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No beach house? No problem.

Don't worry if you don't have a beach house. You can evoke the spirit of the ocean with this season's new nautical home accessories plus a few salty vintage finds.
Nautical Living Room - A sofa slipcovered in linen gets some snap when piled with sailing-themed cushions

Built-in Cabinet - Humble collectibles such as paint-by-number renderings and shell-covered jars enjoy a much greater presence as part of an ensemble cast. The interior of the cabinet is painted the color of calm waters.

Sailing Books - Vintage sailing guides and classic adventure stories found at flea markets and secondhand-book shops provide the ultimate escape on a summer afternoon.

Kitchen Counter - Fresh hydrangeas tucked into a jar set the tone for a casual come-as-you-are kitchen. Striped stools, graphic linens, and a witty whale of a butter dish further the effect. Similar striped fabric on the stools.

Dress - Show off those sea legs with this cotton frock from JC Penney.

Where can you find all these beachy items?

Nautical Living Room:
Organic-cotton fishnet pillow, $110,
Life preserver pillow, $29,
Thomas Paul jute whale-printed pillow, $70,
Reproduction travel posters;

Built-In Cabinet:
Valspar's Laura Ashley Glass Green paint, $29 a gallon;
Nantucket baskets, on bottom shelf, $22 to $46;
Vintage trophies, on middle shelf, $34 to $48;

Kitchen Counter:
Striped fabric on the stools;
Vintage enamelware stockpot, $65;
Porcelain latte bowls, $24 for a set of six;
Butter dish, $68;

JCPenney's American Living line. $90;

Life's A Beach - Enjoy!


  1. Great ideas...I love anything to do with the beach. I've always said I should have been born in Florida or the Caribbean!!! :0)
    My logo is a huge white starfish on the beach set against a gorgeous blue sky...

  2. The life preserver pillow is so fun and so is that little dress perfect for an afternoon lunch by the water. Thanks for all the trouble of writing out the resources and pricings.

  3. i could spend hours on your blog. I love it. I find that keeping odd sized jars is my new fave thing to do, so I can stick them in unexpected corners with shells or flowers like you mentioned here. and I couldn't agree more with the title of this post. no beachhouse, no problem!


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