Monthly Archives: January 2011

{Favorite Coastal Find} Harbor Buoy Bells

Jim & May Davidson live on the craggy Maine Coast. In the small town of Round Pond they, their family & neighbors craft wind bells that echo the distinctive & familiar tones of coastal & harbor bells.
For many years, Jim, like his neighbors, worked as a lobster man. He spent countless hours on the water listening to pounding surf & the constant warning of bell buoys. 
After a time, it occurred to him that others might also enjoy the reassuring sound of bell buoys. He began recording the sounds of bells where he hauled lobster traps, & then eagerly sought other bells in the region. 
These are the sounds that Jim Davidson lived with, trusted and grew to love deeply during his years spent working on and around the water. They are sure to evoke similar feelings in all who hear them. 
Jim Davidson
Each Harbor Buoy Bell includes your choice of wind catcher…19 styles to be exact!
Every bell is designed to hang outdoors year-round, & will not twist, tangle or break. Even hung far from the ocean, their response to a gentle breeze carries pleasant reminders of ocean swells & the constant vigil sounded by coastal & harbor bells.
Listen to samples or invest in a Harbor Buoy Bell today – Available from our friends at >> Cottage Coastal Store 
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Nautical-Inspired Rope Display

It’s easy to create a nautical-inspired vignette using rope.

Simply cut and coil lengths of rope and place inside glass hurricanes, vases or bowls of various sizes to showcase their natural tones and textures.

Chunky sisal looks great when showcased in a large fish bowl.  A delicate glass hurricane works well with a loops of twine.

Simple nautical beauty that we just L♥VE!!

Source: House & Home Living Rooms SIP 2007 issue.  

Photographer: Mark Burstyn

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Celebrity Clients love Marie Ricci’s Home Accents

Nancy O'Dell – Access Hollywood

Hand-painted ceiling medallions and wall plaques add a whimsical or elegant feel to any room and create instant architectural interest inside your beach cottage.

Marie Ricci is the designer and creator of spectacular medallions that have been featured on Oprah (yes, THAT Oprah!, purchased by celebrity clients Nancy O'Dell for her nursery as well as Angela Bassett, Carrie Ann Inaba and Holly Robinson Peete to name a few).



{Taste of the Coast} Nautical Cupcakes

Meet Jackie, a twenty-something who not only runs her own business, but is also an interior designer, baker and blogger.  She loves "all things DIY" and shares her passions on her blog I Design.
Jackie was recently contacted by an old friend to create some nautical cupcakes for her upcoming baby shower and they turned out so cute that we had to share them with you.
Edible writing markers were used to draw the little anchors and "R"s on the sailboats. Aren't they cute?


{Interior Design} 10 Custom Headboard Ideas

Trash to Treasure Headboard – Funky Junk Interiors

Think outside the box! Old shutters, doors, windows, fences, murals can all make a unique headboard.

We've selected 10 custom headboards…some to make and some to purchase; but all are unique, fun, beautiful and are sure to inspire.

Whether you love shabby chic, tropical, modern, cabin or cottage styling, we think there will be one that catches your attention.


Tiffany & Co. + Italian Designer = Stunning Starfish

Think you've seen all the starfish jewelry out there? Think again!

Tiffany & Co. has a wondrous selection of Starfish Jewelry designed by Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti©.  Elsa is noted for creating understated and timeless pieces that have become favorites of many movie stars such as Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet. shared, "I hate that impeccable, perfectly perfect look, all matched and
prearranged," Elsa Peretti said. "Style is to be simple." That's why
you'd often find the Italian model-turned-jewelry-designer in a plain
T-shirt and pants or a man's tailored suit, and also why her fluid and
seamless sterling silver creations for Tiffany & Co. have remained
among the house's best sellers since she began designing them 30 years

Elsa Peretti's starfish jewelry designs have seduced the world with their fluid lines and sensual forms. Starfish jewelry pieces include necklaces, brooches, earrings, bracelets and even key rings – each is elegant, unique and meant to last a lifetime.  "My relationship with the sea is total."