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Guest Picks: Summer at the Seaside

I have beautiful childhood memories of summers spent with my family at a little rented cottage by the sea from Nova Scotia. The days were spent investigating the beach at low tide and swimming at the ocean, while evenings were filled with extended family dropping by for good food and homegrown music. With this ideabook I have gathered together objects that remind me of those hot Maritime summers spent on the pebbly beach, cooled by the fresh salty breezes of the sea. — Lori from automatism


Mister Crab Wood Sign by Slippin Southern – $49

Folk art is an ideal way to add color and personality to a cabin, and this playful small wooden crab signal would definitely be an enjoyable addition.

The Curiosity Shoppe

Whale Pillow – $110

This enchanting whale pillow — hands printed on natural French burlap with artwork by Don Carney — is not only fairly, but could make a great souvenir of whale watching trips in the Maritimes.


Screenprinted Nautical Pillow Covers by Oh Little Rabbit – $22

For sweet dreams of sailing the ocean blue, a pair of natural cotton, hand screen printed nautical pillow covers.

Furbish Studio

Scrimshaw Dessert Plate Set – $35

This enchanting pair of dessert plates may have everybody at the dinner table at a jaunty seafaring mood very quickly.


Vintage Rusty Metal and Weathered Wood Lighthouse by BeeJayKay – $30

The top of this sweet vintage lighthouse comes off in order that a candle can be placed indoors — perfect for adding a bit seaside ambiance to a day.

You Anchor Me Printing – $89.95

Add a sweet personal note to your seaside home with this amazing “You Anchor Me” print, designed to fit perfectly into Ikea Ribba frames.


Swedish Design Runner VĂ¥ga – EUR 56

The special weave of this Swedish linen table runner means that it does not need ironing — perfect for easygoing beachfront living. The classic stripe would make even the most arbitrary collection of dishware seem great too.


Place of Three Thick White Restaurant China Bowls by 22BayRoad – $12

These vintage restaurant china bowls could be perfect for a delicious chowder dinner — or a fast cereal breakfast before going out for a morning to the beach.

Clayton Gray Home

Sea Urchin Vase – $109

A lifelike sea urchin vase which would look great perched on a bedside table stack of Maritime-themed novels.

Factory 20

Civil War Era Wooden Maritime Chest – $510

This early boat’s chest not only has great vintage style, but it’s useful too — wool blankets or paperback novels could be stored indoors, while the shirt are a fantastic place to display a tray of interesting shells from walks on the beach.

Jonathan Adler

Utopia Sailor/Captain Mug – $32

This sailor and captain mug by Jonathan Adler would be perfect for coffee on a cold morning, watching the mist on the sea.


Classic Industrial Wire Basket by Zinnia Cottage – $40

Antique industrial style works really nicely with cabin style. A vintage wire basket like this one would look great storing everything out of a pile of tea towels to a collection of old paperbacks.


Recycled Juice Glass – $11

The beautiful color and intriguing imperfections of these recycled and hand-blown citrus juice eyeglasses remind me of sea glass.

Compass Signet Ring – $210

Love this compass signet ring by Aaron Ruff of Digby & Iona — it even includes a stick of red sealing wax to add a nautical touch to your holiday correspondence!


Maritime Tray Set – $66

This Maritime tray set is just the thing for carrying day snacks to the beach. Available as a pair of three, the trays shape an entire boat when placed together.

Olive & Myrtle

Wood From The Hood Reclaimed Wood Cribbage Board – $29.95

When the weather turns gusty and the waves are too large, it’s time to wash the hurricane lantern and play games — such as a form of cribbage. This one, made from reclaimed ash trees and recycled metal hooks, is a particularly nice looking variation.


Vintage Brass Ship’s Bell With Rope Nautical Decor by Bird in Hand – $32

Call everybody in from the beach for dinner with this solid cast brass vintage boat’s bell, finish with brass clapper and authentic rope pull.


Classic Little American Ship in a Bottle by Zuzashop – $12

A sweet little vintage ship in a glass bottle — perfect for adding charm to a tiny beachfront cottage without taking up a lot of space. This could make a great hostess gift too.

Natural History

Unusual and Scintillating Seaweed Pillow – GBP 35

Add a bit of nostalgia to a summertime with a fairly Irish linen pillow, published with a 19th century seaweed illustration.

Haus Interior

Natural Candles Knot Doorstop – $50

Gently open the cabin door and allow the fresh ocean breezes in with this nautical rope knot door stop.

More seaside-inspired finds:
Beach House Chic
Dreaming of a Casual Summer Cottage
20 Nautical-Inspired Finds

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