Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Friday Cocktail - Paradise Point Cooler


Absolutely the most perfect early summer libation, the Paradise Point Cooler is loaded with yummy fresh strawberries and 100% refreshing! 


We are working (drinking!) our way through our new "Beach Cocktails" recipe book from Coastal Living Magazine,  and here's our first adapted summer drink recipe for the season!


Here's what you need for 1 drink:

  • 3 fresh strawberries, stems removed 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons gin (3 oz.) - (We are big fans of our local Half Moon Bay, Harvard Ave. Gin)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 oz.) St. Germain Liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes
  • Garnishes of fresh strawberries and lime slices

1. Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a muddler or a wooden spoon
2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add gin, St. Germain and lime juice. Then shake it all together vigorously.  Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass and top off with the club soda for sparkle!  
3. Garnish with lime slices and strawberries.  (I love our large round ice-cube molds for these summer drinks -)


Enjoy!  Be careful, I promise that you will want more than one.....

 






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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Seashell Day!

(P.S. Yes, this is a small sampling of my coastal design and lifestyle book addiction!)

In honor of "National Seashell Day" AND the official first day of summer, I thought we would show off a few of our favorite rooms, using nature's loveliness found in seashells to decorate with a definite coastal focus. Honestly, I think that these ocean beauties are just about the most perfect jewel to adorn any room!

We think these rooms are an excellent examples of shell decorating done right. Enjoy the tour!



100% Glam - Emeril Lagasse's incredible Gulf Coast Home featured in Veranda

What a great way to show off your shell and coral collections - use the built-in staircase shelving.  Source - Coastal Living

 Show off your most prized specimen shells as part of a coffee table display.  Love this room created by designer Alessandra Branca, featured in Beautifully Seaside

 Kristy's beautifully neutral sea shell inspired living room - we love all of the grey and driftwood shades mixed with just a few splashes of dusty blue.  Lovely and so beach cottage perfect! 

Love the combination of summer blue hydrangeas and seashells! Simple, but so beautiful and 100% summer.  Source - Kim Power Style Blog



Wow!  What a creative, beautiful way to show off sea shells, starfish and sand dollars - embedding them in an impressive fireplace.  (I am definitely doing this at our next house!) 

Love this bookcase collection!  Although, I do really hope that those large corals are faux....

Trent's apartment featured in Apartment Therapy - I love his creative mounting of seashells and sea fans as part of his gallery art wall.  Don't miss his collection on the coffee table too!


What a fun cabinet to catch your interest in a large dining room! We like that it is enclosed, but still open - feels breezy and so much like a beach house.  See the rest of this California Coronado Island Home in Traditional Home


A pretty little setting area with the owner's collection of shells displayed under glass in matching shadow boxed frames.  Keeping the look consistent makes all the difference in this small space. 

What else to you need?   Maybe just add a chunky knit throw and a great book!

A lovely seashell display with aqua glass bottles makes a subtle, but beautifully coastal statement.


How can you ever go wrong with a Barclay Butera look?  Always fab!

The key is to not let your space become a big "hodge-podge" of  a "beachy" decor mess. Which is easy to do, if you are not careful with your collections, just remember to edit and change things out for interest and with the evolving seasons and your lifestyle. 

For more ideas on decorating with Sea Shells - check out our Pinterest Seashell Board






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sea Glass Inspired Bedroom Style

An escape to the shore - there is nothing quite like the look and feel of sea glass! Tumbled pieces in shades of cobalt blue, aqua and green, if you are lucky to find those coveted colors when walking on the beach.  

Searching for sea glass is truly a "zen-like" experience for me, and has been my whole life.   It's one thing that I can do to reset my mental clock and feel sane again to tackle the rest of life. Collecting these little jewels of the sea have become a little bit of an obsession... 


We've curated a fun collection of ideas to decorate your coastal bedroom with a sea glass feel, to instantly create that retreat style right in your own home - any time of the year, not just for a vacation holiday.  Enjoy!

Modern Ikat Sea Glass Bedding - Comes with ALL of the pieces; Comforter, Shams, Euro Shams and  3 Decorative Pillows



Add some sea sparkle with our new Hand Beaded Pillows...














Add a gorgeous Sea Glass Mirror!  (love, love, love this Currey and Co. Arista Mirror from our store)





 Sea-Washed Glass Bottles for a finishing touch!


to create your new summer coastal bedroom look. 








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