Holiday Shopping Guide: A Classic Coastal Christmas

Free Tips on a well decorated home

We all love a beautiful coast home and even though we think of them as summertime retreats, a coastal Christmas brings it’s own special type of coziness.

I don’t know the source of the image below (let me know if you do so I can add it), but how warm and inviting is this shingle style home with the beautiful green/gray stain, garlands and lighted lanterns welcoming guests? You can just smell the spiced mulled wine simmering on the stove.

Green shingle style house decked out for Coastal Christmas with garland and lanterns
image source unknown

The Maine coast can be a harsh environment even in Summer. But how adorable is this cottage on the water featured in Coastal Homes magazine?

Tiny coastal home on the water with tan shingles , wreath, Coastal Christmas
via Coastal Living, Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi


Coastal cottage decked out for Christmas, fireplace, stockings, tree, Coastal Christmas
via Coastal Living, Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi


Coastal cottage bedroom with christmas decorating, wreaths, blue green, teal blue, tabletop tree, Coastal Christmas
via Coastal Living, Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi

And here below are some pics I’ve taken over the years at the Newburyport Holiday House tour in Massachusetts. I’m unable to attend this year’s tour (an event I look forward to every year) which is a bummer. But I can’t recommend it high enough if you’re local and are looking for a fun city to visit for some shopping and inspiration.

Staircase with lit Christmas tree, blue wrapped packages, Coastal Christmas
Photo by Linda Merrill, Newburyport, MA Holiday House Tour, 2012


Coastal Christmas table scape with blue and green presents, ornaments and starfish
Photo by Linda Merrill, Newburyport Holiday House Tour, 2012


front door, shingle style house decorated for Christmas, Newburyport MA
Photo by Linda Merrill, Newburyport Holiday House Tour, 2016

Speaking of inspiration, I’ve put together a large selection of coastal inspired decorations that I’m sure you’ll love as much as I do!

Coastal Christmas Boutique:

And finally, for that special new homeowner or newly married couple on your holiday shopping list, I’m putting my Surroundings By Design Classic Coastal Design Planners on SALE! Between now and December 15th, get 25% OFF! Just go to my Shop page and use the code Holiday25 at checkout. It’s the perfect gift!


Classic Coastal Dining Spaces


Classic Coastal Living Spaces


Classic Coastal Bedrooms



Classic Coastal Accessories Pack


Classic Coastal Color Palettes

Happy shopping and decorating!


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xoxo Linda

4 thoughts on “Holiday Shopping Guide: A Classic Coastal Christmas”

  1. Dear Linda,

    This is a comment on your earlier post of November 4th, “Making something beautiful out of something ugly”. I first read about this on Laurel Bern’s blog where she mentioned you. I immediately flipped over to your post about this. This just makes me SICK!!! Apparently this person has more than one civil judgement against him, but what I don’t understand is why, after so many incidences, this person is not in jail. I am not an attorney, but isn’t this fraud? I also can’t believe, that with so much access to social media, he thought he wouldn’t be found out. I’ll be following this to see how this all works itself out.

    On a lighter note, I love following your blog and enjoy reading your thoughtfully written and informative posts.

    • Hi Lisa – Thanks for your comment. It’s amazing to me how much he still posts on social media as if nothing has changed. It’s very odd! Meanwhile, thank you so much for your kind comment! Linda


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