Monthly Archives: April 2013

Coastal Kinetics: Coastal-Inspired Folk Art


Jim and Caroline Dixon grew up in my “adopted” home state of Washington.  “Growing up along the Georgia Strait, near the Canadian border, we experienced all the delights of coastal living; fishing, crabbing, clam digging, skipping rocks and beach combing. Many hours were spent turning over rocks and exploring the tide pools.”

This couple has taken their coastal life experiences and  turned them into coastal-inspired folk art for you to enjoy in your beach house!  All of their coastal creations are hand created and crafted in their studio.

Meet Mumbo the Blue Crab!

coastal art coastal kinetics


Coastal Kinetics exemplifies the whimsical fusion of art and mechanics.  Although we are professional artists and designers, we are inspired by the valued contributions of American folk artists. Often untrained but remarkably insightful, working in makeshift studios with limited materials, their art portrayed the cultural richness of life in rural America. We hope to carry on this time-honored tradition with our own contribution to contemporary American folk art.” ~ Jim & Caroline Dixon

Mechanical Lobster named “Lobstah!”

coastal art coastal kinetics lobstah


Isn’t “Croakette” the frog adorable?

coastal art coastal kinetics croakette


…and last, but not least…GRUNGENESS the crab!

coastal art coastal kinetics GRUNGENESS-coastalkinetics

Coastal Kinetics is a trademark of American Automata.

Purchase your one-of-a-kind Coastal Folk Art today!

See their Coastal Critter selection here>

Cool Coastal-Blues Bedroom

Cool Coastal Blues

Hello, everyone! I’m so happy to be visiting with you here at Beach House Decorating with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a wonderful place to find lots of interior design inspiration including beautiful home décor ideas from folding screens to awesome coastal wall hangings and much more.

Today’s topic is about using an array of blue hues to give rooms near the sea and far away in the city a wonderful coastal vibe. From a large open living room to a jaunty bedroom for two, here are some of our favorite cool coastal blues. Please enjoy!

Thanks for letting me stop by for a few minutes.

~ Mari

Coastal Blues

In this lofty beamed living space, coastal blues are used sparingly to create a beautiful end result. A few touches of turquoise are deftly integrated into a lovely neutral palette of white and soft sandy hues.

Coastal Blues

A sleek white kitchen serves as a blank canvas for splashes of watery blues, from pale to brilliant. A wonderful underwater blown out photograph fills one wall with color. Those contemporary pendant lights have me wanting to know more—what a gorgeous array of coastal blues.

Coastal Blues

From contemporary kitchen style, we turn to this vintage coastal cottage look. A blue gas range seems just perfect in this all white space. Two glimpses of pale blue can be seen on the counter to the right of the stove.

Coastal Blues

Denim blue and a sunny golden yellow infuse this coastal living room with color. It’s at once comfortable and stylish. I love the perfectly lined up yellow boxes on the shelves.

Coastal Blues

Subtle touches of sky blue blend beautifully with soft tans in this beach house family room. The patterned rug adds rhythm to the space; mimicking the movement of ocean waves. A blue Egg chair offers a cozy spot for reading. I’ve become a big fan of these wooden contemporary floor lamps—great color and shape.

Coastal Blues

This warm and inviting guest room is filled with iconic coastal cottage décor details. Maps of island regions of the world have been used to create beautiful and interesting walls. Blue and white stripes bring a nautical look to the bedding.

Coastal Blues

Crisp navy blue and white is mixed with lively textiles in a paler hue to bring an updated version of beach house style to this spacious master bedroom. Coastal wall art catches the eye above the tall navy headboard.

Coastal Blues

A wonderfully appealing blue gray is stunning in this beach house living room. The beautiful blend of blues, violets and grays in the fireplace stone is stunning.  Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these coastal blue spaces? Leave us your comments below and visit our blog for more home decor and lighting inspirations!

Decorating: Here Come the Mermaids!

Golden Mermaid on Prince Frederick's Barge 1732


Springtime and Mermaids just go together, don’t they? (well, I don’t know if they really go together, but it works for the article).  Seriously,  mermaids are such wondrous creatures whether depicted as  Sirens of Greek mythology or in the folklore of countries around the globe.   They have been depicted in opera, paintings, books, films, and comics for thousands of years. How could you not love them, especially if you’re a lover of the sea?

The beautiful Golden Mermaid featured in the photo above is from Prince Frederick’s Barge in 1732, however if you’d like something a bit smaller for your beach house then why not add one of these lovely coastal accents from our friends at By the Seashore>

mermaid cast iron bookends from beautiful details by the seashore

mermaid mirror from beautiful details by the seashore

pink mermaids

double mermaid cast iron mirror from by the seashore

Mermaid cast iron soap dish

Are you a Mermaid lover now?

