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Show personality by adding something unexpected. A weathered oar, a life preserver or great door knocker, invites conversation. Enhance your curb appeal with nautical elements.

Greet your guests with a garden. Plant boxwood  topiary in decorative urns for architectural excitement.

A timeless white picket fence against a boxwood hedge frames a picture perfect facade.

A pair of urns filled with fresh flowers by the front door makes a grand entrance. Keep it simple, stick to one pop of color, for maximum impact when choosing flowers. Choose from coastal classics, such as pink geraniums, blue hydrangea, white impatiens and ivy, are simply beautiful.

Deliver a successful statement with simple color schemes. A splash of  blue, yellow, black or grey with shiny chrome or brass accents are sure bets for an eye catching palette. Get creative and do something unexpected  by bringing the indoors outside. Swag a curtain on the exterior to draw guests in, as Garnish has!

A little planning and creativity can transform your drab entry in to a fab entry!

What To and Not to Avoid:

First, do the dirty work and then decorate.

Clear out clutter, too many figurines or pots are distracting.

Throw away or move all unnecessary extras.

Maintain an exterior for a tidy appearance.

Sweep, wash and repair, anything broken or dirty.

Replace broken lighting with new bulbs or fixtures.

Clean the glass and get rid of dead bugs and cobwebs.

Top 5 Classic Elements to a Welcoming Entry:

1. Crisp new doormat


2. Paint front door


3. Flower and boxwood filled urns


4. Add personality with signage


5. New address numbers


Freshen up your front door with this how-to list and greet your guests with timeless beauty.



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Ocean Flowers Print

Create a collection of vintage sea algae images for your home. Cover a blank white wall with many framed prints to instantly transform your space. From a bygone era, the timeless beauty of these prints, are perfect for today. With a touch of a button, learn about Anna Atkin’s Algea Sea Flower cyanotypes and print images from your home. Marvel vast collections from wonderful resources in the New York Public Library.



Curate your own collection, simply let your imagination journey through centuries of archival images. Re-purpose and reinvent combinations of materials in innovative ways. Frame your collection using unique vintage frames to hang salon style or use clean lined frames to hang in grid formation, for a fresh, modern style. Show a little restraint and hang just one sea print, for a pop of color.


Cyanotype Kit

Be inspired by the past. Try your hand at CYANOTYPE printing to create your very own signature collection.

Simply add, a bit of history, the sea and a beautiful new collection of prints, to your home.



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Add an assortment of stripes to your life. Pillows are a great way to add stripes to your home. They add dimension to your couches, chairs, beds or benches either indoor or out. Layer different ticking stripes, bold nautical stripes and casual multi color stripes together. Many patterns and a wide variety of blues look great together. Don’t be afraid to play around with stripes.

Add some stripes to your home for a timeless look and  a casual BEACH vibe.


Striped Pillow


Sailor Shirt

Everyone needs a basic sailor shirt in their closet.  A great stripe sailor shirt will never go out of style. Pair it with flip-flops and jeans for a casual look or dress it up for an unexpected look, under a suit or over a white blouse with a pair of cigarette pants, jewelry and heels.

Add a classic stripe to your wardrobe for a timeless BEACH look all year round.



Gathering a few simple rocks from the beach or garden combined with a little imagination creates inexpensive ways to have some fun with design, try a few of these ideas.

A box of chalk and a handful of rocks give new meaning to greetings or messages. Welcome a loved one home, wish someone special a Happy Birthday or make someone’s day by leaving a kind word.



Gently place smooth rocks at the bottom of a glass vase, fill with daffodil or paper whites bulbs and cover with water for a stunning arrangement… works with cut flowers too.

Glass Vase


Stack several rocks to weight recycled gift tissue and enjoy the surprisingly simple sculptural beauty until you reuse.


Bookmark a page after surfing through a favorite book or coffee table book or just keep it open on your favorite image for a splash of color.

Surf Books
Eye Glasses


Stack a few rocks on top of another to prop open an old window if sashes are’s a breeze.


Stopping a door open with a big rock or two is a great way to keep the wind from blowing them shut….Naturally!




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Easy breezy dinners in casual open kitchen spaces invite people to join in long conversations and second helpings… Move your dining room out of the formal space you never use, and create a new space to hang out. Bring people closer to the heart of the house.

Glastonbury Urn $369



Relax… grab a book, find a comfy chair and kick back in a slouchy robe to escape for a few hours. Crisp white slipcovers are inviting and forgiving if you live with kids and dogs… Just toss in the bleach and Voila’, chocolate hand prints are gone.  Lazy days… don’t get out of bed before noon on Sunday… Surf the net, read the “funnies”, enjoy a big latte or just… relax.

James Perse Los Angeles Nor Cal Collection



Comfy pillows and throws in nautical stripes beg anyone  to sneak a nap. Baskets and containers are a great way to organize and hide mags or throws and to create a relaxed look.

Oversize Seagrass Basket $129
Port Stripe Pillow Cover $35


Bring the outside in, borrow from nature to add architectural elements to your design. Branches from the garden in a big vase or a collection of seashells from the beach in a big bowl are easy ways to add style. My favorite time of year is when Hydrangea are in bloom… A beautiful armful of blooms in a big vase is an easy way to fill the room with color… So enjoy the outdoors all year round.