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Less than a two-hour drive from New York City, The Hamptons is best known for 1) being descended upon by millions of city residents over the summer and 2) the chic décor its full-time residents boast in their homes. Think white-painted wood, wicker chairs and tables, and pops of blue everywhere.
Essentially, it’s the aesthetic Gen Z are currently calling ‘coastal grandmother’, a term coined by 26-year-old TikTok creator Lex Nicoleta this year.
“If you love Nancy Meyers movies [behind What Women Want, The Holiday and Father of the Bride], coastal vibes, recipes and cooking, Ina Garten [the Barefoot Contessa], cosy interiors and more, there’s a good chance you might be a coastal grandmother,” Nicoleta says in the clip. “And no, you don’t have to be a grandmother to be a coastal grandmother. It’s for anyone and everyone.”
If you’re keen to tap into the aesthetic — without spending heaps investing in expensive coastal-feel furniture, that is — we’ve rounded up 10 décor items that will help bring the Hamptons to your home.
This set of four bowls will add that Hamptons-esque pop of blue to the dinner table. They’re pottery-style, and can be mixed and matched with other pieces from the collection.
Shibori is an ancient Japanese form of tie-dye, and this cushion uses it for its print. Mix and match other blue and white cushions from the Shibori collection, and place them on a white or cream couch.
Marimekko Mini Vase, $55
Made from mouth-blown glass, this 6cm-tall vase can sit by itself, or be filled with a (very!) small bunch of flowers.
The rope in this table lamp is likely to remind you of boats being tied to a dock. It’ll be a statement piece in any room.
Break these scalloped linen placemats out when you have guests over, or when you want to feel a little fancy having your regular dinner.
A big part about coastal living is self-care — breathing in the sea air, relaxing on a comfy couch and bundling yourself up after a shower in a luxurious-feeling towel. This one is made from textured waffle weave, and features fringe detail and a generous size.
Hamptons homes are all about texture, and this set of braided baskets — one small, one medium — lets you add it to your lounge room or bedroom. Use them to store toys, dog leads or chews or as a wastepaper basket.
Bring the calming feel of waves into your bathroom with this curvy soap dish.
Koala Pebble Beach Throw, $229
Made with a cotton fibre willing to keep you warm, this blanket draws inspo from pebbled beaches.
This 121cm wide and 45cm high blanket box would work in a lounge room, or at the foot of a bed. It’s woven with water hyacinth, and comes with rope handles.