Friday, January 10, 2014

I Need Your Help

Linda's idea of Coastal Tropical
Today I am guest posting over at Calling It Home. Linda and her family are moving to Florida this summer. She is busy house hunting for her dream home that she wants to decorate in what she is calling Coastal Tropical.

The bad news is that Linda loves driftwood decor. I hate it. Luckily, her current location in New Jersey has kept the driftwood demons at bay. I am terrified that they will be let loose in Florida. Linda posted about how much she loves this dining room above. She said it stopped her in her tracks. Oh my. I have visions of her new Florida home being turned into Restoration Hardware at the Beach also known as Coastal Dumpster Chic.

Here are her driftwood finds from her latest trip to Florida over the holidays. She "died" over the driftwood coffee table. Me too, but not in a good way.

Linda asked me to guest post about Coastal Tropical Chinoiserie Chic style. What I am really doing is staging an intervention today over at Calling It Home. This is the kick off to my Just Say No To Driftwood campaign. Please stop by and help Linda say no to driftwood and yes to Chinoiserie. I know she can do it with our support.

My idea of Coastal Tropical - Bunny Williams' Punta Cana home


  1. My daughter liked that dining room table. Thanks for the post, you may be making some progress on me.

  2. Hi Beth,
    I'm not against driftwood, but that last photo is a compelling case for a tropical coastal look minus driftwood. The last image sold me. Case closed. PERFECTION....

  3. Hi Beth - Check out my British Colonial tabletop collection for
    Lenox. I think it would fit
    perfectly in a Coastal Chinoiserie
    setting. Good luck. A big NO to
    the driftwood! Good luck.

  4. so funny. love the 'say no to driftwood' campaign. although, as you know, when Linda gets a notion in her head, it is difficult to sway her from her course!

  5. Love Bunny Williams tropical style. All of the images I've seen of her Punta Cana home are to die for! Elegant beach chic.

  6. As I said over CIH; I think Driftwood is best left at Shells R Us. I feel the same way about antlers as I do about driftwood, not my thang. And that friends is why Baskin Robbins has 33 flavors....

  7. That table base reminds me of the trees in The Wizard of Oz movie. I like the table's top : )

  8. You are hilarious! I'd honestly never given driftwood much thought, but thanks to your post, I'm not a fan. I love the inspiration you created for Linda's new home! Great work, as always!!

    The Glam Pad

  9. Good luck with the intervention! You may need to get her on a 12 step....

  10. Beth, look at this base. Might be a great addition with a fab glass top!

  11. You are too funny. I agree, driftwood in my mind it just 70's era icky.
    -Linda, NY

  12. Oh my! That room of Bunny Williams is one of my favourites for inspiration. Just the best combo of Chinoiserie & stylish casual chic. I likewise had never considered driftwood, although I love shells & shell encrusted mirrors & frames, and can't see that changing any time soon!

  13. Love the Bunny Williams room, last photo. Totally fabulous. Maybe you can talk her into one lamp with driftwood base.