Thursday, March 6, 2008

Shop Talk – Sesame & Lilies

I must be coming down with a severe case of spring fever – I can't wait to clean out closets and cupboards to stock them with fresh linens and soaps, toss all my dishes in favor of some old transferware, and completely redecorate my living room, bed and bath from floor to ceiling!

Oh, wait – could it be that I'm simply in love with Sesame & Lilies, the interior decor store in Cannon Beach? Yep, that's it! I want my whole house to look like their store and second-floor showrooms!

The selection of new and antique tableware, linens, and furniture is simply amazing, only topped by the way owner Diane Speakman puts it all together to create stunning vignettes and cozy corners that you want to just pick up and plop down in your own house.

Just take a look at this cozy love seat corner (above) – the perfect retreat to loose yourself in a good book or conversation with a close friend.

Or this reading nook (above right) and entry table (above left). Diane's combination of warm colors and natural textures makes you want to move right in!

Wandering through Sesame & Lilies, you find decorating inspiration at every corner and for every room. Take the bathroom, for instance. Who wouldn't want a beautiful collection of loofah brushes, sumptuous lotions in a glass bottle, or a variety of scented soaps?

And if you're a fan of Lollia products, you won't be disappointed! Diane has stocked her store with a huge variety of perfumed candles, lotions, bath oils, soaps and more! Plus, there are plenty of options to display your bathroom essentials, such as porcelain dishes, glass decanters and jars, even woven baskets (love those star fish on a simple seagrass serving tray!).

And what better way to transition from bath to bed than in a silky-soft bathrobe? The color selection is vast, sure to suit whatever your palette may be. The same can be said for Sesame & Lilies collection of pillows and bedding – and patterns range from traditional to modern, no-frills to lace-edged, and palest pink to shocking orange.

There's also a huge selection of textiles, specifically gorgeous throws and blankets from Oleana, again in every color you could imagine (I've had my eyes on the bright red, pink and green number in the top right).

Oh, you need a rug to cover your threadbare floors? No problem, just take your pick from all these patterns and colors!

One of my very favorite things is the unique way Diane displays even mundane items. Buckets of all shapes and sizes hold everything from rolled-up rugs to glass floats to brooms and pillow cases. And transferware is stacked up on simple white shelves to let the patterns really stand out.

And yes, there are seashells galore (we're at the coast, after all). But look at how tastefully they're displayed – piled high in a vintage carry-all or a dark urn (the strong contrast makes this a show stopper in any entry or hallway!)

I wish I could move right into any of the seven showrooms right upstairs from Sesame & Lilies! Check it out for yourself, I promise you'll be inspired to redo your entire home. Best of all, Sesame & Lilies can help you do just that since they offer interior design service. Diane's creations have graced the covers of several Country Living magazines and have been featured in Country Style and Lucky, just to mention a few!

183 N. Hemlock St. • Cannon Beach OR 97110 • 503.436.2027

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