Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

How to Design With a “Beachy” Feel

By: Nina Asusa

How to Design With a “Beachy” Feel


Looking to add a dose of coastal charm to your home? You’ve come to the right place. It’s always nice to go on vacation, but what if it could feel like a vacation every time you step into your home? There’s a cheesy way to do nautical decor, but there’s also an elevated, sophisticated way to add seaside vibes to your design. Whether you have a vacation home you’re itching to upgrade, or want to give your city home a beachy feel, here are 6 ways to add a touch of coastal living to your home! 

1. A Light, Calming Exterior
Starting with the exterior of your home, if you want a waterside feel, opt for a light, relaxing hues. Shades like soft grays, sea blues and warm whites are incredibly beachy. Combine these colours for your siding, front door, trim and shutters and you’ll have a home that makes you feel calm from the moment you lay eyes on it. Also consider a shingled exterior, for a facade that cries coastal!
2. Rattan Accents
If anything says beach chic, it’s rattan furniture. Rattan accents like an armchair in your living room, a sofa in your sunroom, dining room chairs, and baskets for storage will give your space a seaside vibe that’s casual and comfortable. You can also use rattan in your outdoor spaces- it makes for great front porch seating area or an oversized backyard lounge chair.
3. Blue and White Hues
Coastal decor is signified by blue and white pieces. From a blue and white striped rug, to white slip cover couches with blue throw pillows, to blue and white finishes like curtains, vases and a kitchen backsplash, this colour combination will undoubtedly give your home a beachy feel.  
4. Vintage/Weathered Furniture
Worn, weathered or vintage furniture is another great way to add a beachy vibe to your home. The aged, washed-ashore look is perfect for a dining table, coffee table, bedside tables, kitchen chairs and cabinets. Wherever you use vintage or weathered pieces, pair them with clean crisp lines to create a gorgeous contrast.
5. A Calming Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and for a coastal vibe, you want it to feel airy and calming. A mostly-white kitchen with blue accents is an obvious choice to make the beachy feel shine through. Opt for a soft white for your cupboards, countertops and island, and add touches of soft blue, sea foam or navy for accents like your backsplash, island stools or even the island itself.
6. Natural Textures
Natural textures like plants, bamboo blinds and wicker baskets and rugs make you feel like you’re outside at the beach. When you bring natural textures together with other decor elements such as blue and white decor and weathered furniture, you’ll have a space that brings in a seaside feel. A tip for those who don’t have a green thumb? Invest in fake plants- they’re incredibly realistic these days and they’ll last for years to come.
Ready to up the coastal charm of your design? Use these tips for a beachy vibe that will have you feeling like you’re on vacation all year round!