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Coastal table décor items by Starfish Trading Company

Coastal Table Decor by Starfish Trading Company

Coastal table décor items by Starfish Trading Company

Coastal table décor items by Starfish Trading Company

Coastal table décor items by Starfish Trading Company

Add a touch of coastal elegance to your dining table with a set of sturdy seagrass woven placemats  that are beautified with a row of white seashells. The coastal napkin rings are made from quality wired burlap ribbon and are available in either starfish or sand dollar styles.This lovely table decor will evoke fond memories of your favorite beach wherever you might live! 

The Starfish Trading Company was created out of a response to the coastal décor featured on Kristy Seibert’s amazing coastal blog . This Etsy shop features a variety of coastal style home decor items such as artwork, photo frames, chalkboards, placemats, napkin rings, vases, bulk starfish, and seashells as well as candles, jewelry and other gifts. Many of the items listed are also perfect for a coastal wedding or event.

Kristy shares, “I draw inspiration and find beauty in simple seaside treasures like starfish, seashells and sand dollars, it is my hope that these items will bring the beauty and joy of the seaside to your home, wherever you may live!”

Guess what? Kristy is going to give one lucky winner a set of four Starfish Napkin Rings!!

Simply click here to visit Starfish Cottage and enter to win!!!

#Starfish #Dining #Shells #Seagrass #Placemats #NapkinRing #Etsy

Happy Memorial Day from Lemondaisy Design

Nautical Summer Style: Red, White & Blue

Red White and Blue Summer Decorating from LemonDaisy Designs

Memorial Day always signals the start of summer for Leslie Flanagan, owner of Lemondaisy Design. “The days are getting longer and I am able to enjoy my morning coffee outside on the porch.  I have planted my tomatoes and have lots of fresh mint growing for iced tea and mojitos.

Lemondaisy has lots of red, white and blue to celebrate the summer.  Stop by to shop for your self or others for the summer season.  They offer cocktail napkins, linen guest towels and cotton kitchen towels with lots of nautical designs for our summer holidays.

Discovered on Lemondaisy Designs!

Use the code HAPPY for 20% off your next order!!!

Nautical French Striped Anchor Throw

Nautical Beach Home Interiors: Anchors Aweigh


Anchors are popping up everywhere these days and we love them! The anchor is perfect to incorporate into your nautical beach home interior design.

To “weigh anchor” is to bring it aboard a vessel in preparation for departure. The phrase “anchor’s aweigh” is a report that the anchor is clear of the sea bottom and, therefore, the ship is officially underway.

“Anchors Aweigh” is often misspelled as “Anchors Away,” leading to confusion of the terms and the misunderstanding that it means ‘to drop anchor’ (i.e. ‘away’).

Anchor cabinet featured on Sand & Sisal!

Coastal Cabinet Makeover via Sand & Sisal

Anchor Wallpaper via Pinterest

anchor wallpapers

Nautical French Striped Anchor Throw

Nautical French Striped Anchor Throw

Anchor Light Switch Plate Cover 

Anchor Light Switch Plate Cover

Take a seat in this comfortable chair!

nautical anchor striped armchair

Sail Away Bedding Set

Sail Away bedding set via Ocean Styles

Blue cast iron anchor bottle opener

blue cast iron anchor bottle opener

Anchors & Wheels Microplush Throw

Anchor microplush throw via Ocean Offerings

  Anchor Two Tier Caddy

Anchor Two Tier Caddy

Eco-friendly Anchor

Recycled Anchor from Cottage Coastal Store

Closet and Wardrobe Designs

Closet and Wardrobe Designs

Anchors Aweigh (1906 version) Taken from the Naval History & Heritage Command: “Anchors Away, my boys, Anchors Aweigh. Farewell to college joys, We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay. Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam, Until we meet once more. Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.”

