The sound of the waves battling as they rise higher and higher competing for the right to wash ashore the glass bottles whose corks safely encapsulate the love letters that have traveled the distance of time and space. The seagulls spreading their wings wide, calling out their celebratory songs as they flock united, prepared to sweep down to the stray pieces of litter that shame the flawless beach. They momentarily block the striking rays of sun as they circle overhead. Down they come. Wind on their backs they bring wind to your hair. You scrunch your toes in the sand. As the sun slowly sinks into the fathomless horizon and disappears into the depths of the angry sea, clammy sand envelopes your body where you are lounged, peacefully soaking up one of the greatest wonders of life.
by Loop Design
Open your eyes. It’s time to get back to reality. The beach is miles from home, your schedule is booked and overflowing and the kids are pulling on your worn apron strings or loosened tie demanding cuisine finer than the once accepted peanut butter and jelly.
Tomorrow, tomorrow you can escape to your dream destination again. I promise. Or, or today you can bring the beach to you. When cradling a seashell between head and shoulder trying to capture the sound of imaginary waves doesn’t cut it anymore, you must bring the beach to you, and using five key elements you can build your own beach…
One: Embrace the crisp look of clean cotton. Bring those fluffy clouds that depict exotic creatures into your home and brighten your furniture with pure white sofa slipcovers. This will add instant vibrancy and began to pave the way for more beach themed décor. And while white is often impractical for the popsicles we’ll suck on come summer’s hottest day, the practicality of slipcovers is that you can wash them. Bleach them. Repeatedly.
by Louise Lakier
by Shannon Malone
Two: Rattan side tables and chairs. Palm trees don’t survive or thrive in all climates, but with some rattan furniture you can have opportunity to cherish the palm trees within the very walls of your home. This flexible, adaptable wood is very kind to paint and can even be woven as wicker. Keeping it in its raw organic state, however, will lend you the perfect fluidity of the seashore.