Modern Space With a Coastal View

This remodeled bathroom in Mukilteo, Washington, shows how a sleek, modern, spa-like space needn’t be overwhelmingly white. Designer Kristine Tyler of Tree Frog Design took a cramped, dated master bathroom and created a whole new look, with a gray, white and blue color scheme, a wet room with frameless glass, a sculptural freestanding soaking tub and an eye-catching chandelier. “I came in and took measurements, did a case study of the space and asked, ‘How do we make this a more functional space?’ ” Tyler says.

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Photos by Snowberry Lane Photography

Bathroom at a Glance
Who uses it: A couple in their 50s
Location: Mukilteo, Washington
Size: 176 square feet (16 square meters)
Designer: Kristine Tyler of Tree Frog Design

Tyler used dark and light gray large-format tile across the walls and floors. She persuaded the homeowners not to cut off the tile on the back wall at the shower and instead to extend it across the entire wall. “It makes the space feel more expansive. In the ‘before’ picture you notice that the tiles are only encompassing the shower, and it divides up the room and makes the space feel more choppy,” she says.

Tyler stopped by the site one day during the renovation and made sure the tile was installed up to the ceiling peak in the shower area. “The tile installer mentioned that they were planning on capping it off at 84 inches. The homeowner met me there and I encouraged them to extend the tile all the way up, so the eye isn’t drawn to the transition,” she says.

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After: A soaking tub was on the homeowners’ wish list, so Tyler sourced this sculptural beauty, along with an elegant floor-mounted tub filler. The team also installed a wall-mounted towel warmer. A view of Puget Sound through the window is an added bathing treat.

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The chrome-finish tub filler with hand shower adds an architectural element to complement the sculptural curves of the tub.

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The unique spiral pendant light makes a striking statement above the tub. The swirling fixture uses an integrated LED bulb that projects light inward for a soft glow.

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Before: The previous bathroom was functional but a bit cramped and needed refreshing. “Mostly they were interested in turning a dated bathroom with lots of beige into a sleek, contemporary bathroom to suit their taste,” Tyler says.

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After: The team removed the enclosed shower and replaced the original cherry vanity with a sleek new floating version to completely transform the space. Tyler replaced the long mirror with vibrant blue tiles in random lengths on the vanity wall to enliven the space with color.

“The textured look behind the glass and the different sizes add an interesting texture to the backsplash,” she

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These Sea Glass Christmas Trees Will Add a Coastal Touch to Your Holiday Decor

Photo credit: Etsy/ KPSeashellDesigns
Photo credit: Etsy/ KPSeashellDesigns

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Whether you live right on the ocean or just like dreaming of the beach from miles away, if you’re looking for a way to bring coastal vibes into your home this holiday season, we’ve found the perfect statement piece: a sea glass Christmas tree.

Crafter Kristin Pimentel of KPSeashellDesigns on Etsy makes these gorgeous trees individually using sea glass and shells. They come in varying colors and heights, ranging from small to large. Each tree is topped with a starfish, the perfect sea version of the classic Christmas tree star topper. You also have the option to add decorations, which include small starfish, shells, and pearls.

Etsy shoppers can’t get enough of these sea glass trees. Not only do they love how gorgeous the trees are, but they also left rave reviews about the seller’s secure packaging, good communication, and fast shipping. “I bought this tree and it is even more magical in person. It is now one of my favorite things,” one customer wrote. “It was packaged very well and arrived in one beautiful piece and I received it BEFORE the promised date.”

The unique, handmade trees are an investment: They start at $198, with prices varying depending on size, sets, and whether or not you select ornaments. But if you want a one-of-a-kind coastal centerpiece for your home this holiday season (and for years to come), they’re definitely worth the splurge.

Think it’s too early to start planning for Christmas? The sea glass trees can take up to four weeks to make and process. And orders placed after November 7 are not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas, so you’ll want to snatch them up now. Get a head start on your holiday decor, and shop sea glass Christmas trees below!

