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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Sea-Inspired Decorating Advice from the Experts Home At Sea owner: Sandra Leyden Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio may be a long way from any ocean coastline, but Cuyahoga Falls is less than an hour's drive from the shores of Lake Erie, one of the most picturesque of the five Great Lakes and a continual source of wonder for people who love water and nature. "We draw inspiration from the beauty of nature," says Sandra Leyden, owner of Home At Sea, "and we look for products that remind us of peaceful times by the water." Launched in 2001, the company offers quality coastal homeware sourced from more than 15 states. Leyden says sim- plicity and a light color palette are trending design influences this season, with her best-selling items being Rolf cut glassware, which adds a splash of coastal style to a kitchen or dining table. A line of "Made in the USA" signs, fashioned from recy- cled materials and decorated with inspirational phrases, is a particular favorite. "We're always sourcing and launching new products," Leyden says. "We look carefully at each line to make sure it's a good fit with our customers." Available online only, homeatsea.com. "Stay away from the big box, mass-produced look, where things are just cookie-cutter stamped. Try to put your own spin on things and go with a mix. I really like antiques and classic design mixed with the beach look, so that it's not strictly 'beachy' and there's an element of surprise." Sally Emmett Dwyer, Beach House Newport "Add some bright, cheerful colors instead of traditional sand tones and blue and white. You can still have a breezy coastal look with brighter colors." Deanna Register, Outer Banks Trading Cottage & Bungalow Owner: Pamela Hawthorne Lake Wylie, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina Having grown up in Rhode Island and spent many happy times on Cape Cod and the Jer- sey Shore, it's no surprise that Pamela Hawthorne has a deep affinity for the sea. "The coastal lifestyle is just part of my visual orientation," she says. With two offices in North and South Carolina, and a second home on the beautiful island of Edisto, South Carolina, this savvy home d├ęcor specialist offers an array of high-end furnishings and ac- cessories with custom-painted furniture as a hallmark item. "Color is the defining trend," Hawthorne says. "Our custom- ers want to express themselves with bold choices they might not normally use in an urban or suburban setting. Practical luxury is the key with woven cotton, easy-care rugs and tex- tiles, pieces made from natural and reclaimed materials, and one-of-a-kind designs that act as a focal point for a room." A favorite piece? The May River Empire Chandelier from our Low Country Lighting Collection, says Hawthorne. "I will some day find a place in my own home to hang this. It's breathtaking." Available online only, cottageandbungalow.com. "Keep it minimal, clean, and simple. Evoke your style through subtle sea-inspired accents. An inspiration of the sea is always better than having an entire coastline in your living room." Danni Elle, Seaside Inspired "Don't be afraid to mix and match and have fun with colors, ceilings, and floors." Kim Root, Cottage Coastal Store "Bring in nature from the shore to complete a coastal decorating look. Think about mixing treasured sea glass, sea shells you've found, or pieces of driftwood in a crea- tive way amid more classic home accessories." Caron White, Caron's Beach House "Surround yourself with things that bring you comfort, but be adventurous and add some- thing completely unexpected." Linda Painter, Lafayette & Rushford Home "Be bold with color and have fun. Use sail-snapping whites to freshen and pastels to sof- ten. Mirror your ocean views." Pamela Hawthorne, Cottage & Bungalow "Choose something unique that speaks to you and design the room around that piece." Sandra Leyden, Home At Sea 73

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