On Island Time

One thing thats great about living in the Northeast is that we’re blessed with a variety of coastal towns and islands to visit. When it comes to islands of the Northeast, there’s no doubt that Long Island is my favorite. Travel east of New York City, past the suburbs of Nassau County, and you’ll find the North Fork, and of course, the infamous Hamptons.

The draw of this area is undeniable. From beautiful beaches, to vineyards, to farms, to restaurants, and quaint hamlets nestled between the Long Island Sound, Peconic Bays, and Atlantic Ocean, the East End has it all. I am lucky to call the East End home.

I am sure that some of you share a particular fondess of a Northeast island or coastal town that is your favorite vacation spot or a place you call home. Perhaps Block Island, Shelter Island, Nantucket, Fishers Island, or Martha’s Vineyard, to name a few. I have visited many of these wonderful coastal towns and often like to bring back a special mementos of my visit.

I love incorporating decor from the places I have visited into my home. It reminds me of memories of my trip, and definitely helps me get through cold winters dreaming about summer days to come! These decorative items also make great gifts for your favorite island loving friend or family member. Today I’d like to share three great island inspired home decor/gift ideas from Cat Studio, SarahPfau, and NauticalCharts.com.

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Cat Studio makes a variety of geographically themed pillows, towels, bags and more. I was given the “Nantucket” pillow several years ago as a housewarming gift and adore it. Each pillow highlights the landmarks of the region which it represents, and is a constant reminder of the places on Nantucket I visited and enjoyed. Cat Studio makes pillows for almost every state, island, some countries and even national parks. There’s bound to be one for your favorite place. Here are a few of my favorite pillows from Cat Studio:

I came across SarahPfau on Etsy.com recently and just had to share. Sarah is a jeweler from Brooklyn, New York who makes beautiful island pendants. Her original designs are handcrafted of sterling silver and come beautifully gift wrapped. They definitely make a great gift…even for yourself!

¬†Finally, I love the idea of hanging nautical charts in your home or office. I also think these make great gift (think Father’s Day!). I’ve found a company called NauticalCharts.com, where you can order custom framed charts for your home. There are a variety of frame and matte choices, as well as various charts from waterways around the country.

Whimsical, Weathered Wall Decor

While browsing in a boutique on Martha’s Vineyard a few summers ago, I came across a great company called Remember When Signs. These custom, handmade, whimsical signs look great in any style home, and can be used indoors and out. They also make a great gift for your favorite coastal loving friend or family member. The signs themselves are lightweight and easy to hang. Whether you use one of their in stock signs, or create your own, you’ll surely get hooked as I have on Remember When Signs.

I have two of these signs hanging in my own home, and am looking to add one of the coordinate signs to my collection sometime soon. Here’s some more photos of signs from the Remember When Signs website: