Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Beach Week, Day Two: Tulip.

When I did my posts about Delaware, I didn't mention Bethany Beach. The reason is because the best thing about Bethany (IMO) was Tulip - and it had already moved to Rehoboth.

Tulip is owned by twin brothers Kurt and Wally Wode (that joke was for you, Wally). It is on Route 1 between Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches. It's an interesting mix of blingy ballgown gorgeousness and down-to-earth hand-craftedness. Let's browse and see what you like.

Sunburst mirrors suit the beach. And, of course, a carved deerhead (actually it's an antelope or something) fits in anywhere.

A lot of the local stores carry items that reflect beach life such as coral and shells but here they always manage to throw in some of the unexpected, like those interesting ceramics on the country cupboard.

Or this fabulous chandy.

The beauty is in the mix. Lodgy leather and transitional tortoise mix with translucent capiz shells to trip your light fantastic (I think I'm channeling Linda at Lime in the Coconut).

And texture. You can have an entire room of brown and white that looks interesting because of its varied textures. Silks and abalone, sisal and crackled ceramic contrast with shiny mirrors and polished chrome.

And just when you think you've got the place figured out, they throw you a curveball.

A well-loved, hand-hewn table shows up. Many items are one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces. And then there's a fun section of state pillows and glasses, another with soaps and potions and, oh, I almost forgot: The motherload of Vera Bradley. An entire room devoted to it.

But here's what I left with: A beautiful wreath for the front door of the beach house, the cutest little owl soap with a leaf soapdish and a gift for my daughter. And I found a few of my favorite Christmas Fir votives tucked in the bag.

10 comments:

erin@designcrisis said...

OMG, that crazy octopus chandelier... swoon.

David said...

All those lamps and then some worn wood furniture...sweet.

I love seeing these places. It's fun and interesting, but more importantly it makes me more determined than ever to do something with my own vision.

Carla said...

Love the pics and the coral image. It remninds be of France. Carla

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Looks like it has lots of goodies!

Pigtown-Design said...

I may have to go down to the beach for a weekend...

Christina said...

I'm loving the sunburst mirror,zebra ottoman, the chandy, and well a bunch of other things. I think I need to plan a "sick" day to go shopping down at the beach!

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

cool stuff!

hello gorgeous said...

There's so much more to see there. Pewter (or, you know, that fake food-safe pewter) serving bowls and platters, lots more of the worn wood furniture upstairs.

What's really great about all these stores is that everyone has their own unique vision.

hello gorgeous said...

Christina, I don't think you look so well. I think you're coming down with something...

P-D: You should totally plan a trip. There's so much to see in about a one mile range. And take your camera!! I'm sure they'd be especially happy with the exposure right now.

Be warned: You have to make your way past tons of outlet shopping on the way into town. :-) But you can outlet shop anytime.

Kurt Wode said...

I want to thank Hello Gorgeaous and all the readers for their kind words. If you would like to see more of the Tulip please become a fan of our facebook page with this link.

http://companies.to/tulipltd/

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