Perhaps the most useful piece of furniture in a beach house is the accent stool. It doubles as additional seating for guests, it functions as a side table for magazines and cocktails, and it serves as an ottoman when you feel like kicking up your feet to relax.

The key to choosing a multi-purpose stool is finding a piece that is both transitional in style and scale. The Made Goods Nadia Stool is a perfect example of this concept. Available in both white and dark gray concrete, this low-height moroccan-inspired foot rest is waterproof and crafted for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Similarly, the best-selling Made Goods Royd Stool in whitewashed natural teakwood offers organic design and abstract artistry, making for a beautiful addition to a living room, master bath or foyer. Just think of all the places and purposes you can use this incredible piece in your home. For a similar look, try the Global Views Faux Bois Side Table made of cast resin to resemble the natural juniper tree. 

When decorating with coastal stools and side tables such as these, be sure to remember that coastal living is all about ease. Choose pieces that make sense for your lifestyle and enable you to relax and enjoy your seaside escape.