Beautiful Sea Glass Note Cards

Want to lift someone’s spirits, or perhaps your own? Write your encouraging note on a Beachgemming card. Sea Glass Note Cards – 3.5″ x 5″ All-Occasion Blank Cards with White Envelopes are perfect for handwritten Holiday cards or any occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries or thank you. Two each of five photos and come in a gift-worthy clear acrylic box.

Sea Glass Note Cards

Each boxed set of cards comes with a selection of gorgeously photographed sea glass. Raymunda Fox, the creator of Beachgemming, takes detailed and brilliant photos of each scene, set, or collection. Her goal has been to capture the large variety of colors of sea glass, and the play of light within them, their luminescence, and depict that artistically in her photography. Her enthusiasm to encourage others via handwritten cards inspired her to pass on her artistic creations in the form of note cards. Most of her sea glass collections come from the Monterey Bay region of California, already described as a “circle of enchantment” by author John Steinbeck.

Visit our friends at Beach Gemming on Amazon this Holiday season.

Review: Mid-Century Modern Furniture for Out of the Box Cottage Decor

We were recently contacted by Regency Shop to do a product review on this fantastic mid-Century Modern Ball Clock.  “Midcentury modern” itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957. Midcentury furniture pieces are characterized by their clean, simple lines displayed in this modern clock.

Nelson Ball Clock

Ball Clock – Design George Nelson, 1948 – © Vitra Collections AG

Here’s a little history about the Ball Clock:

“The Ball Clock (1949) was the first of more than 150 clocks designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company, which sold them from 1949 into the 1980s. Nelson Associates, first launched as a studio by George Nelson in 1947 in New York City, employed some of the most celebrated designers of the time, including Irving Harper, Don Ervin and Charles Pollock, all of whom contributed to the clocks.  The Ball Clock appeared in the original Miller brochure as Model 4755.”

Ball Clock Design

Ball Clock – Design George Nelson, 1948 – © Vitra Collections AG

Modern Ball Clock

Ball Clock – Design George Nelson, 1948 – © Vitra Collections AG

For me this clock is sleek, stylish & would look great in any office or kitchen, including an adorable little beach cottage.  Its simplistic design brings a classic look to 21st century architecture.  In other words this clock is timeless.  This clock is also quite sturdy with a solid build.

Mid-Century Modern Barcelona Chair from Regency Shop

Mid-Century Modern Barcelona Chair from Regency Shop

Another example of stylish interior design available on their website is the Barcelona Chair which is based upon the designs first shown in Barcelona, Spain in 1929. These reproductions are based upon the designs of Ludwig Mies van der rohe.  Meticulously handcrafted with fine leather & leather match for the back and sides. Constructed using individual leather panels, each piece cut and hand-sewn. The frame is made from ONE-PIECE solid stainless steel, not cheap metal or aluminum like other inferior replicas.

Mid-Century Modern Chesterfield Sofa from Regency Shop

Mid-Century Modern Chesterfield Sofa from Regency Shop

The Chesterfield Sofa is another unique piece of furniture which can be ordered in either luxurious leather or fabric. We agree with Regency’s statement,There is nothing more luxurious than cowhide chesterfields and that they look unbelievable in a very scope of insides.”

Mid-Century Modern Arne Egg Chair from Regency Shop

Mid-Century Modern Arne Egg Chair from Regency Shop

If mid-century Modern is your preferred style then the Egg Chair should be a favorite! The orange one featured would be adorable in a tropical interior design. The chair was designed originally in 1956, Arne Jacobsen’s piece was commonly known as the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair – although many similar copies carried the same name. This iconic piece is considered an envelope pusher for designs of the day.  According to a New York Times article, the Egg chair has also been used by McDonald’s as part of a high-concept redesign of one of its restaurants in London. It was used as the diary room chair in the first UK series of “Big Brother”. The newly renovated Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport features the Egg in its boarding area.

Thank you to Regency Shop for this Mid-Century Modern product review.

Newport Brass® Introduces Two Collections to Its Esteemed Line of Bathroom Products

