Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor.  Continue Reading

Let’s Hit the Beach! Double DIY: Popsicle Tote and Watermelon Towel

DIY popsicle tote and watermelon beach towel

One of the things we look forward to most come summertime are visits to our local beach. Lying back on a towel with our toes in the warm sand and the sound of waves in the background is pure bliss.

But once we head to the water for a dip and emerge from the ocean to stroll back to our towels, we often find ourselves looking around in confusion because our little bundle of belongings looks just like every other bundle on the beach! Continue Reading

Downloadable: 4 Palm Springs-Inspired Desktop Wallpapers You Gotta Have this Summer

4 Palm Springs inspired desktop wallpapers

I can't even begin tell you how much I want to go to Palm Springs one day. It's got everything I could ever want in a getaway –  oodles of sunshine, poolside cocktails, canyons and hiking trails to explore – what's not to love?

And although it might be awhile before I get there (it's a long way away from where I am here in Australia), that doesn't stop me dreaming about all things related to summer holidays. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 DIY Projects For Maximum Summer Fun!

Roundup: 10 DIY Projects For Maximum Summer Fun!
Photo: The Merry Thought

Believe it or not, we’re already almost halfway through the summer… but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the sunny weather! We’ve rounded up ten DIY projects to help you do just that. Keep reading to find out how to craft your way to the best summer ever.   


Roundup: 10 DIY Projects For Maximum Summer Fun!

1. Make this cute no-sew summer tote bag using this tutorial. [Photo: A Little Glass Box]

2. Learn how to make a waterproof beach blanket using these simple instructions. Continue Reading

7 Dreamy Beach House Kitchens

Windmark Beach house kitchen

For me, the term ‘beach house’ conjures up all sorts of decor opportunities, all of which do not include a kitchen. Why is that? Because if I lived on the beach, I wouldn’t be spending my time in the kitchen? Because I’d be grilling corn on the cob and lobsters over an open flame on the beach every night, so who needs a kitchen for that?? I dunno. But what I DO know is that any of these kitchens could suit the beach house of my dreams. Continue Reading

The Bucket BBQ

Just in time for summertime fun is Pottery Barn’s new Portable BBQ Grill. Perfect for the beach, the lightweight, stainless steel grill has a convenient carrying handle that hides away when it’s weenie time. Available through their catalog or website, the grill will set you back $39.

One Person Beach House


Unica Home sells one-person cabanas. “Designed by Mary Bloch in 1962, the beach house is a little cabin woven in natural unbarked cane on rattan frame and aluminum structure. Covered in waterproof canvas bordered with natural leather belts and back support bands, the cabin provides a bit of privacy and shelter from the world outside.”And yes, they’re expensive. Together the house and the stool will run you about 6 grand. But aren’t they just the cutest things? Continue Reading