I treasure the quiet of January, and love the extra time for reflection for what the coming year might bring. What decorating trends are on the horizon for 2016? What colors is Pantone highlighting? What worked in our store last year? What did not work? What new coastal home products are we sourcing for this spring? Or for summer?
Here are my top recommendations for beginning the journey to discover beach house decorating that will work for your home. Everything from adding a few new touches of the coast, to completely redoing a room to create that perfect style that complements your lifestyle.
Beach House Happy by Antonia Van Der Meer
Opening this book by Antonia Van Der Meer is like greeting a long lost friend, and you are instantly transported to life beside the sea. Time for lazy beach walking, shell gathering, day dreaming and no shoes - just my speed!
The book is chock full of gorgeous dreamy beach home pictures from around the world (many have been featured in Coastal Living Magazine) encouraging you to linger among the pages, Maybe even plan your next vacation escape?
I love her passage in the Slow Living Chapter:
"I discovered a uniform belief that a house by the shore should be a refuge, a place to remove ourselves from the stresses of daily life. This is where we go to relax and , as much as possible these days, to unplug. "
I could not agree more!
I confess.... I want to be Ted Kennedy Watson when I grow up. His store on 1st Avenue is my go-to every time we get a chance to wander around downtown Seattle. Ted is a renowned lifestyle retailer and blogger, and if I ever open another brick and mortar store (that is a HUGE if) I will go visit his Kennedy-Watson store for inspiration!
Here are a few pics I snapped on one of our trips through his store... Love the nautical charts displayed in a vintage clam basket!
He just instinctively knows how to put a look together, and in his beautifully photographed lifestyle book, he show the rest of us how to do it! Every letter, A to Z, leads to ideas that anyone can use to enhance their home with items they already have.Everything from how to display a burgeoning special collection to adding special touches for a dinner party -
Love the letter "X"! "My Dad always signed cards to my mom with XOX"....
I grabbed my signed copy at Ted's store in Seattle, but you can also buy a copy from my friends at Liberty Bay Books. Click here for details.
Sand Castles - Interiors Inspired by the Coast
I loved this book so much that we actually curated a whole new "Beachcomber" look this past fall to emulate the ideas that Tim Neve expounds in his wonderfully photographed coastal Australia decorating book.
(Check our Coastal Style Categories for inspiration too!)
It's a wonderful book to dive into - if only for the simple pleasure of enjoying the tour around the coastal areas of Australia. Every time I peek inside,I discover something new!
Eating Up the West Coast - Sunset Magazine
The best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington
Not necessarily decorating, but a wonderful book that is part travel, part restaurant review and part cook book gathered from the travels of author Brigit Binns. Such a fun experience to follow along with Brigit, on her journeys up and down our coast - inspires me every time to try a new side road or a new restaurant.
Currently, we are cooking our way through the recipes in the Washington Section. We've recreated the Cedar-Planked Wild Salmon with Beurre Blanc (yum!) and I even devoured the Baked Oysters made from the recipe from the "Oyster Bar" on Chuckanut Drive. They were so good that I made them from my mom and dad at Christmas too!
Vermouth Baked Oysters
Would love to hear from you - do you have a new favorite beach home decorating book to recommend? We are always looking for new travel and cook books too!