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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.

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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!

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A fun decorating tip for those of you lucky enough to already enjoy cottage living, try introducing some subtle coastal accents to your decor with the addition of some hand crafted sculptures made by your favorite folk artisan.

As a wonderful ‘tongue in cheek’ way to diffuse lighting glare, utilize random fish sculptures as wall sconces. Where? Anywhere there is a need. Sky’s the limit! The Dolphin Abstract sculpture would be fantastic in the kitchen or breakfast room.

 

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