Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Perfect Blue Coastal Hallway Decorating

{Beach Cottage Decor} Blue Coastal Hallway

Ever since we gazed upon this blue coastal hallway from House to Home, we couldn’t get it out of our mind. It combines all the elements that we love…blue, white, bead board, baskets, family photos and a beachy casualness…

 

The Perfect Blue Coastal Hallway Decorating

 Create a coastal feel with tongue-and-groove paneling, wicker storage baskets and crisp white walls.

Flowers in a country-style jug keep the scheme fresh. ~ House to Home

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Riding a Bicycle in Autumn

{At the Beach} A Perfect Day for a Bike Ride

A perfect Autumn day includes riding a bike whose basket is brimming with flowers, fruits or seashells…

 

New, old, fat tires or thin if it’s a bicycle then I’m in heaven.  Why? The light, crisp breezes which blow against my face refresh my soul and I love how the wind whips my locks around into a glorious mess.  A basket on the front or rear delights me even further as I can fill it with treasures from the roadside along my journey…

 

 

Bundled in an old cuddly sweater while riding on an Autumn day adds to the dreamlike state which it feels like I’m in…

 

Coasting through piles of fallen leaves creates giggles of joy in my soul!

 

I love how charming bicycles are whether it be to ride them, display them in a garden or look at them in photos ~ you?

 

Riding a Bicycle in Autumn

Get out and ride… enjoy the air, wind, water, sun, fog and nature which surrounds you.

 

Photos from my ever-expanding Charming Bikes board on Pinterest

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Key West Beach House

{Beach House Tour} Key West Vacation Home

Today’s Beach House Tour is a Key West charmer which has literally stood the test of time.  The home has been decorated with soft and feminine hues of dusty blue, pale mauve, and yellow which create a light and airy feeling throughout.  The historic cottage even comes with wide honey-hued planks (swoon!) which envelope the home with warmth, antiquity, and craftsmanship.  We love how the designer incorporated antiques and modern furniture & fabrics to create the perfect balance of beach cottage comfortability.

What is your opinion of this Key West Vacation Home?

 

Key West Beach House

In 1846, what would have roared in today as a Category 5 hurricane (think Katrina) pummeled Key West, Florida, leaving only eight of the island’s 600 houses standing. The unassuming yellow clapboard cottage with a long, sloping metal roof, black louvered shutters, and a white picket fence is one of those resilient rarities that survived the storm.  ~ Traditional Home

 

Key West Vacation Home

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

 

More than any other space, the master bedroom says retreat. “It’s light and ethereal, like being in a cloud,” says Richesin of the sky-blue room with a cloud painting behind the bed. But despite the vacation home’s sense of airy escape, it remains rooted in terra firma–grounded, charmingly, in history.  ~ Traditional Home

 

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Swimming Pool Tour

Read the entire article at Traditional Home Magazine

  •  Architect: Thomas Pope, Thomas E. Pope Architect, 7009 Shrimp Rd., Key West, FL 33040; 305/296-3611, thomasepope.com.
  • Interior designer: Todd Richesin of Todd Richesin Interiors, Knoxville, TN 37922;  toddrichesininteriors.com.
  • Traditional Home article written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe; Photographs by Werner Straube

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Ideas for Fall Decorating

It’s Fall Y’All ~ Simple Autumn Display for the Beach

It’s Fall Y’all and time to share our annual mantel display with blog hops around the globe…however….we don’t have a mantel! Boo hoo! So we created a simple Autumn Display on the center of our large table. Of course, it has a bit of coastal flair to it because, well, we live at the beach in a cottage.

Our ceramic pumpkin is pushing 25 years old this year and was bright orange so a few brushes of ivory acrylic paint and crackle glaze mellowed his look out a bit.

 

It’s Fall Y’all link party

Our hydrangeas are still covered with blooms in the cottage garden so we just “had” to incorporate them into the grouping. ..

 

Ideas for Fall Decorating

 

The blue glass bottle is a treasure purchased from a local antique store last month. It is from around 1900 and is exquisite up close (especially when light shines through it). It’s probably my favorite purchase this year.

 

Ideas for Fall Decorating

 

One advantage of NOT having a mantel is that I can have a two-sided display.  Look here!! It’s a Jack ‘o Lantern on this side…

 

Ideas for Fall Decorating

Ideas for Fall Decorating

Nothing fancy around here…just a bit of simple Autumn fun.

