Monthly Archives: May 2010

Make The Best of Things

I found a wonderful project this week on Make The Best of Things  blog. She has just redone her teal and chocolate brown bedroom and turned a couple of plain, very cheap, glass vases into textured and teal – GORGEOUS vases!

You’ll be amazed at the finished project which takes on the rugged look of vintage worked leather! If you’re budget minded – thrifty – stingy with a buck then you’ll love her projects. For full step-by-step instructions >> Jazz Up Glass Vases Here

Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle

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America’s Best Beach Boardwalks

My beloved Long Beach Peninsula, which I’m honored to call home, has been selected by Travel & Leisure magazine as having one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks!

Long Beach, Washington Boardwalk

“On the isolated Long Beach Boardwalk, built over cool, windswept dunes in southwestern Washington, bird-watchers flock to see adorable but endangered snowy plovers in one of the few places in the world where they still nest. Parents wander with their children on paths trod by Captain William Clark in 1805, when members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored here.Oregon resident Bonnie Teschner Carey has been visiting Long Beach since she was a child 60 years ago: “It’s still a quiet place, not trendy, not known,” she says, “just like when I was a child.” Only now it has a boardwalk, so even with two knee-replacements she can still enjoy the beach.”

Read the full article

Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!

Carefully Scripted is Hot!

What’s hot is home accents? Handwritten Script Lettering! According to Home Accents Today’s May issue they have selected this style as being hot, hot, hot!

“In the age of e-mail and texting, handwritten letters are perilously close to becoming an ancient, and extinct, art form. This season, designers pay tribute to the charms of script by virtue of nostalgia-heavy designs that are literally, to the letter, fabulous,” expressed Tracy Bulla.

We searched the Internet for some fun Scripted items…do you love or hate this trend? I think that I’m in Love ♥

Available from Coaster Creator

For the “francophile” in you! Here is a beautiful set of 4 hand stamped travertine tile coasters with an intricate image of the Eiffel tower overlaying french script words.

I’ve fallen head over heels for Carolyn Quartermaine Fabrics. Carolyn is a designer with studios in the south of France as well as London, and as you can see she creates a wide variety of fabrics with script.

This pillow features a beautiful monarch butterfly applied to a very popular french script document fabric. Jolie Marche handcrafts each item and offers handmade vintage image burlap pillows covers, table linens, and home decor items.

Looping swirls of handwriting gracefully travers Trans-Ocean’s hand-tufted Poem Rug in a nice 5′ x 8′ size.

“Home is where the soul goes to rest and dream” – A beautiful saying on a beautiful lampshade! Handpainted onto a canvas lampshade, trimmed with two types of beautiful fringe trim. Oh so chic! Visit The Shabby Chic Cottage for many more unique treasures.


The very talented Susan Winget designed this fabulous Serene Shores Sand Script fabric which even incorporates seashells into the script – love it! Unfortunatley this design seems to be discontinued but may possibly be special ordered…check with your fabric store.

Chocolate Script Floral Art Poster Print by Gillian Fullard is 20×28 and stunningly beautiful!  Happy Memorial Day.

Celebrate the Coastal Lifestyle!

Classy Sea Glass Vase

This sea glass vase , in the softest palest pink you’ve ever seen, is the perfect companion to any flowers.

This one-of-a-kind creation is handmade by Beach Grass Cottage owner, Shari Curtiss, with soothing soft pink and clear/white beach glass. “This piece can easily be a vase or a hurricane candle holder. It’s tall enough that your flame won’t go out too. We’ve also added some classy little pearls as an accent to up the bling factor a bit.”

Shari is a true beach girl and sea glass lover! “I’m from beautiful southwest Michigan near Lake Michigan, home of gorgeous beaches, cool old beachy cottages, and the best sunsets ever!!”

Visit Shari’s store for more one-of-a-kind creations…you won’t be sorry!

Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!

The Joy of Red

In the English language, the word red is associated with the color of certain flowers such as roses, ripe fruits, fire, sun and the sky at sunset. states that, “Red is the color of the life force. The color red invokes many psychological associations: courage, passion, love, excitement, danger, martyrdom, anger, fire, and strength. It is a lively color, and often recommended for areas of the home where entertaining is encouraged, such as the living room and dining room.”

You know the saying, “less is more”, this is a great rule of thumb when using red in decor. We’ve collected some of our favorite red items that will work nicely coordinated into your coastal hideaway.

