Monthly Archives: April 2010

{Beach Cottage Decor} Decorating by Color: Yellow

Today we celebrate the color yellow – it adds sunshine to a dreary day and can add some punch to your seaside retreat.  The color of sunshine and daisies, yellow brightens up dark rooms and breathes warmth into cold spaces.  Yellow can be bright and fun or subtle and relaxing…it all depends on your personality.

Tropical Beach House –


Nantucket Bathroom –


Interiors in Yellow – Sally Lee


Yellow Jellyfish Lamp –
Soft Yellow Bedroom –


Golden Yellow Milk Glass Lamp –


Pale Yellow Rhododendren – Sally Lee Photography


Cheery Yellow Living Room –
Yellow Caribbean Coolers Pillow – Sally Lee


Romantic Yellow Entry –


Vintage Artwork


Little Yellow Cottage –

Yellow is a color that signifies happiness and warmth, as it is warm and luminous like sunlight. Just make sure to not go overboard with the color as it also stimulates the “caution” center in our brains. That cautious feeling causes something that is yellow to be easily noticed and grab people’s attention, but it does so at the expense of the viewers’ comfort. Using just a touch of yellow is the key to creating a lumious room!

May your day be filled with bright, cheery sunshine. Life’s A Beach…Enjoy!

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Seaside Coastal Cottage Tour

Most mornings begin the same…let the dogs outside, open up all the curtains to let the sunshine in, grab a big cup of coffee and open the laptop. While enjoying my first cup of heaven, I search the Internet for new and glorious coastal decor, cottages, and beachy items.  I was so excited when I recently stumbled upon coastal cottages in England that were for rent. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always had a yearning to visit England especially while the English Gardens begin blooming in spring. These coastal cottages really got my yearning to visit into high gear!

Seriously, what could be a better than a vacation (or holiday, as the English say) than staying in an authentic cottage? Self catering cottage accommodations are available to rent around Britain and the locations can vary from cities to remote country areas and of course, some are near the sea.

There were well over one thousand rentals listed; however I selected a few of my favorites to share. Some of the cottages only had exterior photographs available but I’m sure they will still pique your interest! I’m a country girl and all about the sea so I didn’t list any cottages in the city.

We begin our journey with a converted Chapel in England. A 5 bedroom converted chapel, sleeps 10. Set in a peaceful location. Close to Newquay and Porth beach. On and off street parking. Perfect for a family holiday. A 5 bedroom converted chapel building, over 200 years old set in the peaceful village of St Columb Minor, close to Newquay and Porth beach.  More Info

Our next stop is Corn Loft, a converted barn. 25 acres with rare breed sheep, 7.5 acres natural habitat, a charming and romantic retreat which is perfect for couples. This luxurious, semi-detached barn has recently been converted to the highest of standards. Nestling in the best of the Cornish countryside, the open-plan living area is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the beautiful views. With its wooden flooring, exposed beams and woodburner, this lovely home makes a perfect romantic retreat. More Info

Exterior of Corn Loft
Corn Loft Main Bedroom

We’re off to Scotland to the Coastal Cottage! In a stunning shoreside location looking out over ‘The Sound of Mull’ this traditional cottage enjoys all the seclusion and beauty of the Morvern peninsula yet sits within a short stroll of village shops and inns serving food. Glorious unspoilt countryside affords lovely walking and touring and the nearby ferry to Mull grants access to riding and golf. Tobermory is 30 minutes’ drive and both Iona and Oban are easily reached by ferry.
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Lovely views from the Shore Cottage

The Shore Cottage Conservatory

How about this one which is set in a tiny hamlet only 300 yards from the rocky shoreline? Burnside Croft is the perfect spot in Scotland for a relaxing ‘get away from it all’ holiday. With its wooden and terracota tile flooring lack of television reception and cosy multifuel stove heating it provides a wonderful opportunity to step back into a more peaceful traditional way of life. Lovely beaches and a stunning coastline are a joy for walkers and nature lovers.  More Info

Burnside Croft has the perfect seaside location

Northern Wales offers the delightful Llwyn Ynn Cottage which is set in The Snowdonia National Park. This cosy, romantic cottage with its own hot tub, wood burner and four poster bed is the perfect place to unwind. The lovely garden leads to river and woodland walks and the village shop, pub and restaurants in Talypont are just a short walk. Attached to the owners home, it offers a wonderful base to explore this area with its castles, mountains and narrow gauge railways. Sandy beach under a mile away.  More Info

