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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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What better way to bring calm and comfort into your bedroom decorating than by using a beach theme? There are lots of ways to make your bedroom one of your favorite seaside haunts. Give these ideas a try:

It’s All about the Color
Color often makes or breaks a room, and beach theme bedrooms are no different. There are a few different ways to use color in a beach themed bedroom. If you want to have a nautical theme, then think of red, white and blues. If you want to go with a more tropical sunshine feel, you have your choice of going with bright, vibrant colors, pastel colors, or some combination of the two. Whether you go down the nautical road or the tropical road is a matter of personal preference – along the lines of whether your ideal beach vacation is more Cape Cod or Caribbean islands.

The Right Furniture
The best furniture for your new beach bedroom should incorporate natural elements from seaside environments. Look for polished driftwood, teak, bamboo, and wicker accessories that inspire that beach feeling. Lighter shades of wood work best for beach themed decorating, although darker pieces can be incorporated into nautical themes.

Starfish Hook

Hand carved wooden starfish mounted on metal frame with single hook

Accessorize
After you have chosen your colors and picked your furniture, you need all of the right accessories to pull the look together. Seashells, anchors, hand carved ocean animals, our hand carved Wooden Starfish Hook – all of these things will give your room those finishing beach inspired touches.

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Many of us are fortunate enough to know someone who has a beach house.  The beauty behind knowing someone at the beach is getting an invite to visit!

But, what about a thank you gift? A bottle of wine or a food basket is a nice gesture, but quite temporary if you think about it.  Next time you want to give a coastal gift to someone, consider hand crafted art as far more thoughtful,  and classy.  If you really hit a home run and the recipients love your nautical gift, perhaps the next time they take a look at their unique sculpture, they will think of you …“you know, we ought to have them back for another visit”.  Remember, an invite is great.  A second invite is better. Give a gift that lasts!

Here’s a great idea. Our stately seagull, quiet in his repose on a seaside piling, hand carved with a washed finish.

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