Contributed by Melissa Gillespie, Managing Editor, Ocean Home
As we look forward to long days in the garden and warm nights on the terrace, Ocean Home’s pages are springing to life with products and design trends to warm up your interiors.
Organics and texture-rich materials—from natural fiber wall coverings and rugs to reclaimed wood and natural stone—continue to play a prominent role in design. Bringing the earth’s natural palette inside is showcased brilliantly in our April/May issue.
My inspirations for our Ocean Home Discoveries sections were drawn from Frontgate’s earthy and elemental accessories, which boast rich textures combined with warm and neutral tones. A standout is the Root Coffee Table, which was designed to replicate the freeform, open look of tree roots, and the Emerson Faux Wood Side Table, a vintage wood look made from all-weather resin and crushed stone.
As with any trend, the key is to not overdo it. As much as I love driftwood, I recommend picking one or two statement pieces rather than creating a room reminiscent of Cast Away.
The earth-friendly palette of the whites, tans and browns plays well with neutral and color-crazed rooms alike. And, of course, gold is always in, which is why I love a shiny statement piece like Frontgate’s Leaf Trio wall sculpture, featuring interlaced ribbons of solid brass.
Not everyone is on board with a full-on organic, earth tone takeover. Play peek-a-boo with organics, and incorporate natural wonders into your design in subtle ways.
See what other products I discovered for your home décor in the current issue of Ocean Home.
Elephants are everywhere. Parading their way into decor indoors and outside.
We’re charmed by their whimsy. And inspired by their cultural symbols, like connection, prosperity and good luck for the home.
Here are six elephant accessories that promise to bring a bit of steadfast good fortune into your outdoor living space.
1. Handpainted Elephant Side Table
With a spacious tabletop, this handpainted elephant table is ready to shoulder all your burdens (or at least hold your iced tea).
2. Mara Elephant Table
Richly caparisoned, the Mara Elephant Table is full of ceremonial elegance.
3. Blue Ceramic Elephant
Trunk raised skyward, the Blue Ceramic Elephant will shower you with good luck.
4. The Elephant Serveware Collection from Arthur Court elevates the look of a table or buffet with exquisite attention to detail.
6. Elephant Cedar Wall Art
While a jumbo elephant can be trained to paint, this stunning close-up is screen printed in the US.
Elephant accessories make a strong statement without being overbearing. How have you decorated with them in your home?
Easier to don than a coat of paint, a colorful door wreath brings a fresh perspective to the entrance of any home. Brimming with lifelike flowers and lush greenery, a gorgeous faux wreath expresses your style and welcomes guests with joyful exuberance.
Vivid purples and blues punctuated with pops of red and pink embrace the season with color.
Pink and green. This classic combination brings resort chic right to your door.
An artful cluster of roses adorns this wreath like blooms on a duchess’s hat.
The broad white blooms of the dogwood personify the season with their purity and openness.
Positively fetching! That’s what we have to say about all your pets.
From big dogs to little dogs, we love them all. During the 2015 Frontgate Pet Star Photo Challenge, we pawed our way through hundreds of pictures – pets in beds and pets in pools; some warmed with sweaters, others keeping cool.
It was tough, but we groomed the contestant list down to the top 10, then we put it to you to sniff out the top dog.
So, meet Mallow. Wildly wagging her tail, Mallow has now won a $2,500 Frontgate shopping spree for her parents. Despite being a purebred French Bulldog, this 1-year-old lady passes gas like no other and snores like an old man. She loves road trips and will roll down her own window to enjoy the wind blowing in her face. See more of Mallow on Instagram at @mallowfrenchie
Taking second place was Finn, a 4-year-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix. Once abandoned, this gentle giant now happily roams about on 10 acres outside Dallas, playing with his adopted family and the other animals. Finn also loves to go camping and hiking, and he even wears his own doggie backpack and carries his own food.
Our third place winners also love hiking. Jaxx is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever and Jack is a 10-month-old Goldendoodle (pictured here at 10 weeks old). Let’s just hope they don’t run into a bear in the woods … both share the trait of being afraid of everything! Track their adventures on Instagram at @RoxyandJaxx
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