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BEYOND THE SEA D A; They say life's a beach, so bring the coast home for a nautical but nice look.


Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside even if the wind is whipping the sand into our sandwich picnic. There is something stoical and deeply British about our love of the coast. And it's not about sipping a rum punch on some far-flung exotic location.

No, I'm talking about the adventure that is visiting our own beautiful shores - and that's just battling the weather!

With so many of our beaches being awarded blue flag status, making them among the cleanest in Europe, there are lots of reasons to be inspired by them.

Even if the closest you get is queuing up outside the Cod Father chippie for a fish supper on a Friday night, you can still give a nod to things nautical.

By that I mean stripes, natural fabrics, woven baskets and driftwood. It's all a little bit rustic and homely and as fresh as the salty breeze through your hair.

And if you add a bit of Blackpool rock and a 'Kiss Me Quick' hat, then that's all the better!

These are most definitely worth keeping for those summer days when you fancy a seaside sundowner. It could be a hot cup of tea or a G&T - it doesn't matter, so long as it makes you smile.

Nautical coasters, set of four, PS12, The Contemporary Home Awitty take on Radio 4's shipping forecast, this tongue-in-cheek tea towel may even encourage some help in the kitchen! It also supports the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), with money from each sale given to the charity. Attention All Shipping tea towel, PS7.99, The Oak Room This pretty little sea horse would look beautiful in any part of the house, but I think especially so in a candle-lit bathroom where the light can reflect and bounce off its dimpled surface. A bath filled with hot water and bubbles would make this deep sea treat complete. Tiffany seahorse, PS22, Adventino Make sure your bedroom is ship-shape and Bristol fashion with some crisp blue and white bedding. While the saying may have originated from our Royal Navy, meaning everything was kept to a high standard, I think most of us would be happy enough with everyone in the house making their own bed - at whatever level!

Sanderson tiger stripe Oxford double duvet cover, PS65, and pillowcases, PS15 each, both Isme I've never been to The Hamptons - where the rich and famous of New York have their seaside homes - but I've seen it enough times in the movies to know that it is on my 'to do' list. The carpet may not be red, but you can still create some 'A' list appeal in your hallway!

Hamptons boat framed print, PS19.99, boat wall art, PS7.99, striped throw, PS29.99, Water Hyacinth stair basket, from PS4.99, Winchester console table, PS169.99, buoy doorstop, PS9.99, sailboat, PS22.99, large bottle vase, PS16.99, red Quebec wool runner, PS64.99, all Dunelm Mill WHERE TO BUY:,,,,,,,,,, Even if your idea of seafood heaven is a fish finger sandwich on thick white bread, there is nothing to stop you capturing the essence of the coast in your kitchen with a dash of blue paint and some pretty crockery to match. Dorset dining table, PS149, Dorset pair of dining chairs, PS99, indigo dip hi-ball glass, PS3.50, blue rain dinner plate, PS6, metal and glass red lantern with rope handle, PS12, PS10, organic fish bowl, PS7.50, all Tesco Direct One of the loveliest holidays I've ever had was a long weekend in Cornwall. The weather wasn't the best, but the scenery, people and the wonderful food more than made up for it.

I'm no Rick Stein, but I'm pretty sure even I could rustle up some buttery scallops if they were served on these fishy dishes.

Fish plate, PS12, small fish dish, PS8, medium fish dish, PS10, Padstow sideplate, PS6, bowl, PS6, cream cast iron round casserole dish, PS110, all House of Fraser


Sloane sofa, PS445, Portland coffee table, PS245, lighthouse ornament, PS9, rope hurricane lantern, PS12, woven striped cushion, PS9, vintage bunting cushion, PS9, Brighton rocks cushion, PS7, textured weave cushion, PS7, sea view blue frame, PS4, vintage frames, from PS5 each, fisherman's pendant light, PS25, oars, PS45 each, all George Home @ Asda
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2014

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