A Shore Thing

Let the raw beauty of the day's setting dictate your decor—rattan ottomans, straw runners, and bamboo candles dress beach umbrellas in palm-frond covers. Ottomans, from Ikea, ikea.com. Umbrella cover, from the Lucky Clover Trading Co., from luckyclovertrading.com. Straw runners, from Pearl River Mart, pearlriver.com.

Brilliant idea: One way to get your guests in the mood is to ask them to kick off their shoes on arrival. A decorated sign or flag posted by a footwear-holding pen (a big basket works well) should do the trick.

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