Today’s contemporary homes feature built-in lighting that’s both functional and attractive. But for those of us who grew up with tons of table lamps in every corner (and in every room) of our homes, there’s nothing that illuminates a space quite the same. There’s a subtle glow—almost a romantic warmth—that radiates from a quality table lamp with its translucent shade and unique sculptural base. Now, add in the best maritime themes known to man, and you’ve got an amazing piece of home décor fit for every modern shore home. If you want to bring a new, exciting change to your beach home, consider the following ideas for decorating with nautical table lamps.
Archive for November, 2016
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Monday, November 28th, 2016
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the best decorator of them all? Of course, you are! But if it weren’t for some shore inspiration, we’d all get bored with our home’s design scheme. If you want to shake up your beach house’s current furnishings, start with those mounted mirrors that have occupied your walls for decades. You’d be surprised how one simple change can totally transform a room. Read on for some truly amazing ideas for enhancing your home’s atmosphere with beautiful coastal mirrors.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Most people associate the beach with summer. But for those of us with the sand between our toes all year long, the ocean inspires us for every holiday, birthday, anniversary, and beyond. If you have a family member or close friend with a beach home or a certain love for coastal living, there’s tons of beautiful beachy décor to warm their hearts. In no particular order, here are the hottest nautical gifts for 2016-2017.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
We’re always asked about the ideal textiles folks should use in their beach homes. On one hand, the summer is known to be painfully hot in some parts of the United States and beyond. That’s why many decorators will opt for cool cottons and other breathable materials. But in the off-season, the East Coast (in particular) can withstand some pretty harsh weather. Even more, if your home’s temperature is controlled by thermostat, central air can send a chill down anyone’s spine. In this case, you may want a warmer fabric for occasional insulation.
For those people who love wrapping themselves up in a warm, comfy cover, here are some fabulous ideas for decorating your beach house with nautical throw blankets.
What material blanket would you recommend for a shore home?
Believe it or not, this is completely a matter of taste, style, and personal preference. Every person reacts differently to specific fabrics, but of course, some are known to provide optimal insulation. For the hot, sweltering summer months, opt for a cool blue cotton throw blanket for over the back of a sofa or recliner. This soft, luxurious piece provides some comfy support but also decorative appeal so it has a place even if you never use it. You’ll also find light, airy cotton blankets in various shades of blue, gray, and other quintessential shore colors.
What’s a warm blanket for the colder months of fall, winter, and spring?
If you stay in your nautical home year round, then definitely opt for a selection of fleece throw blankets for the bedrooms, family room, and guest rooms. You’ll find pretty beige throw blankets with thick, tightly woven wool material sure to last for decades. For a friendlier atmosphere in the kids’ playroom or bedroom, try a charming patterned piece like an anchor fleece blanket or blue crab throw. Little ones will love snuggling up to their favorite nautical symbol or sea creature, and best of all, they’ll stay warm through every snooze.
Are there any nautical throw blankets that make a nice gift?
If you have a particular beach lover in your life, don’t be afraid to think outside the box for an upcoming birthday or holiday present. A throw blanket is always a welcome gift, as we all have plenty of uses for them. Select a fun, decorative thematic piece such as a fleece flip flop throw blanket for a special girlfriend or coworker. For a more serious parent with a discerning eye for design, a classic blue linen throw goes well in nearly any home, whether coastal or suburban. These quality handcrafted treasures are sure to last for many seasons to come!
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Lighting has the ability to transform the ambience of any space. But when you live down the shore, you have to be strategic with your recessed, standing, tabletop, and sconce lighting. In particular, sconces offer an ideal balance between moody warmth and the bold, bright light you need on a dark night. Here are some ideas for decorating your beach house with unique coastal sconces.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Perfecting that quintessential “shore” theme isn’t as simple as it seems. Sure, you can purchase pillows, blankets, art, and other accessories featuring the beach and other coastal images. But how can you gain an elegant maritime look that’s both coastal and functional? Oddly enough, the right piece of furniture has the ability to transform your beach home. Read on to learn more about sensational coastal chests and cabinets. (more…)