Since we’re in the midst of summer, I thought this would be a great time to share a portion of the bright beach decor from my parents’ Grand Isle camp and start my Sizzlin’ Summer Series. I hope to expand this series each year, incorporating not only decor but recipes, activities, maybe a little fashion. Sounds fun, right? I’m obviously feeling inspired and rejuvenated after our short vacay.
Decorating is a SERIOUS family tradition for us. We don’t play around. The women of the family will spend their time scouring World Market, TJMaxx, Pier1 and other local markets for items that fit “just right” in each new dorm room, apartment, camp or house any of us have moved to in our life. FaceTime is our best friend during the decorating frenzy and it’s loads of fun sharing in the joy even when we are states apart.
For the camp, we had the chance to play with bright color and as you can see, we didn’t shy away from it. Each room is a different color, one brighter than the next. Our motto for this camp was “the brighter, the better”! My Mom put together the cluster of pictures for the kitchen shown below with some Joss and Main finds and custom crab artwork painted by my cousin Megan. She is very talented and captured the cheerful nature of our camp perfectly with little Mr. Crab.
The theme for the hall bathroom started with the aqua wall color and was followed up by the shower curtain. Once I discovered the curtain on Joss and Main, the color scheme for the room took shape. My older sister Emily lives in Southern Florida and snagged a lot of fabulous pieces for us. Florida has the beach theme going on ALL THE TIME and the local decor shops are never short of beach accessories. You can imagine the pictures and FaceTime episodes we shared with Emily while she was shopping her local TJMaxx for the camp.
Between the apricot wall color and the magnificent shrimp boat artwork, also created by my cousin Megan, this collection below demands your attention when you walk in the room. The mantle/shelf was found at Circa 1857 in Baton Rouge, LA and we have plans to add hooks for functionality one day.
One of my favorite things about this room is the shrimp boat art that truly captivates the essence of life on the island. My parents’ camp is only a few blocks from Dean Blanchard Seafood located at the end of Cypress Lane which is one of the largest shrimp distributors in the United States. There’s a great article on Dean Blanchard here if you are interested. On most mornings, we drink our coffee and enjoy the nice breeze from the bay while watching the shrimp boats come and go. Watching the flow of ships is such a nice way to wake up each day. I miss it already!
And the final sizzlin’ summer snap is of our pelican friend. He was a gift from another cousin Sharyn and is made completely out of PVC pipe. I know, PVC pipe, who knew?! The color is airbrushed and adds a spectacular sheen to this little guy. He is certainly a wonderful addition to the downstairs screened porch.
That concludes the Sizzlin’ Summer Series for now. I didn’t get a chance to capture my Mom’s extensive array of throw pillows for every chair, couch, swing and bench around the place but I’ll share more when I return to the island for the Tarpon Rodeo at the end of this month.
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