The Joffrey and Vander Collections Add Transitional Sophistication to the Bath

SANTA ANA, CA – Newport Brass®, the leading manufacturer of premium brass faucets and accessories for the bathroom and kitchen, is proud to introduce two new collections for the bath: Joffrey and Vander. Each collection offers its own unique style with both transitional elements and modern appeal. The Joffrey and Vander collections include everything that you need to outfit a bathroom including widespread lavatory faucets, tub and shower sets, Roman tub fillers and a variety of matching bath accessories.“We are thrilled to introduce the Vander and Joffrey collections to our product offerings,” said David Emmons, marketing director for Brasstech, Inc. parent company of Newport Brass. “These distinct collections provide appealing, timeless looks that will be sure to resonate with many designers, architects and homeowners looking to update a bathroom suite.”The Joffrey bath collection is a new expression for the discerning transitional customer. Combining a graceful and slender design profile with a flared base, the collection is an arresting, modern design, exemplified through its harmony of smooth lines and prominent form.
Joffrey — The Vander bath collection infuses a bold classical design with industrial elegance, subtly combining traditional and modern styling elements. This collection’s imbued symmetry and resplendent details add an instant sophistication to any bath. Offering more versatility, the Vander collection is available in either a lever or cross handle option.
Vander — Providing long-lasting quality and thoughtful design, the Joffrey and Vander collections are constructed of solid brass and meet WaterSense® and CalGREEN standards. The collections are available in 28 brilliant finishes to customize any décor, including seven durable PVD options. Each PVD finish is backed by a lifetime warranty, ensuring that the choice of faucet will retain its luster for its entire life.
About Newport Brass® — Newport Brass® is a premium brand of solid brass faucets and fixtures known for their expertise in plumbing fixtures and decorative trim. Made in California, with thoughtful design and exemplary craftsmanship, Newport Brass is the preferred brand for customization and quality in kitchen and bathroom products – offering 28 finish options and multiple styles and pricing options. Founded in 1989, Newport Brass has always been at the forefront of innovation and was one of the first companies to implement PVD finish technology, a highly specialized process mastered by few in the industry. Precise engineering and thorough inspections allow for Newport Brass products to carry the distinction of flawless beauty while providing extended durability. Newport Brass products also proudly grace fine hotels, resorts and spas such as the Four Seasons Maui and Montage Deer Valley. Almost all of Newport Brass’ lavatory products meet WaterSense® efficiency standards, and the entire product line is AB1953 compliant. The company has also been recognized for exemplary manufacturing practices within California by the non-profit organization California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) as a member of the Made in California™ program.Newport Brass is a brand of Brasstech, Inc., a business unit of Masco Corporation, headquartered in Taylor, Michigan. Masco Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products, as well as a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products. To learn more about Newport Brass, visit

DIY Salt Dough Starfish!

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“Salt dough is a great medium for making these realistic-looking starfish. We decided to hang them on a piece of jute to make a really cute garland for one of our boys’ nautical-themed bedroom. They would also make great Christmas ornaments for a nautical tree.”

Thanks to Chickabug & The Desperate Craftwives! 

Living Room Decorating Ideas!!!

Living Room Decorating Ideas for Your Beach Cottage

As winter approaches and the colder weather bites at our ankles we always start to view our homes a bit differently.  In the summer months, we want our living rooms to feel bright and airy with lots of happy colours like yellow and bright blue mimicking the sunny sky outside. But as autumn sets in and the leaves begin to fall those colours start to lose their appeal.  Instead we begin to crave warm colours that reflect the changing colours of the season and make us feel cosy and safe whilst it’s blowing a gale outside.

Redecorating your living room with the changing of the seasons sounds a bit exhausting though doesn’t it as well as time consuming and expensive, but it needn’t be.  If your living room has a neutral base colour then all it takes is a few new pieces of furniture and a quick swap of accessories and you can have a brand new living room in no time.

Reclaim Your Room

Reclaimed furniture is a hot trend at the moment with companies across the country offering to update that tired set of drawers or rickety old wardrobe.  A new slick of paint can instantly give an item of furniture a new lease of life and it can be quite the opposite way too.  Bare wood with the intricate grain pattern showing would look great in any beach cottage because of its connections to nature so why not strip the paint off instead; you might be surprised by how beautiful it is underneath.

Reclamation isn’t just about big pieces of furniture either.  It’s amazing what gems you can find in antique shops or car boot sales.  Keep a look out for nautical themed accessories like a lovely brass searchlight or a ship’s wheel – sure to create an instant vocal point at a dinner party.  Consider buying some new fabric (or vintage if you can find it) and having some new cushions made, unless you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine yourself!  Textured fabrics in warm colours like rusty orange or olive green will instantly make that sofa so much more inviting.

Treat Yourself to Something New

If you fancy buying something new there are lots of options out there to help make your living room a cosy retreat in the winter.  You might need a bit of extra storage and a great storage piece for a living room is a sideboard.  Try for some great choices of sideboard in walnut or dark wood.  If you want something a bit more quirky look out for wicker chests or old suitcases that you can stack up, perfect for storing your winter blankets in.

If the purse strings are a little tighter why not treat yourself to something smaller like a decorative accessory.  Porthole mirrors are a big trend at the moment and what better place to let them shine than in your beach cottage where they’ll feel right at home.  They’re easy to find on budget especially on sites like eBay and the more rustic looking the better.

So there you have it, when it comes to updating your living room ready for winter it really is that simple.  All that’s left is to snuggle up in your favourite blanket and watch the crashing waves.

Thanks for Reading!!

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Nautical Holiday Gift Ideas

Mystic Knotwork offers handmade nautical knots from New England which are enjoyed all over the world.

Nautical Christmas Gift Idea

Woven Lanyard w/ Sailor Knot from Mystic Knotwork

“We share your craving for all things authentic.  We’ve been making the original Sailor Knot Bracelet for years.  Mystic Knotwork is much more.  The knots we make for nautical weddings and home decorating have grown to be as iconic in the nautical communities as our bracelets and other wearable knots.”

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Nautical Knot Card Holder by Mystic Knotwork

“Every knot we sell is made by us, here in Mystic, Connecticut. Our rope and cord is custom made for us to keep the authentic look.”

Browse Mystic Knotwork’s American Made nautical knot decorations, their wedding knot and reception gifts, and especially their famous sailor bracelets.

Nautical Christmas Gift Idea

Striped Sailor Bracelet by Mystic Knotwork

Shop Mystic Knotwork for your Coastal Christmas Gifts

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