Thursday, July 30, 2015

Love Notes from Coastal Customers

Whew!  Checking in from Portland, Oregon...

We are on the road again this week to visit our friends and family in the Northwest - spent over 12 hours in the car today driving up from Half Moon Bay to our first stop in Portland.  Feels like we are still driving 75 mph, even though we are sitting at Tom's mother's dining room table!  Crazy day of travel, broken computers, no wifi and temperatures soaring over 100 degrees.  (way too hot for the NW!)  Cannot even begin to share my frustration of not being able to connect with customers or even answer my cell phone, as the reception up and down the mountain passes through Shasta and then through Siskiyous is spotty at best....

Then I sat down to answer customer service e-mails and place orders from today, and this message popped up on one of the orders received today -

"I am so excited to find your beautiful art. Ordering this for my first Granddaughter. Belle is a significant name in our family!"

Celebrating Belle

Needless to say, my day got a whole lot better.

P.S.  If you are a mermaid fan - you might want to check out more of our Mermaids from Spicher Art!   Here's just a few.....

Friday, July 24, 2015

Classic Coastal - Blue and White Decorating

How can you go wrong with using shades of deep blue and crisp white when decorating a beach
house? The answer is; you really can't miss when applying this classic nautical decorating style at your home!

I have been collecting Blue and White room images on our Pinterest Boards, and thought I would show off a few of my faves for inspiration!  I tend to gravitate to more aquas and driftwood shades with a splash of red at my house, but I do LOVE the fresh, clean feel of blue and white.

Using different patterns, fabrics and textures, blue and white decorating can be an incredible way to mix and match pillows, rugs, lamps and accessories with season changes or whenever you need an "attitude" change.

Bonus with blue and white? Using the right textures and patterns can feel "beachy" without using any obvious beach "themed" stuff; ie: anchors, shells, coral, ships, fish etc.

What do you think?

One day I will have a library wall at my house too - love this idea!
(not sure of the source - sorry!)

Just a splash of aqua and turquoise makes this room come alive! (From Maria Killiam)

See what I mean?  Totally conveys "coastal" or "nautical" without a seashell or anchor in sight!   (from Blogger Emily Clark)

(Source - Traditional Home)

Nautical Cozy in Nantucket! (Traditional Home) Check out the crisp, "non-slouchy" slip-covered navy blue sofa and love seat with white piping.  Great combo with natural rattan.

Don't you just love this little sitting area? Blues all coordinate, but the patterns are all varied. Perfection. What a great use of the space with seating that can double as storage! Let's not even start talking about that view.... (Home Ideas)

Lots of cobalt blue!  Way cool stripes on the area rug. (From Coastal Home Blog Spot)

One of my all-time design crushes - Phoebe Howard Blue infusion...

Love love love this space!  The clear table only lends to the blue and white fresh design of this room.  I want to move in!  A very happy coastal room found at House of Turquoise 

The 2015 HGTV Dream Home was chock full of blue and white coastal details - loved the guest bedroom!
The pop of orange in the pillows and lamps really show off the blue. Check out the whole space over at HGTV.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I am hoping to drag Tom down to the San Francisco International Gift Fair, never know what new products we might find...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fresh Looks for Outdoor Spaces - Look for Caron's in HGTV Magazine!

Every month, I can't wait for my HGTV Magazine to arrive in the mail. Their issues are always
chock full with fresh color and new home decorating inspiration. The most recent issue certainly did not disappoint!

The cover of the July-August 2015 issue has a fabulously styled "punchy" orange and "pale" blue (My personal favorite color palette!) front porch living area decorated with piles of beach-nautical pillows, pretty blue garden stools, a large roped lantern and a soft blue patterned outdoor rug.  Loved the whole look - incredibly inviting!  What a wonderful spot to curl up with a good adventure novel and a glass of iced tea, enjoying the view over the sea or a summer blooming garden...

Guess what? 
HGTV's stylists choose our Veranda Nautical Orange Link Pillow to be featured in their "Copy of Our Cover" article on page 10, and then again on the Glidden Color Inspiration page!  

Pretty excited to see our company name in "lights". Especially with one of our new summer Veranda pillows, the Orange Nautical Link Pillow featuring a fun modern, nautical-like feel in a bright orange and white linked design.  
18" x 18" Nautical Orange Link Pillow

Veranda Orange Nautical Link Lumbar Size

There are so many bright indoor-outdoor cushion choices in this collection - all made in America too.  Here are a few more pillows in the Veranda collection - all wonderfully drenched in summer color to mix and match.

Spicy Orange Dancing Seahorse Outdoor Pillow

Caribbean Blue Link Pillow

Navy Nautical Link Pillow

Seaside Turquoise Circles and Rings Pillow

Seaside Navy Circles and Rings Pillow- Bolster

Bold Go Fish Pillow- Dark Blue and Turquoise

Hope you get a chance to take a look at the July-August HGTV Magazine issue, so many fun, easy and affordable ideas to create an inviting summer space at your home!

P.S.  If you need a pretty iced tea glass or cooler to enjoy something delish on your front porch - Don't forget to check out our new Lighthouse Glass Collection

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