Byron Bay is a beach side town located on the east coast of Australia just south of Brisbane and well north of Sydney. With an eclectic mix of surfing, sophistication, and a big dose of bohemian culture, a thriving design scene has recently emerged. One of the most notable additions is the hip but laid back Byron Bay Atlantic, “a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses and joined by meandering sun bleached paths.”
With only a few days left to fulfill your friends and families’ wish lists, check out these original beach-inspired gift ideas. If you’re done with all your holiday shopping and you’ve been nice (and not naughty), go on and get a little something for yourself. You deserve it.
For the stylish party animal, the Beach Set glasses courtesy of Sisters of LA and available from Kitson.
It’s cold outside but why go out when you can grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa with the kids and enjoy a little down time in your own slice of paradise? These days it’s out with the formal (and stuffy) living room and in with the casual eat-in kitchen/family room. Make the area where the family congregates for breakfast, snacks and even homework a cozy and stylish nook by incorporating a banquette (built-in bench). Have fun mixing and matching chairs with interesting upholstery to reflect your own personal chic style.
Aerin Lauder uses a breezy blue geometric patterned fabric on her chairs and banquette and personalizes the space with art and personal photos. Photos courtesy of Elle Decor.
Labor Day weekend is one last excuse to hit the stores and snap up some last-minute summer goodies for yourself. If you didn’t have the nerve to take the plunge and buy that eenie meanie bikini, how about some pretty dressing for your house? Here are some favorite places to shop ’till you drop.
Surf Bazaar located at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY, curates “the best of local artisans, designers, vintage finds, and all items that are inspired or inspire us of our surrounding environment.” In addition to gauzy tunics by brands such as Lemlem, the store carries Turkish towels and beach blankets exported from Central America.
The clothes you choose to wear have a direct correlation to your personality. Translation: we gravitate to clothing that makes us look and feel good. Or at least that’s what we should try to do. The same idea can and should be applied to your home. If you’ve been on a shopping spree lately snapping up sundresses, sandals and jewelry that put you in a summer frame of mind, why not surround yourself at home with those same notions? Take a look in your closet and maybe you’ll discover a little bit more about your own beach style.
If you’re a fan of the global-inspired tunics of Calypso St. Barth