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Kitschy Tropical Splendor – 1950s Flamingoes

Pink Flamingoes Dream Decor Rugs of Miami - Kitschy Tropical Splendor - 1950s Flamingoes

Indoor/Outdoor Rug with Pink Flamingos from Dream Decor Rugs of Miami

I have a cousin who collects kitschy Florida souvenirs. Not the new stuff. The tropical 1950s looking stuff with palm trees and pink flamingos. The whole house is Mid-Century Modern, but with a fun tropical twist.

I found some great rugs in a Blue Willow pattern made by Dream Decor Rugs of Miami. They make the same rugs in a retro ‘50s Flamingos print. Continue reading

Capiz Shell Chandeliers, Natural & Fresh

Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges - Capiz Chandeliers, Natural & Fresh

Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges

The January issue of Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges

We’ve seen their swooping symmetry in architecture, furniture, and hemlines for decades, even centuries. What’s new is the way scallop’s structure has been loosened, scaled up, and repeated graphically in a way that’s bolder, curvier, and a bit more carefree.

Better Homes & Gardens, January 2019

The opening photo shows a Capiz Chandelier. I’ve never thought of Capiz as scallops, but it surely is. Continue reading

Ship Lights – Three Styles

Summerhouse Style Guide Coastal Living July/August 2008 - Ship Lights – Three Styles - myDesign42

Summerhouse Style Guide
Ship Lights
Coastal Living July/August 2008

Ship Lights

Maritime-style is a brilliant character builder. Metal cages protected the glass in rough seas, but they come in handy in family retreats, too, where beach gear and games roll in and out like the tide.

Summerhouse Style Guide
Rachael Burrow and Ellen McGauley
Coastal Living July/August 2008

This month’s issue of Coastal Living has a great article, Summerhouse Style Guide, “From pretty painted floors to colorful marine collectibles, here’s a look at some of the classic ingredients of these nostalgic weekend retreats.” Continue reading

Modern Fan’s IC/Air3 fan by Guto Indio da Costa Cools a Coastal Sleeping Porch

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

“The key to keeping them beautiful year-round, says designer Janie Molster, is using materials that stand up to salt air.”

She lists ten points and her second point is “Balmy days need good breezes. Even on the water, fans are porch essentials for good air circulation. Choose damp- or wet-rated ceiling fans in hues that blend with the architecture…”
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Classic Coastal Style Lighting

Tech Lighting Mini Admiral Classic Nautical-inspired Mariner Pendant

Tech Lighting Mini Admiral Classic Nautical-inspired Lighting

The May 2017 issue of Coastal Living carried the article Coastal Twenty 1997-2017 What’s Classic Now by Betsy Cribb and Ellen McGauley. In it they say; “The coast has its own elements of style – a library of looks woven through the homes that rise up from the shoreline. Here, we’ve celebrated 20 enduring design ideas that define today’s most beautiful beach houses.” Continue reading

Go Natural! Summer is the Season for Wicker, Rattan and other natural materials

Go Natural! Summer is the Season for Wicker, Rattan and other natural materials.

House Beautiful July/August 2016 Go Natural

Go Natural
The season for wicker (and it’s rattan brethren) has arrived. Just a couple of these woven pieces will impart the perfect dose of breezy, casual chic
House Beautiful July/August 2016

The latest issue of House Beautiful July/August 2016 regular item The Best features Natural Wicker and Rattan.

Not just for Summer, these natural materials can add a comfortable, casual style to your home year round.

Check out these ideas! Continue reading

Nautical Lighting – Indoor or Out!

What a great look! “The boathouse room,”  a sleeping porch with the walls shingled in rusty red, decorated with paddles. The lighting follows the theme.

Country Living May 2016 Page 72, The Lure of the Lake

Country Living May 2016 Page 72, The Lure of the Lake

May 2016 Issue of Country Living has a great house The Lure of the Lake, written by Katy McColl, photographs by Max Kim-Bee, styling by Sarah Cave. Continue reading