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With one of the coldest winters behind us, and a spring that has not quite ‘sprung’, my fellow New Yorkers are ready for some serious summer sun. From anchor notecards to wavy wallpaper, there are a multitude of ways to let the sunshine in. Grab the beach towel and check out our roundup for all things nautical.

1. Iron Wall Sconce,  $79 from Wisteria

2. Illusion End Table, $998 from Anthropologie

3. Faux Coral, $49.95 (large) from Z Gallerie

4. Buoy Ottoman, $225 from Modern Dose

5. Satellite Pendant, $149 from School House Electric

6. Surfer Girl Print, $75 from Velocity Art & Design

7.Thomas Paul Notecards, $18 from Velocity Art & Design

8. Glass Growler, $19 from West Elm

9. Captain Smith Wallpaper, $180/roll from Grow House Grow!

10. Whitby Wallpaper, £45.00 from Mini Moderns

It’s a little embarrassing to admit the amount of love I have for the recent terrarium craze. And you don’t need a green thumb to share this excitement with your friends (just keep wine on hand for the nervous folks who are botanically challenged). Grab some soil and supplies from your local garden center and have friends bring their own terrarium vessel – clear vases, bowls, and many glass storage containers all work well. Cover your work surface with newspaper or craft paper and get ready to get DIRTY!

What You Need:

Materials

Potting Soil (or Cactus Soil for succulents and desert plants)
Pebbles
Activated Charcoal
Plants (ferns, orchids, mosses)
Decorative Ornaments (sticks, dried flowers, miniature people & animals)
 

1. Add a thin layer of pebbles to your terrarium (about 1 inch). This will act as a water drainage system for your terrarium.

2. Add a thin layer of charcoal. The charcoal will filter any extraneous water, prevent mold, and keep the terrarium smelling fresh.

3. Spoon the potting soil into the terrarium, adding enough soil for your plants to root. The pebbles, charcoal, and soil should take up about 1/3rd of your terrarium.

4. Add your plants. Start with the larger plants first, positioning them in the middle of the terrarium (digging a hole into the potting soil will help to make room).

5. Add decorative touches. If using moss, drape it around the positioned plants.

Additional Notes: If making an enclosed terrarium, wait 1 week before adding the lid. Condensation may cause non-living items to mold faster. Water open terrariums once a week and closed terrariums once a month, depending on soil dampness. You want the soil to be mildly wet, not bone dry.

After seeing these vases at ABC over the weekend, I decided I must send them out into the blogosphere. Each vase is pencil drawn on earthenware and each one contains a different oddity – butterfly, spider, etc. Prices range from $140 to $175.

Hand-inked Happiness

I just came across the cutest textile shop on Etsy. Head on over to the Oh Little Rabbit shop for some awesome napkins and assorted textiles.

Trendy Tot

Ferm Living is making me wish I was a kid again. Or that I had a kid. Or that I stole a kid from Toys R Us.

Something fishy.

Thomas Paul has launched his new nautical line and I can’t get enough of the Octopus. The throw is 50”x70” and reversible: $350 at Velocity. Shower curtain is 72”x72” on hand screened cotton: $96 at 2modern (free US shipping).

Those Summer Lights

Portland, Oregon based Pigeon Toe Ceramics is taking Scandinavian design to a new level with some visually stunning ceramic peices. The final product is one-of-a-kind inspiration for a modern home. Kerr Mason Jar, $30. (includes votive)