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Blue and Purple Octopus Tentacle Coming Through a Porthole Wall Sconce Light

I was trying to find an octopus chandelier. I saw one, but I could not find it for sale anywhere. But, I found many octopus wall sconces and octopus table lamps in two styles and four variations.

There are a lot of octopus wall sconces available, but they all seem to be these three variations. Continue reading

Octopus Wall Art and Wall Sculpture Décor Trends

Giclee Print of Octopus Artwork by Jennifer Goldberger in Oyster Shell Speckled White, Gray and Pink Mat with Cape Cod White Wash Wood Frame from Amanti Home

Octopus prints are easy to find in every color and every style. Not just for a coastal house, these can enhance anything from eclectic to traditional style. You are sure to be able to find something to work with your home.

Framed or unframed, an octopus print adds fun and color. Continue reading

Octopus Furniture Trends

CJ Online Creatures of the Sea Octopus End Table with Glass Top
24” wide x 21.5” high

A few years ago octopus images started showing up at the furniture markets. Both Las Vegas and High Point, N.C. had octopi on fabric, furniture, tableware and pillows.

This trend shows no sign of going away. Here are some ways to add this look to your home. Continue reading

Lighting with Vintage Telegraph and Telephone Glass Insulators

Lighting with Vintage Telegraph and Telephone Glass Insulators

Repurposed old glass insulators are all over Etsy. People turn them into candle holders and book ends. I have about a dozen of them that I put over inexpensive solar lights. They mostly block both the light and the solar panel, but I don’t care.

A number of lighting manufacturers make lighting collections that use reproduction glass insulators or are inspired by them. They range from rustic and farmhouse to modern or industrial. Continue reading

Coastal Oyster Shell Chandeliers

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Southern Living Find a Builder
Osprey Construction Inc
Southern Living, March 2021

This chandelier over a kitchen island caught my eye as I was page turning the latest Southern Living magazine. It’s not in one of the articles. It is in a list of Southern Living Custom Builder Program Members.

What is that light over the island made out of? Continue reading

Kitschy Tropical Splendor – 1950s Flamingos

Fun Kitschy Flamingos

Fun Kitschy Flamingos

I have a cousin who collects kitschy Florida souvenirs. The tropical 1950s looking stuff with palm trees and pink flamingos. The whole house is Mid-Century Modern, but with a fun tropical twist.

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

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

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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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