Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Your Biggest Fan

I recently came across a whopper of a sea fan at TJ Maxx/Home Goods. We're talking at least a good two feet in length and width. A great find for me and my coastal-lovin' style! There was no doubt that fan was comin home with me.

What I particularly like about sea fan decor is that it can help one achieve the look of a coastal home without being overly "beachy" or "cottage-y." A lot of beach decor (I find) tends to be a bit over the top and well, tacky in my opinion. (I'm talking light house lamps, fish shower curtains, tiki huts...things of that nature). I don't mean to offend any tiki-hut lovers out there, but I'm just keeping it real at my blog is all.

So back to my beloved sea fans. I think sea fans look elegant, yet obviously still coastal. Sea fans are a great way to bring in a bit of natural, seaside style in a classy way. Because they are so beautiful and unusual, I think they make great artwork whether or not you live near the water or even if your home style is coastal - sea fans can enhance virtually any space as an interesting visual statement.

There are many different ways to use sea fans as artwork. You can go the painting or print route, for starters. Or, if you want the real thing you can look online at one of many online shell shops or even ebay. Once you've got your mitts on your new sea fan specimen, you can display it in a variety of ways, too. You can go al naturale and simply prop of the sea fan on a mantle or shelf. Or, you can frame your art in a shadow box or picture frame (with the glass removed to ensure the fan fits within the frame).

With my new sea fan sitting on my dining room table, patiently waiting to be hung, I figured I should scour around for some ideas and inspiration. Here are some great pictures of sea fan art I found online:

Mirror Images

Seagrass Interiors


This bad boy at Crate & Barrel goes for a whopping $299:


Crate and Barrel

It is really beautiful, but waaay above what I'd be willing to spend for this.  Here's a bit more eye candy courtesy of C&B's site:

Crate and Barrel


Crate and Barrel

Coastal Style Living



RSS Corner


The Creativity Exchange

Left Coast Luxe

living rooms - Oly Studio Pipa Cocktail Table limestone fireplace gray blue walls white turquoise blue chairs faux bamboo mirror sea fan art
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Left Coast Luxe

Completely Coastal
 
entrances/foyers - blue seafan sea fan art gallery asian black console table woven chairs  Ken Gemes.  Asian black cabinet, lamps, woven chairs
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dining rooms - gray tan ivory sea fan art silver dining table ivory modern dining chairs gray striped rug ivory walls dining room  Design Inc!
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entrances/foyers - ivory black sea fan art black white checker tiles cherry stained console table lamp fireplace doors entrance foyer  Thanks
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Stay tuned for the big (fan) reveal in our house!

18 comments:

  1. Following you back! Thanks for stopping by!!! Love your blog! I would love to paint our kitchen cabinets but I'm too skeered! :)

    Staci

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  2. Hi Erin-

    You are so lucky to live on the coast. It is a someday dream for me. I love all the photos you posted - I could live in them all.

    My best- Diane

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  3. Erin, what a wonderful post! I'm so glad you got in touch, I love your blog style. Fish shower curtains, indeed! Here at home,one of my favorite decor items is white coral...but i would love to find a sea fan! Cheers! ANNE

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  4. Hey Erin! Love your blog! So glad you stopped by mine so I could find you! Cant wait to see the fan reveal!

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  5. Hi Erin!
    I'd be pleased to follow your blog. I love what I see! Your post today is great-all the pictures are beautiful. I have a coastal home, too and I'm decorating with a Florida feel but I hope it doesn't scream "theme". I look forward to seeing your projects so I'll be back often.
    Barb

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  6. Hi Erin!
    Thank you checking out my blog and for sharing yours! Im your newest Follower. I'm loving the read and inspirations and am extremely envious that you live on the coast (you probably get that alot..LOL)
    Looking forward to following!!
    and thanks again!

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  7. Hey Eric, thanks for following! I can't wait to see what you do with this whopper sea fan, so I'm following closely! I was so suprised to see you hang a menu from a Plymouth restaurant. I was born in Weymouth! About 20 min North of Plymouth! We live in Illinois now, but all my family is still in Mass, and I come home ever summer! Theres no place like New England!

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  8. Erin,
    Thanks for visiting and for the follow. I am following you back. I am loving the sea fans. I have an ever growing collection of shells but no fans yet.

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  9. Love the sea fan. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you too.
    :)

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  10. Those sea fans are all amazing and right down my alley. Thank you for posting this wonderful wrap up.

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  11. Your images are so beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with yours. I'm following along with you.

    Sarahx

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  12. Tanya - that's so neat you're also from Mass! I am actually a transplant but my husband grew up here...and his older brother lives in Weymouth! Thanks for stoppin by! :-)

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  13. I love this ! SO tranquil and gorgeous !
    Following you also. Thank you for saying hi !

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  14. I have never seen a fan at my HomeGoods or TJMaxx! They have everything!
    Thanks for coming by! I am your newest follower!

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  15. I love these fans! I want one! Can't wait to see yours. Thanks for the follow, I am following you back :)
    ~Danylle

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  16. Hi Erin! Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog and all of the nice comments on my tree project! I am now following your blog! I love your house and your kitchen cabinet re-do! That is something on my to-do list for the summer!
    I love the sea fan idea! This is the first time really seeing them a decor. Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

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  17. Oh, oh, that sea fan in the window (captioned RSS corner) is a picture I took in my neighborhood!! You can check it out here: http://www.completely-coastal.com/2010/09/exterior-house-decor-ideas.html
    or click: Exterior House Decor Ideas

    Would you please link to my post!! Thanks!!

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  18. Hi Maya! Thanks for the heads up! I will immediately fix this and give you proper credit.

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