Monthly Archives: May 2012

Carolyn Cochrane Beach Art Photography

Carolyn Cochrane Beach Art Photography


I stumbled upon Carolyn Cochrane’s Etsy shop yesterday during my usual quest for “beach” and fell in love with her photography. Her shots capture the mood of the beach so perfectly and the colors are so magnificent, I couldn’t resist showing them to you this morning:

I think a series of three would look so pretty hanging on a wall, or a BIG one framed and hung over a mantle :)



Sennen Cove Beach House Tour

Beach Home Tour: Sennen Cove Beach


This beach cottage overlooks Sennen Cove – one of west Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches and it has amazing ocean views. The interior is a mix of coastal decor with country-chic, but most importantly, this is a place where anyone can feel relaxed and at ease. This beach cottage has four cozy bedrooms, an adorable kitchen and a living room with a window-seat and expansive views of the beach.

Sennen Cove Beach House Tour


Every room in this cottage has something special, including the sunroom, which would be the perfect place to have your first meal of the day. The exterior is yet another big reason to daydream about this beautiful beach cottage with a solar heated outdoor pool and spacious terraced gardens.

I hope you can relax while seeing it.

Source: Unique Home Stays

I know I need a vacation and the more I see cottages like this one, the more I crave summer! We live in a place where there’s more cottages than residential homes and I’m planning on renting a cottage by the beach somewhere. We live only a block from the beach but I really want to go to another place, relax and feel the waves. 

What about you? Do you have any plans for summer yet? This is the time to start planning and I hope you can find some inspiration here.

Enjoy your day and be aware of the gifts you’re receiving today.



Vintage Bathing Beauty Swimmers

Beach House Decorating: Vintage Swimming Girls

Vintage Bathing Beauty Swimmers

How do I explain my love affair with vintage diving girls and vintage swim suits?  Sounds a little weird, I know…The first time I ever spotted these vintage swimmers from America Retold,  I knew I was a goner.  I think I bought 40 of these candle holders in every color and shape imaginable, for our first store in Poulsbo.  These black, white and red ones gracing my office bookshelf might be the only ones I have left…

And then there were these girls, we could not keep enough of them in stock for our store customers or our online customers.   (photo taken on my old deck in Manchester, WA)

I think you can still find these bathing beauty girls online and locally (if you live near the beach) I spotted them a few months ago in the Cliff House Sutro Bar in San Francisco.

Just a few more of my favorite vintage bathing beauty finds – most spotted at the Alameda Flea Market, my go-to for inspiration!

Framed image spotted at the Cliff House, former Sutro Baths competition swimming venue in the 20’s-30’s. The entire restaurant is covered in these fun images!  I snapped this one a few months ago when we took Tom’s mom out to dinner there.

1920’s California Girls  (online for less than a day!)

French Flea Market Umbrella – LOVE!

Kicking myself for not buying this photo!

I did buy the Jantzen ad!  Could not resist it – and now it takes up a big corner on my messy office bulletin board, along with the vintage Chris Craft ad.
Now to give you some ideas for using vintage swimming suits and vintage swimming girls in your beach house!   Spotted at Houzz and on Pinterest earlier this week:

From Beach Vintage – I first spotted this cool idea at Completely-Coastal months ago, and kept it for future reference.  How simple, but such a great mix of modern and vintage!  Why did I give away my favorite red and white striped bathing suit????

Check out this cool framed vintage bathing suit mixed with a framed black sea fan, bright lime greens and MORE zebra stripes.  From Kate Jackson Designs.

Or how about this bright aqua green and turquoise living room? I am simply nuts about all of the bright happy colors, and that The diving girl pillow caught my eye right away!
Where can you find your very own vintage bathing girls?

Ebay has quite a few different options for prints and bathing suits.
Found quite a few of these vintage bathing girls at, and also on or you can go Google search using the terms “Dr. Livingstone – bathing beauties” and some other ideas will come up too.

Or there is lots of fun stuff at Etsy! Like all of the prints at Vintage Beach shop  – or there’s always Caron’s Beach House…..

Diving Girl Pillow

Cute polka dot bathing suit lamp

Vintage Inspired Pillow with Blue Striped Ticking!

Surfing at Waikiki!

See, I told you I have a little bit of an obsession. Have a great week everyone!


