Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Sailor Jerry Rum Bungalow launch party for the new ‘Sailor Jerry’ Bungalow at the beautiful Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach.
Who is Sailor Jerry, you ask? Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was an actual sailor living in Hawaii whose original tattoo artwork made him popular in the 1940’s and 50’s. Some of you may be more familiar with his protégés, Ed Hardy and Mike Malone. These two artists went on to create a rum inspired by their mentor and named it ‘Sailor Jerry’ Rum, a 92 proof spiced rum featuring a quintessential ‘Sailor Jerry’ hula girl on the label. I had the chance to try it for the first time at the party and dang was it delicious!
The bungalow is a great way to enjoy the beach when you’re in Laguna. Day rentals are around $500 – $600. The bungalow which sits right on the beach includes its own tiki bar, full beach access, a pinball machine, private bathroom, comfy lounge-like sitting area, and a large outside deck with stunning ocean views. Bottle and food service is offered as well.
Small bites that evening of grilled cheese sandwiches, crab cakes, lamb chops, pork belly and pepper-crusted grilled ahi tuna were provided by The Deck, the hotel’s restaurant. Bravo to the Chef!
Guests drank ‘Sailor Jerry’ Rum-based drinks and enjoyed the tasty bites while live acoustic music played in the background.
The evening ended with a stunning sunset along the Laguna Beach coast. It was the perfect end to a truly fun evening.
Living in Southern California, I’m blessed to always be within driving—most of the time even walking!—distance from beautiful beaches. You’d think that we Californians would get sick of the sea, but honestly, I don’t think we can get enough of it! I love incorporating the beach into everything in my life (can’t you tell from this blog?), and one of my favorite things to do is look at beach-inspired homes. For those of you who don’t live near the coast, you can still easily bring a nautical vibe into your home with the right décor. Here are some easy ways to add a little maritime spirit to your abode:
What’s more nautical than navy-and-white stripes? The best part of this look is that it’s so simple to achieve– just paint thick stripes on your wall! For those who are non-committal, try looking for bold blue-and-white striped patterned fabric and hanging it up like a tapestry instead. Or, invest in a navy-and-white striped duvet cover.
Red always pairs perfectly with navy and white in nautical themes, but the trick is to use the color sparingly. Throw in a few red accents to break up the navy and white color scheme, but be careful not to overdo it.
Scour flea markets and thrift stores to find vintage ship figurines to place around your home.
The rugged look of rope goes great with the nautical theme. A simple DIY project is to buy rope and then layer it in glass jars or bowls. Place these pieces on coffee or end tables, and add in a couple seashells to complete the look.
I love this distressed wood fixture! It adds the right amount of shabbiness to an otherwise very chic setting, and reminds me of an old lighthouse.
You can choose to be as drastic or as subtle as you want with this theme. If you’re simply looking to temporarily change up your home for the upcoming warmer months, adding maritime-themed decorative pieces and swapping out your sheets for nautical-themed bedding are easy and affordable ways to embrace the nautical trend without having to fully commit to anything.
Will you be trying out this look for your home?