More Anchors…

Anchor’s Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

Anchor’s on Pinterest

Anchor’s Aweigh on Houzz


Sterling and sea glass claw earrings by Simple Life Designs

Last Minute Gift Ideas with Coastal Style


It’s a day at the beach with this beautiful pink, Murano-inspired glass bottle stopper from Seaside Glass Gallery.  The stopper depicts the iconic flamingo of tropical living. Great gift or stocking stuffer for the wine enthusiast in your life!

flamingo wine bottle stopper

This lovely octopus pillow cover from Comfy Heaven is the perfect addition to your living room or bedroom plus it’s a great way of bringing  the lovely elements of the ocean into your home.  What a lovely way to surprise someone that loves the beach!?

octopus pillow cover for beach house gift idea

A thoughtful handmade gift — SEAGLASS Christmas Ornament.  Just Beachy Now‘s Aqua Sea Glass Ornament adds a special beachy touch to any coastal Christmas tree AND makes a thoughtful gift! Beautiful chards of white, aqua, turquoise and sea green tumbled glass are encased in a high- quality acrylic ornament ball. The ornament looks just like glass, but won’t break at home or during shipping! Place it near a tree light and watch the colors glow.

BEACH DECOR SEAGLASS Christmas Ornament, nautical decor, aqua, turquoise, choice of bow

Handmade Sea Glass and Sterling Jewelry from The White Starfish.  Owner, Nancy Wood, shares “It was not an easy task finding unique sea glass jewelry made in the United States but we did it! After hours of searching we stumbled across this talented Californian artist and knew that our search was finally over.  Sarah’s love of the ocean and life’s simple pleasures is evident in her collection.”

Sterling and sea glass claw earrings by Simple Life Designs

Seashell Notecards from Island of Blue are perfect as a stocking stuffer OR use to thank everyone for the wonderful Christmas gifts you’ll be receiving this year.  Each 3 1/2″ X 5″ notecard is a digital reproduction of an original watercolor and is printed on textured card stock. Each note card comes with a recycled brown Kraft envelope.

Etsy Seashell Notecards - Beach Ar

Ready to ship!! Beach House Living’s “Mine & Yours” engraved spoons. Use it for dessert for stirring your tea or coffee.  This set is cute for the Holidays or Valentine’s Day, which is unbelievably right around the corner.

mine and yours coffee or ice cream spoons

 Many of our coastal sponsors offer gift cards too!!!

kim rody fish dinnerware on kickstarter

Help Make this Coastal Dream Come True!


We’ve known Kim for several years and are definitely fans of her coastal artwork.  One of the main reasons I started my blog in 2009 was to be able to help other small coastal businesses achieve their dreams.  Now, you can help fulfill the dream of translating Kim Rody’s ocean paintings into high quality “functional art” by putting a bright spot on your dinner table.

Kickstarter project kim rody fish dinnerware on kickstarter

Kim’s story…

kim rody fish custom dinnerware on kickstarter

“This dinnerware began as a request. In the winter of 2012, Tom Hazel, the manager of the Abaco Inn, had a firm vision of me creating a large set of dinnerware with my fish on them that could be auctioned off to raise money for the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in the Bahamas. This was the winter of 2012. I thought he had completely lost his mind. I was a painter, not a potter!

The idea soon latched onto my brain and would not let it go. A year later, in February of 2013, after hours of research and lots of money, I delivered 48 pieces of dinnerware to Tom on the morning of the auction.

Their reception was incredible, Tom raised a ton of money, and my husband started thinking that dinnerware might not be that bad an idea after all.

It’s been almost two years since I began dabbling in dinnerware, and I have come to the point where I need to ramp it up, or abandon it completely. And, ramping up means cash.
I have already completed the design work for the entire first collection, and fired them numerous times working out the kinks:  Are they the right size? Is this the right temperature?  Will these plates work?  Will these designs complement each other? In other words, I AM READY TO GIVE BIRTH TO MY CREATIONS!”

kim rody fish dinnerware mugs on kickstarter

Learn specifically why Kim needs our help here.

kim rody fish dinnerware place settings on kickstarter

So, what happens to the money if Kim doesn’t hit the target?  Kickstarter is all or nothing so if she doesn’t hit $30,000 by the 9th of January, your card won’t be charged and she won’t receive any money pledged. But, that ain’t gonna happen!!  Ready to help Kim achieve her dreams?  Visit to donate today — $1 minimum pledge is required.

under the sea by etsy artist

Whimsical Watercolor Art by Brilliant Critter


Over the years I’ve been introduced to the most amazing artists, designers, and bloggers and I’d like to introduce them to you.  Today’s Business Profile comes to us from Kristin with Brilliant Critter.  Kristin’s a talented graphics and design professional, but her passion is watercolor art.  Thank you Kristin for sharing your creative process with us!  

