One of my favorite coastal accents at the Blue Gull Beach House is the lantern hanging in the foyer in the picture to the left (it's a small foyer, so maybe I should just call it the spot where you kick your flip flops off!).
Lanterns are a great way to add to your beach shack vibe, and Pottery Barn has a wide selection of them to choose from this season, in varying price ranges, shapes, sizes and colors. You don't really need to be using them as functional pieces, you can have them in the background on your shelving or use them to brighten up the great outdoors (PB is also featuring a special: free shipping on all lanterns). I'm liking this red one but the image is not posting (technical difficulties!)-- picturing a fun table setting for July 4th!