 

Ideas for Fall Decorating

The Lettered Cottage

 

Also sharing at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia & A Beach Cottage

 

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Apple Butter Recipe

{Taste of the Coast} Our Easy Apple Butter Recipe

As promised…today’s Taste of the Coast recipe is the Easy Apple Butter recipe!  Liz was recently hanging out on Pinterest (surprise, surprise!) and forwarded me a recipe for Easy Apple Butter.  What’s even better is that you make it in a crock pot (slow cooker) and it is sooooo easy and delicious to prepare.  Apple Butter has been a favorite of mine since I was a child and for some reason it never crossed my mind to make it at home….duh!  It is such a perfect thing to make during Autumn as it fills your beach cottage with delightful aromas for hours and hours.

By being able to prepare this delicious treat in the crock pot it fits perfectly into my easy, beachy style of cooking; inexpensive, filling and delicious.

Apple Butter Recipe ~ http://mgwhite.hubpages.com/hub/Apple-Butter-Recipe-Crock-Pot

You can use any variety of apple that you have on hand ~ I actually cheated on my first batch and purchased a 6 lb. can of Fiji Apples from Cash ‘n Carry which were peeled, cored and sliced for a cost of $5.00.  I’m sure that you could find similar deals at Costco or other warehouse stores too.  Remember that the flavor changes based on the type of apple used, so it only makes sense to use your favorite variety.

 

Apple Butter Recipe

Marie’s Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 pounds apples {cored, peeled and sliced}
  • 2 cups granulated Splenda {or sugar if you prefer}
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

Peel and core your apples. Cut into quarters.  The original recipe stated, “You are likely to find many recipes that say that you must chop the apples. I have tried both ways, and have found that this is an unnecessary step. When using a slow cooker, there is no need to exert the extra effort of finely chopping your apples.”

Simply place all ingredients in your crock pot, set it on low, and let it simmer for 9-12 hours without lifting the lid.

Once it reaches the desired consistency I ladled the apples into my blender* and pulsed for a few seconds. I poured the blended butter into a bowl and allowed it to cool in the refrigerator overnight (it will taste different and less sweet when cooled).

Once cooled, I separated the apple butter into a small glass jar with lid which can remain in the refrigerator for 3 weeks.  Ziplock Freezer bags were filled with the remainder and can be stored for 1 year in freezer.

*If you like a chunkier apple butter then don’t put in the blender.

We’ve used our Apple Butter on toast, pancakes, waffles and cottage cheese.  It really is fabulous. Enjoy!

Variation: So-Easy Apple Butter from Midwest Living

 

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How to Improve your Beach Cottage or House

How to Improve Your Beach House

To improve your beach house, make sure there is plenty of storage, create an entertainment area, build a veranda or patio, have a low maintenance garden and have an outdoor shower.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your beach house.  Installing a veranda or patio will not only add value to your home but will give you a shade area to relax under and is an instant entertainment area.  Many people build kit homes for a beach house and these are perfect because they are a cost effectively way of building a home and can be built by the owner.

 

How to Improve your Beach Cottage or House

Storage ~  One thing that is handy with a beach house is to have plenty of storage.  A beach home or holiday home often becomes the place to store all those things that don’t fit in your normal place of residence but when you visit it is nice to be able to unpack your bags and put them away out of sight.  You will also have things stored at your beach house like swimming gear, surf boards or boogie boards, perhaps dive gear, life jackets and other things you might use while at the beach.  Have enough cupboard space for plenty of beach towels and spare clothes and even having a cupboard with lots of non perishable foods is convenient.

Entertainment area ~  A beach house is all about having a good time, having guests staying over and entertaining.  Having an entertainment area is a necessary improvement that you will get a lot of use out of.  If you buy a good barbecue make sure that it is either fixed in so it can’t be removed or have somewhere inside that you can put it so it doesn’t get stolen when you are not there, which is common with owners of beach house who might only visit their home on school holidays or on weekends.  Have either a veranda or patio to create shade and invest in some quality outdoor furniture which is a lot more comfortable than the cheaper kind.

Veranda or patio ~  A patio will give you an area for children to play outside during wet days and create a fantastic space for entertaining.  Having a veranda all the way around your home will not only improve the look of your home but will keep your home a lot cooler as it will shade your windows and bricks from the sun.

Fence ~  Erect a good fence or wall around your property with a high gate for security purposes.  If you only visit your beach house on weekends or on school holidays you should take extra security measures to keep your property safe.

Garden ~  A garden will improve the look of every property, including your beach house.  When designing your garden choose plants that are low maintenance and go for a minimalist look that is also drought resistant as you won’t be there often to water the plants.

Outdoor shower ~  Having an outdoor shower is handy at a beach house because you can stand outside and have a rinse off when you come back from the beach, get all the salt water and sand off so that you don’t end up walking it through the house.

Photos via Pinterest

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