 Visit By the Seashore for more Cast Iron Mermaids>

Contemporary Beach House Decorating Ideas

Contemporary Bedroom by Laguna Beach Architect Harte Brownlee & Associates Interior Design

Can contemporary interior design work in a beach house?  I actually had to look up what the definition of contemporary was just to clarify.  According to, “Contemporary style offers simple, soft and uncluttered look. White, creams, light blues and accents colors like red and green add warmth.  Individual pieces of furniture are essentials of contemporary style. The lighting fixtures are installed to highlight specific element or piece like paintings, pictures etc.”  Lo and behold, I love contemporary interior design and didn’t even know it, silly me!

To go back to the original question of whether this style can work in a beach house, it certainly can!  Here are some prime examples for your review.  Let me know what you think.  Is this style for you?

A fresh contemporary beach cottage living room with turquoise and yellow accents that is just off the kitchen. Design by Annie Lowengart and photo by David Duncan Livingston.

Contemporary Living Room by San Anselmo Interior Designer Ann Lowengart Interiors, LLC

This tranquil master bedroom suite includes a small seating area, beautiful views and an interior hallway to the master bathroom & closet. All furnishings in this space are available through Martha O’Hara Interiors.

Contemporary Bedroom by Minneapolis Interior Designer Martha O’Hara Interiors

This San Diego contemporary beach bedroom and dining room was designed by Lilium Designs.  Photography by Dane Wirtzfeld.

Contemporary Bedroom by San Diego Interior Designer Lilium Designs

Contemporary Dining Room by San Diego Interior Designer Lilium Designs

This small space bathroom features many small space tricks, including the perfect combination of mirror and glass, a beautiful floating vanity and an ample amount of storage in all of the right places. Photography by Brandon Barre.

Contemporary Bathroom by Toronto Interior Designer Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Pictured below is an exclusive update of a 1948 redwood bungalow by Sheldon Harte.  This contemporary home is located in Orange County, California.  Fabric on the chairs and throw pillows are from Galbraith & Paul’s Heatwave.

Contemporary Living Room by Laguna Beach Architect Harte Brownlee & Associates Interior Design

…and the contemporary beach house dining room.  What a view!

Contemporary Dining Room by Laguna Beach Architect Harte Brownlee & Associates Interior Design

Visit us on for more beach house decorating ideas!

Beachy Blue Table Lamps for Coastal Living

Illuminate your beach home with beachy blue table lamps!  A lamp can easily pull a room together and by choosing a unique lamp it can also become a focal point or decorating accent piece.  Table lamps are part of the “task lighting” category which isn’t too glamorous, however with one of the featured blue lamps shown below — your beach house space can really shine.

Asturias Blue Table Lamp

Available from Our Boat House

Blue Sea Shells Lamp

Available from Ocean Offerings

blue table lamp for coastal living

Caprice Cobalt Glass Lamp

Available from Outer Banks Trading Group


Caprice Cobalt Glass Lamp


Bucket of Shells Lamp-Cottage Seaside Villa

Available from The Beach House LLC

Bucket of Shells Lamp-Cottage Seaside Villa

Blue Coral Seaside Lamp

Available from Caron’s Beach House

blue coral seaside coastal table lamp

More beach house decorating ideas on Pinterest!!

Coastal Style Gifts

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast you’re lucky enough.”  But if you’re not lucky in that regard, then let Coastal Style Gifts bring the gifts of the coast to you!

Coastal Style Gifts gives a great big nod to nautical!  Trim your sails and stop for a minute or two and browse through their items that can enhance your lifestyle on your boat, in your apartment or condo, or in your home. Your love for the sea and the coastline can be exhibited in pillows that reflect the nautical life.  Why not select a weathered nautical signal signs, nautical style lamp, or a new coastal accent rug that will bring a touch of ocean decor into everyday living.

Coastal Style Gifts is a small family run online gift shop that takes pride in offering our customers coastal inspired décor, accents, gifts, and accessories that are unique, upscale, and stylish.  We make a special effort to seek out coastal inspired gifts and accents that are proudly designed and made in the USA.   If you have a special friend who dreams of living on the water, these individual items make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.  Here are some of our favorite picks from Coastal Style Gifts store…

Beach Treasures Pillow

Beach Treasures Pillow

Open Weave Nested Round Baskets

beach house baskets


Fish-Fish Assorted Fish Shaped Plate Set of 4 by Vietri


Fish-Fish Assorted Fish Shaped Plate Set of 4 by Vietri


White Wash Woven Anchor

white wash woven anchor home decor


There’s a universal appeal to beach house decor. Whether your signature style reflects the coast of New England, South Florida, Southern California, or the Pacific Northwest, you can easily infuse any room of your home with beach house style. From relaxed beach themes to a classic coastal style decor, you’re “shore” to find the perfect home decor accessories to create your own signature seaside style at Coastal Style Gifts.