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Found for Fall

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Found is the theme for new fall décor at Renee Beamer Harbor & Home. Local beaches have provided beautifully sun-bleached and water-worn branches, but it is God himself who graciously has given the vision.

The following inspired pieces all have something in common: natural elements.


Driftwood, wood beads, preserved Eucalyptus, Sola wood, Pampas, cotton and linen. There’s plenty of texture in my fall décor line to satisfy even the most earthy of hearts!

2019 Edition Renee Beamer Harbor & Home  Christmas Ornament

2019 Edition Renee Beamer Harbor & Home Christmas Ornament

Macramé Accented Wooden Wreath

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For the love of texture!

West Coast meets East Coast with boho inspired wreath décor.

West Coast meets East Coast with boho inspired wreath décor.

I found two wooden hoops while thrifting last week and wasn’t quite sure how I would repurpose them. I currently use wood for some Modern Wreath designs, but these hoops are stained and not the best backdrop for faux and preserved botanicals.

The Macramé Accented Wooden Wreath resulted from my exploring a purpose for newly created fiber art pieces. The design came effortlessly, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

An Oh So Boho Dorm Room

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Textural elements create an effortless boho style.

Textural elements create an effortless boho style.

Incorporating boho elements into your dorm room design affords you a simple and cost effective style that is uniquely your own. To keep it easy, I’m sharing three quick tips so that your space stands out from the standard big box store décor.

  • Think floor to ceiling neutral tones.

  • Incorporate texture such as sisal rugs, sheepskins, wicker trays, and rattan accented lighting.

  • Look for ways to add natural elements.

An all white palette is very clean and crisp, but a mixture of many neutral tones creates a no-fuss, casual look that ushers in a sense of calm. Scour thrift stores as well as your own linen closet to gather curtain sheers, white accent pillows, and natural fiber rugs.

Many students look for accent chairs to add to their space, but few consider creating a cozy corner where you can stretch out on the floor. You may already have the needed cushions at home, or you can shop end of season outdoor seating sales.

Do you like the layered look of skins on sisal but want a vegan alternative? You’ll find faux skin material at your local fabric store. I suggest getting one cut to drape over your desk chair too.

Wicker tray wall feature

Wicker tray wall feature

Create a unique design with wicker trays. An asymmetrical arrangement seemingly moves across the wall- a fresh look you will appreciate every time you return to dorm, sweet dorm.

Some of your most favorite accent pieces are going to be those you find in the woods or the garden! A big stick goes a long way when incorporating boho style in your dorm room. Make a twine hanger for it, and use the branch to hang a window covering, artwork, or both!

 

Amp up your dorm room design with Pampas Grass plumes - another layer of texture!

Pampas Grass Plumes - quintessential boho!

Pampas Grass Plumes - quintessential boho!

The Mini Bouquet Modern Wreath adds a nice touch of fragrance to your sleeping space. Choose one with dried lavender for an extra special scent that ushers in much needed relaxation.

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Even the bath welcomes texture. Think shower curtain, a basket of extra towels, and a soft rug.

Adding texture to the bath.

Adding texture to the bath.

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Finding Style in Virginia Beach

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Finding Style in Virginia Beach

Off the Beaten Path

 

Happy 4th of July! Do you have on your red, white and blue? I hope the day offers some relaxation and fun celebration of our nation’s freedom!

If you’re planning on extending the holiday into the weekend, I have some ideas should you head to the oceanfront. I suggest going off the beaten path because Virginia Beach has more to offer than crowded beaches and tacky souvenir shops. And by beaten path, I mean the boardwalk.


To make sure you’re energized for all the activity I’m about to direct you to do, I first would journey to Pungo, a rural community in the very southern part of Virginia Beach. There’s public access to Sandbridge Beach, an area conspicuously lacking hotels standing like soldiers along the shore. The quietness of the long stretch of beach draws you in with a promise of leisurely lounging. But, my goal in sending you south is to have you visit The Bee and the Biscuit, an adorable, family-owned brunch spot with a farm-to-table menu that will fill you and leave you wanting more at the same time. Is it worth the loooonnnng wait for a table? Yes! Absolutely yes! Grab a spot in the yard, play some games, and order a drink from the bar on the lawn. Another option is to grab a stool at the inside bar and avoid waiting for a table to open up. Either way, you’ll be glad you stayed. Trust me. On the backside of your oceanfront experience, you’ll know why I placed this at the top!

