I fall into the latter camp, but I can’t wait for school to be out for the summer so that we can head off for day trips to the seaside. Until then, I have to be content with pouring over the pictures of our reader homes, from a chic holiday bolthole in Devon (p24) to a bungalow on the Dorset coast that has been remodelled to suit the way the owners live (p52).
We’ve also got advice from our gardening expert on coastal plants that thrive in this harsh environment (p60), plus eight pages of seaside-inspired decorating (p70) and a look at how the experts interpret nautical style with the restoration of a Victorian townhouse in St Ives (p78). 2-for-1 ticket offer Get your antiques fix at the Antiques for Everyone summer fair.
The show is at Birmingham NEC from 21-24 July, and with more than 230 exhibitors you can expect to find furniture, fine art, ceramics, glassware and much more. We have teamed up with the show’s organisers to offer two-for-one ticket entry (a saving of £15). To book your tickets, visit www.antiquesforeveryone. co.uk/SUM2016.