Sea Horse Watercolor by Brilliant Critter

This little guy was one of the first ocean life Critters I painted and has been one of my more popular prints.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art?  Have you taken any art classes?

Hi there! My name is Kristin and I’m the Owner / Artist behind Brilliant Critter. I am a creative professional with a love for art, color and design.

I think I have always been interested in art. If I’m not creating something I feel dried up inside. Does that make sense? For all you creative people out there I’m sure you can relate. It’s like something is missing when I’m not working on a project that feeds my creative soul and brings a smile to my face.

Art has always been a part of my life ever since I was little. I decided to go to school for Graphic Design and I enjoy working in that field. But despite my odd infatuation with my Apple computer products I always find a way back to my paintbrushes.

I have taken many art classes. From drawing, photography and ceramics to printmaking and painting. Much of my college education was focused on a foundation in fine art before we ever got onto computers for graphics training.

2. What is your preferred medium and why?

My medium of choice has always been watercolor. I have worked in pretty much everything, oil, acrylic, mixed media but I always return to watercolors. I love working with and blending them. I think they’re a very forgiving medium if you want to change or go over something you have done.

Crab Watercolor by Brilliant Critter

3. Where can we find you? (Blog, website, Twitter, Facebook etc)

My Etsy Shop :

Facebook :

Twitter :

Pinterest :

Instagram :

4. Do you have a favorite artist?  If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

Oh my… so many to choose from. I will have to pick two, sorry. Paul Rand would be my favorite in the graphics world. He was such an iconic American designer that used shape, form and color to convey his messages and to create design with great meaning and value.

For illustration, I would have to say Beatrix Potter. From a very young age her little animal friends and all their stories fascinated me. I had her entire book collection as a child and probably made my parents read “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck”  to me over a thousand times.

5. Can you remember one of the first things you painted? What makes it memorable?

I have been creating art since such a young age it’s hard to remember my first paintings. But one of the first watercolor paintings I did that I was really proud of was a practice piece in high school. I remember I was reading “Watership Down” at the time by the English author Richard Adams and was inspired by his descriptive writing to do something with rabbits.

6. Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

Much of my inspiration comes from nature, color and animals that I love. I live across from the beach and love seeing all the little sand crabs run around the beach.

I also get a lot of ideas for color from online, and in fashion / home design magazines. Color combinations that work well together on fabric and in print usually also translate well together in paint.

Crab Print by Brilliant Critter

7. What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a larger scale painting involving all of my “Under the Sea” Critters. I have been wanting to do a larger scale painting for a long time now.

I’ve also decided to start doing my own framing, so that is project in itself. Custom framing can get very expensive when you are talking about several paintings a month. If you invest in the right tools, doing your own can save a lot of money and time.

Under the Sea Watercolor Print by Brilliant Critter

8. What else should we know about you and your work?

When I work on a piece or a custom commission I try to envision the work hanging in that person’s home or nursery. I want my art to bring as much joy to the person purchasing it as it did to me while I was creating it. Every piece is unique and has it’s own personality.

9. What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?

I actually also have a full time job working in radio. During the day I handle websites and graphic content for two local rock music stations, and at night and on weekends I paint. I also do some freelance graphics work so I’m a busy girl.

10. What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating your art?

Probably my hardest step is deciding what to paint next. I have so many ideas and concepts I want to capture I sometimes can’t decide where to start next when I finish something. I keep a little notebook with me at all  times and when I think of an animal or see an idea I want to paint I write it down. I’m sure you can imagine how long that list has gotten.

Under the Sea by Brilliant Critter

11. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

One of my favorite quotes recently is from Sarah Ban Breathnach.

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all the world needs dreamers who do.”

If you have something you want to do because you love it and it makes you happy then you need to find a way to incorporate that into your life. Whether it’s a dream to support yourself with your art or just a goal you want to achieve, don’t let your own doubts hold you back. I waited too long to try and start doing something with my art but better late then never!

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