Gem of an idea

Deborah and I are not normally fans of accent walls, but they’re hard to resist when a gem of an idea pops up. Inspired by the allure of gemstones, crystals and minerals, the stylish American designer Brenda Houston creates stunning statement wall coverings that will turn heads in any ocean home.


Photo finish

Rarely out of style, black- and-white photography makes for standout interior design features, and the talented Tina Leto is one of our go-to photographers for artful images. Her simple yet eye-catching approach to documenting plant life in her Prairie series makes a bold statement whether you’re starting a collection or simply covering your walls.


A nod to nature

The Terrapin Sconce by Currey & Company combines two of our favorite ongoing trends – a nod to nature and unabashed retro chic. Finished in black satin nickel, this exquisite light fixture looks like it could be from Halston’s legendary Manhattan apartment yet takes its cue from the ebb and flow of the oceans we love so much.


Let there be light

The trend towards outdoor living areas being as comfortable as their indoor counterparts isn’t new, but streamlined ambient lighting to illuminate your outdoor space certainly is. Designed by Louis A. Lara, iNDA’s cordless outdoor lighting collection has a waterproof, rechargeable LED light source, and both the table and floor lamp have a lightweight cement base so they won’t blow over.


Less is Moore

Tired of traditional white doors inside your ocean home? We’re loving the trend towards painting interior doors a bold and striking color. This is Benjamin Moore’s Dark Harbor (2055-10), although Deb and I love and use Iron Mountain (2134-30). The colors also work especially well with bronze, nickel or chrome hardware.