Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Congratulations to our Winners!

We are so excited to announce the winners of our very first Pinterest Contest! We were overwhelmed with creative collections in all of the entries; amazing colors, patterns, and beach living all over the world.

Grand Prize Goes to:  Jennie and her Dream Coastal Inspiration Board 

Second Prize Goes to: LaVon and her Dream Coastal Inspirations Board

Third Prize Goes to: Patricia 

We Had a number of really AWESOME submissions and really wish that everyone could have won!

Here's a just a glimpse of the many fabulous entries!

Dream Coastal Inspiration Board - lots of lovely colors!

(PS I know where you can find the rug!)

Thank you everyone for entering, our entire staff at Caron's Beach House is so inspired by all of your creative ideas.  
Can't wait to try out some of the recipes that I spotted.....  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

9 Fun Ideas for Coastal and Nautical Easter Egg Decorating

So fun!  I had to share my collection on Pinterest, although you may have seen some of these ideas before, I thought they were still  worthy of a second look!

Make a garland of "beachy" colored eggs to grace your staircase - I would even try this outside on your deck rails.  Fun! (bhg.com)

From Boogie Board Cottage - so darn creative with decoupaged coastal treasures!  Make sure to see her entire blog post to find out how she made these little seaside beauties.

Gorgeous Gems of the Sea from Coastal Living!  Love these coastal aqua and turquoise shades of blue.

Way too cute - and affordable!  From my new friend Wendi at H20 Bungalow

So pretty, and looks like it might be fairly easy to do!  From Pleasures in Simple Things - make sure to see all of her ideas - 

Sea Stripes in Turquoise and Aqua (love the basket!) from Coastal Living

How about a little "seaside" glamour?   Love the gold designs applied to aqua and turquoise - festive, and just a little bit different.  (bhg.com)

Also from Better Homes and Gardens - tropical, bright colored themed Easter eggs!  They are recommending a light application of decoupage and a sprinkle of sand to complete the look; I think I would also add a tiny bit of glitter.  (I do like my "bling"!)

Or maybe just a pretty basket of eggs tossed with white beach washed shells... Southern Hospitality Blog  This will probably be my option.   As you  can probably guess, I have piles of shells and sea glass always on hand to mix into a beach table decoration!

Would love to see your ideas for decorating for Easter with a "coastal" theme!  Send us note here or on our Facebook page - 

Don't forget to enter our Pinterest Giveaway Contest!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

11 Ideas for Decorating with Surf Style!

(source - Greg Norman's Hobe Sound Home - Coastal Living)
Simply a happy, carefree, total outdoor beach living lifestyle!   If we ever manage to move to the Central California Coast (Love Cayucous and Pismo Beach!), I am going to figure out a way to incorporate some surf style in our adopted home of California.

Bright colors, a dash of Hawaii, and of course a vintage surfboard or two, this coastal decorating style just speaks to me of what living and playing at the beach really mean; a little sandy, a little salty and complete fun in the sun!

So inviting!  I am willing to bet that they surfed and played at the beach all day, and now it's time for roasting marshmallows. (Source - Stephen Busken Studio)

One of my all time favorite images from House Beautiful Magazine! So easy to imagine a summer party on this beach cottage patio.  Actually, I am crazy about the whole house - check out designer Krista Ewart's California beach bungalow!

A fun idea for a kids room or maybe even a guest room at your surf shack!  From HGTV.com

Totally adorable and very creative!   (note to self... buy chalkboard paint)  From Desire Empire, I love what she's hand crafted with a little imagination and creativity. 

 Just a bright pop of color to add to the beachy look in this staircase - from House Beautiful

Super adorable tween girl's room! (source - unknown)

What do you think?  I am liking the mix of yellows and greens - looks super casual for sandy feet! (Source- Washington Post)

How fun is this room?  Classic beach stripes and surfboard accent mixed with global influences of zebra prints. Anybody who really knows me, knows that I have a closet love for animal prints.... don't tell!

A little glam from Mary McDonald!  Love those white wood floors, grey fog mural walls- and to make it really interesting, a deep yellow surfboard. I confess that I have a total design crush on Mary...

From Apartment Therapy, fun tour at Celeste and David's Pin-Up Pad! I wanted to show you all this, because they collect vintage posters; the "bikini" movie posters are an extra special touch at their house mixed with the vintage surfboard.  Not sure that I could do the "tiki" thing at my house...

Here's a few ideas from our collection to inspire you!

Surfer's Cove from Spicher Art

New from Spicher Art - totally fun beach art!  Seaside Resort

And in case you can't find any "real" surfboards - these fun Surf Art pieces from Suzanne Nicoll are pretty darn fun! (they can even go outside in a covered area)

What do you think?  Could try some of these ideas at your house?  

P.S.  I don't think I will ever take up surfing, but stand-up paddling is definitely on my bucket list!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Enter to Win our April Pinterest Giveaway!

Grand Prize Drawing: Your choice of a 5 x 8 Luxury Wool Hand Tufted Coastal Area Rug from Surya - value up to $700.00 - Click here for your choices! 

