Monthly Archives: October 2013

canvas wall art ocean green waves by susan welsh photography

California Beach Photography & Home Decor

Southern California based photographer, Susan Welsh has lived many lives including residing in New York City and Boston.  She transplanted to California to marry her Prince Charming and have two beautiful children.  She is the former owner & designer of Very Inviting Paper, back when everyone still used paper to communicate.  Susan has studied art, art history, and photography at various institutions and studios, ending up with a BA in Art, Art History.

We are pleased to welcome Susan and her creative photography to our family of sponsors.  Her Etsy storefront, Susan Welsh Photography,  is full of beach photographs, coastal pillows, iPhone covers and more! Here are a few of our favorite things from her store.  If you love the sea & surf then you’ll love her offerings (which would be perfect gifts for the holidays).

 California Beach Photography by Susan Welsh Photography

canvas wall art ocean green waves by susan welsh photography

Surfer Girl California Beach Photography

Surfer Girl California Beach Photography, Fine Art Photograph, Home Decor, Wall Art Yellow Photo

Throw Pillow ~ Lifeguard Shack 

Coastal Decor, Throw Pillow Beach Cottage, Lifeguard Shack Photo, Tropical Home Decor Interior Decorating

Throw Pillow ~ Hawaii Sunset

Coastal Decor, Throw Pillow Hawaii Sunset Photo, Tropical Cottage Home Decor Interior Decorating, Green Orange Yellow

iPhone 5 Case – Aloha Love

iPhone 5 Case, Aloha Love, Sunset Beach Hawaii, Ocean, Fine Art Photography, Accessories, Apple Case

Party Coasters – Beach Scene

Party Coasters Beach Scene, Personalized Coaster, Paper Coaster, Birthday Party, Bachelorette, Cocktail Party, Home Decor, Barware, Wedding

Thanks for supporting coastal sponsor ~ Susan Welsh Photography

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Summer whale art project

Reclaimed Wooden Whale Art

Reclaimed Wood Whale Art Mantel


This adorable Reclaimed Wooden Whale Wall Art does feature a summer beach vibe, but we were thinking that it would be a perfect coastal gift to make for someone who loves the beach! shares all the DIY steps on their site.  Besides being a great piece of coastal art, the story behind it is even better.  Glenda the Happy Whale was created by Laura for her parents,Last year during Hurricane Sandy, my parents small beach placed took on so much damage that it had to be gutted.  And while they did get some insurance coverage, the rebuild has far exceeded what they received.  So, I am trying to help out by creating budget friendly items. And, because as always, I am a sentimental girl, I used the wood from my Grandfather’s house to build her.”  Well done, Laura!

Summer whale art project

Visit Laura at for step by step instructions.

Thanks for supporting today’s featured sponsor

A Day at the Beach sea glass jewelry

a day at the beach sea glass beach glass jewelry sponsor

Autumn Beach Decor centerpiece

A Peek Inside My Beach Cottage

My beach cottage mantel for Autumn

The chippy old mantel is gracefully draped with Autumn leaves; a grapevine starfish wreath, white bedazzled pumpkin and sailor’s knot which provide a nautically-inspired simplistic design.  The finished decor is a bit busier than Autumn decorations of past, but it suites where life is at right now. Every nautical display needs a boat, right?!  We had to include David’s old boat as a finishing touch.

Autumn Beach Decor  Mantle

Autumn Beach Decor

Autumn Beach Decor

Autumn Beach Decor Mantle

Beach Cottage Dining Table for Autumn

My dropcloth table cloth is layered with a burgundy runner and crossed with burlap ribbon. The centerpiece is a well-used Autumn candleholder display which has been adorned delicately with seashells from our Gulf Coast trip and seashell stamped tags.  Sometimes we use a candle and sometimes we just place shells on top of the holders…depends on the mood or occasion.  It’s all about keeping it simple around here.

Autumn Beach Decor - Dining Room Table Centerpiece

Autumn Beach Dining Room Table

Autumn Beach Decor centerpiece

Autumn Beach Decor centerpiece

Autumn Beach Decor centerpiece


Side Table with a Seaside Theme for Autumn

A cherished seashell wreath from my mother is being used as a large candleholder this season.  Autumn leaves and flowers (unfortunately not real) were tucked in here and there to softly represent the season.  A pumpkin spice candle completes the picture!

Autumn Beach Decor candle ring

Autumn Beach Decor candle ring

Autumn Beach Decor candle ring

Thank you for joining us throughout the seasons ~ it’s been a pleasure!


sailors delight hand stamped magnets in pewter

Sail Away with Nautical Jewelry & Home Accessories

Congratulations to our friends at Blue Sail Studios who have just launched their new website!  You’ll find a beautiful selection of hand-stamped nautical jewelry, beach theme bracelets, tableware, beach wedding gifts and more.  I purchased one of their beach bracelets a while back and just love it (you’re lucky if I’m NOT wearing it!) and I surprised my husband with hand-stamped spoons for our wedding anniversary a few years ago.  We use the spoons all the time and they always put a smile on our faces when we use them.

