A Touch of the Sea

Home accents inspired by the coastline


Caribbean Flair

Flowing shades of azure create seascapes reminiscent of Caribbean waters in these glass candleholders from Two’s Company. The cylinders, which double as vases, bring the essence of surf, sand and summer to any room and speak to Domain Interior’s style of integrating coastal influences into contemporary décor. To the designers at Domain Interiors, a home’s décor should have an authentic feel, as if pieces were collected over time—rich with layers, dimension and personality. Though smaller in comparison to furniture or other accents, accessories like these are often the most important piece of the design puzzle. They add life to a neutral palette, a pop of color to a bookcase or dresser, or they make a beautiful statement when grouped together, filled with flower bouquets and flickering candles.

Available in five sizes ranging from 2 to 6 inches deep, the azure candleholders are the perfect addition to Domain Interior’s Mount Pleasant showroom, which features luxurious furniture, statement pieces, custom capabilities, accessories and eclectic gifts.

Bring them to your beach house!



Exotic Inspiration

“Items that are made by hand always catch my attention,” says designer Quincy Forester. “I love things that have meaning and represent a place that is uniquely theirs.” Reminiscent of Charleston sweetgrass baskets, the Grain Sifter basket from Dira is a favorite of Forester.

Handwoven by artisans in South Africa, the baskets are crafted from naturally dyed raffia materials and available in diameters ranging from 13 to 23 inches. Used as a table centerpiece, a vanity accessory, serving piece or wall art, Forester feels the baskets pay homage to the sea oats and marsh grasses of the Lowcountry.


The African Wattle Pyramid sconce is another unique piece with coastal influences. “The crudeness, beauty and function of this sconce is brilliant,” Forester says. Wattle is a traditional fence-making material, consisting of twigs woven together in a lattice pattern then daubed with wet soil, clay, sand and straw. “For a person to have the ability to create a work of art out of dirt, sand and twigs is amazing,” Forester says.


Weathered Destinations

Featuring coastal color palettes, whimsical sea creatures and endless possibilities for customization, Coralberry Cottage’s wooden beach signs evoke the relaxed feeling of sand and surf.


The signs are made to order, crafted in the United States from thick pine boards and UV-resistant ink. Available in four different sizes ranging from 18 to 30 inches square, the options include three background colors, nine different motifs and the ability to use any wording.

“The background color mimics weathered wood you might see on a beach house,” says Rutledge Carter of Coralberry Cottage. “You can choose a sea turtle, crab, pelican, sand dollar, starfish, seahorse, heron, sailboat or octopus for the perfect coastal motif.”

With a lead time of only two weeks, they make easy, unique gifts for virtually any occasion. “Imagine them as part of a coastal collage in the living room or customized with a child’s name in their bedroom,” Carter says. “They bring a wonderful beach vibe to any room.”



Sophisticated Statement

“These coasters are coastal elegance at its finest,” says Sarah Miller, gallery director at Mitchell Hill. “The natural elements of the rich, deep Brazilian indigo quartz contrasting with the warm rose gold is stunning. They are eye candy for the home.”

Available in various quartz and agate color options with silver, gold or rose gold trims, each stone used in the collection is handpicked and hand-painted by the artisans at Anna New York. “They look beautiful on any surface in the home, and the price point makes them wonderful wedding or hostess gifts,” Miller says.


The natural materials and elegant lines of the Quatrefoil abalone accent table by Regina Andrew also caught Miller’s eye. “Without being too obvious, this table reminds me of the shimmering sea. I love the natural beauty of this shell,” Miller explains. “It is delicate, sophisticated and picks up surrounding colors in the room without being mirror-like.”

Handmade by master artisans from wood solids, silver leaf and abalone shell inlay, Miller feels the table would make a statement between two chairs or next to a settee.

“Mitchell Hill is known for choosing pieces that play well with others but can stand on their own,” Miller says. This table—handsome and versatile— is a perfect example.


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