 2nd Prize Drawing: Two Sets of Etched Starfish Martini Glasses - $106.00 Value 

How to Enter Our Luxury Coastal Area Rug Pinterest Giveaway: 

1. Follow Caron's Beach House on Pinterest  (www.pinterest.com) 
2. Create your "Dream Coastal Inspiration Board" on Pinterest  
  • Be Creative - Have Fun!  Use a theme, a dream beach vacation idea, interesting coastal recipes or entertaining ideas,  or maybe even a favorite color palette.
  • Not Required to feature Caron's Beach House coastal products. (but would be so honored if you did!)
  • Check out the Caron's Beach House Pinterest Boards if you need ideas or images - we currently have over 115 to choose from! Caron is kind of a "crazy pinner", as she is always looking for beach living inspiration ideas for our customers.
3. Submit your Pinterest Board Entry to The Beach Club at Caron's Beach House - thebeachclub@caronsbeachhouse.com
  • Include your full name and contact e-mail address (we will not share it with anyone, but our CBH team)
  • Include the link, and the title to your Dream Coastal Inspiration Pinterest Board - so that we can find you!
  • Let us know if it's okay to showcase your board on our Facebook page or share with our Beach Club Members
4. All entries must be received by Midnight April 28. Contest Winner will be announced on April 29, and notified via e-mail. 

That's It - Now you are entered!  
The Fine Print:

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One entry per person. The promotion ends on April 28 and the winner will be notified by email on April 29. Participants may request a list of winner(s) from the sponsor following the end date.

Only persons residing in The United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter. Not valid with any other offer. All qualified persons who complete entry form will be entered in a random drawing.  Participants affiliated with the sponsor are not eligible for participation.

Can't wait to see your coastal inspired boards! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On the Waterfront - San Francisco’s Historic Ferry Building

An afternoon spent at San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building is a treat that can’t be missed on a trip to our city! 

 Located on the Embarcadero waterfront at the base of the famous Market Street, it is one of our favorite places to take first time visitors from out of town.   

The market is open every day, but if you can come on a Saturday, it is the actual farmer’s market day.  Bay Area locals and tourists alike, flock to the market on Saturday to discover lush, fresh in-season flowers, fruit, vegetables, plus specialties like fresh jam, local honey and salsa from Bay Area farms.  Not to mention the locally sourced cheese and the absolute BEST, most creamiest butter that I have ever tasted! With so many delish fresh goodies to choose from, live music, and farmstand restaurants, you will quickly be on sensory overload.  A veritable feast of colors, sounds, and delicious scents drifting in a sea salt breeze is the perfect San Francisco experience. 

It's incredibly easy to while away an afternoon in the sun at the Ferry Building, sitting on one of the many
wide benches facing the bay, feeling the wind in your hair,  enjoying the colorful parade of people and seafaring traffic go by. Some of our best memories are of lazy days spent with a cup of Blue Bottle coffee, doing just that. 

There are so many wonderful unique places to explore in the market! Enjoy a quick tour of a handful of my favorite shops and restaurants to check out– open all of the time, not just on Saturdays:    

Farm Fresh to You:  I never know what I might find here! Luscious, ripe fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Yum.  Their selection of  large, gorgeous fresh flower bouquets is hard to resist.  (even it they are only for picture taking opportunities!)

Hog Island Oyster Company: We have spent many fun afternoons sitting at the oyster bar watching the "pros" open hundreds of briny, beautiful shells full of plump delicacies.  Even if you are not an oyster fan, just joining in with the other diners and enjoying the camaraderie in this fun atmosphere, make this is a must stop on a visit to the Ferry Building. (they make incredible clam chowder too!)

Cowgirl Cheese:  These people know cheese!  Honestly, I am positive that I was a cheese “virgin” before we stumbled into the shop a few years ago.  Cowgirl Cheese creates their own special triple crème cheeses from happy cows in Marin County, but their shop is filled to the brim with cheese from all over California, and  from all over the world.  Not sure what kind might be tickling your tastebuds?  Not a problem, they will be happy to suggest different types for your palette. You can try as many as you like before selecting your favorite. We always leave here with a rather large shopping bag...

Stonehouse and McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil: Both of these merchants create fabulous olive oil products, and all kinds of interesting combinations of vinegar full of flavor.  I could easily spend an hour in each shop dreaming up recipes to try.   On our last visit, we picked up some lovely tangerine infused olive oil, should be fabulous on spring salads!  Was sorely tempted by their wonderful soy-olive oil candles...

Humphrey Slocombe’s Ice Cream: All natural ice cream blended with fresh, interesting flavor combinations. 
Fluffer Nutter and Sea Salt Chocolate are a few of my go-to choices.  Tom is a follower of the "Secret Breakfast" (something about Cornflakes and Bourbon?) Be prepared, you will definitely be standing in line for a taste of this San Francisco treat.  Last weekend it was at least a 20 minute wait - but SO worth it!

Far West Fungi: The variety of mushrooms that these growers carefully cultivate on their farm south of San Francisco is astounding!   Worth a stop to admire the colors and textures, and I dare you to not bring a few of these gorgeous fungi home to sample. 

Let me know if you need a tour guide - I'll be happy to meet you by Scharffen Burger Chocolate. You can find me scoping out their famous Sea Salt Bark.  Yep, I am in foodie heaven at the Ferry Building! 

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