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Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

When starting a recent project at a client's Ocean City home, interior designer Phillip Smith wasn't looking to create an obvious beach home feel.

"When you are at the beach, it's hard to convey beach without screaming it," he said.

Smith focused on color, reflective objects and natural fibers to tap into the spirit of the beach without being too obvious. It was an approach that worked for his clients, a Catonsville couple, who liked it so much that what began as a small bathroom remodel turned into a redo of their three-bedroom home.

Moreover, it highlighted the fact that it's possible to achieve a...

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