Peek a Boo View of our covered deck

Letter from the Editor: Summer in the Real World


Summer…a two syllable word that brings joy to just about every person I know. My favorite things about Summer are the longer days, sticking my toes into warm sand, large amounts of flowers blooming in the garden and simply sitting around and just enjoying family and friends. This Summer finds us finishing up the replacing of our carpet; organizing our storage; finishing our outdoor covered deck and welcoming many into our Sally Lee by the Sea family. LOTS going on!?!


Flowers of Summer


What happened with the cottage floors, you ask? We started in the living room and they are “almost” complete. What took so darn long? Well, we aren’t an HGTV Show which has 48 hours to work wonders!! We live in the real world and have a home, family and business to keep running while trying to do the floors. Seriously, who can renovate a room in a day? lol.

Here is proof that we’ve done something though (see photo below).  The 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood have been cut into 6″ wide strips at varying lengths (4′, 6′ and 8′).  We were dry fitting the boards while they acclimated to our inside temperature when we took this photo.


Cut Floor Boards


and they’ve each been hand-sanded and white washed now…


White washing on new Beach House Floors


I actually did get 75% of my closets organized in February and March. Did I get around to taking photos, nope! Again, life got in the way and they have started filling up with crap again; but they still look much better than previously.

The covered backyard deck really just needs a pressure wash and white paint (the rails have been primed white though!).  Why don’t I have recent photos of that either? Well, the deck is covered in power tools today in order to finish the floors…told you – real world!


Peek a Boo View of our covered deck

How about some photos of your pretty dining room or a summer table scape you ask? HA! My dining room is filled up with everything from the living room. Yes, seriously! I have a dining table, 8 foot couch, boxes of books, coffee table, end tables, plants and more everywhere. If you’ve never done home renovations then you probably don’t understand. If you HAVE done home renovations then you’re nodding your head in agreement and are so happy that we aren’t talking about your house right now.  :O)

On a happier note….we’d like to introduce you to some new writers for our sites! You may have noticed last week that articles are being written by our new coastal friends…

Cheryl Bow of the Australian blog called Beachcomber, brings us her beautiful photography and Aussie influenced beach home style tips.   Cheryl also creates beautiful jewelry and other coastal home goods in her Etsy store.

Caron of Caron’s Beach House as well as the blog, Everything Coastal, is a Pacific Northwest girl and currently resides in  fabulous San Francisco. We know you’ll love her posts about West Coast Beach Home Decorating and Coastal Lifestyle.

Have you met Interior Designer and Blogger, Luciane of Home Bunch? She resides in Canada and is in love with beautiful homes, beautiful accessories and the beach.  You’re going to love her as much as we do!

Last, but certainly not least, many of you know Elizabeth Joy of Shorely Chic.  She is yet another talented Interior Designer, retailer and blogger who offers us a young and hip New York vibe!

Welcome to our new team! We are so happy to have this group of talented coastal enthusiasts part of our Sally Lee family.

So, as you can see, I have a few projects to get completed this Summer.  Of course, beach walks and chillaxin’ (isn’t that what the kids are saying these days?) are on the top of my priority list so maybe these will end up on my Autumn to-do list!?

Hope you have a beautiful week!



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Bioluminescent jellyfish paperweight in blue

Love It or Hate It? Jellyfish Paperweights


Although these jellyfish died of natural causes before they were frozen in liquid nitrogen and made into paperweights, they still make me cringe a bit.  Lost at E Minor reports that the manufacturers promise they ‘will not crack or break when dropped’.

According to, the jellyfish glow in the dark naturally because they contain proteins called GFP proteins. These proteins are found inside jellyfish all over the world and are used as a defense mechanism to protect the jellyfish from their predators.  The Green Protein will glow all night in any darkened room so the paperweight can be used for a nightlight, inside an aquarium or as a unique conversation piece.

Let’s hear what YOU think…Love It or Hate It?

Stunning Beach House in Malibu

Stunning Beach House in Malibu

Hello, everyone! It’s such a honor being here today and I’d like to thank Marie for giving me the opportunity to share my opinion and my thoughts with you today. It’s wonderful to “meet” you all!