Llwyn Ynn Cottage Exterior
4 Poster King Size Bed in Llwyn Ynn Cottage

Berthlwyd Cottage is located in a lovely rural setting in Snowdonia National Park. This comfortable cottage in Northern Wales lies just 3 miles from Conwy’s shops, restaurants, inns, magnificent castle, beach and harbour.  More Info

Berthlwyd Cottage exterior & grounds
Quaint Bedroom at Berthlwyd Cottage

Croit-Na-Mara in Portvasgo Tongue, Sutherland (Northern Scotland). Within 150 yards of the sea and stunning coastal views this ‘Croft by the Sea’ enjoys a beautiful and utterly peaceful setting at the end of a crofting strath. This is the perfect spot for those wanting a truly ‘get away from it all’ holiday. A paradise for walkers and bird watchers the gloriously unspoilt countryside surrounding Croit-Na-Mara offers a wealth of wildlife and seabirds including eagles otters pinemartins deer and wildcats. Whales and dolphins can be spotted off the nearby Kyle of Tongue and Portvasgo Bay beautiful sandy beaches lie within mile and fishing and sailing can all be enjoyed locally.
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Perfect Seaside Get-away

Sitting Room

I hope you enjoyed your coastal cottage visit…I know that I sure had fun looking through all the listings and selecting some of my favorites to share with you. I’m still not sure which one is my favorite…how about you?

Until next time…Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!

Honest Scrap Award

My new “beachy” friend, Tia, of Cottage by the Sea has honored me with the Honest Scrap Award. Tia blogs about the everyday shenanigans of a family who lives and loves by the sea. They are renovating their home so stop by her blog to share their adventures.

Here are the official rules and regulations of the Honest Scrap Award(which you can totally ignore if I nominate you and you have no interest in doing it):

A) List 10 honest things about yourself—and make them interesting, even if you have to dig deep!

B) Pass the award on to 7 bloggers who you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap and whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content.

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10 honest things about myself – wow, much harder than I thought it would be…but here goes.

1). I grew up on a small farm in Napa Valley, California and milked goats; collected eggs, fed the rabbits, raised cows, pigs, ducks and geese.

2). I learned how to drive a stick-shift when I was 9 years old, on our 1954 John Deere Tractor

3.) As a young girl I would read National Geographic for hours and hours.  I wanted to become a professional photographer and travel the world photographing wild animals – especially lions!

4.) I love to move furniture! I like to keep things fresh by moving everything around often.

5.) I hate tomatoes! The smell of a raw tomato makes me want to gag.

6.) I’ll be 45 years old in July; have 1 daughter, 1 son…both married with no kids; a wonderful husband of 26 years and 3 dogs, 1 cat.

7.) The happiest memories that I have of my mother & I are day trips that we took to Stinson Beach and Bodega Bay on the Northern California coast.

8.) I’m a night owl…I love to stay up until 2 or 3AM and sleep until around 11AM.

9.) I love just about every kind of home decor style, or at least seriously appreciate it. I have a difficult time focusing on one style as I’m drawn to many different types.

10.) My favorite movie is Under the Tuscan Sun

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I follow over a hundred blogs so selecting just seven is extremely difficult.  The below are some of my new favorite blogs…enjoy!

1.) Sealaura – A Beach Lover Surfing through Life

2.) Shorely Chic – An ambitious girl chasing my dream to become an interior decorator and brand-owner through my new business venture, Shorely Chic :)

3.) The Inspired Room – This is where I share inspiration for creating a simple, authentic and beautiful home.

4.) The Stylish House – Designer
5.) Beach House Etc.  – Beachy, fun, living
6.) Beach House Living –  Whether you have a beach house or just enjoy the beach.
7.) Sea Cottage – I live a simple life in a humble abode fondly known as ~ Sea Cottage. I am married to the Carpenter, Mum to the young carpenter, hollyhock, english rose, and sundance…and puppy bella bleu. 

Lavender Ambiance

Add an evocative ambiance to your beach cottage, inside and out! It’s easy to fall in love with lavender — the plant features attractive foliage, beautiful flowers, a great scent and the quiet colors of lavender create a memorable ambiance.

Sally Lee’s Garden Lavender – Mg Rhoades©

We’re lucky to live in Coastal Washington state which is an ideal climate to grow this lovely herb. The blooming stems of lavender can be harvested for fresh or dried blooms. The flowers can also be processed to yield an essential oil used for fragrance and aromatherapy. Blossom stems can be crafted into beautifully scented lavender wands, wreaths, and dried arrangements for your seaside cottage.

