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By Katie Martin Chase Allen says his artistic abilities are in his genes. “My mother’s side of the family is very artistic,” said the 37-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native. Allen owns and operates The Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island, S.C. From fish to mermaids, the gallery, which opened in 2001, houses dozens of Allen’s handcrafted iron […]

At 14’ x 8’ feet long, the Iron Fish Bones handcrafted sculpture is made of 16-gauge welded scrap iron. Chase originally designed the sculpture as an outdoor installation for his studio on Daufuskie Island, but because it has sparked so much interest among visitors, he decided to design it for a wall instead! The picture […]

Daufuskie Island is a place where life moves at a slower pace. What’s most unique about this island is that there’s no bridge connecting it to the mainland. Accessible only by ferry, Daufuskie is the ultimate spot if you’re looking for a uniquely beautiful getaway. There are no cars, no obnoxious crowds to fight through, […]

Each coastal sculpture is handcrafted by renowned coastal sculptor Chase Allen of Daufuskie Island, SC. Chase has been creating these nautical decorations for over 12 years now and has been featured in national magazines such as Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Charleston

Rustic Coastal Decorating

Continuing on our rustic theme, I found these great images and decorating ideas from our friends at Coastal Living. The slideshow, found here, highlights a few beautifully decorated coastal rooms, and offers some great advice for accenting your home.

Rustic Kitchen from Coastal Living

I love the look of the wood the cabinets are made of, apparently it has been pickled. They describe the room as a rustic oasis, and offer some good advice for decorating with this theme:

“Pickled wood covers all of the kitchen surfaces. When searching for reclaimed items, don’t feel constrained by their original purpose. Here, an old brass curtain rod is given a new life as a towel bar.”

I think it looks great, and I love the old glass bottles at the top of the window above the sink, they look great when the light comes through.

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This next picture shows how you can use uniquely designed rustic rooms to your advantage. The stairs create some odd angles for the room, but it has skillfully been transformed into a beautiful reading area and library. The image is titled ‘Nestled Nook’, which fits it perfectly, as the room invites you in to sit down and read a good book.

Rustic Decorating – Coastal Living

Here is their description of the room:

“Small nooks, such as the lounge area and library, make the most of tricky angles in the attic-like master bedroom. Found objects displayed throughout the room give a sense of history to the room. Instead of framing artwork, prop it against walls or shelving for a relaxed point of interest.”

I agree and think the painting leaning against the wall under the stairs looks great just the way it is. Throughout the slideshow they discuss how choosing the right unique, or ‘unexpected’, decorations, can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a room.

The image below is titled ‘Accessorized Style’ and highlights this concept of adding ‘unexpected’ objects to a room. As they say in their description, ‘Never underestimate the power of accessorizing’.

Rustic Accessorizing – Coastal Living

“Never underestimate the power of accessorizing. Add one or two unexpected objects, such as the French wood scrollwork on the coffee table and the large shell-encrusted pillow with heavy embroidery. Pile on your favorite trinkets, and then edit, making sure to vary height, size, and scale.”

Purchased as the perfect rustic coastal decoration, these hand made metal sculptures hang easily on any wall inside your favorite friend’s beach house or beach cottage. Iron Fish art is the perfect addition to your rustic, coastal themed room.

Iron Fish Rustic Coastal Decorating

Here is a closer look at “Ocracoke Island”, one of coastal artist Chase Allen’s new spring/summer 2012 Iron Fish collection. If you want to find out more about Ocracoke Island, read my blog introducing this piece by clicking here.

Rustic Coastal Decoration

The vintage finish and rustic patina that you see on “Ocracoke Island Iron Fish” is a hallmark that metal sculptor Chase Allen’s work is famous for.

Visit the “current collection” to purchase this sculpture found at www.ironfishart.com.

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Also, don’t forget to check out Chase’s new ‘Re-Invented Nightlight Line’ …coastal sconce lighting taken to a whole new level! By day a beautiful coastal decoration, and by night a whole new work of art that fills your house with a warm natural glow.

Rustic Coastal Decoration – Re-Invented Nightlight

blue crab art

Blue Crab Sculpture Handcrafted as Coastal Kitchen Decor

Each sculpture is handcrafted by metal artist & coastal sculptor Chase Allen who has been covered and featured in Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Charleston Home magazines. Chase has been creating these metal sculptures since 2001 and his work is collected all across the US as coastal decorations.

Abstract, Vintage & Handcrafted Mermaid Sculpture

This 3′ mermaid sculpture fits in perfectly with the coastal decorations of this coastal bedroom. At only $345, these mermaid sculptures make for the perfect beach house accent and conversation starter as each piece is handcrafted by metal artist/coastal sculptor Chase Allen who has been recognized and covered in Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Charleston Home magazines.

Click on the coastal room image below for more mermaid color and size options!

small mermaid coastal decor

For those of you whom enjoy my vintage finished coastal sculptures, I think you will really enjoy this article in Coastal Living. Just follow the link below to read.

Also wanted to further prove the theory that an aged beach house is timeless!!!!:-)