Monthly Archives: September 2012

crab watercolor print

Handmade Coastal Art Finds on Etsy

Are you a fan of using handmade coastal art to decorate your beach home?  Etsy is a wonderful go-to source if you like to use unique art or decor pieces and many feature jellyfish, whales, coral and nautical ships.  I’m always impressed visiting homes that are filled with handmade or one-of-a-kind items.   Creating an original home can be a trick, but the sellers at Etsy can certainly help.


Jellyfish Print on Vintage Map —  This jellyfish print is on a vintage map of the Gulf of Mexico — definitely a unique piece with lots of character!

Five Whales Stacked Archival Print – an archival print of the artist’s original watercolor painting.5 whales stacked.  The print includes a Sperm whale, narwhal whale, minke whale, right whale, and a beluga whale. The piece is printed with pigment based inks that pick up all the subtleties and richness of the original.

Crab Watercolor Print in Seafoam Green by artist, Laura Trevey.  All prints are signed on the front and make a wonderful addition to your home decor!

crab watercolor print

High Seas Art Print — Hey let’s sail the high seas…where could we go?  This is an archival art print of an original pen, ink and water color drawing done by  Paula Mills.  I love the sea and the eclectic style of the artwork.

Like bright color? This set of 4 Coral Print Set can easily makeover any wall in the house!  

The Whales Vintage Educational Chart Illustration provides vintage flair at an affordable price. The piece offers lovely blue-gray tones.

The Chevron-phenomena is combined with Modern Coral and Seahorse Print in this lovely piece of coastal art.   Three beautiful 8″x10″ art prints are included. 

I love the playful expression shared on this print, “Work like a Captain, Play like a pirate.”  Somehow I can truly relate!

Narwhals were the first unicorns, and their horns were popular pieces in people’s cabinets.  The narwhal is the rarest of all species of whale, and scientists know very little about them. Narwhal print available from Vintage by the Shore.

Ocean Daydream watercolor would make a great gift for both children and adults, especially those with a big imagination!

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Mix It Orange and Turquoise

Mix It! Tangerine Orange and Turquoise Aqua Color Palette


Color Palette: Tangerine Orange and Turquoise Aqua — This week, I want to show you a creative approach to combining different color combination for beach house decorating.  You have to be a little brave to pull it off, but I really like it – Tangerine Orange and Turquoise Aqua.   (heck, I like aqua mixed with anything – I treat it almost as a neutral color at my house!).

The colors of the sea, and the varying shades of sunrise and sunset. Perfect coastal mix don’t you think?  Bold, bright, and not one bit shy!

Here’s a few examples for you – maybe even something you could try at your house?

Check out this entry hallway from my friend  Driftwood Interiors. Don’t you just love her gorgeous coral aqua prints, matted with tangerine, and white frames?  Especially lovely the way that they are so artfully arranged (geometric) against a chocolate brown wall.

I love the whole composition of this space, the driftwood branches in a simple large clear vase, the natural sea fan… I just wish I had the right space to recreate this look!  (photo courtesy of Driftwood Interiors and Richard Rymwid Photography).


Or how about this cottage look?

Bright orange round coffee table, I am willing to bet it’s from Maine Cottage. Tangerine pillows, a pretty linen lamp shade and hints of yellow with pops of aqua in the bar stools and in the fun mirror behind the kitchen sink!  (Image courtesy of Coastal Living Magazine)

P.S. What a great way to have the view of the outside reflected in the kitchen!


Can’t help it, I just think that this is such a happy beach house space! Pretty painted orange wall, highlighted by bright white storage pieces, and a fun mix of pillows and aqua accents. (image courtesy of House Beautiful)

Where to get started?  Must decide which pillows, and which accents I need…..


Beach Wall Art

One of Driftwood Interiors Prints – so many to choose from… Check out her Etsy Shop for even more ideas!

Or maybe one of these gorgeous frames natural sea fans, in a distressed turquoise frame from Tresor Le Mer?  (found at Caron’s)

A Lamp or Two…

Coastal Decor Accents:

Think about fun ideas for kitchen accessories ….

Vintage Mason Jars full of shells…

  Distressed Oars…. I especially like these with the little rope accent.


Bright Orange Glass… Found at Arful Home

An accent stool for the front door….

Possibilities are endless!   What do you think?

Beach House Tour

Fall Friendly Coastal Home by James Radin


James Radin’s Fall Friendly Coastal Home  —   I must admit I’m actually looking forward to fall this year. I’m sure come November I’ll want to take these words back but the nostalgic feeling I get at the beginning of fall is like no other.  I’m excited for chilly walks on the beach, seeing the leaves turn, new fall clothes, cozy sundays, pumkin spiced lattes, changing out our wine fridge from white to red, football (even though I don’t personally watch it, it’s always on in the background), fires, and the list goes on…

When I think of blending my beloved beach style with the autumn season I see warmer hues for the inside with beautiful fall florals, pumpkins and stone fireplaces. Craving some fall-friendly beach house love I came across this beautiful home designed by James Radin (same designer from the Somethings Gotta Give house).








isn’t she pretty?

Welcome Basket for Autumn

Instead of an Autumn Wreath, Try This Basket!

Oh, how I love the unusual! Instead of a front door wreath for Autumn,  why not create a wicker welcome basket?  I instantly fell head over heels for this basket, which was created by Kristy of Starfish Cottage.  It’s so versatile that you can even change flowers for each new season!


Fall Front Door Basket from Starfish Cottage


Visit our friends at Starfish Cottage for lots more fun and fabulous coastal cottage ideas!!

Welcome Basket for Autumn


Click image below to visit Starfish Cottage now…

Nautical Pendant Light

Love It or Hate It? Nautilus Pendant Light

The Nautilus Pendant Light was designed by Rebecca Asquith and is available for purchase online at YLighting. The lamp was inspired by a nautilus sea shell.  When the lamp is on, the warm spheres of light penetrate the layers of wood – making it glow. The escaping light also creates a beautiful pattern on surrounding surfaces. Made from sustainable hoop pine, and stainless steel spider. Available in natural finish.

Oh, the retail price tag is a mere $740.00.  I think it would work well in a modern beach house setting.

What are your thoughts?

Nautilus Pendant Light


Nautilus Pendant Light


Nautilus Pendant Light

Fall Decor Ideas

2012 Fall Decor Ideas

Fall Decor Ideas

Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. I’m a little late with my post today because I was incredibly busy with getting the kids back to school. Summer is definitely fading away and I’m welcoming Fall with my new 20 Picks at Houzz. This month I’m talking about Fall Decor Ideas. Please, take a look at my” 2012 Fall Decorating Ideas“.

Here’s a sneak peak, but I’d be very happy if you dropped by to see the entire post. Thank you, guys!

Fall Decor Ideas

Via Pottery Barn.

Fall Decor Ideas

Via Boutique de La Mer

Fall Decor Ideas

Via The Enchanted Home Shop

Fall Decor Ideas

Paint: Charlotte’s Locks via Farrow & Ball.

Fall Decor Ideas

Via Etsy.

Fall Decor Ideas

Via Splendid Avenue.

Fall Decor Ideas

Via Pottery Barn.

Please, click here to see the rest of my 20 Picks at Houzz.

Thank you all for stopping by today.