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Friday, July 8, 2011

Life's a Beach..

My life is like a stroll upon the beach, as near the ocean's edge as I can go. - Henry David Thoreau, The Fisher's Boy

Summer has finally found it's way to us and though most of us continue to work just as hard as we do the rest of the year, it is a season never ceasing as a perpetual reminder to finally wind down and relax.  A lot of us like to do that at the seashore, and beach houses, summer cottages and hotels by the sea exist as such extensions of that state of mind. It is my philosophy that with the right design, the delineation between outside and inside should gently dissipate into a continuum of movement between both the natural elements in nature and their organically inspired counterparts in design and decor.

I have pulled together some inspirations in the form of textiles, accents and home decor gathered from visits to interior design showrooms and some research on the internet:


SEA GLASS:
Crushed glass mirror from Edward Ferrill/Lewis Mittman. Duralee Pavilion Indoor/outdoor upholstery fabric and sheer drapery fabric. To the trade only. Sea glass collected from the beaches of Maine and Argentina.
  

homebytheseashore.com
Palacek glass pebblestone lamp made with recycled glass.

 
   
 
  

     
SAND: 

Upholstery fabric from Duralee. Window fabric from Zimmer + Rohde.

Teak outdoor wing chair from Restoration Hardware.

Votive holder from potterybarn.com

Coral inspired side table from Summer Hill Ltd.  To the trade only.


    
 
SEA:


Upholstery fabric from Innovation Textile.



Silk stripe from the Christopher Norman Collection. Drapery sheers from Duralee Fabrics.  To the trade only.


Sea grass colored vase from target.com


SUN:
Sun mirror from target.com



Upholstery fabrics and sheers from Duralee and Zimmer + Rohde.


"Medusa" chandelier from La Murrina Murano.




Outdoor umbrellas from potterybarn.com