Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Inspired Pear Negroni Cocktail

Just had to share this fabulous classic Negroni Cocktail recipe that we tried yesterday - perfect for fall with an apple and pear flavored twist. So simple, so good!


Here's what you need for one cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Laird's Apple Brandy
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 3/4 oz. St. George's Spiced Pear Liqueur 
  • Barlett Pear Slice for garnish
  • Large Ice Cubes

Stir over ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with one large ice cube . Love this look- and your cocktail won't get watered down!  Garnish by slipping a slice of pear into the glass.

We served ours in these lovely Cast of Crabs Double Old Fashioned Glasses - so pretty and the perfect complement to a great day at the beach!

P.S.  Take Advantage of our 15% off  Pre-Holiday Glassware Sale!  Simply add "SHELLS17" to your shopping cart when buying any of our coastal barware and wine glasses. Sale continues through November 24!  Perfect time to stock up for holiday gifts and holiday parties -

Here's a few of our fave designs!



 Lobster Pod - look for the one lobster that insists on going his/her own way!




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Coastal Artists - Betsy Drake and Richard Hamilton

I have been working with Betsy Drake and Richard Hamilton since 2004, when I first met them when I had our old "brick and mortar" retail store. I am continually impressed with their beach cottage pillow designs - truly affordable tiny works of art for coastal homes!  


I have carried their slightly overstuffed indoor/outdoor pillows and floor mats both in my former "brick and mortar" store in Poulsbo, and always on our website.  They have been a wonderful small, family owned company to work with over the years. 


Dick and Betsy are inspired by their travels and by their coastal lifestyle in North Carolina, and their artwork reflects their adventures!

Their coastal and tropical home decor line includes several sizes of pillows  - all featuring their colorful, artistic realistic renderings of  sea life, sea shells, coastal scenes and more. Many of them are created to display together, or just to add that extra pop of fun for inside or outside. 


The pillows were first, and then they eventually expanded into floor mats.  These are just too fun!  Color resistant and durable with a non-slip backing. 



One of the best parts about working with Betsy and Dick?  Every single beach home decor product is made in the U.S.A, created with printed outdoor fade resistant fabrics, made for years of wear and enjoyment.  We love them.


Dick gave me  a call yesterday, and for the first time EVER in our history of working together, they are sponsoring a 15% off  sale on all of their products on our site!  So excited to show off all of these tiny works of art. 



Come See!  Simply add a pillow (or two!) to your cart and the 15% savings will reflect on the check-out page.













Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Introducing our Outer Banks Collection!

So excited to showcase our new Trisha Yearwood Home Collection - Outer Banks! We are one of the few online retailers where it can be found. All of the pieces in this coastal style collection were created by Trisha and her team to celebrate memories of special times at the beach with her family.


"I fondly remember spending days at the beach as a child, relishing family and that amazing breeze coming in from the shore. The collection was created in honor of those cherished memories we desire to create and it fills our homes with relaxed coastal style."



I have very few celebrity "crushes", but Trisha Yearwood is high on my list.  She is incredibly accomplished! 15 million albums, 3 New York Times Best Selling Books and has won an Emmy for her hit Food Network show "Trisha's Southern Kitchen".

(P.S.One of my favorite cooking shows; her recipes and instructions are so easy, anyone can make them!)

Hope you all enjoy her new coastal style collection as much as we do.  All of the pieces are meant blend together, but can also stand on their own to add something special to your shore side home.




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