August 2012

Marco Polo: A Coastal Lifestyle

Author: Frances Stocks

The coastal style home is relaxing and inviting with a hint of whimsy. It evokes feelings of comfort among family and friends. It is a lifestyle attitude that says, “Curl up with a book and kick your feet up.” Coastal Home by Marco Polo captures the essence of laidback coastal style. Recently, its new location opened in The Bridge Center, directly across from Moss Creek. As soon as you walk in the door, you want to stay awhile. The feel of the store is updated and fresh with a good mix of classic and eclectic furnishings that complement the coastal lifestyle of the Lowcountry.

Huge wicker woven obelisks stand at the entrance to welcome you into the showroom; it is this type of architectural yet relaxed accessory that tells buyers they are in for a fun, creative shopping experience! Whether you are looking for the perfect housewarming gift, comfortable furniture or that unique three-foot red metal compass to hang on your wall, this shop has something for you.

Owners Bob and Martha Steele bought the business five years ago and evolved it into what it is today: a refreshed, updated, and Southern casual home-furnishing store. When they purchased the business (then known as Marco Polo), it was predominately wicker furnishings for indoor and outdoor use. With the new showroom in its very appealing location, the opportunity to update the name, the look and the inventory proved to be perfect planning. Coastal Home’s showroom contains a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor furniture. Whatever your vision of a coastal home—the rich warm tropical style, the light, airy cottage look, or a clean contemporary space—shopping at Coastal Home by Marco Polo will create a beautiful retreat to refresh the spirit and welcome family and friends.

A huge part of a Lowcountry coastal lifestyle is a connection to the outdoors, where you can feel breezes blowing and look out at seemingly endless water views—a true mood enhancer. Keep those indoor/outdoor spaces casual with cushy seating, no-fuss accessories, and easy come, easy go style. The various collections of outdoor furnishings, from rocking chairs to colorful indoor/outdoor rugs, make it easy to find the perfect item to complete your porch or Carolina room.

The Steeles keep their charming shop stocked with coastal inspired pieces, from comfortable chairs to ticking striped pillows, and what you don’t see on the showroom floor may only be an order away. They will help you find just what you are looking for from one of the many manufacturer lines they carry.

With just the right balance of relaxed and tailored, streamlined pieces, Coastal Home by Marco Polo has something for everyone: whimsical accessories, artwork, furnishing and more. This is the store to frequent if you want to change your coastal house into your coastal home. 

Coastal Home by Marco Polo is located at 1528 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926. For more information call (843)837-4100 or visit online at

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