Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chic Sunset Cruise - Coastal Living Magazine

What a great idea from Coastal Living Magazine in the May 2017 issue! Have a sunset cruise (or picnic...) with added elegance and a touch of coastal chic - we love their mix of items to pack in your picnic basket.  I was also super excited to see that they chose our fun Teal Green Acrylic Nesting Wine Glasses to part of their Sunset Cruise mix!

Here are a few ideas from our Caron's Beach House store that we think will also add to your spring time "chic" seaside outdoor dining look!  Inspired by the coral and teal shades found in the Coastal Living Magazine article- 

Fabulous Coral Reef Dinner Plates - who says Melamine has to be boring? 

Must haves - pretty nautical serving knives to serve your delish gourmet cheese.

Outdoor Pillows create an inviting space, plus they encourage lingering longer in a cozy atmosphere!

Another must have for any outdoor picnic or bay cruise; plenty of easy care throws for guests to stay warm (especially with unpredictable spring coastal weather!) 

Avalon Striped Cotton Throw - can't go wrong at only $43.80!

Have to admit... I am a little partial to these indoor-outdoor Island Vintage Tile throws.  Made of 100% recycled Polyester and knit into a very soft, fine throw blanket - machine wash and dry.

All set - now to just pour the wine!

Teal Nested Wine Glasses - $23.95 for a set of 4

Thanks again to Coastal Living for featuring one of our favorite (practical!) spring and summer dining Al Fresco pieces!

P.S. Their 20th Anniversary Issue is packed with tons of great ideas!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Peeps and More at the Beach!

Just for fun - how about inviting some "peeps" for the weekend? We've been collecting ideas on our Easter Pinterest board for quite a while and if you need a last minute whimsical Easter brunch cocktail idea to add to your weekend celebrations, we have 10 easy ideas for you!

1. Peeps Pool Party!  Love love love the blue - recipe can be found Here

2.  Oh yum.... Pear Infused Brandy is the secret to making this Pear of Peeps cocktail!  Details Here

3. Pink and More Pink! Recipe and Instructions Here

4.  Marshmallow Bunny Peep-Tini  - loved the Easter egg colored sugared rim! Recipe Here

5. Marshmallow Infused Vodka makes this yellow bunny cocktail dreamy!  (who knew that such a thing existed???)
Recipe Here

6. Floating Pink Lemonade with Yellow Chickies - super cute, and perfect for Easter brunch!
Recipe Here from Design It Vintage

7. Adorable! Plus super easy and not too many fancy ingredients - Recipe Here

8. Are you a rum fan? Or a tropical drink aficionado? This might be the right concoction for you! Peepe-Colada - Recipe Here

9.  So festive, Lemon Peeptinis - from one of my favorite blogs - Home is Where the Boat Is

10. Pink Champagne with a Pink Peep Garnish - so pretty and just right for a Easter Sunday Brunch!
Recipe and party inspiration Here

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Cocktails - Pineapple Martinis

Tom's special recipe - so yum!  Will be difficult to have just one....

Served in our Palm Tree Martini Glasses as sun began to dip into the Pacific Ocean on the beach in Kihei, Maui, after a day of swimming at the beach with sea turtles and searching for seashells.  (love love love!)  We already have our reservations for next October - having a difficult time staying away!
Ingredients - for one cocktail
  • Fresh Pineapple for Garnish
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/4 Vermouth
Stir all ingredients over ice and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with fresh pineapple slices.

Must have glassware for tropical cocktails!  

Pineapple Wine Glasses - why not use for fancy cocktails too!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Cocktail - St. Patrick's Lemon Cucumber Martini

oh mi... doesn't this sound absolutely lovely? Refreshing, light and just a hint of green for St. Patrick's Day!  Discovered on Beyond Mere Sustenance, we are definitely going to give this gorgeous cocktail a try this weekend.  Thinking maybe with Tom's favorite, fresh Tomales Bay oysters...

Sounds so yummy!