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

About five blocks away from the boardwalk area, you’ll find the ViBe District. You get all the artistic vibes here starting with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on 23rd Street and throughout the galleries, artisan shops, and plethora of wall murals over the next several blocks. Most of the businesses in the area have a map to guide visitors on a thorough exploration. My top three? North End Bag Company (a combination studio and shop!) and neighbor, Jars of Dust. And even if you’re not hungry, just enjoy the aesthetic of Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry while having a coffee and pastry. Should you land here at lunch time, the artisan pizzas do not disappoint!

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Let’s keep going! I truly hope you’re here for the Saturday morning Old Beach Markets located in the Croc’s 19th Street Bistro parking lot and in ViBe Park at 18th Street and Cypress Avenue. If you’re in a hurry to get on with the day of discovery, I encourage you to still come by and anticipate seeing all the vendors. It’s doable with an hour of time, which is perfect because both markets run from 9 - 12 every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

My top three recommendations of vendors to visit at the Old Beach Farmers Market come with some bias because I’m supporting a friend, my family, and a coffee addiction! Seafield Farm brings all their beautiful goodness from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to local markets weekly. You’re going to need to eat a clean veggie diet if you sample from these next tents! My son, Jacob, represents My Vegan Sweet Tooth, a family-owned bakery that has mastered delectable vegan and gluten free recipes. Lastly, Three Ships Coffee sets up shop in the market, but the coffeehouse is literally across the street if you’re wanting something more fanciful than a cold brew. Did I say three tents? I meant four! Lamia’s Crepes is an absolute must! Good luck choosing between the savory or the sweet options! You could always live daringly and order both types!

 

Now that I think about it, It’s best to visit the Old Beach Art Market in ViBe Park before walking across the street to the Farmers Market. You’ll find a great selection of reusable market bags at the Eco Market vendor tents. And, you’ll find my booth- Renee Beamer Harbor & Home! I love setting up for your enjoyment while you browse, so save a few minutes for looking at my candles, wreaths, textiles, and other décor for the home! Click here to read about one of my most favored pieces by shoppers at this market.

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Assuming you’ll be all shopped out and ready for a change of scenery at this point, I suggest either a hike or bike ride at First Landing State Park. You’ll have no trouble finding a bike rental shop in this vicinity, or you can bring your own with you for the day. Head down Atlantic Boulevard to the 64th Street trail entrance, and get ready to be amazed by how beautiful it is there! In fact, you may just want to bring some camping gear and plan to make an overnight stay. Tent camping to the sound of waves crashing on the shore? Yes please!

 

Now, I know I lost some of y’all with my rugged talk about camping! Not your thing- no worries! For a more luxurious time of exploration, check out The Cavalier, a historic hotel property in the North Beach area. My husband and I love bike riding through the resort residences and seeing the contemporary coastal and farmhouse home designs.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Seeing that Virginia Beach covers approximately five hundred square miles, it’s unthinkable that my dozen or so links to attractions represent the city thoroughly. Obviously, I’m barely scratching the surface! But before we wrap up a suggested day trip adventure, I have to recommend one more spot- in case you’re the coffee lover type! Pour Favor is “Home of the Coffee Flight,” and has all the needed juice to send you back home fully awake and revived! I’m not going to go on and on about the specialty coffees here except to say they over-deliver. It’s just that good!

Sampling the coffee flight

Sampling the coffee flight

I’m curious: did you learn about something new in relation to Virginia Beach? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have some happy days of exploring ahead!

Renee

My Top 3 Gifts for Your Host

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Are you traveling and staying with friends or family this summer? I’m here to help you out, because you do not want to go empty-handed!

 

We all know that your hosts expect nothing of you in return for their hospitality, but let’s be honest- an offer of gratitude in the form of something beautiful will not be declined!

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  1. A Home Fragrance Gift

    All candles are pleasing gifts to receive from house guests, but a Renee Beamer Harbor & Home Candle is exquisite! My hand-poured, soy candles burn cleanly and everyone who uses them agrees- the fragrance is intoxicating! And bonus for you: Both the Sunrise and the Summer Soulstice Candles come in a handy traveler tin.

 

2. A Home Accent

My Modern Wreaths have been created for indoor use and add a simple touch of beauty to any home. If your hostess loves florals and has some interior doors in her home, she may just go crazy over this piece of handcrafted décor.

 

3. A Turkish Handtowel

Not sure what style preference your host has? This gift appeals to the practically-minded as well as the fashionista. The fast-drying nature of the Turkish cotton makes it a wonderful addition to the kitchen or the bath.

Summer Soulstice Line Launch

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When I began my creative business, I worked on a Winter Soulstice line in preparation for the Christmas season always knowing that the sweetness of producing a summer line would be right around the corner. So, when January came, I began seeking inspiration and dreaming of items to include in the new line. And now that the summer season is upon us, I am so excited to see the new inventory materialize in my first show of 2019!

