Monday, May 30, 2011

This and That: Coastal Living!

Living coastal is all about a relaxed state of mind and eclectic atmosphere. Blues, browns, whites, and creams are essential with pops of color. When decorating for a coastal aesthetic don't be afraid to mix and match different textures and colors. A coastal home can be sophisticated and relaxed! 

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The wicker, metal and white cotton sofa reinforce the coastal aesthetic. The idea is to let loose and choose items that make a room match without trying. The navy, white and grey tie this space toether beautifully along with the nautical theme pillows!
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Soft wall colors such as blues and whites invite plenty of sunlight which is a must when attaining a coastal aesthetic.

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This white brick paired with wicker boxes are the perfect pair! 
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Light colored glass bottles are a fun item to collect 

and display in new ways in any coastal space! 

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 Simple and beautiful! The wicker rug, wooden floor, and soft blue fabrics mirror this great outside view. This space proves that less is more!
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 This relaxed hallway is eclectic as well as coastal. This space is a great example of how to integrate red into your coastal getaway! 
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Another necessity when decorating a coastal space is to create intimate spaces to read, lounge or have a drink. this is all apart of living well in a relaxed and coastal space! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cork! Designed by Nature

The next time you open a bottle of wine an twist out the cork, take a moment to appreciate one of the worlds most unique species. Cork has beenin use for centuries because of its brilliant engingineersing and durable characteristics. Evidence of its use has been found in ancient Egypt, China, Babylon, and Persia.

Cork's Color Versatility:
Cork comes in a multitude of colors! In its natural state it is a light tan and provides a modern and clean aesthetic. Cork can absorb color better than most materials. Have you ever noticed the bottom of a cork from a red wine bottle? The wine stain that is absorbed is beautiful and certainly inspires further exploration of cork. When painted or stained it can appear as a wood material, tile, or even stone. 
So what makes cork sustainable?
First and foremost, cork is harvested from cork oak trees, without killing or harvesting the entire tree. Once the cork trees reach maturity (around 25 years old), the outer layer of bark can be stripped off the tree without harming the tree in any way. The bark then regenerates and can be harvested again.
      Cork Sustainability Facts:
  • Cork is naturally watertight, resisting both mold and mildew.
  • The material offers a springy texture for extra cushioning.
  • Cork is easily recycled and reused.
  • The sustainable material is both shock and fire resistant.
  • It is naturally warm to the touch.
  • Cork has accoustical qualities, acting as a noise dampening material.

Cork is extremely versatile in its use. Here as a lamp shade and more commonly in flooring, wall covering, countertops, and even furniture. Cork can be used in its natural color for a raw and earthy feel. It can also be stained or painted to achieve a totally different aesthetic.