor on your entryway table.
13. Swing Coupe Martini/Cocktail Glass
TikTok’s resident coastal grandmother expert @lexnicoleta says that you should have a signature drink to serve guests. No matter what you choose, the beverage will be instantly elevated in these lovely crystal glasses. The sleek handblown design has a tall, delicate stem and gently tapered bowl, and they’re ideal for cocktails, martinis, and other mixed drinks. The glassware is sure to make a statement on your bar cart, and the weighty design is surprisingly comfortable to sip from.
14. Cozy Loomed Loops Throw Pillow Cover Set
Embrace the coastal grandma vibes in your home with this pretty palette of throw pillows. It features several designs, including simple solids, pleasing neutral patterns, and woven coastal textures. You can buy one or buy them all, but either way, your living space is sure to feel cozier when you’re done decorating.
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