Artfully Coastal

Put the "beach" in your beach house with these offbeat art options.

The Perfect Compromise

Gary Clark

The Perfect Compromise

You refuse to let him wear his favorite Hawaiian shirt in public. He refuses to throw it away. Call a truce and frame the shirt to make a fun, colorful display. (It looks better on the house anyway.)

Aye, Aye, Cap’n!

Jean Allsopp

Aye, Aye, Cap'n!

Give your beachside retreat instant authenticity with a ship's wheel. Framed vintage maps of nearby islands or your favorite beach locales add old-world charm and a sense of sailing on the high seas.

Decorating on the Half-Shell

Jean Allsopp

Decorating on the Half-Shell

You've spent years scouring beaches for the most beautiful seashells to add to your collection, so why not put those finds to use? If you don't want to commit to creating a shell-encrusted mirror, try this easy alternative. It takes less time and energy (and a lot fewer shells) and looks great as a focal point on a wall.

Porthole Pleasure

Jean Allsopp

Porthole Pleasure

Make sure everything's shipshape in the bedroom with porthole-like mirrors. Suspend them from the wall with interesting hardware and rope or wire for a dramatic, seaworthy effect.

Signs of the Times

Beth Dreiling

Signs of the Times

Add character to your space with vintage seafood-dive signs. Beachy street names-like "Sandy Cove Ave."-or bait-and-tackle shop logos will also do the trick.

Au Naturel

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Au Naturel

Accent your home with the bright colors and intricate patterns of the shore. No matter where you live, if you have a coral statue or seaweed print on display, the beach is never too far away.

Tie the Knot

Jean Allsopp

Tie the Knot

Show off your sailing skills with a display case of knots. And you thought you'd never find a use for the Carrick Bend.

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