“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”
This quote by Rachel Carson, environmentalist and author of Silent Spring, makes my senses swoon with sea dreams. OK, I’m coming down to earth and need to ask, “Is owning a home near the ocean a dream of yours?”
Well, it is for me. I grew up within a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and have been landlocked much of my adult life. The lure of a home kissed by the ocean beckons at the beginning of each summer. Why is the tug of the sea so strong? Probably, because all that is restorative about the beach seems to awaken the senses – the waves, the sand, the wind, the sun, the salt, the gentle roar of the waves, they help to fade away everyday stresses.
Most of us live miles away from the coastal sights and sounds of the beach. But, you can bring that calm, beachy feeling into your EcoNest. Below are some eco-friendly ideas and DIY projects for your home that will make you believe that you live a little bit closer to the ebb and flow of the tides.
First, let this video put you in the mood!
Next: Beachy Home Decor Projects To Inspire Your Senses
Beachy Home Decor Projects To Inspire Your Senses
While I have zillions of photographs of my sweet kids digging, building sand castles, floating on tubes, snorkeling and exploring all the gifts of the sea, I’ve decided this year to dedicate some wall space to display some framed pictures of my dogs at play. Here’s an inspirational bunch of images of beach-loving dogs. These Glass Jar Photo Frames can bring some beachy daydreaming right onto your desk.
What are your favorite beach eats? My family thinks everything tastes better over an open fire pit. If you live in an area where you can cook outdoors consider adding an outdoor fire pit. Here’s are DIY instructions for creating one in your own backyard fire pit. What to eat? Organic Vegetable Kabobs can get everyone cooking.
Sea glass or beach glass are those gem-like colorful broken pieces of glass that the rhythmic surf has tumbled and softened the rough edges. While many sea glass collectors choose to keep their treasures in jars and bowls, others create crafts with them. These Sea Glass Wind Chimes sing beachy tunes.
The smell of the salt air is perhaps the most visceral, and wonderful part of a day at the beach. Add a fresh dash of sea salt to your eco-cleaning regime. Here are Care2′s Way’s To Use Sea Salt in your natural cleaning recipes.
I describe in this DIY Stone Knobs post about how collecting stones and rocks can help you connect your home with nature. Cairn rock piles stacked and placed strategically around your home will inspire some hands-on beach-loving reflection.