Coastal Tropical Chinoiserie Chic

There is one Blogger that makes me laugh more than anyone else. Fact. She is high maintenance, high style, and highly opinionated. And it works for her. I think Beth, from Chinoiserie Chic, and I are distantly related because we definitely laugh and fight like family. 

The truth is, she will always give me her honest opinion. As you will see in her guest post below, she held nothing back. Any woman that has the moxie to write this post about a National Company, will always have a seat by me. I once asked her to write a post about Nantucket Chinoiserie, and to this day....people still love that post.

Please see what my on again/off again/Sister-Friend has to say about Tropical Coastal Chinoiserie:

Linda and her family will be relocating from New Jersey to Florida sometime this summer. With her upcoming move, Linda has announced that her new look and style is going to be "Coastal Tropical."

Linda's current home is what I would call Nantucket style, but she is excited about her blog and her new home having a more tropical and Floridian vibe. Will her blog, formerly known as "My Crafty Home Life," now named "Calling It Home," soon become "Calling It My Crafty Coastal Tropical Home?" We will have to wait and see.

As we know, Linda loves Chinoiserie, so she has turned to me for guidance on infusing her new lifestyle with Coastal Tropical Chinoiserie.

First, I think a new wardrobe is in order. This Greg Norman collection is called "Coastal Tropic" - what could be more perfect? These mix and match pieces will allow Linda to look like a complete dork whether she is playing golf, blogging, running errands, hanging with her kids, or wielding a circular saw - with safety goggles on, of course. Perfect for that casual, coastal, nerdy look, right?

Doesn't Linda look great in one of her new outfits from the Greg Norman Coastal Tropic Collection?

Now on to decorating her home. Linda loves driftwood furniture, but never felt it was quite right in her Northeast Nantucket style home. Not so in Florida - she can go completely adrift! And if she ever gets sick of her decor, she is one bonfire on the beach away from a fresh start.

Here are some rooms with driftwood that Linda posted about that she loves. She said that the first one below stopped her in her tracks.

Well Linda, I have found more driftwood for every room of your new home -

And Linda's Florida home at the holidays could look like this -

Oh my my my. I have the feeling I need to stage an intervention immediately or Linda's new home might become Restoration Hardware at the Beach also known as Coastal Dumpster Chic. I think we might be seeing this driftwood decor in the next Restoration Hardware catalog. Call me Gary and we can chat.

Or the next One Room Challenge could become the semi-annual One Hundred Rooms With Driftwood Challenge. Linda, just say no to driftwood. That's why I'm here. Friends don't let friends decorate with driftwood.

Now we will look at the correct way to do Coastal Tropical interior design. Did Linda call someone opinionated? I envision less of the navy and white preppy of Nantucket and less of the bright colors of Palm Beach. Instead -

*Tropical print wallpaper and fabrics like banana leaf, especially Martinique and Brazilliance.
*Rattan and unpainted wicker furniture
*Faux and real bamboo
*Potted palms
*Palm fronds in blue and white Chinese porcelain vases
*Oversized blue and white Chinese ginger jars
*The good news is that you can keep your brown wood furniture
*Ebonized wood is also perfect
*The color palette is that of nature - lots of greens and browns and blues
*Think British Colonial

 I love this style myself and I can't wait to see what Linda does with her new home in Florida.


The Pink Pagoda created these graphic botanicals for Linda's One Room Challenge family room and they will be perfect!

Thanks so much Beth, can you email me a link to those clothes?

I wonder how she really feels?

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  1. Fun Friday! I seriously love the Dorothy Draper Brazilian botanical influences. Driftwood is for sure best left @ the Shell R Us Shops.

  2. I say why live like Robinson Crusoe if you don't have to? :)

  3. Those outfits are hilarious! I can't believe that she stuck your head on one of those models.

  4. Here is the link to the Greg Norman Coastal Tropic Collection -

    Thanks for inviting me to guest post today.

  5. Too funny and I think you have lots of inspiration there.

  6. Please have some of those leafy green prints/fabrics somewhere in your new home. I adore them and think them so chic and so FL! Loved you in that photoshop mash-up! Clever post!

  7. I LOVE these suggestions and images. And I'm so with you, Beth, on the driftwood. WHERE and HOW did you find such unappealing apparel?!!!

  8. Beth is a genius. Driftwood is for manatees, porpoises and whatever else inhabits the Florida waters (see any book by Carl Hiassen for reference) but unless you want your home to look like one of his low-life characters inhabits your home, it is utterly abhorrent to me. Beth's play on coastal Chinoiserie will bring you nothing but delight and a stunning new abode.

