Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Glass floats were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets afloat. Large groups of fishnets strung together, sometimes 50 miles long, were set adrift in the ocean and supported near the surface by hollow glass balls containing air to give them buoyancy. These glass floats are no longer being used by fisherman, but many of them are still afloat in the world’s oceans, primarily the Pacific. They have become a popular collectors item for beachcombers and decorators.

Old floats can run hundreds of dollars, but our new, less expensive floats are just as beautiful. They can be used in mass for decorating around the home … in a front porch fountain and backyard pond.  They are beautiful when used to fill glass hurricanes and apothecary jars or a clear lamp base. Several baseball size floats look stunning in a greenhouse window at your kitchen sink. In the sunroom, smaller finds can fill a wire basket.  Wherever Japanese glass floats are kept,  the sunlight induced rainbow glow is irresistible.

Advertisements

It represents Venus, the planet and the goddess. It is the universal symbol for female. It is associated with Friday, the goddess Aphrodite and the country of Cyprus. It is copper.

Copper has remarkable properties and sensuous beauty, and so has been valued and worked by mankind for nearly 10,000 years. It has played many roles  – in tools, weaponry, items of worship, jewelry and the decorative arts. Since peoples’ first efforts to create objects that represent beauty, power, and a connection to the earth, copper has been a favorite material.

Copper’s relatives in the periodic table are silver and gold. Like them, it is highly malleable (able to be worked into different forms), highly ductile (conductive of heat and electricity) and is renowned for its beauty, with its lustrous reddish gold hue and tendency to patinate to a number of colors, and turn colors when heated.

Today the millions of miles of copper wire on our planet form a network that transmits much of the energy and knowledge of civilization. Copper pipe and tubing carry much of our water. On a more basic level, we still respond to its attractive and oddly changeable appearance.

Copper is an essential nutrient to all high plants and animals.  It is also a diminishing resource … with an estimated 61 years of supply left  (New Scientist, May 23, 2007).

Moon Waves – Abstract Metal Wall Art

Copper Art by Mark Malizia
Our designer Mark Malizia has been creating metal wall art for almost 30 years.  Keen observations of nature inspire this self-taught craft. Mark has held a relentless passion for fishing all his life. It has endured because he is not only drawn to the big catch, but the awe-inspiring beauty of the sea. He is fascinated by the interplay of light, movement and form found on the ocean. This is realized in the unique depths and finishes of Copper Art.

New England Sea Village Metal Wall Art

"WOW, what a beautiful scene! Your website doesn't do it justice. It looks great behind our bar and adds such warmth to the area. We just love it." - Daniel O., New Lenox, IL on 22nd Jan 2011

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings

Our metal wall art looks great on large walls, where several pieces can be added to make a statement. More versatile than traditional art forms, metal wall art adds not only color and style, but dimension and light to wall spaces. Smaller walls or tight corners can also be decorated by hanging a smaller metal wall art item that can complement the metal wall sculpture on your statement wall. Since this art is not confined to a frame,  it offers more creative decorating options and can have more impact on your room than traditional wall coverings and art.

Windjammer Wall Art

Windjammer Wall Art“Hello from snowy and cold Minnesota! Now that Christmas 2010 has occurred and the holiday goes into our memories, I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how thrilled my boyfriend is with the metal Windjammer wall art. He hasn’t stopped looking at it, telling me how accurate all the rigging is, how much it looks just like his own sailboat!

Thanks so much … great experience all around with your company. The price is very fair for a sturdy metal sailboat, it arrived on my doorstep via Fed Ex in two days, it was packed securely and arrived intact. Now it has been hand-carried even further northeast into St. Thomas, Ontario CA., where it will be displayed very proudly. Many thanks and all the best in 2011!”
– Sheila O., Minneapolis, MN, 12/28/10

BeachDecor is proud to introduce beautiful wooden placemats and serving trays … using specially selected paintings by world renowned artist, Guy Harvey.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed. Guy captures marine wildlife animals in their natural environment with extraordinary detail and brilliant colors.

Watch the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation video here. The Foundation is an organization of philanthropists, conservationists, scientists, and educators focused on developing sensible strategies for promoting the conservation of our oceans and nurturing the next generation of marine scientists and guardians of our seas.

Our Peace Signs are handpainted on woodboard ... exclusive tropical designs by American designer Joanne Ferarra.

It is inspiring how quickly this symbol created for nuclear disarmament has spread around the world as the “peace symbol”,  becoming one of the most recognized symbols on earth.

Designed in 1958, The Peace Action Symbol was used in the first Aldermaston Easter Peace Walk in England. The symbol is the composite semaphore signal for the letters ‘N’ (two arms outstretched pointing down at 45 degrees) and ‘D’ (one arm upraised above the head) standing for Nuclear Disarmament, against the background of a round globe.

It has deliberately never been copyrighted. Throughout the years it has taken on many different meanings,  including freedom and unity.

Click HERE to learn more about our new Peace Signs!

Coastal colors, finishes and materials make up the beach decor or coastal living style that we all love … the style that perfectly suits our beach decor art. It is, of course, a lifestyle. And, we are indebted to Stanley Furniture’s website for a beautiful presentation in living color, detailed text, and video of what exactly we mean.

Elements of the coastal living style include three distinct color palettes:

1) SEA GLASS. This color scheme borrows from those twinkling treasures collected over long walks on the beach. Layers of blues and greens – in shades ranging from royal to periwinkle. Set against white, these colors dazzle, or mix and match to create your own coastal mosaic.

2) PASTEL. Pastels are equally at home in casual or more sophisticated settings. Blend blues and greens with the playful pink of conch to create a Caribbean getaway every day.

3) AMERICANA. Head due East to capture the look of the Cape with this classic color combination. Go nautical or patriotic with accents of red, white and blue or explore the many shades of the sea from deepwater to navy.

So go ahead and paint your lifestyle today!