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COASTAL DESIGN (and how travel informs my work)

coast toniFor years now, we have seen “coastal design” all over the internet, design tv, in print and at the furniture market.

While I do love the judicious use of a piece of driftwood at times, I have been critical of the shells covering the chandeliers, the lighthouse lamps, the large scale hemp fish netting for no apparent reason and the pillows and textiles covered with starfish and other seafaring motif but the truth is, I LOVE THE COAST! Bali, Galapagos, Santa Barbara and the entire PCH for that matter, Newport, Rhode Island, Nova Scotia, Port Islabel, Texas, Wisconsin, Chicago, Cancun, Barbados, the Bahamas, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami, the coasts of Scotland, Ireland, and Italy and of course New York, where the coast can be the East River, Northport Harbor, Long Island Sound,, Lake Mohonk, or the Atlantic Ocean. They all feel soothing and dreamy in their own way but really have little in common other than proximity to water.

Creating a coastal vibe of your own, informed by your own travels and passions could be a special way to fashion an interior. There is scientific evidence that beauty informs wellness in humans and we should surround ourselves with beauty that makes us comfortable and happy. Beauty makes us feel good and there is certainly an abundance of beauty at the shore! Maybe you are energized by the colors of the sunrise at the beach or perhaps staying neutral with soothing colors from the sand and sea create the sense of calm you want in your home. Staying neutral will work for some while others may crave the tropical coastal beauty of colorful hibiscus flowers, purple sails, and black sands. I love them all… let me help you create your custom coastal inspired oasis, whether it’s New England, the Caribbean, or the Far East that inspires you, with the level of sophistication that will make it a timeless space you can evolve with. We can redefine it together… beach house, bungalow, lake house, house on the strand, tropical oasis, urban water view, seaside garden, boathouse … whatever floats your boat!

I looked though some of my 140k photos!!! I chose a few to share, some views, some work, some selections, some in progress pics, please enjoy these “coastal” color inspirations!

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