Bon Voyage!

Taking a trip? Setting sail to a new port or  motor boating someplace exotic?  Maybe a weekend getaway?  Don’t leave home without packing in one of these beautiful nautically themed suitcases and  carry on bags.  Whether you prefer vintage or new, there are some wonderful pieces to accompany you on your next adventure!

Happy packing & happy travels!

 

Something Extra: Speaking of motor-boatin’, here’s the video to one of my favorite country music songs Pontoon by Little Big Town! It’ll put you right in the mood for summer!

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Weekend Recap: Tall Ships Extravaganza

It was a very busy Memorial Day Weekend here on the North Fork! Celebrations were in full swing, especially in Greenport, NY where the spectacular Tall Ships were docked for the long weekend. Visitors came by boat, car, bike and ferry to this wonderful maritime village to celebrate with their family & friends.

Greenport was the second port to host the Tall Ships fleet, as they travel around the country (and Canada) for the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series. The Tall Ships are traditionally rigged sailing vessels crewed by youths ages 13 to 25. Visitors can board the Tall Ships, meet the crews, and learn about the vessels they’re on. I am lucky to have viewed the Tall Ships on Thursday before it became really crowded in the village, and again today by sea!

Aside from the excitement of the Tall Ships, the weekend weather was beautiful! I enjoyed some outside barbecues, making DIY flag arrangements, fireworks, and even squeezed in some fishing. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Here are some pics from my weekends adventures! Enjoy!

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.