RHONY Jenna Lyons' coastal coffee table design is 'timeless' and interior designers are obsessed

This real housewife knows a thing or two about long-lasting design

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If we haven't made it clear, we are absolutely obsessed with Jenna Lyons' style. The Real Housewife of New York, former J. Crew creative director, LGBTQ+ icon, and general cool girl has a taste that's all her own. Jenna's style seamlessly mixes different eras, finishes, and materials to create interiors that look both glamorous and effortless. 

Recently, the fashion mogul turned reality star shared a photo of her beach house and it's oh-so stylish. Interior designers love the way Jenna has put her own spin on traditional coastal decor ideas.

The photo pictures Jenna seated on a white sofa with white throw pillows, perched atop a striped linen blanket. In front of her, a natural coral stone coffee table is covered with beachy artifacts. Visible items include shells, bits of coral, mermaids' purses, and matte candlesticks with tall black candles. The artfully decorated coffee table is the perfect coastal living room idea.

Designers love the tranquility of this design style. Interior designer Kate Marker says, 'Being near a coast or body of water is relaxing and soothing, informing a laid back aesthetic. The coastal look incorporates colors and fabrics and patterns that conjure up seaside vacations - blues and whites, fresh stripes, chunky textures, woven neutrals, crisp linens.' Jenna's coffee table styling idea certainly captures this laid-back energy.

Kate Marker Interiors
Kate Marker

Based in the Chicago area, Marker has owned her own firm since 2007, as well as a product business where she both designs her own products and wholesales and her own vacation rentals, all while growing her social following to over 500k

Meggan Fadden Wynja, Interior Designer and Design Director of Color Cordstates: 'The coastal grandmother aesthetic is always on trend. It’s simple, comfortable, and effortless, but also fluid, so it can evolve with you and your tastes and personality over time while retaining its classic appeal.'

'The use of soft neutral colors like white, beige, and shades of blue and green creates a feeling of cleanliness and relaxation. Textured furniture, neutral or subdued earth-tone light fixtures, and bright lighting break up the blocks of solid color to please the eyes. The versatility of this beachy, relaxed style makes it easy to achieve and fun to customize.'

meggan fadden wynja interior designer
Meggan Fadden Wynja

Meggan Fadden Wynja is a certified interior designer (ASID, NCIDQ) who has been working in the field for more than 20 years. As the Design Director & Co-Founder of the Color Cord Company  she currently specializes in creative lighting design for residential customers as well as commercial spaces in the hospitality industry.

Kate Marker adds, 'The organic nature of the materials and the classic patterns make the style defy trends and have true staying power over generations.'

Considering this trend is slated to remain in style for the next 100 years, we might as well take Jenna Lyons up on her superb coffee table decor ideas.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.