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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.