inspired: a day at the beach

a few weeks ago my husband decided we should take an impromptu visit to the beach.  the days are getting chillier and we needed to feel some sand in our toes.  so we quickly packed the car and drove the 45 minutes to surfside, tx.  yes, there were surfers (didn't think it was possible in the gulf of mexico?  think again).  i'll be back to try my luck at surfing another day.

although it was too chilly to swim, we walked around, stuck our toes in the sand, watched the birds dive into the surf for fish, and admired the surfers who were braving the cold waves because the wind and the waves did seem really great for surfing.

while walking up and down the shore, i noticed the most beautiful house.  it was different from most of the other houses along the beach because it was so demure.  can you see the teal and purple home in the background of this picture?  yep, that's what most other beach houses look like.  i like that, too, and i think it suits the beach vibe, but i loved this simple, all-wood house.  it was like a large piece of architectural driftwood.

i particularly noticed the faded wood grain on the plywood panels that cover the windows.  you can't see them in much detail here but the graining on them was so beautiful.  it reminded me of burl wood (though it is not burl.  it just reminded me of it).  so i did a quick search for burl inspiration and found these lovelies.

a beautiful burl console, via

burl and lucite desk - can this please be a christmas present to me??

lovely burl dresser, via

i loved our day at the beach!
our family at the beach
can you spot the creature?  i'll give you 100 cool points if you can guess what it is!

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