A Taste of the West Indies in Tampa, Florida

Coastal design at its finest is on display at the 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home in Tampa, Florida. The home, now open to tour, is located in the beautiful South Tampa neighborhood of Beach Park. It was designed and built by Javic Homes, an exclusive member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program for the Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida area. Southern Living Magazine, published by the Southern
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“THE STATE OF YOUR BED IS THE STATE OF YOUR HEAD”… AND IT CAN ALL BEGIN WITH SOME FABULOUS SEASIDE BEDDING!

Think how it feels when you first enter a well-appointed hotel room at the end of a long day of travel or work.  Not only is the room tidy, but the neatly made bed is ever-so-inviting with its pre-fluffed pillows and luxurious, comfy looking, wrinkle-free linens just waiting for you to simply turn down, hop in, and rest the night away…hassle-free….aah. You can create that same soothing environment in your own bedroom
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ANIMAL PRINTS DON’T BITE!

Actually, animal prints are quite “friendly,” fitting in well with most decorating styles, including coastal design.                                                               Veranda April 2014Animal prints are highly versatile. As odd as it may seem, when used in moderation, they serve as a neutral in any room setting, working well with most colors.  Using an animal print design on side chairs, an upholstered be
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MYTH #5: I have to use the color blue if I want to do Coastal Décor.

Truth:  When you think about it, a seascape is so much more than just the varying shades of blue water and sky. Along with those features, is a landscape full of earthy tones derived from sandy, seashell-covered beaches, grassy sand dunes, misty harbors, wooden piers, and even towering cliffs, depending on the location. Paint manufacturers have embraced the diversity of coastal settings by creating colors that run th
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MYTH #4: Coastal Décor is just about decorating with seashells, driftwood, fish and so on!

Truth:  To many, the thought of coastal décor stirs up visions of seashells, driftwood, fish, oars, life preservers, and boat rope gracing every available wall and surface space! While it used to be more difficult to create a coastal inspired look without incorporating an abundance of these sea-associated objects, it is just not true today. Coastal design has come a long way! There are now many more options available
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Myth #3 Coastal Décor is seasonal – only for the summer months.

  Truth:  Sure, coastal décor stirs up the senses with reminders of warm summer breezes and toes buried deep in the cool sand, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to preserve those feelings year round!  After all, even in the midst of winter, there are still seashells at the beach, creatures in the water, and even boats docked at the harbor of many coasts.                                          Co
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MYTH #2: I cannot use coastal décor in my home unless I live in a beach style house.

Coastal Décor Truth:  If you are drawn to a certain look for your home’s interior décor, but are concerned that it isn’t consistent with the exterior design of your house — no worries — it can still be accomplished and look great if you approach the theme you desire in a strategic and personal way. Décor Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013 Many people have a difficult time breaking away from a “matchy matchy” look
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“Sinking” Five Myths about using Coastal Décor

A new blog has begun here at Seaside Interiors in Tampa…and we are so proud to introduce Sandi Wallace, a very exciting edition to our Seaside team!  Welcome Sandi!  As part of her first, here is the beginning of a series about coastal décor myths.  We know you will love her style. MYTH #1:  I have to live at or near the beach to use coastal décor. Truth:  There are many elements of coastal décor that do not scream “
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Pantone Emerald Design

Green with Style Envy

Each year, color design company Pantone chooses a Color of the Year after expert reps from around the world meet to discuss which shade deserves the title. Pantone’s newly-unveiled Color of the Year of 2013 is emerald green! Described as “sophisticated,” “vivid,” and “rejuvenating,” this vibrant color is the newest style sensation. Officially called Emerald 17-5641, the next picture from Pantone’s website gives you w
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