Ocean Home

April/May 2012

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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There's something delightfully organic about creating a breezy just-back-from-the-beach coastal lifestyle at home, mixing seashell photo frames and mirrors with driftwood lamps, coral-print pillows, nautical artworks, and table- ware decorated with jaunty marine motifs. With contem- porary design trends shifting toward more relaxed and comfortable home environments, a new wave of coastal decor specialists is offering an array of upscale and high- quality furnishings and accessories, all inspired by the sea, crafted by some of the most talented artisans in America, and priced to suit any budget. It takes a skilled eye and deft hand to pull off the coastal look successfully, but these eight savvy design experts with a passion for the ocean will help you navigate a sea of choices. Outer Banks Trading owner: Deanna Register Florida Keys Deanna Register and her husband Phil lived in North Carolina for seven years and loved sport fishing offshore of the Outer Banks but are now happily back in their native Florida. "We had to get back to where it's warm and sunny," she laughs. "Now, it's shorts and flip flops year round." That love of the sea inspired her to launch Outer Banks Trading in 2009, an online resource for upscale coastal home decor ranging from rugs, tableware, and lighting to handbags, jew- elry, furniture, artwork, and outdoor furnishings. Her passion for pillows— Beach House Newport Owner: Sally Emmett Dwyer Newport, Rhode Island With a passion for interior de- sign, Beach House Newport's owner Sally Emmett Dwyer has a competitive edge because she also offers consultations and coordinations of home design projects, in addition to selling stylish coastal home- wares from her Rhode Island store and website. 70 "Our claim to fame is that we've shipped seashells to Florida," she says, smiling at the notion. "It's the way we put things together—the assistance and guidance we can offer— that earns us a solid reputation with our clients." Dwyer's focus on quality handmade home accessories, many crafted by leading artisans in New York and Rhode Island, lend her design portfolio a sophisticated East Coast allure. "The artistic sensibility in New England is different from elsewhere in the U.S.," she adds. "There is a flair that's distinctly regional yet is also timeless and classic." Dwyer believes the current trend is toward a more casual, no-fuss approach to interior design. "It's just-in-from-the- beach and kick your shoes off," she says. "It's not a 'don't touch' look but something more com- fortable and relaxed." Available in store (42 West Main Road, Middletown, RI, 401-619-1917) and at beachhousenewport.com. there are more than 1,400 on the website—is culmi- nating in her own line with an all-pillow website being launched this year, along with a new non-coastal home decor website, thesouthernhome.com. "I'm always on the lookout for great pillows," she says. "They can change a room." With the exception of one artisan who lives in St Tho- mas, Outer Banks Trading works exclusively with U.S. designers, many of whom are independent entrepre- neurs. "We're always aiming to be unique and different," she says. Available online only, obxtradingroup.com.

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