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Coastal Wallpaper Crab damask
Melissa Dayton artist
The whole Dayton family under a fishing pier

Coastal Cottage Textiles and Wallpaper: Where Coastal Living Meets Timeless Curated Elegance

The backdrop to a family's story (™)

At Melissa Dayton Art, we understand the importance of creating a home that's more than just a space – it's a sanctuary where memories are made for generations to come. Whether you're a seasoned mom with a vacation home or an interior designer seeking unique, bespoke designs, our collection of coastal-inspired fabrics, wallpaper, and art prints is here to help you tell your story.

Rooted in the vibrant color palettes of Connecticut's coast and the cherished moments spent along the beaches of New Jersey, our designs, including the best-selling Oyster watercolor series, embody tradition, casual elegance, and the joy of family gatherings.

With a focus on delivering designs that are both traditional and distinctive, we pride ourselves on offering curated collections that speak to your style. From classic wallpaper motifs to weathered driftwood and serene sea glass hues, each piece is crafted with care to bring warmth and nostalgia to your space.

Whether you're creating a cozy retreat for family get-togethers or infusing your vacation home with personalized charm, Melissa Dayton Art is your partner in design, helping you transform your space into a haven where cherished memories are made.

Welcome to Melissa Dayton Art – where every design tells your unique story of coastal living and invites you to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

While they may not remember the paper itself, they will certainly remember how the warmth and beauty of their home made them feel.

That's the ultimate goal – to create homes filled with memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Welcome to Melissa Dayton Art – where every design tells a story of love, family, and the timeless charm of coastal living. Beautiful, classic, and fun – just like the memories we'll create together.

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Melissa Dayton

Art and Design

Manasquan, New Jersey



Melissa and Chip Dayton

My inspiration is beauty in nature, people, and places. My childhood was spent on the water in New England. There was beauty all around, in the marshes, the birds, the breezes. When we sailed the wind filling the sail always fascinated me, even the soft wind and the big billowy spinnaker sail. As a small child, I can remember standing at the back sliding door watching the sun over the marsh. It was magical.

As an adult, I am fortunate enough to live at the beach, but the ocean, so it's very different but still captivating. The sand is fine, not rocky. The shells are whiter, the water has more movement. Our birds are sometimes different too. I have been blessed to raise my family in this place. The streets are lined with sycamore trees and old shingle-style homes. Our town is an iconic shore town with a main street, people walking, and bikes. People come to our towns for rest and rejuvenation, it is a special place.

Every day offers an opportunity for inspiration. It's all around us. I believe that beauty leads us to all that is good and true, and as an artist, I can help to bring some of that beauty into homes. Now that I am older and have done so many things in life. I know life can be hard and full of commitments. A home should be a place of peace and rest, but also joy and fun. When we create spaces for others, we want families to have spaces that are the backdrop to their memories. I'm honored to help you create that space for your clients and yourself.

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Melissa and Chip Dayton with Grandkids

Melissa Dayton lives at the beach in New Jersey. She understands the importance of creating a home with lasting memories. She is the mother of 8 children and 3 grandchildren.


Melissa has been selling her art online since 1996. She has a degree in Art and Design and originally intended to pursue interior design. Life took a turn and she spent many years painting commissioned portraits of children and painting murals in homes. Her work was in a Gift For Grandkids catalog with an amazing 350 portraits painted in a year and a half. She has painted several book covers as well. 


In 2012 she founded a nonprofit in her community that went viral and led her to speak in high schools nationwide. She and her husband then helped their community recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and they distributed over $100,000 in relief money from The Robin Hood Foundation. In 2013  she received master's degree in Theology and Ministry and taught for several years overseeing a service-learning program for a large high school. 

Melissa has now returned to art full-time designing for families to create homes that will leave lasting impacts and memories.

Melissa Dayton speaking
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