Monthly Archives: January 2012

Solar Power Yellow Chair by Horchow

{Color Palette of the Week} Sunny Solar Power Yellow

Solar Power is radiant – warm – cheerful.  Pantone’s 2012 Spring Color Inspiration includes ‘Solar Power’ and  pops of this bright and happy color can instantly perk up your space.  Add a jolt to your home this Spring by using in small doses or in full saturation.


Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest















Some fun ways to add a pop of Solar Power to your cottage!


Vintage Ceramic Lobster Mold in Yellow

Available at Beautiful Details by the Seashore


Handpainted Tropical Mango Fruit, 22″ Pillow

Available at Cottage Coastal 

Beach Bum Standard Bedding Set 

Available at Ocean Styles

{ Solar Power Yellow ideaboard on Houzz}

Coastal Blue Dining Room

Coastal Blue Dining Room Design Ideas

Coastal blue is like a great pair of jeans – the right shade can look fabulous when dressed up or down.  I was trying to recall if I’ve ever had  a blue dining room and I haven’t.  After perusing numerous blue dining rooms, I like the idea and gravitate towards the white or light grey walls with blue chairs and accents.

Coastal Blue Dining Room


Some people believe you shouldn’t paint your dining room blue because it makes food less appetizing. No wonder blue dining rooms are the exception rather than the rule: Beiges, reds and whites are far more popular choices for our eating areas. But blue can be a gorgeous choice for the dining room. I say forget the color theories!  ~ Apartment Therapy







Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest

Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest

Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest

Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest

What are your thoughts about blue for a dining room? Love it or leave it?

Rope Staircase

Rope Can Be a Beautiful Home Accent

Something as simple as rope can be quite a beautiful accent for your home.  The texture and natural coloration of the rope blends well with many interior styles and color schemes. We’ve gathered some unique ways to incorporate rope into your space.  It’s obvious that a bit of “thinking outside of the box” was used when coming up with ideas for use.

We’re thinking that a touch of rope trim on our coffee table might be a great accent…hmmmm. (I hear another project calling my name). traditional staircase

traditional staircase design by new orleans architect Bockman Forbes + Glasgow, Architecture + Design


:: nicolehollis :: contemporary staircase

contemporary staircase design by san francisco interior designer Nicole Hollis


Living Room - Quentin Bacon eclectic living room

eclectic living room design


Tricia Rose  living room

living room design by interior designer Tricia Rose


Bunkroom  kids

kids design by atlanta interior designer Brian Watford ID


Seagrass Coastal tropical bathroom

tropical bathroom design by charleston general contractor BROWN MEIHAUS CONSTRUCTION CO.


Lettered Cottage Guest room traditional bedroom

traditional bedroom design by media and blogs The Lettered Cottage


Harbour Rope Pillow Covers eclectic pillows

eclectic pillows design by West Elm


Tricia Rose eclectic living room

eclectic living room design by interior designer Tricia Rose


staircase contemporary staircase

contemporary staircase design

Our sponsor, Our Boat House, offers this divine rope table lamp.  Amazing!

Rope Table Lamp

other design by seattle media and blogs Sally Lee by the Sea

Looking for even MORE rope inspiration? Visit our idea board on

Do you use rope accents in your home?

purple bedroom

{Color Palette of the Week} A Touch of Purple & Lavender

We’ve covered color palettes including Tangerine Tango, Driftwood Grey and our own Sea of Blues (which covered Sodalite Blue & Cockatoo) this month, so what’s next? We’re thinking about the sweet and soft colors of spring today so how about some Bellflower and Sweet Lilac today?

We’re huge fans of fresh flowers with lilacs and lavender being near the top of our list of likes.  A fresh vase of lilacs on a soft white tablecloth is heavenly during Spring.

Are you a bit more adventurous than us? Do you like the more dramatic ‘Bellflower’ hue for walls and not just accents?


{Pantone Color Report} Spring 2012
lilac color interior decorating




lilac bedroom design



lilac details in living room interior design

Source: via wildflower on Pinterest





contemporary bathroom design

And a few accents to add a bit of purple and lavender to your home…


Purple & Lavender Items for your Home

  1.  Set of Four Original Paintings/Shells/Dragonfly/Plant by ArtRussell
  2. Large Sputnik Style Urchin by Sea Shells by Seashore
  3. Sea Glass & Spring Flowers Photo by Coastal Gifts
  4. Metro Personalized Clip Board by The Navy Knot
  5. Vibrant Tropical Foliage Pillow by Beachside Style


Sunny Pink Outdoor Dining

Sunny Pink Outdoor Dining

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and pink is on our mind.  What better way to celebrate pink than with pink bouganvillea and an adorable brick patio from California?

On the brick patio of a tiny California bungalow, designer Krista Ewart kept the mood fresh and playful to match the decor inside. A white 1960s lawn furniture set is perked up with a pink patterned tablecloth.” ~ House Beautiful


Sunny Pink Outdoor Dining

{via House Beautiful}


Partying with Beverly at Pink Saturday!!

Bathroom by Sarah Richardson

Blog Hop Linky Party – Decorating Resolution #3

It’s time to party AND I finally figured out what my decorating resolution #3 will be for the year.  I have such a long list of projects that I want to do so I find it a bit difficult to focus sometimes.  My brain just won’t shut off!

So, I narrowed it down to my Master Bathroom renovation.  I have many ideas but no “blueprint” on paper yet.  I can share some of the elements which I’d like to incorporate though.


The Master bath color palette is white with aqua accents…





A bit of beadboard or plank walls will add the charm I’m going for…


Source: via Jenny on Pinterest


So I’ll get to work on this blueprint some time this year…after the floor project.  Now that you know my three big decorating resolutions for 2012, what are yours?

Let’s party!!!!  Please post the hyperlink which goes directly to your decorating blog post.  We’ll be accepting posts for one week – thanks for joining.


2012 decorating resolutions blog party