Sea Inspired Trimmings

Our favorite holiday looks add coastal style.

Nautical Traditions

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Nautical Traditions

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.

Shock and Awe

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Shock and Awe

Fish and mermaid ornaments sway from the limbs of lime green, fluorescent pink, and shocking aqua trees.

Light My Fire

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Light My Fire

A pink-and-green alligator wearing red shoes shuffles along the windowsill, adding funky style.

Dr. Seuss Christmas

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Out of the Ordinary

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Out of the Ordinary

Shells, hula girls, and fresh-cut flowers replace traditional Christmas tree decorations.

Bring in the Beach

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Warm and Cozy

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Surf's Up

Jeff McNamara

Surf's Up

Hang ten this holiday with sun-loving Santas.

For similar ornaments, checkout Possible Dreams, Petaluma, California; 800/358-9184 or possible-dreams.com or someonespecial.com.

Fun in the Sun

Jeff McNamara

Fun in the Sun

Coast-inspired ornaments add warmth to your tree.

For a similar sunbather, try Possible Dreams, Petaluma, California; 800/358-9184 or possible-dreams.com or someonespecial.com.

Fun and Festive

Jeff McNamara

Fun and Festive

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 kcgift@kcgift.com. Lighthouse ornament from homeowner's private collection.

Holiday Display

Jean Allsopp

Holiday Display

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.

Bull's-eye stockings, Garnet Hill; 800/260-1926 or garnethill.com.

Blooming Color

Jean Allsopp

Blooming Color

Orchid blooms in tall glass vases mix with garland and votives for a simple yet stunning centerpiece.

Green plates, Pier 1 Imports; pier1.com. Red votive candleholders, Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176 or potterybarn.com. Dining room table, one-of-a-kind design.

Tinsel Tree

Jean Allsopp

Tinsel Tree

A tinsel tabletop tree adds sparkle and pizzazz to everyday decor.

Silver tree, West Elm; westelm.com. Round ornaments, MOMA Design Store, New York, New York; 800/447-6662 or momastore.org. Japanese lantern ornaments, Pearl River; pearlriver.com. Red bead string, Cut Flower Wholesale, Atlanta, Georgia; 888/997-8367 or cutflower.com.

Color Splash

Jean Allsopp

Color Splash

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.

Dressed for Success

Jean Allsopp

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; 800/659-3049 or midoriribbon.com.

Classic Style

Sara Gray

Classic Style

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.

Christmas Cove Designs; 800/737-2128 or christmascovedesigns.com.

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