Author: EclecticDawn

Bring the beach home!

Bring the beach home!

real sand and shells beach art by Dawn Schmidt VentimigliaBring the beach home! When you can’t lay in the warm sand and listen to the waves, you can still sit at your desk and daydream! Turn on some ambient wave sounds with island birds, make a tropical cocktail, and decorate your hut with canvas works with real shells and sand from EclecticDawnArts etsy shop! (Link opens in a new tab.)


We’ve all certainly spent a lot of time re-evaluating our own spaces during the last few months, and learned how important it is to have a space that speaks to our hearts, fulfills us, relaxes or energizes us when necessary, has inviting or soothing spaces, or creative spaces.

I’m so grateful to have the Kukui Lagoon in our basement, which is my studio-by-day, exotic vintage “tiki” lounge by night. Every time I walk into that space and turn on the lights, I smile! THAT is how you should feel in your home! And when we have the special red lava lighting of the bar interior lit up, the blue wave lights running, seagulls squawking in the background, and Martin Denny on the record player, we are transported to another place and time. We did it all on a teeeeensy budget, over a year’s time, utilizing second-hand goods, repurposed items, and thrift store finds collected over the years. And a lot of sweat equity.

EclecticDawn and JohnnyV

You don’t need a big space to create a special haven – heck, it can even be a repurposed closet-turned-reading-nook. Install the coolest wallpaper and swag lamps, add a comfy reading chair or bench, and a tiny shelf for your most favorite treasures. How about a sewing room in an unused guest room? Start with a cheap giant desk from Facebook Marketplace (I got my huge L desk for $30!), and build from there! Where there is a desire, there is a way to make it happen!

If you’d like to bring some tropical art, beach art, or tribal sealife art, be sure to check out the latest pieces in the Eclectic Dawn Arts etsy shop – there are some really cool octopus wood bowls and painted wood bowls featuring sea turtles in the shop right now, too! My monkeypod bowls are repurposed pieces, so no new trees are being cut for my art, and we also try to re-use packing materials. We try to help Earth as much as we can!

Let me know in the comments about your favorite room in your house! What special touches make it feel perfect to you?

Time to enjoy the coolness of the Kukui Lagoon on this hot summer evening,
Dawn V

Octopus Bowl Painted wood bowl by Dawn Ventimiglia



New Ocean Art! If you’ve been waiting to get something new for the beach corner in your home, now’s your chance! I added more surfboards to the shop. There’s the “Ghost Trio” surfboard with three swimming sea turtles, “Aria”, an intricate and strong tribal octopus surfboard in black and red, and “Plankton Party” with mandalas and dancing plankton in teal, blue, and purple. You’ve GOT to see them to believe the wonderful ocean energy in them – each is unique! Shipping is included, and each comes with a metal hanger (not attached).

Aboriginal octopus by Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia. Ghostly sea turtles artwork by Dawn Ventimiglia.

With all the turmoil in the world, be sure to be kind to one another, and find some beauty in each day. I am grateful for your friendship and support.
Eclectic Dawn