Monday, April 21, 2008

Marine taxidermy.


From Coastal Living.


Why are beach houses so... literal? I get that you are a beach house. No need to have giant fish over the fireplace.

Nevertheless, I would take this place. In fact, all weekend I kept doing mental calculations, "How much and how long would we have to save to buy a place on the island..."

For the first time in my life, the lottery started to sound like a good financial plan for me.

13 comments:

An Aesthete's Lament said...

At least the owners/designers had enough of a sense of humor to hang a whole school of fish on the wall rather than the standard-issue "catch of the day" swordfish ... And I could do without the ceramic fish on the table. Those push the geographical narrative over the edge, frankly.

Anonymous said...

All that white makes for a pretty room, but realistically, people make messes in beach houses, and when you're at the beach, no one is in the mood to vacuum, sweep up, dust, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's a prob, Decorns, people ARE literal about "vacation house" - Oh, I'll put this in my VACATION house....Oooo, I can let it all hang out in my VACATION house......Um, think this will go nicely in my VACATION house?
For chrissake, if you like it, if it does it for you, if you want to have fun year round, pretend you ARE on vacation EVERY day and don't save it all for the VACATION house, really.
At the same time, if you have a VACATION house, then do it up the way you want. Not just to I.D. it as a VACATION house (lest someone may be confused!)
Make NO mistake, ye who enters here, this IS a VACATION house.
Because that's just plain ol' bad decorn.

Anonymous said...

"Decorns"?

Elizabeth said...

better a literal beach house than a something-else themed beach house - I say this because I'm in the middle of un-decorating an autumn leaves/international house of tchotchke themed beach house. Let me just say - NO. Autumn leaves are, in my opinion, never a good theme to go with when decorating (ok, when I think about it, I'm not actually sure if there is a good theme for a house ever) but at a beach house it's just. . . NO.

katiedid said...

I don't have a problem with the fish and agree with AL, at least in this case it was done with a sense of humor. I will say, though, that people are most likely not going to be putting their prize possessions in a vacation house that is perhaps rented out to others periodically or is not occupied year round (break-ins). But you are right. It can be done in a way that is not cliche and a bit more personal.

Anonymous said...

Uh-huh, "D'corns".
Just having a little fun, that's all.

Not to be mistaken with "D'planeD'plane.
Welcome to Fantas.....ummmm, I mean Beach House Island.

Where all houses come with requisite hurricane vases filled with shells & sand (bought in bags from craft store) and if you want to get fancy some FAKE seaglass tossed in (also from hobbystore) wooden sign painted with "to the beach" and an arrow pointing you there (from Lillian Vernon) and cork bobbers/buoys strung on the bannister or strewn across the mantle (a kit).
And everyone is GOING TO HAVE FUN, because this is a BEACH HOUSE.
Again,
Anon 8:40 (looks like a bible passage, haha!)

Anonymous said...

It's just unfinished is all, stick some bamboo screens and tiki torches around the room and presto, you've got a classy flat to visit on holiday. If only the nanny could see it.

Bwahaha!

Anonymous said...

The red chairs are hurting my neurons.

Mackenna said...

as i recall that home is in gulf shores, al or orange beach or something like that soooo... pros:you might be able to afford it, cons: there are oil derricks all over the place (in my opinion ruining the entire purpose of a home at the beach as well as just ruining everything actually)

Anonymous said...

just saw this entryway cabinet in the PB catalog and thought of your VACATION house.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p10872/index.cfm?pkey=gTHMEWYNAU

Christine in DC said...

Because of it being scanned from your magazine, it kind of looks like wallpaper. That would be very tongue in cheek...

My friend's aunt with a beach house got really tired of people giving her shell and beach themed stuff. It's so very irresistible for people without them, though--I bought her a lovely beach-themed candle holder.

Anonymous said...

On another note, I love the lottery. I'll never buy a ticket, but the fantasy of buying one and winning and spending it remains a comforting one nonetheless...