Friday, June 26, 2015

I'm Falling For "The Seaside Style"

J.S. Smolian had always had an intense connection to this part of the Gulf Coast. The sugar white sand. The turquoise blue water. He loved the way this place pulled his family together. The magical way it connected them. He loved watching his grandchildren become brilliant beach castle architects. He loved watching his children become themselves again.

In fact, he loved it so much that in 1946, he bought 80 of its acres...mostly undeveloped land, dense with live oaks and scrubby brush, barely navigable but for a couple of dirt paths. J.S. had a vision for the acres. A dream, really. His plan was a summer camp. A destination he could share.

In 1978, J.S. deeded the 80 acres to his grandson, Robert Davis, who shared his grandfathers dream.

Over 30 years after J.S. first acted on his dream, Robert realized his own. It was the dream we all have for life itself. Simple. Beautiful. Graceful. Elegant.
...It's the Dream of a Simple, Beautiful Life
Read more about SEASIDE - HERE

What is The Seaside Style?
If theres any one unifying element of Seaside style, it is town co-founder Daryl Davis, whose simple, good taste comes naturally and shares easily from the character of the town itself to the wares sold in its shops. "You could say the style is in the air. Its hard to define, but youll know it when you get there."

The architecture of Seaside extends beyond its roof lines and materials. Beyond its styles. It is the vision of a small town, much like the countless ones dotting the pre-WWII landscape.
Designers describe it as recreating traditional neighborhood of 1920s. "Old way, New town.

Much like the old world European villages, where a person could stroll anywhere she wanted to go for anything she needed. Where everything is within easy reach.
Where walking(or bicycling) is the most popular pastime.
Where people linger longer in the market to chat. Or stop by front porches for afternoon visits
Seaside boasts pathways inviting you to curl your toes in the sugar sand.
dip your feet in the water

search for iridescent shells
or build masterful castles.

Imagine a day solely dedicated to gazing at blue water colored by vibrant swaths of turquoise.

Part of the magic of Seaside is that it is a town and much more. It is charming and romantic, beautiful and graceful, diverse and ecclectic, authentic and unpretentious, alive and vibrant.

Seaside Fashion
I love "The Seaside Style" clothing and decor! This is the official lifestyle brand of Seaside, The collection includes clothing, accessories, spa, gifts, books, toys, and pet items that reflect the style of Seaside; simple, timeless, comfortable and fun. Read More

Seaside style portrays a look and comfort of fashionable clothes in natural fabrics that move seamlessly from your weekend bag out to dinner.

It includes the faithful pair of flip-flops that goes with

Cover-ups, hats, and swimsuits are also definitely a daily necessity.

Some days call for an outfit that can be thrown on when running out the door 10 minutes late and still feel put together

While others require knowing style and sophistication.

From cabanas and canopies to beach towels and blouses, a classic stripe never goes out of style.

I love shoes, belts and jewelry, but there is something special about a great bag.

Simple Silver for everyday pretty,.

Comfy cushions and plenty of available light ensure this porch will be used day or night.

Decking your living room seating in light fabric is a great way to keep clean.  Look for accent paints and fabrics in colors ranging from aqua to deep blue.
The soft oceanview chair that lures you in for a quiet afternoon with a good book

Noted as possibly being "the most astonishing design achievement of its era." these are just a few of the reasons that I'm falling for "The Seaside Style."
Watch this fun video that gives you an idea of what I mean

(All photos were taken by various people in or near Seaside, Florida)

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“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb


  1. Hi Ann,
    What a wonderful post. Gosh, I felt as if I was right there enjoying every seaside moment. It makes me crave for the beach. I would love to spend an entire day hearing the waves, looking out at the beautiful blue water and burying my toes in the sand. I really enjoyed your well done post. I hope you enjoy your entire summer!----All the best, Marsha@The Little Yellow Corner Store

    1. i'm so glad you enjoyed my post, Marsha! I love visiting coastal beaches!!! Over the years, I have seen the Atlantic coast, Gulf Coast, and just a few weeks ago got to see the Pacific coast. I love them all!! I've not been to Seaside, but can imagine the beauty and peaceful setting!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Wonderful post........just nothing like time at the beach. I'm looking forward to just such a vacation this year. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. I know, Kathy. I think I have a "beach" addiction!! Thanks for hosting!

  3. Lovely post and lovely photos, makes me look forward to summer here in Australia. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. I can only imagine how beautiful Australia is in the summer!!! What a gorgeous country!! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I am so smitten with coastal colors and styles. Azure blue, cerulean blue, Capri blue - what's not to Love! Your pictures of the "Seaside" village and the homes all done in the 1920's "Old way, New town" style are gorgeous. I lived in Florida for a while and I just loved it! Maybe again someday......... Happy fourth of July!

    1. Me too, Candy! Blue is my favorite color....and there are so many gorgeous shades to pick from!! ;) I've been to Fla. a handful of times myself!! Love the beaches there!!

  5. I am so longing to LIVE in all of these pictures. The second picture of that house/building with the porch and bikes made me do a double take -- it looks just like the porch of our favorite coffee shop on St. Simons Island, Georgia (where we hope to retire to some day). For now, we enjoy it for one glorious week each year. Lovely pictures -- saw your post on Anything Blue Friday :)

    1. Oooohh! Your vacation house(someday retirement house) sounds wonderful!! I thought the pictures of Seaside looked so enticing for retirement, too!! :)

  6. Oh, goodness! These are some fabulous beachy pictures! I'm so ready to go to the beach! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Sweet! Thanks for stopping over and featuring me from your link-up party!! So glad you enjoyed my post!! I'll stop over to check out the link.

  7. The Weekly Feature Series is live which you are a part of! Here is the link to the Series. Thank you for joining The Dedicated House. Have a great weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. GOod morning, I found your blog from another feature on Dedicated House and want to stop by to check our your cottage, and landed on this post to start. What a fun post, all full of fun summer things, the fashions are beautiful and I love the story about how Seaside came into existance, what fun place!! Anyway, I would love to have you stop by and share you blog on the OMHGWW this week, it would be fun to share with my readers. Hope to see you there, have a beautiful day!!

    Off to find more about the cottage.


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