Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Modern Beach Houses with Water Views

Old Man Winter has been really hard on us here in the Midwest. Thanks to, there's always a place to which we can escape the cold. Today, I am featuring modern and contemporary homes, because the cabin fever that I'm feeling has me in need of this uncluttered, minimalistic style. I don't think I need to explain the ocean views. That is medicine for the soul ...

Stay warm, America! Can't last forever!


Modern Beach House Ocean Views
Modern Beach House Ocean Views
Modern Beach House Ocean Views
Modern Beach House Ocean Views
Modern Beach House Ocean Views

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

5 Ways to a Beach House Entryway

I often point out that you don't need to live on a beach to have that beautiful beach home look, and there is no better way to send that message to your guests and family to that welcoming feeling of a beach home than by introducing it to them the minute they walk in the door. Friends meet the beach house entryway. Beach house entryway, welcome our guests.

And if you think there's only one way to do it, you're wrong. Check out this modern entryway with juuuust enough of a personality.

Modern beach house entryway

I'm feeling the Hamptons on this one. I don't know how I would feel living with an all-glass front door, but I certainly love the look of it. Maybe they have a gated property and it doesn't matter!

Hamptons Beach house entry way

Now in my house these pillows would stay on this bench only for a few seconds every day, but I think I would still put them on just to get that 60 seconds of pleasure everyday.  And I would stop in to look at it often because the color of the wall alone would make me smile.

Playful, colorful entryway

More stripes and black and white stairs , but the accessories tone down the formality of the space. They look as though they have been relaxing on the beach themselves for at least a decade.

Transitional beach house entryway

Have a spare closet? You can still use the space to capture that carefree, fun-in-the-sun feeling of beach town living. Love those pillows? Check these out!

Small beach house entryway

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2014

Benjamin Moore announced its 2014 Color of the Year: Breath of Fresh Air. It is, in a phrase, the color of the ocean.

The ocean never goes out of style on your walls, in your clothes, and in your home decor. Here are some rooms that have used a color that evokes the same feeling as Breath of Fresh Air. Smell the salty air and listen for the seagulls.

Breath of Fresh Air paint Benjamin Moore

It can be simple.

Benjamin Moore Paint color of the year 2014

It can be elegant.

Breath of Fresh Air Paint bathroom

It can change with the lighting available to it, but it is always beautiful.

Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air Paint

And it can be used in ANY room.

Breath of fresh air paint in office

Will you be using this paint color this year?

Check out these products from that would look great in any room with this paint color on the walls:

Tall barnacle vase
Tall Barnacle Vase

Glass float from Aruba
Vintage Glass Float - Aruba

Cucumber kitchen towel
Cucumber Kitchen Towel

Buoy ottoman
Harborside Buoy Ottoman