Put the "beach" in your beach house with these offbeat art options.
1 of 7Gary 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
2 of 7Jean 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
3 of 7Jean 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
4 of 7Jean Allsopp
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.
5 of 7Beth 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.
6 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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.
7 of 7Jean 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.