  9. ok, that was a massive, funny post. Had to laugh - remembering this Nov at a girlfriends' weekend in NC when my cousin's wife and I lugged back a huge, sodding wet piece of driftwood 2 miles in the sand to give to our host. She put it in her landscaping - I think she liked it… At least we burned a lot of calories.

  10. Omg so funny. I busted a gut when I saw your face -- for a second I thought that was really you styling up a Greg Norman number!

  11. Coastal Dumpster chic?! Hahaha! You are brave indeed Beth, but I have to agree with Linda on the driftwood, at small doses they can be really nice I will truly love my driftwood mirror forever! The fashion I agree,is really dorky and your inspiration photos bedazzling, can't wait to see it all unfold!

  12. This was hilarious! I have to agree with Beth on the driftwood I love the orange chinoiserie wallpaper close to the end with the fab desk. Very updated!
    happy Friday!

  13. This made me laugh ... I agree with Beth about the painted driftwood, a little weird. However, small doses like in that little vase are okay!! And do NOT start wearing golf clothes (whether you golf or not). I continually am horrified at women's golf clothing ... Who designs this stuff???

  14. Y'all sound like a good team. I predict this new home will be lovely.

    I really like all the creativity that a coastal feel allows, you gave great inspirational ideas. I do confess to liking the occasional piece of driftwood, it's almost sculptural, like coral, but it's not appropriate in every setting, and who ever thought to paint it?

  15. Funny post! I do like driftwood. I can just picture it...a large driftwood base with a glass table size...but, paint! Or, a huge piece outdoors...where it would really be appreciated! Didn't know there were so many choices! ;)

  16. Oh my gosh she cracks me up!! Everyone should be so lucky to have such an honest and stylish friend to dish out advice! Have a great weekend, Linda!

  17. I think you two should take this show on the road. Love the British Colonial look (the politics not so much) and that tortoiseshell secretary is one of my favorite images that I return to again and again.
    I'm not a fan of the Lily Pulitizer colors or the Dorothy Draper on too much plant fertilizer wallpaper. I can take driftwood over wallpaper that screams out for a machete.

    ps: I don't care what your fashion style is, girlfriend as long as you keep making me laugh.

  18. "One bonfire away from a fresh start" YOU CRACK ME UP!!! :)

  19. I'm still laughing...can't stand the over abundance of driftwood everything - one tiny piece (@ 6" long) goes a long way! Her favorite DR photo stops me in my tracks too...that awful orange base looks like bad plastic. Please, no. Help her Beth...she needs you.

  20. Too funny! Love the "one bonfire away..." I think this can be put to good use on other styles! Thanks, Beth and Linda

  21. You two are hilarious! I honestly had never given much thought to driftwood until this post, and now thanks to Beth, I am afraid that I'm not a huge fan... except perhaps in very small doses. I love the inspiration she has created for your Florida home! And I do hope you will consider a little Brazilliance or Martinique... we absolutely love ours in the dining room (pics coming soon!)

    The Glam Pad

  22. I am so sorry Linda but I am with Beth and not loving the driftwood. I do love coastal décor though having grown up in California.

  23. Those tight shorts/pants things make my ass twitch. It looked as though some of those models had been sitting on driftwood.

  24. Driftwood: how the Addams Family decorates on vacation. Stay classy, Linda. Best wishes!

  25. Please say "no" to driftwood and "yes" to rattan or bamboo.
    -Linda, NY
    p.s Lucky you for getting to move to Florida!!!

  26. This post had me actually laughing out loud by myself! I love the photoshopped photo of Linda in her new outfit!!

  27. LOL

    For Pete's sake, Beth, don't leave her in that Greg Norman getup. At least dress her in Lily Pulitzer! Sheesh!

    And most of that driftwood furniture would be from California. We have to import it. Shhhhh... don't tell Beth, but I have a library table of that ilk.

    Cypress knees? Now that's another matter. We have lots of good ole boys with chain saws. We can fix you right up! ;-)



  28. This post is beyond funny...I especially loved seeing you in your new coastal style attire!

    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, Linda!! xoxo

  29. Well Linda, I live in Florida and I have one driftwood piece on the wall, but about 50 pieces of blue & white around here! The good news is, they look fab together!

  30. Hilarious! I think we need more fashion photos of Linda in Coastal Tropical wear!!

  31. I really enjoyed this! Great collaboration ladies!!! Xo Nancy

  32. This made me seriously LOL. I love all of your coastal Chinoiserie images. Seriously gorgeous!


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