By using the color Lavender for your cottage walls it helps to promote restful sleep by relaxing and balancing your mood. Lavender is often paired with ivory or cream to give the room a bright, clean look. Boxy furniture can balance the soft quality of lavender. To avoid having ‘too much of a good thing’ do not decorate virtually everything in the room in lavender.

Adding some select accent pieces which incorporate a beautiful lavender hue is sure to make your seaside home extra special!

Lavender Shore Wreath – Blue Barnacles
Sputnik Sea Urchins in Brownish Lavender – Beach Grass Cottage

Seashell & Lavender Beach Glass Frame – Beach Grass Cottage

Leave white to the hotels. Instead, brighten your bath by swapping out standard, blah linens for plush towels in an array of new colors. Think of the season, and indulge your guests with hues from one color family. We chose pastel purple. From lavender to lilac, they’ll read as a complete set and look fresh for spring. To enhance the feel, add an aromatic sachet or pomander.

Southern Living

These antique French tins aren’t Lavender colored, however still provide a warmth and uniqueness to your cottage with their Lavande labels.

If you grow your own lovely Lavender then why not craft some lavender wands? Instructions.

Lavender Wand Weaving – Dave’s Garden

If you ever have a chance to visit a lavender farm, put it on the top of your tourist to-do list. Purple Haze Lavender Farm is on my list of places to visit someday…visit their website for lots of lovely Lavender inspiration.

Until next time…

Life’s A Beach – enjoy!

Mesmerizing Glass Floats

What a mesmerizing photograph!  If you’re a regular reader then you know about my search for glass floats and buoys so you know that I’m in awe of these. What a great way to decorate! I can just imagine them hanging from an outside pergola with twinkling white lights interspersed. Maya of  Daily Vitamin Sea recently shared this photograph on her fabulous blog (seriously, you must check it out!).

Maybelline Te is an interior designer based in North Carolina and while traveling in her homeland, the Philippines, she found this stunning display of Japenese Glass Floats out on the bamboo loggia at a friends house.

I have seen a number of Japanese glass floats displayed in homes but never something as stunning as this one. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful. A Cool Sighting indeed! If you want to learn a little bit more about the floats, I wrote a post about them on Completely Coastal: Nautical Decorating with Fishing Glass Floats.    Original article from Easter Chronicles ~ Froulala.

Celebrate Earth Day at Caron’s Beach House

Caron’s Beach House is all about coastal living and offering distinctive coastal and nautical home decorating solutions for our friends and customers who enjoy life on the beach; beachcombing, entertaining friends, sharing stories, toes in the sand, watching sunsets and storms.
The owner of Caron’s Beach House is a wonderful woman who is genuinely concerned about giving back to society.  Caron is an example to others and her business has made a commitment to support various charitable organizations.  This committment is a very significant part of her company’s mission statement.  Giving back to communities, protecting the environment and supporting important humanitarian efforts for education, health care and well being are a daily part of Caron’s business. We are so inspired by Caron’s mission that we felt the need to share her business with you today, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Earth Day Featured Product – The Neptune Botanical Shell Candle
10% goes to the Ocean Preservation Society

This candle is a gorgeous accent for any room in your beach house! The seashore candle is filled with assorted non-threatened seashells, sand dollars, and tiny starfish. Long lasting and can burn up to 85 hours, the warm glow from the Neptune candle will fill your beach cottage with the beach memory inducing scent of salt mist…fresh cut cedar and eucalyptus. A special hand-crafted technique reveals the sea life encased in the creamy vanilla-colored wax, and gives each candle a unique look and texture.  Shop Now
Caron’s Beach House is very proud to feature the Neptune candle for your coastal home – our manufacturer has donated 10% of the proceeds to The Oceanic Preservation Society. The Oceanic Preservation Society is committed to education about saving our seas, for more information please check out

Earth Day Featured Product – Irridescent Sea Green Starfish Accent
Caron’s will donate 25% to

Look how the sea green color is so light reflective! 7″ diameter x 1.5″ thick hand made glass. Another great home accent or gift for the beachcombers in your life! Enjoy the beach every day of the year. Shop Now

Caron, we thank you for your contributions to society and the environment…we are honored to be acquainted with you and your fabulous business.

Visit Caron today for an inspiring collection of Coastal Lifestyle gifts and decor.  Life’s a Beach – enjoy!