Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Tomato and Avocado Salad

Perfect for summer and absolutely delish! I promise.


We live for summer fresh tomatoes and fresh garden produce at my house and absolutely had to try this recipe that Tom discovered in our most recent issue of Sunset Magazine (highly recommend this magazine by the way!)  


Super easy with summer ingredients that are readily available at your local farm stand or at the grocery store. Plus - look how pretty, and elegant this Summer Tomato and Avocado salad is to serve!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced large English cucumber or several small Persian cucumbers
  • 2 Medium Heirloom Tomatoes,  cut into small wedges
  • 3/4 - 1 pint of colorful cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 small ripe avocados, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds 
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro; leaves and stems included
  • Kosher Salt
1. Layer larger tomato wedges and cucumber on a serving platter. Then layer on smaller halfed cherry tomatoes, followed by avocado slices
2. Mix together olive oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar until well blended and then drizzle over salad
3. Sprinkle sesame seeds and cilantro on top to give your pretty salad a gorgeous finishing touch!
4. Add Kosher salt to taste (might not need any)



You will most definitely will impress your beach home guests with your "culinary" skills!


(Adapted from Sunset Magazine July 2018 Issue)

P.S. Just in case you need some cool serving ideas - try out these fun serving utensils - perfect for gift giving too!




For more fun ideas for Serving Platters and Serveware - check out our Extensive Coastal Serveware Collection!






Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Did you see us in HGTV Magazine?

So excited to see our bright, coral pink Striped Umbrella and Beach Balls pillow featured in the June 2018 issue of HGTV Magazine!  It's truly one of our favorites for summer decorating at the beach - Don't be surprised if you find yourself daydreaming about fun in the sun after tossing this coral pink bright colored pillow on your sofa. Or anywhere that just needs a little happiness!



Look for us in the "50 Outdoor Pillows We Love" article in the June 2018 issue of HGTV magazine! One correction though, the price of these Made in America pillows is slightly less than what was in the magazine - they are $48.00, not $50.00




Bright pillows for spring and summer decorating are kind of our thing at Caron's Beach House and we have SO many ideas for adding a punch of fun with throw pillows for indoor, or outdoors at your home.  

Here are just a few of our favorite beachy throw pillows for summer - also all under $50.00!











Very excited to see our bright pillow featured in HGTV, a great reminder that summer style can be so easy and very affordable to achieve at your beach home! Just toss in a few new pillows - 





Thursday, April 12, 2018

Decorating with Glass Fishing Floats


So excited to have my friend Judy Thorne write a guest blog post for us!  She lives in a wonderful house right on Colvos Passage just a tiny bit north of Point Richmond in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Tom and I have been so lucky to have been invited to visit on a few occasions - some awesome views of sea lions and salmon.... 

Enjoy Judy's great ideas for decorating with vintage fishing floats!   -  Caron


If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways and ideas to add coastal decor to your home. I love showcasing my special shell finds and integrating shell and starfish motifs into wall decor, table settings and of course, pillows. 

But not too long ago, I decided to bring something “vintage” into my beachy decor. I don’t have room for a giant ship’s wheel or crossed oars, but I do have room for something smallish. That’s why I am so excited to see how glass fishing floats bring a nautical-beachy-coastal vibe to any home in countless ways. They can do the same for you, too.




Put several in a wire or woven basket, mix them in with a display of seashells, place one on a table, desk or in a bookcase, line them up on a window ledge to capture the light, or incorporate several into a coastal mantel display. 


You can even take them outside and float them in a water feature. They are super versatile — coming in a variety of sizes, with or without netting.




Glass fishing floats were first used to keep fishermen’s nets afloat in the 1840s in Scandinavia. Around 1910, Japan began hand blowing glass floats from used aqua and green sake (wine) bottles — it was an early example of recycling. 

The netting that held them in place was hand-tied by the fishermen who used them. In the 1970s glass floats slowly gave way to plastic floats and today are no longer used in fishing. Although millions of floats were made in Japan — and some still float free in ocean currents and occasionally wash up on a beach after a storm —  their number is finite.

If you’d like to decorate with these tiny jewels of the sea, you have a lot of choices! You can go vintage and buy floats that have done the work, traveling thousands of miles at sea for decades, and still have sparkle and shine, like the ones at my Etsy shop, justbeachynow.etsy.com 


Or you can purchase beautiful, brand-new replicas in beachy colors, such as the ones featured at Caron’s Beach House, www.caronsbeachhouse.com.

Whether you choose vintage or new, your glass floats will reflect the romantic, rugged past of the world’s oceans!

What’s been really fun for me, besides turning small floats into Christmas ornaments each year, is using floats to create a seasonal centerpiece on our dining table. With a driftwood hurricane and candle as the anchor, I add driftwood, shells, starfish and several vintage glass floats. 

 Christmas

 Autumn

 Spring-Summer

Winter Transitioning to Spring

Then I change out a variety of faux and real organic materials to salute the season. Really simple and instantly says "Beach Home"!

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