Modern Farmhouse Decor

Modern Farmhouse Decor

This Mother’s Day weekend marks the launch of my Summer Soulstice Line at the Hilton Art Walk! The excitement for me builds as I anticipate sharing home decor, books, and journals with show attendees.

Handcrafted leather goods, You Are More Than You Know Devotional, and Hand Poured Soy Candle

Handcrafted leather goods, You Are More Than You Know Devotional, and Hand Poured Soy Candle

Sometimes a little help is needed picking out the right gift for Mom, and that is why I put together a very special basket of home decor. I’m calling it Mom’s Market Haul, and it includes four handcrafted home goods.

Modern Farmhouse Decor Gift Basket

Modern Farmhouse Decor Gift Basket


Leading up to the launch weekend, I invited Instagram followers to get in on the excitement through a series of weekly giveaways I called 3 Fun Fridays. It started with a signed copy of You Are More Than You Know, was followed by a one-of-a-kind Loved Leather Bracelet, and finished with a wonderful trio of Summer Soulstice Candles.

 
Hand Poured Soy Candle, Driftwood Sailboat, and Modern Wreaths

Hand Poured Soy Candle, Driftwood Sailboat, and Modern Wreaths

Yesterday I loaded the car, and now I prepare to go set up in Hilton Village. It’s hard to imagine how the line will be received… Will every Driftwood Sailboat find a new home? Will people fall in love with the Summer Soulstice Candle fragrance? There’s definitely a nervous excitement within!

I’ll be sure to update post show! Hopefully I’ll remember to get lots of pictures throughout the event! If you’re local, I’d love for you to stop in and say hello!

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat Modern Wreath

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I know little about sailing, but my mind romanticizes what it must be like to have the wind directing a vessel on open waters. When I study from afar sailboats out on the bay, I only see what my imagination conceives as a beautiful escape. I understand intense labor accompanies sailing, yet I’m simply choosing to focus on the optimal experience: wind is steady, waters are calm, and everyone can sit back and catch the sunset.

Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little.
— Paul Carvel
 
A blend of natural elements and faux greenery makes a casually elegant statement.

A blend of natural elements and faux greenery makes a casually elegant statement.

The Driftwood Sailboat Modern Wreath captures the idyllic calm of a day at sea. My handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat hangs effortlessly in the center of the wreath, adding that simple touch of summer’s goodness to the home.


A little history on this product design: a couple of years after a major hurricane hit our coast, I scored a large driftwood collection at my neighborhood beach and began looking for inspiration on how to utilize it. I decided upon the sailboat design and fell in love with each completed item. I must have made about sixty or seventy that first season, and I gifted one to each guest at our Christmas Open House. My personal collection still adorns the Christmas tree today.

While I was in the process of creating the Driftwood Sailboat to use as ornaments, my husband, Jon, was impressed with the design and encouraged me to consider selling them. He saw the potential of my craft. I brushed off his compliment, and didn’t give it anymore thought until December 29, 2017. I had what I call a divine download- God gave me the vision of an entire Winter Soulstice Product Line, all handcrafted and including my beloved sailboats.

 

Fast forward a decade or more beyond that first season of creatively utilizing my beach haul, and I am a business owner setting up for local markets and watching shoppers delight in the Driftwood Sailboat. The ornament version was a success, as my sweet man predicted. For the Summer Soulstice Line, I’ve included a tabletop Driftwood Sailboat as an option for my shoppers.

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat decor for accentuating a side table or shelf.

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat decor for accentuating a side table or shelf.

A Coastal Gathering

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A Coastal Gathering

Celebrating Life’s Beautiful Moments

 

The first day of spring brings with it a season of joyful anticipation for summer brides. I’ve hosted a shower in recent years, and I know the desire to create a themed decor that will make the celebrated woman and her guests feel very special.

If you’ve fallen head over heels for the bohemian style, my Summer Soulstice Line is the perfect find for party accents and gifts.

 
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I suggest starting with a Turkish Hand Towel as your oversized napkin for each guest.

 
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Create a tablescape using collected natural elements accented by the Wood Bead Garland, Summer Soulstice Candles, and Live Mini Succulents.

 
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Finish the look with a one-of-a-kind Summer Soulstice Wall Hanging. Let your bride carry it home along with her other gifts and always remember the day she was celebrated by her friends and family.

New Product Sneak Peek!

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Why is it about green, gold and white that make for such a compelling display? Perhaps it’s the hope of summer and the colors that accompany it!

The Summer Soulstice Line is in production and bringing the minimalistic touch to interiors where ease and simplicity are the rule. We suggest hanging the Oyster Modern Wreath on an interior door such as a barn door where she will pop!