Lemon Cucumber Simple Syrup:

  • 2 lemons: juice both, zest 1
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cucumber peeled: 1/2 for simple syrup, 1/2 for garnish


  • 4 oz. gin 
  • 1 oz. lemon cucumber simple syrup
  • 1 oz. dry white vermouth
  • 8 large leaves sweet basil, well muddled 


Lemon Cucumber Simple Syrup - 

  1. Zest 1 of the 2 lemons, and set aside. Squeeze juice from both into a glass measuring cup. Add water to equal 1 cup. Add to a small saucepan along with the sugar.
  2. Bring just to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low. Do not boil! 
  3. Add 12 - 1/2" thick slices of cucumber to the saucepan. Simmer (not boil) 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Add lemon zest. Cool completely. Strain into a jar, and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Cocktail - 

  1. Add gin, lemon cucumber simple syrup, vermouth, muddled basil and ice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well. Strain into glass. If you have an aversion to flecks of basil, use a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Garnish with thin slices of cucumber
Make sure to pop over to Beyond Mere Sustenance for more details and more fun ideas for entertaining by the sea! More Here

Don't forget to use your favorite martini glasses!

Perfect for weddings, house warming gifts and more

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Coastal Color Palette: Sunshine, Blue Sky and Jade

Raise your hand if you're ready for spring?  Even though we live in California, it has not been very "California-like" this winter. We have been assaulted with ocean storm after ocean storm - sideways rain and mighty winds. Really not very fun, we are so ready to be outside in the Sunshine and Blue Sky!

As we've been adding to our coastal design collections online, I ran across the color palette of sunshine yellow, sky blue and aqua jade in Cottage and Bungalow Magazine and thought that it might be an inspiring color combination to try out this spring!  I just love yellow and am always looking for ideas of how we could incorporate into more of our beach home products, and in our own beach home.

Here are a few room ideas that we've collected to showcase these colors together - enjoy!

From our Half Moon Bay deck - this was my color scheme last year, and will be again this year! Love these colors together to create a sense of warmth and welcoming on our deck that just enhances our coastal lifestyle. So fun to mix and match - More info here

What do you think?  Are you ready to give this a try?  All images can be sourced on our Sunshine Yellow Pinterest Board!

P.S. Inspired by Jolene Nolte's Extra Color Palette article in the April/May Issue of Cottage and Bungalow Magazine, featuring our Surya Acacia Cobalt Blue and Ivory Lamp! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daylight Savings - 10 Tips to Reset Your Time Clock

Spring is coming and setting your clocks ahead for daylight savings is a great reminder of warm weather and sunny days to come - right around the corner, I promise! (FINALLY here in Northern California this weekend...)

Not sure about all of you, but I really, really struggle the next week after resetting the time to adjust my own internal clock. Darker mornings for our beach bike rides and walks along our coastside trail are pretty tough around our house. We will just have to adjust our walks to sunset, rather than sunrise. I am okay with that!

Here are Ten Tips to make the sleep deprivation just a little bit easier*:
  1. Go to bed an hour earlier Saturday night, and enjoy your seven to eight hours of sleep in your cozy bed.
  2. Kids pay more attention to their internal time clock than timepieces, so make sure that your kiddoes get to bed early on Saturday night too. That way they will be bright eyed and bushy-tailed for Monday morning school routines. (at least you hope so!)
  3. Don't give into the urge for a long nap, it will really mess up your sleep schedule. Darn it, that's our fave thing to do on a lazy Sunday...
  4. Limit your caffeine intake in the late afternoon. Maybe try a new decaf tea?
  5. Watch your cocktail and wine consumption before bedtime - not always a great sleep inducer, even though you might think so!
  6. Don't eat a big dinner too close to bedtime. (not a great idea any time!)
  7. If you usually work out at night, maybe mix it up this week to make sure that your exercise routine ends 3 hours before bedtime to give your body (and mind) a chance to relax before climbing into your sheets.
  8. Wind down with a relaxing activity; stretching, yoga, listening to music or reading a good book. (you know, the one that you've been meaning to read for months....)
  9. GET OFF of your electronic devices at least 2 hours before snuggling in bed. This means everything; ipads, computers, cell phones, and step away from the tv. Seriously, this is a great habit for good sleep all of the time. Your brain and your eyes need a break.
  10. Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary.  Dark, (no electronic lights - leave your cell phone in the other room), quiet and open your windows to let in the sea breeze.  Don't forget great bedding, soft pillows, snuggly throw blankets....

Have a wonderful weekend!

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