Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beach Home Entry - 6 Tips for Selecting the Right Rug

Now to add back the essential decorating elements to make your coastal home entry room functional!

A durable, "stain-hiding" rug is always an essential item for beach homes for salty and sandy feet. Especially if you can keep the sand and dirt at the front door and not tracking into the rest of your home!

For fall and winter use, a coastal indoor-outdoor rug is a must. Your mudroom or foyer needs a rug that will be an easy clean up for outside debris and durability. It's time to roll up your sea grass and jute rugs and store until next spring because this is the time of year that your entry way will need to withstand a little abuse. 

Tip #1: Get creative with a rug runner

Think about a using a long runner rug in coastal colors to reflect your space. Just make sure that it will stay flat with non-skid backing or a rug pad.

Blue and White stripes are especially great for keeping it "nautical"! 

Your home's entry space is all about what works and is best for your family, and for creating the right first impression. Rug runners come in so many shapes and sizes, don't be afraid to think outside the box with color and pattern!

Tip #2: Add Pattern and Texture

A varied rug pattern will go a long way towards hiding muddy and sandy foot prints. Not only are they more forgiving, but the right pattern and mix of beachy color palette will add interest to your space  - instantly welcoming friends to your beach home!

Love this idea!

Image Source - Home Bunch

Our New Harbor Seaside Rug - comes in an Ivory shade too!

Love the coral and navy blue combo!

Tip #3: Think about using an area rug to completely fill the space

Warm up and greet your family and friends as they come in from the weather outside! Go beyond just the "usual" welcome mat. 

image source - House of Turquoise

Tip #4: Coastal decorating can still reflect the autumn season

No need to always decorate with blue and aqua to show off your love of the seaside or lakeside living. Besides, the "usual"  blue, white and aqua look gets just a little bit tired.

Love the elegant neutral shades in this entry! (so sorry - not sure of the source)

Add subtle orange and gold in seashell patterns; 

Or just stay with neutral seaside tones like in our new Starfish Tan and Ivory Indoor-Outdoor Rug

Grey is also a wonderful neutral. Simple, but pretty coastal entry foyer from Honey Bear Lane, starting with a modern grey rug with a popular quadrefoil pattern. 

Or for more beach "flavor" - coral themes are always a popular choice!

Tip #5: Create Drama with a Round Rug

If only we all had enough space in our entry way to try this idea at home! 

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 A few of our fave new round rugs at Caron's! 

Tip # 6 - Look for rugs that come already constructed with a non-slip backing; 

or add a rug pad underneath to keep your rug secure from slipping and sliding on potentially wet floors. A rug pad will also extend the life of your rug and will make it feel a little more plush and cushy. Not to mention a rug pad will also protect further protect your wood or tile floors! Rug Pads at Caron's Beach House

My best advice is to have fun with creating the right look for your home and for your family!  By starting with a rug, you can "anchor" your space and start fresh for this fall.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Beach House Entry Organization for Fall - 101

Have the back-to-school blues?
Maybe it's a good time to think about a freshen up (clean up!) in your entry or mudroom to get ready for fall beach fun and back packs?  Here are a few tips that might inspire a new look at your beach home to greet Autumn with minimal cost and just a little re-organizing to create a welcoming space.

Step One - Start with a clean slate!

De-Cluttering your space will help to even see where your new design needs to start. It's also just a great way to access your gear for next year - does it need repairing, donating, or maybe even tossed in the recycling bin? Clearing a space also helps me transition from one season to another and makes it a little easier to say good-bye to summer.  (booooooo)
  • Put away all of the summer gear; oars, life jackets, bathing suits,beach bags, beach towels, etc and store safely for next year. Maybe just hide in the garage out of sight, cause I am sure that you will still be spending time still at the beach looking for shells or having a few more boating adventures. (or as in the image above - store your surfboards on the ceiling!) 
  • Shoe Patrol - Unless you live in a tropical climate (or Southern California!) then time to stash the pile of flip flops! And impose a strict limit on how may shoes per person can be left at the front door or in your mudroom.  I am the worst offender of this rule! 
  • For each family member; allow only one dedicated space for back packs, purses, school bags or briefcases. Use heavy-duty wall hooks, pretty storage baskets or cubbies. If no space, then backpacks, etc. go in the bedrooms. 
Loved this fun idea with the chalkboards and pegs from DecorChick!
  • Toss in the washing machine and dryer: Before putting away summer pillows, cushion covers or beach towels, or canvas beach bags, make sure to give them a quick run in your washing machine.
  • Roll up the summer style rugs.Time to transition away from seagrass, jute and lighter striped area rugs.  Vacuum and clean-up any spots or spills before rolling up and storing until next spring. Make sure to store in a dry (non-damp!) space to preserve.
Now where to start?  Here are a few of our essential ingredients for creating an easy beach home entry or mudroom for living at the coast during fall and winter!
  • An Entry Area Rug
  • Heavy Duty Hooks
  • Bench
  • Baskets for Storage
  • Built in Shelf or Entry Table
  • Mirror
  • Artwork
Stay tuned for Beach Home Entry Organization for Fall - 201!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summertime Prawn and Broccoli Pasta - Delish!

Truly, you can't mess this easy Summertime seafood recipe up!  Almost fool-proof with just a word of advice - have all of your ingredients ready to go before starting.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Lemons. 1 for zesting and then cut into thin slices; 1 for lemon-wedge garnishes when the pasta is done 
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed (or dried if you don't have fresh)
  • sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • linguine pasta (we like fatter pasta with this kind of sauce)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter - NOT margarine
  • 1-2 pound fresh prawns, medium-or large sized, peeled, de-veined and with tails off
  • 1-2 cups of broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced red pepper; yellow or orange are fine too!
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a glass 9 x 13 (or larger)  baking dish, combine olive oil, lemon zest and thyme. Olive oil should liberally cover the bottom of the pan.  If it doesn't, then drizzle more in.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place in oven for 10-12 minutes.  Check it every few minutes - if it looks like it is getting too brown, remove and proceed to the next step.

2. Meanwhile, cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and toss with a pat of butter or olive oil.

3. Remove glass baking dish from the oven, add butter and swirl to melt.  

4. Add prepared prawns, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and the lemon slices.  Don't squeeze the lemon slices - just add to the prawn and veggie roasting mixture.  Give it a quick toss to mix well with olive oil/butter and spices. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until prawns turn pink.  You might want to check at 6 minutes or so to make sure that you are not overcooking the prawns. There is nothing worse than rubbery seafood.

4. Remove roasted lemon-garlic prawn and broccoli mixture from the oven and dump into the pasta. Stir completely into the pasta, over low heat for just a few minutes with a few squeezes of fresh lemon and a dash more of olive oil.  Taste test it for salt and pepper seasoning.

5.  Serve in your best pasta bowls with a great fresh rustic bread and a special white wine. Sauvignon Blanc during the summer months would be perfect!  

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and left over lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

P.S.  The glasses and dinnerware can be found on our site!

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