Toy boats, miniature lighthouses, and vintage-inspired sand pails
decorate the tree in the family room. A lobster buoy takes the
place of a star atop branches laden with shells, maritime flags,
and nautical ornaments.
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Shock and Awe
Fish and mermaid ornaments sway from the limbs of lime green,
fluorescent pink, and shocking aqua trees.
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Light My Fire
A pink-and-green alligator wearing red shoes shuffles along the
windowsill, adding funky style.
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Dr. Seuss Christmas
Clustered green, pink, and blue trees embellished with jovial sea
creatures are a delightful departure from seasonal red and green.
Fanciful feather wreaths replace the expected ornamentation, and
cheery packages wrapped in bright colors complete the scene.
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Out of the Ordinary
Shells, hula girls, and fresh-cut flowers replace traditional
Christmas tree decorations.
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Bring in the Beach
For a hula Christmas, a traditional felt tree skirt won't quite
work. With a sandy surround and shell garland, this tree twinkles
as the centerpiece of a nontraditional holiday.
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Warm and Cozy
Buttery yellow walls and red chairs make a cheery backdrop for a
bejeweled tree. Reportedly salvaged from a Seattle athletic club in
the 1920s, a tile mantel depicts the Pacific Northwest landscape.
Fish, lighthouses, and garlands of silver shells wash the beach
onto your tree.
Kissing fish with ruby-painted lips, Katherine's Collection,
from Funky Fish, a shop in Baltimore's Fells Point district.
Katherine's Collection at Silver Lake, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio;
330/572-2780 or e-mail email@example.com. Lighthouse ornament from
homeowner's private collection.
11 of 16Jean Allsopp
No fireplace? Try hanging your stocking on an old cherry-picking
ladder. When the china's taking up table space, display holiday
cards in a glass cabinet.
Orchid blooms in tall glass vases mix with garland and votives
for a simple yet stunning centerpiece.
Green plates, Pier 1 Imports;
votive candleholders, Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176 or
potterybarn.com. Dining room
table, one-of-a-kind design.
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A tinsel tabletop tree adds sparkle and pizzazz to everyday
Silver tree, West Elm;
ornaments, MOMA Design Store, New York, New York; 800/447-6662 or
Japanese lantern ornaments, Pearl River;
Red bead string, Cut Flower Wholesale, Atlanta, Georgia;
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A graceful garland cascades down the stairs. Colorful pillows and seascape paintings keep the sunny mood on even the dreariest of days.
Paintings by Tjasa Owen; 415/351-0200 or tjasaowen.com. Colored ultrasuede pillows, sofa, wood table, and table lamp from Lounge, Inc., San Francisco, California; 415/563-2220.
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Dressed for Success
Splashy wrap dresses up gifts.
Wrapping paper in Snow Crystals and Goldfish and ribbon in
ombré, velvet, and organdy, Midori Inc., Seattle, Washington;
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At Christmas Cove Designs, workers create old-style stockings
with coastal themes and classic holiday motifs. Along with
traditional designs, styles feature flamingos, ships and sailboats,
whales, waves, lobsters, and lighthouses.