Monthly Archives: August 2012

Seaside Living Room

Bringing The Seaside To Your Home

 

Bringing the Seaside to Your Home — Everyone loves to spend time by the sea, which is probably why so many of us head for the shore for our holidays and vacations. Some of us are lucky enough to own a beach house, but for the majority, it’s just a pipe dream.

Eclectic Exterior design by Other Metros Habitat Post & Beam, Inc.

 

However, even though the reality of owning a coastal cottage might be far out of reach, you can bring the theme of the sea and the beach to your own home, wherever you might live.

Some people do this with the furniture they choose – picking coffee tables shaped like boats or with a seashell display underneath a glass top. Others choose to have accent features to remind them of times by the sea, like a big treasure chest-style blanket box or ornaments with a nautical theme like lighthouses, barometers and compasses.

 

Modern Living Room design by Detroit Interior Designer Jennifer Mitchell

 

One great thing you can do is to buy cheap bookcases online and then paint them up whatever colour you want as a base, and then stick seashore memorabilia over the sides to create your own personal 3-D seaside collage.

 

Contemporary Living Room design by Birmingham Interior Designer Dana Wolter

 

If you want to really take the nautical theme through your decorating, then colour schemes can be a good place to start. For example, in the living room, you can strip the carpet away and go back to the bare floorboards. Then either sand them down and leave them with a clear varnish, or if they’re not in a great state you can white wash them.

Choose an off-white paint with a hint of green or blue for the walls. Look at how the natural daylight falls in your room, and be guided by this as to which colour to choose. If your room faces north, be careful as painting it blue can sometimes have the effect of making it feel a little cold.

 

Contemporary Living Room design by Boston Architect ZeroEnergy Design

You can choose a sofa in blue, green or yellow to remind you of the natural ocean and shore colours, or choose a more neutral cream and beige and add accents of colour with cushions and throws. That way, when you feel like a change, the change doesn’t have to be so fundamental.

Whether you go the whole hog on the nautical theme, or you just have a few decorative touches to remind you of the beach, you’re sure to be thrilled with the results.

 

Traditional Bedroom design by Orange County Interior Designer Details a Design Firm

Beachy Bedroom

A Beachy Bedroom Collection

 

Bedroom

My bedroom is my refuge, even when it’s messy.  I like it cozy with super soft bedding, lots of blankets and  knit plush throws.  With a touch of beach cottage whimsy, I also like my  retreat light, bright, breezy and always changing with the seasons, while keeping the same basic color scheme of aquas and sea blues, combined with chocolate browns and driftwood tones.

It’s where I keep my family treasures, stacks of shelter magazines, piles of books and at least 3 pairs of glasses – lol!  (P.S. this is a super-cleaned up version of what it normally looks like!)

I’ve been collecting beachy bedrooms ideas on my Beachy Bedroom Pinterest board, for our expanding bedding category at Caron’s Beach House, and thought I would share a few of my favorite coastal bedroom retreats with you.   What do you think?

Bedroom

I think Coastal Living (?) – discovered on Pinterest  I would sit in that window seat for hours on end, Tom would be hard to pry me out of this room!

Beachy Bedroom

Pretty in Pink from Coastal Living! Just makes me happy.

Beachy Bedroom

Discovered on Pinterest – love the wicker and bed and the bright yellows. Would be like waking up in sunshine every day!

Beachy Bedroom

So fun!  Discovered at House of Turquoise, apparently it is Erin’s Dream Cottage.  Pretty darn cute, I could move in too.

Beachy Bedroom

Who can resist Lily Pulitzer??  Not me!

Beachy Bedroom

Love this look from Coastal Living!  Maybe it’s the twin oyster shell mirrors, or just the light blues and white bedding?

Beachy Bedroom

From Completely-Coastal – love love love the crab trio above the bed and the wicker-driftwood lamps!

Beachy Bedroom

Wrapping up with this pretty seaside bedroom from Barclay Butera – discovered at Ciao! Newport Beach.  Love the mix of nautical elements (trunk, telescope, etc.) with red, white and blues – not necessarily “nautical”.

Remember, changing your bedroom accents and accessories is relatively inexpensive and can give you a whole new look.  
  1. Add a “beachy” lamp  – don’t get me started, I could think of a million ideas!  Maybe just a coastal designed shade on an existing lamp?  Think white linen, burlap, or wicker…
  2. Add some natural wicker accents.  Baskets for books or magazines
  3. Cover an inexpensive table with a beautiful cloth or even a sea-themed scarf for a new side table
  4. Use an existing cozy throw from your living room.
  5. Mix up your art in a new pattern on the wall, or arrange your tucked away family photos in new frames.
  6. Don’t forget to bring the outside in, with collected shells, sea glass or driftwood.  This is my must have!

There are all kinds of ideas (with a little creativity!)  to make over your space without spending a dime.

Have a great week!

Caron

Anchors Aweigh Nautical Chair

Anchor’s Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

 

Anchor’s Aweigh! The anchor – a classic nautical symbol which adds instant coastal charm to any space it is found.  I’ve been around anchors for almost 30 years since I married a member of the U.S. Navy.  Although I usually think of this symbol as a simple Naval symbol it was great fun to find anchor inspiration for using in a pretty way around the house.

Whether the anchor is found in the form of cast iron, on a pillow, rug or poster it instantly is a recognizable nautical symbol to use in any and all beach home interior designs; whether they are modern or vintage.