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Smashing Grapes Kitchen + Wine Bar Opens Its Doors Bringing Coastal California Cuisine to Annapolis

The upscale kitchen + wine bar will provide guests with a world-class wine experience in a comfortable, inviting Cali-Chic atmosphere

Smashing Grapes Kitchen + Wine Bar Opens Today in Annapolis

The new restaurant is bringing an upscale dining experience and wine-centric menu to the greater Annapolis area.
The new restaurant is bringing an upscale dining experience and wine-centric menu to the greater Annapolis area.
The new restaurant is bringing an upscale dining experience and wine-centric menu to the greater Annapolis area.

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Smashing Grapes, an upscale, coastal California inspired kitchen and wine bar has opened its doors in the charming city of Annapolis, which will provide locals and visitors with a world-class wine and dining experience.

This wine country inspired restaurant will offer a Cali-chic experience serving up a fusion of Mediterranean and California Coastal cuisine and more than 350 world-class wines any palate can enjoy. The new restaurant brings the spirit of Napa Valley to the Mid-Atlantic in a sophisticated, comfortable and inviting setting.

“Here at Smashing Grapes Kitchen & Bar, we wanted to bring an idyllic West Coast-styled experience to the region and offer our guests a wine list and menu that is thoughtful and provides a tailored and memorable experience,” said James King, Smashing Grapes’ restaurateur. “When guests visit Smashing Grapes they will get a first-class experience with a sommelier-crafted wine list, innovative craft cocktails and a menu that brings new flavors to the Annapolis food scene.”

Smashing Grapes boasts an expansive wine lists of bold reds and crisp and tangy whites from Spain, Argentina, Germany, California and beyond. In addition to its broad wine list, Smashing Grapes’ seasoned chef, Matthew Newland, crafted a menu highlighting Coastal California inspired dishes with sustainably sourced, unique ingredients. Menu options include the grilled avocado tacos made with corn tortillas, topped with Fresno chili dressing and the California burger featuring a vegan patty, smashed avocado, lettuce, tomato, and grilled corn salsa.

The distinct wine tasting experience offered at the restaurant transports guests to wine country without ever having left the Mid-Atlantic. Guests will be able to discover the background and history of the wine of their choice from Smashing Grapes’ wine experts who are available to elevate the guest experience.

The restaurant’s elegant aesthetic is trimmed with comfy, thoughtful finishes throughout. Smashing Grapes can accommodate 375 guests within the main dining room, private and outdoor dining spaces, bar and lounge areas. As Smashing Grapes opens its doors, the restaurant will be offering a variety of options for its guests during the Covid-19 pandemic including, spacious in-restaurant dining and take out options. The restaurant will be following local policies and regulations for the safety of its staff and guests. Reservations can be made in advance and private dining spaces is available for special occasions including, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, birthday parties, or company happy hours.

To learn more, visit www.smashinggrapes.com. Get social with Smashing Grapes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sgkitchenwinebar or www.instagram.com/smashing_grapes on Instagram, using the handle @Smashing_Grapes.

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A Navy officer and a Navy SEAL will face off again in coastal Virginia House district

A pair of decorated Navy veterans are, again, competing fiercely for a coastal Virginia House seat that’s home to a swath of military installations.

Rep. Elaine Luria, who swept into office in the 2018 Democratic wave, faces former Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican she ousted as his campaign reeled from petition scandal.

Capturing support from military voters is key in the 2nd Congressional District, which runs from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg and includes eight major military installations.

Luria is an Annapolis graduate who rose to the rank of commander and spent the majority of her career deployed on Navy ships. In the House, she’s a member of the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Taylor enlisted in the Navy after high school and made it to the SEALs. During the Iraq War, Taylor was a SEAL sniper and spent two years as a SEAL instructor, teaching marksmanship and reconnaissance, among other roles in the elite unit.

He then turned toward politics, with a three-year stint in Virginia’s House of Delegates before winning the open 2nd Congressional District seat in 2016.

But Taylor’s reelection bid against Luria got derailed when, in August 2018, a special prosecutor started investigating reports that members of his campaign staff had added fake names to ballot access petitions intended to help an independent candidate. One campaign aide was charged, though Taylor hasn’t been.

Like much of Virginia, the 2nd District in recent years has become more competitive for Democrats. President Trump beat Hillary Clinton there in 2016, 48%-45%. But Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam won the district in 2017, as did Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in his 2018 reelection bid.

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