Interior designer Tim Clarke helps readers capture the easy-living feel of the beach in his book "Coastal Modern" -- even when the beach is thousands of miles away.
Clarke explains in his introduction that coastal modern style isn't just about beach houses, but about any house that's inspired by the sea.
Nor is his idea of "modern" cold and severe. The homes he features in the book are designed to be comfortable and personal, incorporating natural materials, antiques and flea market finds -- and, of course, the colors of the coast.
Photographs by Noah Webb showcase homes Clarke has decorated, and the designer provides ideas for creating a relaxed feel and for marrying indoors and out.
"Coastal Modern" is published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers and sells for $50 in hardcover.
AKRON BEACON JOURNALFurniture insights
Interested in furniture styles? Gabberts is offering two free seminars this week. First, designers Lori Berg and Pat Manning-Hanson will offer insider perspective on the latest looks from the High Point market in North Carolina, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
If your taste runs to American Arts & Crafts furniture, Kent Gebhard will share information and insight into the timeless designs of the Stickleys and others from the Arts & Crafts era. That seminar will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday.
After six years in business, EuroNest in St. Louis park is closing its doors. The furniture and accessories retailer was a favorite of many local interior designers for its blend of traditional styles, European antiques and reproductions.
Everything from an antique spice rack ($975) to artisanal soap ($10) is discounted between 40 and 80 percent. The sale resumes Tuesday. The store is expected to close Saturday. The shop is at 5700 W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-929-2927, www. euro-nest.com. Owner Lori Anderson said she plans continue her interior design business after the store has closed.
JOHN EWOLDT'Secret' tour
Red Cedar Lane is "one of the most beautiful secrets in the Twin Cities," according to Preserve Minneapolis, which is sponsoring a neighborhood walking tour. The block-long street in southwest Minneapolis was laid out by architect John Jager, beginning in 1904, with red cedars that now form a canopy that makes the street seem like an aromatic outdoor room.
Red Cedar Lane includes Jager's own house and several others designed by William Gray Purcell and Frederick Strauel. The tour begins with a short slide lecture to introduce the designers and their architecture.
The tour will be held 1-3 p.m. Aug. 12, starting at 2825 Brookwood Terrace, Mpls. Cost is $5. To register, visit www.preserveminneapolis.org, under "Events" and then "Tours."