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Darren Kennedy: Channel Nancy Meyers' movies to get that 'coastal grandmother' Hamptons chic in your home –


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Comfort and elegance are the twin pillars of this trend of neutral tones and natural fabrics to encourage a beach-style, calming atmosphere
‘Sensuous’ corner sofa in linen combination, €4,419,
‘Sila’ cotton and wool kilim feather-filled cushion, €48,
Right-hand-facing chaise end sofa, £2,550, Arni,
Oval jute rug, €149, H&M Home
Two-wick ridged ceramic candle, €6, Penneys/Primark
Darren Kennedy

The ‘coastal grandmother’ trend is one we’ve been hearing a lot about in fashion over the past year. Think the 2003 movie Something’s Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton, clad in white turtlenecks and floaty linen trousers.
But ‘coastal grandmother’ is also a state of mind that originates in the beachy Hampton interiors that are the backdrop to Nancy Meyers’ films, including the 2009 Meryl Streep movie It’s Complicated. If you can conjure up the breathtakingly beautiful kitchens of those films, you’ll have an idea of the kind of escapist fantasy this interior design trend taps into.

Two-wick ridged ceramic candle, €6, Penneys/Primark

This look really is about encouraging a sense of calm and a Zen mindset. No wonder we’re all embracing it after two years of pandemic-induced stress and anxiety.
It’s a classic look but it’s not stuffy or old-fashioned. It’s the equivalent of a perfectly pedicured bare foot as opposed to the formality of the pinchy, pointed stiletto.
If you think of those classic images of Hamptons’ beach houses, there’s no clutter, just lots of spacious airiness, natural light, billowing, white, transparent curtains, and big couches for lounging on.
The materials are all natural — think linen couch covers and curtains, cashmere or soft merino wool throws, and sisal carpets and rugs.

‘Sila’ cotton and wool kilim feather-filled cushion, €48,

The colour palette is equally natural in inspiration, taken directly from the beach. Any variation of white, taupe, beige and sand mixed with pops of a classic Delft blue will work perfectly.
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Rigorously maintain the neutral shades on walls, floors and larger pieces of furniture, using the blue in a measured and controlled way — try adding cushions or an occasional chair in a blue and white pattern, or vases with fresh-cut flowers. A large vase filled with white or green hydrangeas gets the tone of this look perfectly.
Furniture should be light in colour (preferably white or cream) or else in a light shade of wood — no mahogany here! It’s best to keep the lines clean and simple. There is nothing fussy or embellished about this trend. Anything but the simplest designs will break the spell and speak of passing trends instead of timeless style. Keep ‘clean, simple and sharp’ as your watchwords and you won’t go far wrong.
You don’t have to live by the seaside to turn your home into a coastal casa. This look works everywhere from a one-bed studio to a country cottage…  just steer clear of shells.

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