Thursday, November 20, 2008

the best part of traveling is coming home...

While we spend our time in pursuit of travel, the holidays simply make you want to go home. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a crackling fire, gusty cold winds outside, and something warm and full of spice in the oven. We spent our Thanksgiving Holiday with family on the coast, and I am always amazed at how empty the summer homes are during the colder months. Why do these people who frequent their homes all summer long skip out on one of the most beautiful times of the year at the beach? Walks on the beach are more enjoyable when there is no one around and the waves are crashing under a gray sky. Fires made of driftwood crackle with a warm glow and bonfires on the beach welcome family and friends around cocktails and grilled food.

Of course travel is always the hot topic of conversation when family gathers, and I love hearing people recount their recent adventures. It inspires me to try new places, see new things, and catch a glimpse of the times they’ve had. After a few tales from my uncle of float plane take-offs that were near misses, or heard the spices of the middle-east described in delicious detail, or learned the proper way to prepare conch fritters when there isn’t a full kitchen in sight, I am motivated again to head off on an adventure.

Stay tuned for where it will lead…

Saturday, November 15, 2008

coastal tidings ...

Cerulean is proud to have our products featured in the pages of Coastal Living’s November and December issues! We love Coastal Living’s readers- they seem to be right in line with our way of thinking here at Cerulean. In fact, everything about Cerulean is inspired by the water. Our name and our colors- beautiful turquoises, teals and royal blues. Our products fit right in at a coastal town or on vacation somewhere tropical. Water is a part of who we are and from where we come.

Growing up on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, in a quiet town called Point Clear, Alabama, the water became a part of me, as seems to happen to anyone who lives an extended period of time near the water, no matter the coast or country. Spanish moss hanging from ancient live oaks, warm shallow water and old wooden boast is the vernacular of my youth.

Years later, I worked on Worth Avenue, just a block from the ocean in Palm Beach. With sunny days, palm trees, breezy attire and bright colors, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the sea even more. That time in Palm Beach is the single greatest influence of the Cerulean style. Overlooking the plethora of fancy cars and enormous egos, Palm Beach had an abundance of sunshine and nature that becomes addictive.

You can see that the coast is a part of us, and we are thrilled to be included in the bible of coastal culture, Coastal living!