Don’t be bashful―go ahead and mix stripes with patterns. Remember that reds will dominate and blues will recede, so be judicious when placing reds throughout your home. Use them as vibrant accents, and let blue tell the story.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Sea Worthy Red Sailboat Napkin Ring – The Country Porch features the distressed finish Sea Worthy Red Sailboat Napkin Ring from Park Designs.

Kitchens are an extremely important room in anyone’s house. These are places not only to rustle up meals, but also spend quality time with the family and friends. Those who love cooking and people, who like eating, both love to spend large amounts of time in the kitchen as it gives them a warm feeling as well as an opportunity to spend quality time.  This delightful Cherry Red Lobster Pot is durable, but still light enough to lift by Le Creuset.

The classic mix of red, white, and blue livens up coastal home decor. Look to the water. If you have spectacular ocean views, let the water replace interior blue hues and introduce extra hints of red for contrast.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

This red kitchen beauty is on my ultimate wish list…The overachiever of the stand mixer family, it has a Flour Power Rating of 14 cups. That means it can mix enough dough for 8 loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies in a single bowl. All you have to do is hope they’re hungry!

Consider using your boldest hue on an accent wall. When you’re working with several shades, the brightest color will showcase the wall with the most-interesting features.

James R. Solomon

Country Living recommends this rum-spiked spiced Cherry Cola Cocktail which provides grown-up refreshment. For those who prefer a nonalcoholic beverage, this refreshing cocktail is equally delicious without the rum. Garnish it with a few fresh cherries and offer a cinnamon stick in place of a plastic swizzle stick.


1/2 cup(s) cola soft drink
1 1/2 tablespoon(s) Spiced Cherry Syrup
1 ounce(s) rum

Make the cocktail by filling an 8-ounce glass with crushed ice and add the cola, cherry syrup, and rum. Stir and serve immediately.

Don’t forget to add a touch of red to each room by placing fresh cut blooms into glass jars and bottles…

And last, but certainly not least, how about incorporating red into your cottage’s exterior? Red with the white trim and white picket fence is adorable and classic!

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Let’s Get Crafty!

One of the main things that I love about living a coastal lifestyle is the simplicity.  From the clothes we wear to the interior and external decor that graces our timbers – I guess it boils down to the unpretentiousness of it all. 

The majority of our interior has been repainted; however the exterior is in need of paint, shutters, new decking etc.; which I’ll gladly share with you once we get going on it.  I’ve been collecting pieces of driftwood from the beach for the past year and a half in case I was ever inspired to make some signs or decorate with it.  I’m happy to report that inspiration finally hit me like a brick and I’ve spent the past few weekends working on several small projects that you’ll be seeing here soon.

My first easy beach project is a ‘Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!’ sign to hang over the patio door on our back deck. It looks great now, but will really ‘pop’ once we repaint the “cottage” in a soft yellow color. I selected a long and narrow piece of fence board which had charming rusty nails and lots of wear from traveling through the ocean for who knows how long.  The more weathered the board looks, the more I love it! I used a cheap paint brush with bristles going every which way to create an aged appearance…there is no right or wrong way to complete this so HAVE FUN!

Step 1 – Select your perfect board (or imperfect board)

Step 2 – Gather materials: sandpaper, cheap paint brush, acrylic paints or/ paint pens, palette or paper plate for paints, paper towels, exterior varnish, sawtooth hangers, hammer.

Step 3 – Lightly sand each side of your board to remove loose dirt and make a smooth area to paint.

Step 4 – Once you decide which side to paint on (and have smoothed it as in step 3) then it’s time to paint.  Place a puddle of white paint onto your palette, using your paint brush – paint a soft white background across your board…it looks more rustic if you don’t paint all the way to the edges. Add enough coats until you have the background the way you like it.  I put my paint on very thinly and the background looks like a weathered blue gray color.

Step 5 – You have options for placing your saying on the board – You can free-hand the words with a pencil & then paint over (my technique); use stencils or use tracing paper.

Step 6 – Once your paint & saying is dry give the piece another light sanding.

Step 7 – Make sure there is no dust on the board and then use an exterior spray varnish to protect it from the elements.

Step 8 – Place sawtooth hangers on the back of sign and hang!

For more beachy craft ideas, visit our Coastal Crafts page.

Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!