Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Stone Fruit Sangria - Perfect for Parties at the Beach

There is just nothing quite like real summertime nectarines and plums - especially if you are lucky enough to have your own fruit trees or a local farm stand nearby.  (we are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful family farm between our house and the ocean!)

Here's what you need for your Summer Stone Fruit Sangria:

  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 1+ cup sliced Nectarines (we used a combination of white and yellow)
  • 1 cup sliced ripe red/purple plums 
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2  cup Peach Brandy
  • 1 Bottle Sauvignon Blanc (White Wine)
  • Fresh Mint sprigs for garnish

Place the sliced nectarines, plums and strawberries in a large pitcher. Pour the simple syrup over the fruit, then add the peach brandy and give it a quick stir to meld together. Add the Sauvignon Blanc wine to your pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Chill ideally overnight, but at least 4 hours if you can wait.  

Fill your glasses with ice and pour in your sangria, being careful to also spoon in some of the fruit. Garnish with Mint!  

A few tips:
1. Don't peel your fruit - adds so much pretty color and no need to waste time peeling

2. Stir carefully so that your fruit does not get "smashed" but can still marinate in the wine and brandy

3. Can also add sparkling water just before serving to give your Sangria a little extra special pop!

Featuring a few of our favorite coastal cocktail pieces!

Stemless Whale Tumblers $49.90

And a few pretty coral pillows!


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!


  • 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. 




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"!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blue and White Room Re-Do

Nancy and I connected via twitter and became Facebook friends many years ago, and I was so excited when she gave us a call last fall to order lamps for a client's guest room re-do.  The room turned out great. Nancy was so generous to send pics (we love our customers!) and answer some quick questions about her ideas for her Blue and White Room Re-Do design - enjoy!

Bedroom Before
Here's our conversation:

Phew! Coming up for air after our 3-day power shopping trip in Las Vegas and then major editing on our website.  So much work to do some days! We go to market in Atlanta, New York, Seattle and Las Vegas, just to make sure that the products that we choose to add on the site are actually what the catalog pictures look like.  Frequently I am so surprised that what we've chosen is actually much better than what we expect.

So Here Goes!

1. What inspired the remodel? Life Change? Downsizing? Looks like your client had a child go off to college?

The client is a widow in her 80's.  This room has not been touched since her son lived at home, and now she is updating the home to feel more modern. This room is used by her grandchildren now, and it felt very dark and very dated.

2. Loved that you kept the blue and white theme!  Do your clients live near water?
Nancy: She doesn't live at the beach, but is about 3 miles from the ocean.  The son's room had a nautical scheme and she wanted to keep parts of it.

3. Such a great use of side tables and moving out the large rattan shelving unit! Did you repurpose it in another room? 
Nancy: The room is actually not finished in these photos. We are currently re-upholstering a chair for the other side of the room. The new headboard is still coming in also.  The rattan furniture was moved to the other side of the room and we picked a campaign style for the new pieces with brass accents that work with it.

4.  Was it difficult to paint/remove the textured wall in the before and after pics? Any tips? 
Nancy: She hired a professional contractor to do the walls, so I am sure that they were experienced in wallcovering removal. Best Tip?  Hire a pro!

5. Just out of curiousity, why did you choose our Blue Pesce Lamps?  P.S. They look great in your new space!
Nancy:  We looked at several different lamps, but narrowed down to 2 or 3.  We all liked the looks of these lamps with their unique pattern and crisp colors.

Bedroom After - notice the "campaign" brass details on the nightstands! (and our cool lamps!)

Check out Nancy Mannings Business Facebook page for more of her company's design ideas and completed spaces!  Hornbeck Design Partners
A glam modern Hermosa Beach Bedroom design that they completed a few years ago - love the clean look!

P.S. We love it when our customers share their new Caron's Beach House decor with us - Tag us @caronsbeachhs on Instagram or post on our Facebook page with a pic of your cool coastal decor from our store for your opportunity to be featured too! 

We will also enter your name into our February drawing for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate from our store! 

Can't wait to see your pics - 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ready for Something New..

But don't want to completely redo your room?  Just toss in new decorative pillows!  An Easy-Peasy AFFORDABLE quick way to transform your living spaces -

Especially after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and after packing up all of the decorations, you might be ready for something new. And can start with a clean slate... then toss in a few new coastal pillows to mix and match with your existing beach home decor.  Voila' - a whole new room!

See what I mean?  Just a little pop of color and art can make a world of difference!

All of the above pillows are created by one of our favorite artists - check out the whole collection of Rightside Designs  on the Caron's Beach House site.  There is bound to be one that you will fall in love with! 

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