Coastal Living – October 2009


Kevin and I have been invited to write a monthly review for Coastal Living magazine, and we are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity! With so many magazines going out of business lately, and because Coastal Living is one of our all-time favorites, we’re going to do whatever we can to help spread the word about this amazing and informative magazine.

The first issue we have the pleasure of blogging about is their October 2009 issue.

When we received our copy in the mail, our eyes were immediately drawn to the bold orange letters across the bottom of the cover that read, “ideas to steal!”. Upon further inspection, we learned that the aforementioned ideas could be found on page 35 in an article titled, “12 Rooms, Hundreds of Ideas”. Now normally I read a magazine from front to back, but this article was way too intriguing- I had to start there! :-)
The article focused on Coastal Livings 2009 Idea Cottage located in I’On, South Carolina. The photography was phenomenal, (I particularly loved the photo of the kitchen on page 38) and it was such a delight to read about the eco-friendly, classic Lowcountry cottage that truly exemplifies beach-chic charm.

Photo: Tria Giovan

Another article Kevin and I really enjoyed can be found on page 84. It’s called “The Boy Who Sailed Around The World”. I read the whole thing aloud to Kevin one night. By the time we had reached the articles end, we were inspired to the gills by a courageous 17-year-old boy named Zac. He circumnavigated the globe, alone in his boat, in just over a years time. Can you imagine?! It was a fantastic story and, again, the photography was breathtaking. They even included some very interesting shots that Zac took himself while on his voyage.

Check out this video Zac posted on YouTube:

What an amazing kid, eh?

“A Cure for the Common Condo”, on page 90, was also a great read. Writer Melissa Bigner describes how designer Phoebe Howard conquered a washed-out palette and a down-and-out vibe by performing reconstructive surgery, and injecting a heavy dose of wallpaper, fabric, and paint to create an awe-inspiring home. The condo sits seaside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, which is near Jacksonville.

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Coastal Living’s Heather Chadduck styled the rooms in the condo for this article, and I always get excited when I discover that she played a part in creating the look. She is my absolute favorite! I would love to assist her on a shoot sometime. Heather- if you’re reading…


And because my mom’s husband (Randy) is a nationally-recognized home brewer- we also enjoyed reading “October Feast” on page 100. The owners of Savannah’s “Moon River Brewing Company” shared their favorite Fall-inspired menu, and named which frothy companions would best suit each dish. Their crab salad recipe made my mouth water, and Kevin thought their suggestion to pair it with a Belgian Wheat Beer sounded delicious!


Although we’ve only highlighted a few stories in the October issue here today, there isn’t one article in this issue that we didn’t enjoy reading. We look forward to receiving and reviewing the November issue of Coastal Living. From the looks of their website, we’ll get to tour another awesome Idea House and peek into Martha Stewart’s beach bag too! :-)


Wanna read more Coastal Living reviews?
Check out Lisa’s review at Coastal Nest, Maya’s review at Completely Coastal, Simone’s review at Beach Vintage

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