The results: Coastal Living editors’ ornament contest!

December 16, 2010 | By | Comments (27)

Here at Coastal Living, we do everything with a beachy twist–our desks are lined with shells from far-flung shores, we sport sandals on "Flip Flop Fridays" throughout summer months, and we've even named a popular office gathering spot, "the coconut table"…even though there are no coconuts (but there is a table!). It's no surprise that when we decided to have a Christmas ornament contest, every staff member inserted his or her own creative coastal touch. The challenge was to take one plain, glass ball ornament and make it shine. Comment below and tell us which one is your favorite!

DSC_0103 Jackie Froeber, travel editor (Santa on vacay)

DSC_0102 Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor (a glittery, coastal-chic pattern)

DSC_0105Mamie Walling, office manager (a palm tree with lights–just like our December cover)

DSC_0106Julia Rutland, senior food editor (sea glass galore!)

Sarah Latta, assistant features editor (not a snow-woman…a sand-woman!)

Tempy Segrest, senior designer (sailboat on a sea of swirls–made of pages from our December issue)

Holly Goff, production manager

Kendell Cronstrom, editor

Chris Ellenbogen, photo intern

Brett Bralley, copy intern (California, where she's from and Alabama, where she lives now!)

Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Stephanie Gibson, copy editor (a s'more for beach bonfires!)

DSC_0109 Kelly Tomas, web/production associate


Happy holidays to you, our fellow beach lovers.


  1. Catherine Reynolds

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the s’more one!! That is the cutest thing ever!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:56 am
  2. Chico

    Stephanie’s is just going to break the s’mores ornament open and eat it.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:32 am
  3. Barbara

    I love the sea blue ribbons and beach items in Holly Goff’s. It makes me want to go to the beach

    December 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm
  4. Sheri Kelly

    I love them all, but “sailboat on a sea of swirls” is so beachy. I love it.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  5. Compltlyme

    LOVE the sea glass one!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  6. 365Beach

    Sailboat on Sea of Swirls gets my vote for most creative coastal-inspired; and Sea Glass Galore for best use of beachy resources; and Sand-woman for most fun! Love them all – what a fun idea!

    December 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  7. Fritters

    Tempy Segret, with the sea of swirls. I love swirls and it’s so coastal!

    December 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm
  8. Andrea Knox-Dostale

    Love the sea glass one and the sand woman- they make me smile. I painted oyster shells and made them look like Santa- my beach loving friends really enjoyed getting those 🙂

    December 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm
  9. Simple Daisy

    Oh my…they are all so darn cute!!
    Great job everyone!!!
    Happy Holidays:)

    December 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm
  10. Apps 55753818692 18805917 Ae7c5d0deb104001c0a14cb45425dbc2

    I love Bradley’s glittery, coastal chic ornament… so “Missoni gone coastal”.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm
  11. Gail

    Julia wins my vote, but Tempey and Stephanie were close. Well done ALL!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm
  12. Pam Gibson

    Love the s’more ornament! Cutest thing ever.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm
  13. santa

    I like the santa one. That’s how I’ll look after x-mas

    December 18, 2010 at 7:52 am
  14. J W

    Sea glass galore. Casual beach glass gone beautiful and classy.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm
  15. jackie Hostetler

    The sea glass one is my fav! Such a good idea I will make these all year to show off next season!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:57 am
  16. Ariadne

    I loved the sea glass one as I also collect it, and the lovely boat on blue swirls!

    December 23, 2010 at 11:49 am
  17. sherry

    I really liked the boat with swirls and the palm tree with lights.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm
  18. Linda Dianto

    These are great..,perhaps in the future you can launch a lighthouse tree ornament contest…there are over 650 to chose from…

    December 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm
  19. Cynthia

    I love all those coastal related ornaments.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm
  20. Kueckelhan Photography

    So many great ornaments to choose from. Talented group of folks. Seeing the ornamnets got my creative juices flowing. Looks like fun! Glad I didnt have to pick a winner.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm
  21. perry

    i love EVERYTHING about this 🙂 my favorites are by tempy and jackie!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm
  22. paulette adams

    WoW, I am impressed !
    There is serious creative talent, fun and creativity showcased here!
    Tempy Segrest, senior designer (sailboat on a sea of swirls–made of pages from our December issue) GETS MY VOTE !!!
    LoVe it !
    p.s. I’ll trade 1 of my ceramic creations for 1 of these Tempy

    July 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  23. Timberland Store

    I love your blog very much, more more info, I will concern it again!

    December 9, 2011 at 7:21 am
  24. Pandora NZ

    I love your blog very much, more more info, I will concern it again!

    March 18, 2012 at 2:05 am
  25. jodi higdon

    just Luv, Luv Santa on vacation . One for tacky christmas . Even though it is cute.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm
  26. Carmela (@CarmelaTag)

    very cool picks! I create sea shell ornaments myself using shells. Unique one of a kind items.

    July 17, 2013 at 11:43 am
  27. James Scott Marinelli

    I love the blue ribbon with sand and seashells inside

    December 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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