Did you know that more than 30% of all Americans live within a one-hour drive of our coasts? Additionally, most Americans live near a large body of water – a natural lake, a reservoir, a river, or a man-made lake. Our love affair with the seashore and lake-side is documented in not only where, but how we live. Water is essential to our very existence and it adds a great deal of pleasure when we are near or are reminded of the times we have spent along the shore.
Coastal Living, the trademarked name, represents the calm and serenity afforded by many new furniture collections, including those that carry the name and are designed and manufactured by Stanley Furniture. The “Resort” and “Cottage” collections within Stanley’s Coastal Living Collection feature finishes and textures designed to capture and enhance those memories of cresting waves, warm sand, endless blankets of stars, and the cool breeze on your cheek. Dining pieces feature sculptured curves, simple hardware and materials that all reflect a coastal attitude. Bedroom pieces feature woven water hyacinth and weathered woods that bring us tranquil memories of simpler days when all that was required was a gentle breeze and an open space to run and play.
Vanguard Furniture has teamed with Coastal Living and Stanley to create the relaxed upholstery looks that help us bring harmony and comfort to our own personal retreat, harkening us back to the gentle sea breeze of a lazy afternoon.
Colors and finishes found in a large number of furniture pieces today take their influence from our coasts. Incorporating these colors and pieces into our homes offers us the tranquility and escape we seek when we visit the shore.
Additionally, these furnishings are perfect for today’s hot “Industrial look” (unfinished simple lines devoid of carvings or designs), and the current interpretation of “French Laundry” including casual slipcovers, neutral fabrics and washed finishes, draw from coastal designs and influences.
Lexington Home Brands has introduced their Twilight Bay collection, incorporating unique influences and interpretations of a Coastal Resort. This collection, a departure from their signature Tommy Bahama look, reflects the palettes of our coasts rather than the dark finishes of British Colonial times.
The opportunity for self expression abounds. If you crave the relaxation of a breeze on your cheek, warm sand underfoot, and a blanket of stars to cover you, contact me and I’ll help bring your own little bit of a Coastal Resort to your home.