Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quinn Sharp - Beach Jewelry Extraordinaire!

Meet my friend and fellow entrepreneur Quinn Sharp; I think her jewelry is absolutely stunning and perfectly made for beach girls like me. (and you!) Quinn creates gorgeous, lightweight carefully hand-crafted pieces that allow the delicate jewels to flash in the sunlight.  I promise you will love her jewelry as much as I do!

We both live and work in Half Moon Bay and have both been inspired to create businesses that reflect our lives by ocean, so it was a natural that we became friends.  Quinn and I met on Instagram, of all places, and we now try to make a habit of meeting every month or so for "girl boss" talks and coffee (and maybe a few pastries...) in between our crazy business and family schedules. But, seriously, not only is my friend Quinn's handmade jewelry incredible, she is too.

Here's her story:

The beach is where I am most comfortable and feel most at home. Having grown up in the beach cities of Southern California, it's obvious where my love of the ocean began. It is where I go for peace, rejuvenation, and inspiration.

From SoCal, I moved to the Hawaiian Islands and graduated from the University of Hawaii. I met and married my husband who is Active Duty Coast Guard. I have been a Coast Guard wife for 17 years and love our military life experiences and adventures!  Being a military family, we constantly move every few years. 

I found my passion of jewelry design while we were stationed in Humboldt County, Northern California. It began with a few basic jewelry making courses.  I further studied metalsmith for jewelry design at College of the Redwoods.

Each piece is handmade and completely inspired by the ocean and elements of nature, where the balance between mental, physical, and spiritual well-being come together. 

The landscape of the places, the people and cultures I have met along the way have greatly influenced my style of jewelry design. Military life has its challenges, and our family of five fully embraces the lifestyle, always taking advantage of the adventures that each new place brings us.

I hope you are inspired by this free-spirited jewelry for the modern-day gypsy!

I confess.. I wear my Gold and Seafoam Tear Drop Hoop Earrings ALL of the time! They are so gorgeous and I get so many compliments every time I put them on. 

You need a pair of her earrings too - Check Quinn's Website for all of her jewelry designs - super affordable and irresistible!

Quinn Sharp Jewelry Designs - http://www.quinnsharp.com

You can also find Quinn on Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/simplyquinns/

Enjoy browsing Quinn Sharp's Designs!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Coastal Inspired by Indigo Blue

Indigo Blue... alluding to a shipboard romance

The deep blue of stormy seas...

the inky blue-blackness of a moonlit night...

inspired by Pacific Coast found seashells...



What can I say?  I am crazy about the richness of Indigo Blue!  Here are ten rooms that I have been saving to show you all what I mean - what do you think? Could you try this look in your home?  Maybe just one wall? Or maybe just part of the wall?  We would so love to know!

All sources and links can be found on our Indigo Blue Pinterest Board - hop over there and take a peek!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Why do we LOVE Coastal Pillows?

Why do we LOVE Coastal throw Pillows? 

Let me count the ways - How about 9 for starters? 

1. The number ONE reason we love pillows is that they instantly show off your love of beach life!

(taken in Kihei, Maui - Seafoam Coral Pillow, Sea Turtle and Shell Pillow - not currently on our site)

2.  Decorative throw pillows can completely change the look of your indoor or outdoor rooms without having to switch out your furniture or replace an expensive rug. Perfect for a new look after you have taken down all of the holiday decorations and your room is looking a little bare and cold. Add back fresh life and color while the grey winter days are outside.  Easy fix!

(New Surf Pillow - Coming Soon!)

3. Add elegance to a room with coastal pillows that spell luxury and richness - look for embossing, embroidery or hand-beading. Your room can be instantly transformed.  Seriously. The tone in your living space will reflect your excellent taste and will make your "old" sofa or favorite comfy chair into something completely different. Trust me.

4. Need a room refresh as the seasons change? Add bold bright seaside colors for spring and summer, and then hide those pillows for fall when its' time to layer in warmer tones and warmer fabrics. You will never be bored with your space!   Or go with classic navy blue and white - can never miss with this nautical-coastal color combination - Here are a few new ones that we just added for spring. 

5. Not sure that you want to completely change the look of your coastal room? Pillows are the perfect way to experiment with your decorating scheme. Try on a new color or a new design - you never know where you might find inspiration!

Love this Bay Island Coral Branch Pillow because there are so many coastal colors in it, that it coordinates so well with many "beach home" looks and styles. 

6. Decorative throw pillows are affordable "little works of art" to add to your home. Try a new color, embroidery, beading, texture, a crazy design - go bold, it's only a pillow, not your whole room.

7. Easy to be a little "daring" with a decorative nautical pillow while keeping the rest of your room neutral. 
8. Punch up a boring beach bedroom with layers of pillows to make your guest room instantly a "retreat" space! Your beach home guests will be so impressed and will feel so welcomed. (and if you live at the beach - you always have guests...)

9. Want a little piece of our best advice? Look for throw pillows that can withstand the rigors of life at the beach.  You know what I mean; salt air, salt water, sandy fingers, dogs, and sunlight damage. Look for indoor-outdoor fabrics, washable fabrics and pillows that have zippers to make cleaning and changing out your inserts easier. 

P.S. We have SO many choices - check our Indoor-Outdoor Collections. NOT Only for outdoors,  but perfect for beach living durability!

Not sure about all of you, but I am ready for spring and it's barely January....

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