Design Blogs Roundup: Bring the Beach Inside

apartment design blogsIt can be tough to move on from the Fourth of July; we're all experiencing a bit of a letdown after the fantastic fireworks and mouthwatering grilling sessions, gatherings with friends and family, and downtime away from work. But bloggers have come to the rescue, presenting ways to bring a beach vibe inside. From boardwalk photography, to lanterns and planters fit for a sandy bungalow, to variations on the waterside staple that is the lobster roll, these ideas have us feeling ready for another round of summer.

Keep reading for beachy-keen inspirations.

Devil May Care DIY

Design Sponge shows off two DIY projects with lighthearted, summery flair. First up, glowing coffee can lanterns that will transform your apartment from steamy and urban to romantic and tropical. You'll need a bit of wire and votive candles to complete the look.

If you'd rather not pick up a hammer in this heat, try the second DIY project from Design Sponge: bait bag planters. Made from the colorful lobster-fishing bags you've seen hanging in coastal places like Portland, Maine, these hippie-chic planters are easy to make, inexpensive and just right for July.

Boardwalk Nostalgia

"You can practically smell the hot dogs and cotton candy," writes the blogger at Moco Loco about a series of summertime photographs by Bucharest native Mina Georgescu. With their brightly hued merry-go-rounds, crowds of happy sun-seekers and waterside views, these images of Coney Island and Greece are enough to make you pack up and take a vacation ... or at least visit Georgescu's Etsy shop to snag a new decoration for your apartment.

Lobster Bliss

They're the quintessential summertime meal - one bite and you're at the beach, mopping up melted butter with a crust of bread. Yes, the lobster roll is a classic, but it also has potential for reinvention. At CNN's new food blog Eatocracy, Brooklyn-based foodie Jill Billante discovers the joy of a mayo-free lobster roll. We can't wait to prepare this lighter, cleaner lobster roll on a hot, humid day. Buy precooked lobster meat to keep the kitchen work to a minimum.

Cool Camping

Missing those Fourth of July s'mores already? Here's a fun product, pointed out by Design Crush: stylish branch skewers. Made from stainless steel, the individual prongs are suitable for vegetables and marshmallows alike. And really, these skewers are far too sleek to bring to the beach or campsite, but they're perfect for impromptu s'mores sessions over your apartment stove.

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