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.
Fish and mermaid ornaments sway from the limbs of lime green, fluorescent pink, and shocking aqua trees.
A pink-and-green alligator wearing red shoes shuffles along the windowsill, adding funky style.
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.
Shells, hula girls, and fresh-cut flowers replace traditional Christmas tree decorations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A graceful garland cascades down the stairs. Colorful pillows and seascape paintings keep the sunny mood on even the dreariest
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.
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.
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.