Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beach Huts and Cabañas and Tents, Oh My!

When I'm visiting other blogs I usually check out the blogroll and if I spot something that looks beachy I click to see where it will take me. This morning I was visiting Fifi Flowers, since her post was about painting at the beach. Now visiting Fifi is always a pleasure, but the beach? Of course I had to drop in today! After looking at her wonderful paintings of Adirondack chairs and two girls with their beach umbrellas, I decided to check out Fifi's blogroll. First I visited Mermaid Cottages, a delightful blog from Tybee Island, Georgia and if you love mermaids you'll definitely want to check out her mermaid sightings posts.

Next I visited another blog Fifi had listed, but before I tell you about it, I want to share a little background of why I found this blog so intriguing.
Most of you know Maya over at A Beach Lover's Place and Completely Coastal and probably read her posting on the Beach Huts in Dorset and saw the lady who created one in her backyard. I was amazed by these and would get out the hammer and nails if it wasn't so hot and if I had a resident carpenter.

Notice the smiles on everyone's face, this is a natural occurrence at the beach!

Since reading Maya's posts I've been searching on the Internet for a photo of a vintage canvas cabana used on the beach as a changing room. I have a new design in mind for my Zazzle store and the image is only vague in my memory. Anyway, while in Google images I came across this picture, not what I'm looking to use in my design, but it reminded me of the huts Maya was blogging about and I can tell you I wouldn't mind having one of these at my beach. It even has an Adirondack chair calling my name.

To makes things even better, I discovered this photo on another wonderful blog called {Just Beachy}, you can read the original post here along with more photos of other wonderful cabanas.

But I digress, while I was at Fifi's the other blog I spotted was shore(house) chic and I decided to drop in and what do I find? Beach Tents! These are located in Orange Grove, New Jersey and have been a summer tradition since 1870! They start putting them up in the spring and take them down when summer is over. Currently there are 114 participants and the original post from last year is a must read!

It's like a whole little community and I just love that they have little flower boxes and front porches.

Here are a couple closer up and before the decorating has begun.

Just look at this bedroom! AND it has an Adirondack chair lamp! You must visit this blog and see the bathroom and the kitchen in other tents. Now I love tent camping, as many of you know, but I have never seen anything like this. Jersey, here I come!

So, now I've seen beach huts, cabanas, and tents that have blown me away, but still haven't found a pic of the canvas cabanas. If anyone has spotted one in their Internet travels, please let me know. For now, I hope you enjoy these photos and a glimpse into how people enjoy their time at the shore. How do you spend your time in the sand?

16 Thoughtful Comments:

Maya said...

Oh, how awesome to see the huts here. Thank you so much. I mean..., I just so love them all, and I was familiar with the others too. Just so cool. I don't think I have come across vintage canvas cabanas as changing rooms..., although images seem to be floating around in my mind..., thinking north sea. I hope you find some! Thanks for uniting them all!!!

penny said...

I think these huts and tents are awesome. I wouldn't mind having one on the beach either.
I like the way they are decorated, very beachy:D
Thanks for visiting, have a great day.

Chris Kauffman said...

Those are so adorable , I still want one, thanks for the mention.
I appreciate it ,

Shellbelle said...

Thanks for dropping in Maya, you started this all. Funny, I went to leave a comment Shorehouse Chic and let her know about this post and saw that you had already been there! Am I surprised? Not one bit!

Now I remember those canvas cabanas from my childhood on the Pacific Ocean and I believe we used them at Carpenteria Beach. This would have been in the early 60s. They were probably set up by people who camped there rather than the park.

Anonymous said...

I want a cabana! Those flower boxes and everything about them was breath taking. Loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

CrazyCris said...

those look cool!

Definitely not a Spanish Mediterranean ocurrence, but I do believe I've seen similar constructions on the coast of Northern France, between Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Calais... nowhere near as pretty as these though! :o)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Awwww....my tents! (and when I say "my" tents, technically they're not mine...but that would be cool, huh? ;-) And to mentioned with so many of my favorite bloggers...thanks so much! {blushing.}

The tents are incredible...I remember hearing about them as a kid (I grew up in NY but only about an hour or so away) and I was like, "Huh?! That's crazy!" And now I live across the street from a whole row of them. :-) There's a house tour in a couple of weeks, so I'll be sure to send you pictures of the ones I get in to this year!

Thanks so much...and I am now officially stalking, er, I mean following your blog. :-)

Lillian Robinson said...

Lovely relaxing places! I could nap in there with a book on my lap anyday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love those tents that Laura featured. I'm amazed by them and how livable they are. I haven't seen any cabanas, but if I see some, I'll point them your way. I love little follies like these. :-)



Fifi Flowers said...

Thank you for referencing my blog... would be FAB if there was a link to it!!! Glad you liked my beach post!
I'm going to paint those tents for Laura of Shore house Chic one of these days!

Shellbelle said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone, if I had one of these fabulous structures I would invite you all over for Pina Coladas!

Fifi, there is a link to your blog in the very first paragraph! PLUS you're always in my Artsy Blogs blogroll. I love your art and want to share it with everyone.

Anonymous said...

I love reading this post. Helps me forget that it was 115-degrees today. Thank you for bringing the beach to me.

Unknown said...

Just discovered your blog, such great shots of cabanas.

dtbrents said...

I love the idea of these. They look so romantic. I wonder if they are safe. We have a lakehouse that a lot of the designs in the picture are used. It looks like a great way to spend a vacation. Doylene

kathi said...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! I love the beach and everything about it too.
Check out this post by my friend Lize in Saudia Arabia! She makes miniatures and her little tent is just too cute!

vignette design said...

I LOVE this post! Love cabanas and you have some great photos.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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