In the meantime, though, I have managed to put a few summery touches on my own house. I spray-painted a few starfish with gold and silver paint.
I put them into a pair of apothecary jars I had along with some sand from my son's sandbox, some shells and some blue glass beads. They're like a bit of the beach inside.
I also found this coral sculpture at Target and bought it.
Here it is in the dining room.
Over time, I'd like to build up a collection of summer accessories - like coral and big seashells - so that I can give my home a beachy feel every year. If I had the budget, I'd love to cover the sofas in crisp white cotton slipcovers and add some casual pillows like these from Pierre Frey.