Living in Southern California, I'm sometimes called upon to design a space with a relaxed, beach-y vibe. I think a jute twine or rope-wrapped chandelier would be a great DIY for such a space.
So simple. So easy. Shockingly, I'm not the first to think of this. There's actually a great tutorial over on the Remodelaholic blog.
Definitely filing this idea away for the next beach pad I design...