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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Completely Coastal Unplugged: An Interview With Maya Nagel

I recently caught up with my friend Maya,  creator and author extraordinaire of one of my favorite blogs, "Completely Coastal" and requested an interview with this remarkable lady. So here's an unplugged look; sort of a behind the scenes from Maya Nagel- the inspiration behind Completely Coastal.

What was the driving force behind the creation of “Completely Coastal” and when did you publish the first blog?

My love for the sea and the coastal living life style! And I wanted to do something with that. So I started a blog in early 2008, not knowing where I was going to go with it, meaning with no clear direction. It took me about half a year to get a vision of what I wanted to create. So I deleted all posts prior to August 2008 and began to focus on decor, art and crafts, later also including books and movies. I think I changed the layout at least five times until I arrived at what I have now.

Maya's model yacht.
 What are your personal favorite completely coastal products that you own.

Inspired by my post "Display Idea's for Model Yachts",  I finally bought my own model yacht which is on display on top of my TV cabinet. And I love it! Link to model yacht article.

Maya's hand-painted shell tea light holders
 Then, featuring so many great craft projects on a regular basis, weekly actually, I finally did (a little) project myself and painted some local large shells, using them as tea light holders. Link to painted shell tea light holders.

Lighthouse photo pillow
Another favorite of mine is something I won in a giveaway. A custom made photo pillow. I adore it. The artist made it with one of my photographs, the Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI. Link to Lighthouse photo article.

Are there others that you are considering adding  to your own home?

I'd love to eventually have a few model lighthouses and fishing glass floats! See these posts:

Collecting Lighthouses:

Fishing Glass Floats for your Home:

 What are your favorite colors - Favorite music - Favorite Completely Coastal designs?

Blue-gray, blue-green, orange,  beige, white - oldies - I love everything I post, haha! My favorites I'd say, which I'd like to have in my next home would be some cool nautical wallpaper!! Link to subcategory Wallpapers  And I will be having more examples coming up too.

 How has Completely Coastal changed since it’s beginnings?

It's become more focused and I'd like to think more "beautiful". Also, since this year, I have lots of advertisers, all awesome quality sites that I'm very proud of having on Completely Coastal, such as yours!!

What’s beyond the horizon?

Better and bigger, I imagine!

Thank you Maya. Your an inspiration to us all! Coastal Creations & Design.


  1. I love this blog! and thanks for the many different aspects of interests. Love the 'painted shell tea light project' that's especially good the kids i teach. I'm a face book fan and artist my self, and love seeing and connecting with other artist!

  2. Thank you Elke and we certainly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. Send us some pics of your artwork! Joe

  3. fab interview, so good getting to know a little more about Maya. Her blog is amazing, I consider her a leader in the beachy blogosphere, someone I truly look up to.

  4. Thanks for this great post about Maya. Completely Coastal is also one of my favorite blogs and it's great to get to know Maya a bit better. I also just found your blog!! Yippy! I love it and will look around while I'm here.

    Have a beachy day...
    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

  5. Hi sealaura! I couldn't agree with you more. Joe

  6. Hi Marie, Thank you for visiting us and come back soon. Also, let us know about "Sally Lee by the Sea." Joe

  7. I love Maya and her beautiful blog! It's the first one I go to when I turn on my computer! She has such a variety of posts and so many things I am interested in! Great interview! Thanks! ♥

  8. Thank you Lavender Dreamer! We really appreciate your comments.

  9. Maya has great sea style! I adore her blog and the way she writes. I have spent hours day dreaming in front of my computer at some of the super neat things she has posted. Some I may even try myself. It sure is nice getting to know her better :)
    (Hi Maya!)