Inspired Creativity by the Sea

Inspired Creativity by the Sea

As the popularity of sea swimming has skyrocketed along the North Coast over the last few years, it’s safe to say that we’ve been inspired by all who are braving the elements!

Cast away your doubts and fears of the cold waters because that’s not all there is to sea swimming. The physical and mental health benefits are obvious and sea swimming has quickly become one of the most effective forms of eco-therapy.

With all these benefits from the sea and our shores, we wanted to give you some of our favourite ideas on how to bring the ocean into your home.


Gillian Brownlow Art

Swapping people for whimsical animals, Gillian’s new collection of illustrations ‘Wild Swimming’ will bring a smile to your face and maybe even tempt you to dip into the roaring sea! 

The collection is now available in-store, so make sure you call into Makers House during your next visit to have your pick!



Laura McIlveen Photography



We love the way Laura captures unique moments in time in her photography, this image of The Skerries is a real show stopper. 

Since going professional in 2019, Laura’s passion and dedication to capturing the rich colours and bold movements of the sea constantly inspires us. Her ability to encapsulate the emotion of place with her imagery is guaranteed to bring a refreshing atmosphere to any room they’re displayed in.

Her photograph is available on her website: Laura McIlveen 'The Skerries'


Porcelain White Ceramics



If you are looking for a way to bring the North Coast seascape right into your home, we have the perfect product line from Porcelain White Ceramics.

Inspired by the waves, rocks and pebbles found along our stunning coastline, these carefully crafted pieces are entirely individual.

As the shapes, edges and patterns of each item are created with the sea in mind, they make for the perfect gift for sea-lovers with a keen eye for detail. Whether it’s for a relaxed dinner, a coffee-table addition or even a feature piece, these minimalist ceramics are as refreshing as the sea air that helps inspire their creation.

Don’t worry if you’re not ready to take the plunge into the water just yet, if you’re in the area dive into the Designerie instead, where you’ll be able to find something that will transport you to the dramatic waves of the Causeway Coast.