How often do we see houses from the outside and try to imagine how it looks inside? We wonder if the interiors are as good as the exterior. That’s why I love finding beautiful houses for sale, so we can take the tour and seize our curiosity, right? Take for example this house; if you just looked at it, not knowing its location, how much would you think it would cost? Go ahead… look at the first picture. Pretend you’re driving and see a sign saying it’s for sale. How much would you guess? Well, would your jaw drop if I said $5 mil? What about about $27 million? You read it right. This house does cost $27 million dollars! Now, go back to the first picture again. It’s quite hard to believe, right?

If you know anything about real estate, you know that location is everything, or at least, it should be. This recently construct beach house is located in the exclusive gated Malibu Colony, where there’s more celebrities living than any other place. The house itself has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 6,000 Sq Ft. with views of the Pacific and beautiful mountains. It was designed by Richard Landry, one of the top 100 architects and designers in the world as listed by Architectural Digest, and I have to say that he has done a tremendous job here.

Take the tour and let me know if you’d spend $27 mil for this home.

Sweet Home

It’s beautiful and it feels just like a “sweet” family home, with its grassy front yard and colorful flowers, and maybe that’s exactly what they wanted to achieve here. Privacy is quite rare here and you can easily notice the neighbors on both sides. I’m sorry to say, but doesn’t it look too “average” for the price tag of $27 mil?


Inviting and cute.

The Main

It gets more “grown-up” inside. Bars are great for entertaining, but a turn-off for me when added in the main level. Bars are better in a entertaining area in the basement or outdoors, especially if you live in California. I’d use the bar space for a larger dining room or sitting area.


The living room is simply perfect! I love the comfortable yet elegant furniture, and you simply can’t miss the ocean views.

Dining Room

The dining area is inviting and I like the fact you can still see and hear the ocean, but I find it to be too small.


The colors here remind me of the sand and sunsets.


They played safe with this kitchen, choosing beautiful, classic elements and adding some freshness with the colorful China.


I really like the light fixture/pot rack.


Elegant barstools in leather. I love them!

The Show

We all know the best feature of this kitchen is that amazing view!

Oh, La La!

This makes up for the dining room, in fact this is where I’d have my dinner parties. I simply love everything here, including the chandelier and chairs. Talking about chairs, I just suggested these chairs to a client the other day. Love them too!

Master Bedroom

I really love the architecture of this room and that ocean is just something incredible, but I do not like the wall color. It’s warm, but too “peachy” and I find it’s to be “fighting with the blue of the ocean. I’d like a lighter color, to complement this view.


Can you imagine waking up to see and hear the waves?


The office was neatly done.

Say “Yes”!

Now, this is what might convince you to pay $27 mil for this house!


This bathroom alone is amazing, add the views and you might end up with a dreamy bathroom.

By the Trees

This guest bedroom feel as you’re in a treehouse.


Simple and light.


You should keep everything neutral when selling a house. Besides, it’s harder to get tired of a space when it has neutral elements.


Notice they added glass tiles on the wall where the vanity and shower are. This drives your eyes to those places and gives you the feeling the whole bathroom is tiled.


This guest bedroom feels more grown-up. I like what they did with the art on each side of the window.


My favorite of the guest bathrooms, although they’re all very similar to each other. The aqua tiles remind me of the ocean.

Family Room

The family/media room has a great built-in. I love when we can hide all the videos, cds and other things that aren’t so pretty.

At Night

A better view of the room.

Above It All

The reason you may break the bank to live here.

All Views

You can BBQ while enjoying the views of the beach, mountains and pier.

Sunny Day

A great place to work on your tan.



The Beach

Wouldn’t it be great to have this beach as a backyard?


Imagine going for afternoon walks and feel the warm sand on your feet…


… and come back home to have a relaxing time with some friends here.


Living by the sea is the ultimate dream. I live only a block from the beach and I already consider myself lucky, but waking up every day with this kind of view and hearing the waves breaking at the shore would be almost magical. Interesting enough, people that live on the beach often say that they get so used to the noise and view that they end up not noticing them as much as they did at first. I think that’s quite interesting and actually, quite true. Don’t we all get used to everything that involves our daily routine?

Life as it is, should always be seen with new eyes, new forms, so we never take for granted where we live and who we share our lives with.

Thank you once again, Marie!

I’m waiting for you to visit me on my blog. The “doors” are open 24/7 for you! :-)

Enjoy your day!


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