1. Take a seat in the ultimate of captain’s chairs – Available from Maisons du Monde

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

2. Sailcloth Nautical Large Red or Navy Anchor Pillows from Cottage Coastal

 

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

3. Anchor’s Away Lamp from The Beach House LLC

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

4.  Cast Iron Anchor Double Wall from By The Seashore

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

5. Nautical Anchor Cutouts Confetti from Cereus Art

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

6. High Tide Or Low Tide Anchor Print from Shorely Chic

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

7. Compass And Anchor Spoon handmade by Blue Sail Studios

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

8. Carved Wood Anchor from Pottery Barn

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

9. Personalized Treasure Chest with Rope and Anchor from Sea Shells by Sea Shore

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

10. Anchors Away Accent Rug from Ocean Styles

Anchor's Aweigh: 10 Favorite Finds!

Want even more Anchor inspiration?

Check out our collection — Anchor’s Aweigh Ideabook on Houzz.com

 Marie

xoxo

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Santa Barbara Villa near the Sea

Santa Barbara Villa near the Sea

Santa Barbara Villa

 

The first time I saw this villa in Santa Barbara I knew I had to share it with you. I could imagine living in a home that has all of this privacy, the views of the mountains and the Pacific.

The extremely custom villa boasts stunning interiors which blend artfully with the expansive verandas & entertainment patios to the breathtaking views and natural beauty of Santa Barbara’s magnificent mountains and the ocean. This fine home centers around a fabulous great room area that has lofty beamed ceilings, a private library office with a stone fireplace and a large bedroom area with French doors to the patio.

This Santa Barbara villa also offers a wonderful outdoor dining area with a big fireplace and arbor providing year round outdoor entertaining with warmth and shade for guests no matter what time of year. There is a refreshing and natural appearing swimming pool that is complimented by professional landscaping, lawns and trees.

I hope you feel inspired by this beautiful home.

Grand

Santa Barbara Villa

Can you imagine yourself living here?

All of Us

Santa Barbara Villa

I feel so inspired by this patio. I’d love to spend hours relaxing here and enjoying the views.

 Library

Santa Barbara Villa

 This library is great! Wood paneling is important in a formal library, but I think we should balance it with lighter accessories and furniture.

Lounge Area

Santa Barbara Villa

 This lounge area is situated on the second level and it open to an extensive deck with its own outdoor fireplace.

 

Living Room

Santa Barbara Villa

 Notice how important design really is: The room seems to frame the view. You feel this way because the furniture is centered in the same direction of the windows, bringing your eyes to that magnificent view.

 

This is the Life

Santa Barbara Villa

 Yet another outdoor area with fireplace.

 

Finding Peace

Santa Barbara Villa

 It wouldn’t be to hard to do some gardening with this view, huh?

 Source:  Nicety

 

Have a wonderful day!!!

xo

Luciane


Nautical Cottage Mantel

Mantel Becomes Shabby Nautical Shelf

Garage Sale Find - Nautical Cottage Mantel

 

Every Memorial Day Weekend the hubby and I drive around the Long Beach Peninsula and go to as many garage sales as we can handle.  It’s officially called, “The Longest Garage Sale in the World” – whether it is or not, we sure have fun and have found many treasures.

Combining garage sale finds with our purchased treasures adds a comfy and cozy feel to our beach cottage.  Our favorite find from this year was an old and abused wood mantel.  It had been in someone’s barn for many years and I instantly fell in LOVE with it.  Of course, I received the rolling eyes from hubby but, as always, he loves it too now that it’s up on the wall.

 

Garage Sale Find - Nautical Cottage Mantel

 

The wood sailboat was purchased from a garage sale in 2009….for $5.00!  The lighthouse was a gift from my brother (it’s the Westport Lighthouse) and the candle lamp is from Ikea.

 

Garage Sale Find - Nautical Cottage Mantel

 

A stiff brush was used to remove dirt and chippy paint that was a bit “too” chippy.  I applied two coats of satin varnish so that the remaining paint would stay intact and it makes it easy to wipe down for cleaning.   The six foot long mantel is now a nautical shelf in our dining room.

I took these photos a few weeks ago and, of course, I have changed the items adorning the shelf numerous times (regular readers know that this is a VERY regular occurrence around here! lol).

Click photos for large version….

 

Hope you have a beautiful week!

Marie

 

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The Ocean House in Rhode Island

The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI

 

A tour of The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI  by Liz Joy of Shorely Chic

Over the weekend Brian and I drove up to Watch Hill, RI to hit the beach and visit the little town we fell in love with during a weekend trip we took last summer. The whole community of Watch Hill is just perfection, gorgeous New England beaches, an adorable Main Street with the cutest beach boutiques, ice cream shops, restaurants, and some of the most gorgeous homes I have ever seen. The Ocean House is definitely the gem of Watch Hill having first opened its doors to guests in 1868!

There is something so special about walking into a place you know has been luxurious for so many years, it’s fascinating to imagine

the people and styles that have walked up and down the hallways and relaxed on the vast porches.Brian and I were fortunate to choose

a day that the Ocean House had set aside to open up to the public and show off the renovation that has brought it back to life since

closing in 2003.

I snapped photos at all of the amazing details my eyes saw:

the view from the beach

The Ocean House in Rhode Island

view from the hotel

how gorgeous, when I pick up the paintbrush again, I may want to paint this…

The Ocean House in Rhode Island

The Ocean House in Rhode Island

lthough the Ocean House is a hotel, apparently you can purchase residences to own which is such a nice feature

of course there is croquet

Elizabeth Joy of Shorely Chic

the view from the main dining area

hydrangeas everywhere!

The Ocean House in Rhode Island

Shorely Chic heaven

guests were given a tour of the rooms on the first floor

the rooms walk out onto this…

It was a lovely day and I encourage all of you to take a trip and tour this marvelous New England landmark.www.oceanhouseri.com

Liz