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With Memorial Day upon us, it is legitimately time to start scheming for summer. The new book, Beach House Happy: The Joy of Living by the Water by Antonia Van Der Meer (the editor-in-chief of InStyle’s sister publication Coastal Living) provides a peek into the interiors of an array of seaside homes and excellent fodder for your own personal décor touches. Whether you have a second home, happen to live near a beach, or just want to give a vacation vibe to your landlocked abode, the photo-driven book offers plenty of inspiration. Here are a few tips to steal, drawn from two very different homes that are profiled within its pages.

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Staying Neutral: There is something innately relaxing about a space appointed with earth tones—think driftwood, stone and sand. In this modern vacation house (above) in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, a concrete slab table, white washed wooden cabinets and putty-toned walls harmonize nicely. A collection of rush baskets and clay bowls like the ones pictured here are especially easy to incorporate into any interior to get the look.

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Tapping into Texture: Modern can be cozy when soft upholstery and layered textiles enter into the mix. The bed in the same Mexico abode is dressed with crisp white sheets and a nubby, fringed blanket. A soft muslin slipcover on a chair keeps the look tranquil and unfussy. The pale tones have a breeziness that easily telegraphs summer.

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Injecting Color: If you adore the energy and fun that bold hues can bring to a room, consider using vibrant pattern with precision. This home in Newport Beach, California does just that by introducing a swirly ikat print from fashion and home designer Trina Turk on a banquette to punctuate an otherwise neutral setting.

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In that same Newport Beach home, chartreuse seat cushions on tall white kitchen stools bring hits of sunshine to the gleaming white island.

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Adding Artwork: Not-so-serious, framed and colorful prints are an ideal way to dress up the walls of a house dedicated to kicking back. This poster by Super Rural is guaranteed to trigger smiles, and bring a jolt of color to a room. Affordable artwork (Minted.com is another excellent resource) offers you so much flexibility—change it on a whim to suit your mood. Select images and tones that make you happy, as the book's title suggests, and run with it!