Monthly Archives: March 2012

color palette sea glass blues

Color Palette: Sea Glass Blues

You know we love blues around here so Sea Glass Blues are this week’s color palette.   There’s no easier hue to work with than blue as seen in the home decorating inspiration photos below. No matter how you use this color, the result is always clean and fresh!


Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea, LLC on Pinterest



Breakers Beach House contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by san francisco interior designerViscusi Elson Interior Design – Gina Viscusi Elson


Beach Bathroom shabby cabinet- southernhospitality traditional bathroom

Dining table blue modern dining room


Marcelo Brito - Sao Paulo - Brazil contemporary living room


Upper Brookville traditional bathroom

New Homes traditional


Signature Properties Model Home II traditional dining room

traditional dining room design by sacramento interior designer Kerrie L. Kelly


Detail eclectic living room

Nantucket Beach Home Tour - Blue and White Kitchen

Beach House Tour: Nantucket Beach Home in Beautiful Blues

Featured in House Beautiful, this Nantucket Beach House was designed by Frank Roop.  Frank  likes to style rooms with crystals, pieces of wood, anything he stumbles across in nature that’s compelling.  We love the idea of using nature with unexpected touches; which is probably why we fell head over heels for this house.  The home really brings the colors of the ocean inside.

Nantucket House - Frank Roop - Ocean Blue - House Beautiful

other design by seattle media and blogs


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beach ball lights

Love It or Hate It? Beach Ball Lamp Shade

Do you love it or hate it? Toby Sanders beach ball lampshades are made from a real PVC Beach Ball that has been transformed, by hand, using a process his company has pioneered.  The end result is a surprising and effective illusion.

The outside has the surface of an actual inflated beach ball, even the ‘blowhole’ is visible! Yet it has a ‘rock hard’ inner shell that holds it inflated, and allows us to turn it into a really playful lampshade.  Each piece is hand made to order.

We could definitely see using these lights in a pool house, kid’s room with a surfing theme or game room.

beach ball lights


Beach Ball Lamp Shade

Toby Sanders is Design Director of TOBYhouse, a creative interiors studio in London that develops its own range of Home Accessories, as well as offering interiors consultancies in retail, domestic, exhibitions and environmental design.

What is your opinion… Love it or Hate it?

Venice Beach House Porch

Fuss-Free Venice Beach Bungalow

A front porch, fence covered with wisteria and bright pops of color make a fun and fuss-free beach bungalow. Katerina Tana’s Design work is modern with a casual elegance thrown in…just our style! She’s not only an interior designer but takes creates timeless elements for the home’s exterior gardens.

Katerina Tana Design traditional exterior

traditional exterior design by los angeles interior designer Katerina Tana Design

“Nestled in Venice Beach, Calif. — a bustling seaside tourist destination for its art and culture — is a cozy bungalow built in 1895 that belongs to interior designer Katerina Tana. Los Angeles-born and London-raised, Tana purchased the property in 2000. The home was originally listed as a tear-down, but she took on the project to add her own stamp of style. “The decision to embark on a complete rebuild was in part to appreciate what I put my clients through,” she says. ~ via Janet Piak,


Katerina Tana Design contemporary living room

Katerina Tana Design contemporary porch

contemporary porch design by los angeles interior designer Katerina Tana Design

Katerina Tana Design traditional kitchen

Katerina Tana Design eclectic bedroom

Katerina Tana Design contemporary bathroom

“I do not think that luxury should be for a special occasion,” she continues. “Good design is something we should encounter at every turn.” It’s certainly encountered throughout this cheerfully elegant California home.

Katerina Tana Design eclectic bedroom

Katerina Tana Design traditional landscape

Katerina Tana Design traditional landscape

In addition to her interior and landscape design work, Tana also has her own line, Katerina Tana Collection featuring original fabric, wallpaper, rugs, lighting, and table designs. She approaches her projects with the objective to “create a style for the client’s house and for their life,” much as this space reflects her own life with its thoughtful, artistic details.


What do you think about this beach home?

Helioscreen for Coastal Living or Pool

Coastal Living – Beating the Sun with New Smart Screens & Awnings

If you’ve ever lived on the Australian coast or anywhere close, you’ll know the story- Fabulous place, but the climate has its own ideas. Fierce sun, wind and sudden changes, usually when you least expect them. Australians love the coastal zone, but it’s always been a battle. The new approach is based on new technology like retractable awnings, sunscreen blinds, external blinds and other smart, tough ways of dealing with the coastal weather.



The secrets of the new screens and awnings are simple, but very effective. They’re a new type of blinds, made to deal with very tough conditions. They’ve become essentials for managing home environments, because they’re so reliable. They’ve made major inroads on the extremely fussy upmarket housing market, providing solutions to real problems very simply and very efficiently.

The truth is that the new blinds and screens are very different from their predecessors. If you remember the horrible, expensive and largely useless “blinds” of the past, you’ll also remember why people preferred the old Venetians. The old blinds were just plain old canvas. They didn’t manage light much at all. They also had very short product lives, and they didn’t last too long in the tough coastal environment. They were more like tents than anything else, and they did nothing or less to manage temperature.




The new blinds are designed to stop light and block heat. That’s very important, because the heat transfer from the old blinds was their greatest weakness. Heat would still build up inside, and the blinds actually blocked the trapped heat getting out, like insulation. If you’re getting direct heat from an Australian summer sun at full blast, that’s not a great result.

If the heat doesn’t get in the first place, you don’t have that problem. The new blinds block the light as well, preventing bleaching by the sun, which can save you a lot in fabric covers and carpets over time. In the coastal zone, the weather impact can be severe.




Environmental management with screens, blinds and awnings

The salt air is another factor, and the old blinds really weren’t designed to manage that. They were basically “eaten” by the salt. The new blinds are all-terrain things, and they do the job simply, with no fuss. They’re also fully customizable, so whether you’ve got a beachfront mansion or a bungalow, you can get the right mix of blinds tailor-made.

That’s turned out to be a win-win for consumers. They can get the sort of specialist treatment they need for their homes and get full protection from the beautiful but unpredictable environment. For new homes, the external blinds have become an essential. They can cover the big window spaces effortlessly, and there’s a range of adjustable options for managing lighting and getting the optimal benefits of big windows while managing the climate issues.



If you’re looking for the right mix of environmental management, design and a simple way of managing your coastal home’s many moods, these blinds, screens and awnings are the quick way. Check out what you can do, and you’ll love them.

Shelled Tones Color Palette

Color Palette: Shelled Tones

The “shelled tones” color palette from is a balance between warm and cool hues.  I have to admit that I am really into a “blue” phase in my life.  Blue as in peaceful, calming, healing not blue as in a sad mood.  It’s hard to not select, yet another, blue color palette this week but I did it.

Some of the room interiors which feature colors from this palette come across as quite dramatic.  Although I’m not into the dramatic (at least not in my decorating) I can certainly appreciate the richness found in the salmon and rust hues.  Of course, I love the light blue and white in the palette.




romantic guest room eclectic bedroom

Hawaii contemporary bedroom

Guest Bedroom traditional bedroom

Colorful Ranch eclectic bedroom

What do you think about this week’s color palette?