Relax with this Twist on Water Skis!

Relax with a WaterSki Chair!

 

Ready to get out your water skis for the summer? Maybe it’s time to put a new spin on things! The folks at WaterSkiChairs.com cleverly use vintage wooden water skis to create this adirondack-style chair.  

We fell for this retro look the first time we saw it a couple of years ago and are happy to report that it’s a look still going strong. In fact, the surge in eco-friendly items has probably helped make this concept more popular than ever. Starting around $1,200 per chair, it’s not exactly inexpensive, but we love it, anyway. If your budget isn’t up for it, you can opt for a water-ski table for $549.   

Every table and chair is custom-made, which mean no two are exactly alike. The craftmanship is pristine – so this “ski” should be around for a long while. 

  

 

For Earth Day…Celebrate with Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation - Get Involved

As most everyone (hopefully) has heard by now – April 22 – is Earth Day. This annual day of observance is currently celebrating 40 years! That’s quite a feat. And we’re very pleased about and supportive of this global initiative that has spent four decades “inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.”

In honor of this special day, we thought it only fitting to highlight an organization that works diligently to bring focus to the world’s oceans and beaches – the Surfrider Foundation.  This non-profit grassroots organization is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.” Self-described as being founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, the Surfrider Foundation has grown to more than 50,000 members with 90 active chapters across the globe. We, at 365Beach.com, first stumbled across the organization via Twitter and have loved hearing about the great work being done by this once grassroots group. Hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours have been logged from coast to coast with beach clean-up days, lectures and other special events. When we say this is an ACTIVE organization, we mean it!

The good will and dedication of this group and its extensive support base of volunteers is evidenced on a daily basis. That’s why we are stoked about this chance to help them spread the word. How can you help? Start by shopping! Continue reading

A Whale of a Tail from Koko

Chic Whale from KoKo

On the surface, one might be tempted to think of this adorable stuffed whale as a “just-for-kids” toy. Au contraire mon cheri! We think this delightful creature would make for a whimsical conversation piece (and stylish pillow!)  in almost any beach-friendly home.

Created by the talented designers at The Koko Company, this hand-appliquéd puffy whale pillow is 31″ long. The carefully selected cotton fabrics and patterns come together to offer a colorful twist on whale watching! While the retail price for this piece can be upwards of $100 or more, we also found it online for as little as $68, plus shipping.

If you think this highly decorated sea creature could provide some stylish comfort in your home, you better hurry. Several online retailers are already out of stock!  Don’t fret… this Long Island-based company also offers the puffy crab and seahorse pillows as part of its zoo collection. What chic fun by the sea!

Wrapped Up in Coastal Style – and Fish Lips

Starfish gift wrap from Fish Lips Design Papers

It’s completely unintentional, but we seem to be focused on gift giving this week. We have found  some fabulous coastal-inspired gift wrap papers, which are the perfect complement to the By the Sea gift tags we featured earlier. These papers are certain to bring a smile to anyone’s face – even before they open the present inside!

What makes these papers so special? Well, where do we start? These custom papers, from Fish Lips Paper Designs, are designed, printed and packaged in the USA on 100 percent de-inked recycled paper, using soy-based inks. Each sheet is a nice large size (22″ x 33.75″) and is printed on thick (71#) paper with a smooth satin finish. Basically, that means these truly look and feel like (and are) high-end, custom papers that you won’t find at your average retail store.  Not to mention, the designer declares, “You couldn’t tear this paper at the corners even if you tried.”

Speaking of the designer, Kimi Chronis founded Fish Lips, which is a self-described “one-woman show.”  Trained as an interior designer, she has “an interest in sustainability” and is an accredited LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs) professional. Kimi launched her home-based design company on the west coast, in California, and now runs it from her home state of Florida. She offers both whimsical and sophisticated papers, along with a  line of custom note cards (we love them!). You can visit her site to learn more about how she transformed her eye for good home design to a passion for high-quality, beautiful, eco-friendly custom papers! Oh, and did we mention that Fish Lips Paper Designs is now having a 50 percent off sale? What better time to stock up?!

Before you start shopping at Fish Lips (isn’t that fun to say?!), one more note to all our coastal friends:  enjoy this Good Friday and have a happy Easter holiday weekend!

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Let Fido Catch Fish For A Change

Go Fish at Harry Barker!

We’re not the only ones who dream of a day romping through the waves and rolling in the sand. Our favorite two-legged friends love those long walks along the beach, too.  For the days neither of you can make it to the shore, let your dog have a little fun tugging and pulling on these adorable fish rope toys from Harry Barker.

Fido will love these 100 percent cotton azo-free machine washable rope toys. At 8 inches tall, they come in array of bright and beach-y colors. Plus, the toys are a healthy chewing alternative and keep teeth and gums clean.

Hurry and you can be among the first to have these special toys – at just $7 each, we know you’ll want to stock up!  Harry Barker is taking pre-orders now for these new arrivals and will begin shipping the first of May. While you’re there, be sure to check out the very sea-worthy anchor-adorned Newport collars. These trendy, eco-friendly collars are featured in the April issue of Coastal Living magazine – and are sure to sell-out!

Haiti, Junk, Art and the Beach…

Junkyard Art from Daisy Islands

When you think in terms of collecting junk, as it relates to the ocean, it usually brings to mind someone picking trash up from the beach – not putting it back. However, this “junk” looks right at home by the sea – or in your garden. Not to mention, these funky creations are putting a new spin on being environmentally-friendly.  Here are just a few of the reasons we like this fun art from Daisy Islands (one of our new favorite online places to shop for beach inspired decor!).

First, these colorful sculptures, like this junkyard pelican and junkyard turtle, (two of our favorites!) are hand crafted by artisans in Haiti. Even before the country was put in the spotlight due to the tragic earthquake, Haiti was already well-known by many as a source for original artwork, including hammered metal. Although you often find similar pieces in more traditional, muted metal colors, we were drawn to these bright, eye-catching versions full of color.

I like Turtles...Junkyard Turtles

That brings us to reason number two:  recycling for a fun cause – art!  These brightly colored birds and sea creatures are made from old containers such as 50-gallon tomato paste drums and other metal containers used to transport goods. What a great way to take something that would otherwise end up in a junkyard and give it new life. These metal sculptures range in price from just under $80 for a sailfish (not pictured) to around $180 (each) for the turtle and pelican. That’s not bad for eco-friendly yard art.

Finally, we just plain like the fact that these sculptures are bright and playful – like a day at the beach! Regardless of your geographic location, or your usual design preferences, we think most anyone can add a bit of rustic charm to their surroundings with this art. Whether it’s in a garden or hanging out poolside, these colorful critters offer up a bit of whimsy and beach-like charm all summer long.

Green Beach Bags for a Recycled Twist

Eco-friendly Tote from Free People

In preparation for the upcoming beach season, one of my favorite activities is searching for beach bags that celebrate the season in style. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the brightly colored hues and massively over-sized bags that represent a day in the sun. Maybe it’s the promise these bags hold – filled with all the goodies that make being surf side so much fun; whatever the reason, I am simply enchanted by beach bags of all types!   So, today, I am excited to help 365Beach kick off it’s look at beach bags for the 2010 summer season and will post a new find each week.

To get started, why not take a gander at a bag that’s good for you and the environment.  Made from recycled plastic, such as rice paper bags, and detergent and storage bags, each bag is unique with color and design varying. That’s right – environmentally friendly and one of a kind!

Who wouldn’t love this roomy, weather-proof bag to tote your favorite things? Not to mention, at $38  this bag is one of the more affordable green accessories and can be ordered from Free People.