Bring the beach home: Expert tips for designing a relaxing, coastal space

WASHINGTON There’s something about a beach house that triggers a state of instant relaxation.

Sure, the location doesn’t hurt (especially if there are miles between you and your inbox), but there’s more to it than that. It’s the presence of calming color palettes, the feeling of wide-plank floors, and the smell of fresh air blowing through the windows.

It’s the sound of sea grass in the garden, and the patio that’s always ready for a party.

Put down the mouse and step away from the vacation rental websites.

You don’t need to travel to the beach to experience this tranquility. Marnie Oursler, host of DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds,” shares her favorite ways to bring the beach to any home.

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