If you’re not familiar with hand-stamped products… Hand stamping unlike engraving is literally moving metal by the manual force of a hammer blow against a small dye.  Each letter is individually hand stamped so your creation is truly unique.

Check out a few of our favorite items from this unique coastal store…

Captain’s Table Seas the Day Coffee Spoon | Hand Stamped Silverware

One of our favorite sayings on a coffee spoon, “Seas the Day”  If you seas each day you never know what may happen. A fun play on words for the captain or crew.  Shabby vintage silver plate. It’s previous knocks of life are expected and part of what makes them special.  Each spoon is hand stamped one letter at a time to create a unique and charming item for you.

seas the day hand stamped nautical spoon 154

Mast Bracelet in Navy Leather | Women’s Nautical Bracelet with Mariner’s Clasp

Faded navy blue women’s nautical hook and shackle bracelet. The spindrift bracelets sleek silver color clasp meets marine stainless steel and classic round braided leather .

Mast Bracelet in Navy Leather Women's Nautical Bracelet with Mariner's Clasp

Nautical Pewter Magnet Set | Hand Stamped

Ahoy sailors! set of three pewter magnets hand stamped with nautical designs.  One anchor, sailboat and compass.Little pewter pebbles with their uneven surface and hand cast imperfections create a rustic style look.

sailors delight hand stamped magnets in pewter

Chart Your Own Course Cuff | Hand Stamped Bracelet

Inspirational quote bracelet –  Chart your own course.  

Made with light weight aluminum that is flexible and easily adjusted for a comfortable fit.

chart your own course cuff  hand stamped bracelet

Shop at Blue Sail Studios and SAVE!!

FREE shipping promotion between 10/23/13 to 10/30/13 for orders over $75.00.

Use Coupon Code at checkout: preorderholiday

blue sail studios coastal beach jewelry handstamped spoons

driftwood headboard

10 Creative Coastal Headboard Ideas


We’re decorating the bedroom today and we’ve gathered 10 Creative Coastal Headboard Ideas to spark inspiration and creativity!  As you can see from these examples, it takes more creativity than it does cash to create a new headboard from your beach home.  

ONE – HGTV’s Rate my Space used a wood pallet, cardboard and leftover carpet padding plus a few dollars’ worth of remnant fabric. Great looks for a tropical-inspired bedroom design!

Creative Coastal Headboard Ideas

TWO – This Coastal Headboard design was created from a salvaged antique door and some eclectic fun! Dana of Circa Dee shares, “I really didn’t have a pre-meditated plan for the coastal layout.  I just rolled with the punches and came up with this…”

eclectic coastal headboard idea

THREE – “Probably the simplest idea of all is to hang a huge graphic behind your bed,” according to Houzz contributor, Natalie Myers.   “Vintage school maps are a fantastic fit because they tend to run big, and it’s hard to find wall space for them elsewhere. What better wall space than the big blank area above the bed?”

FOUR – Basic materials from Home Depot and a weekend of the family working together created this Reclaimed Wood Headboard design from Silver Pennies. All materials cost a bit over $89.00…not too shabby!

reclaimed wood beach house headboard

 FIVE – We found this adorable painted wood plank headboard design on Decorating Ideas Made Simple.  It’s perfectly beachy, don’t you think?

Beach Cottage Style look, painted wood planks

  SIX – Erin of Bee Mine Photography created this simplistic  guest room headboard for LESS than $50!

beach guest room headboard

SEVEN – Muralist, Anita Roll, created this adorable girls bedroom design. “The beach umbrella as a canopy for the bed gives great dimension to the room and is fairly simple to mount.”

Girls' beach bedroom with umbrella headboard

EIGHT – A simple driftwood headboard created by Kasey Buick for her daughter.  ” I needed to be thrifty and creative because I can’t afford a headboard {there was a rattan mirror above the bed before makeover} And due to the fact that there is an abundance of free and beautiful driftwood all over the place I decided to create a driftwood headboard.”

driftwood headboard

NINE – Attach a bunch of wooden oars together and what do you get? The cutest coastal home headboard EVER!  Photograph taken by Bees Knees Bungalow from a showroom called Bachmans. 

oar headboard from beens knees bungalow

TEN – Here’s a cute and inexpensive idea for a beach house headboard which uses straw rugs.

nexpensive idea for headboards, using straw rugs

Visit Featured Sponsor ~ Beach Grass of Kennebunkport

beach grass coastal home decor

win seashell flatware from ocean offerings

Win Some Ambiance for your Beach Home


Bring the ambiance of the beach into the home, regardless of the season!   Our friends at Ocean Offerings are co-hosting an online event with the fine folks at The Good Home Company.

nautical anchor throw from Ocean Offerings

The Good Home Company, a line of luxurious and eco-friendly home fragrance and cleaning products, will be hosting Facebook giveaways between October 16 – 20th.  You’ll have the chance to win Beach Days products from The Good Home as well as prizes from Ocean Offerings!

Ocean Offerings prize #1

20 piece (4 place setting) of their Sea Shell Flatware ~ A favorite for entertaining  & everyday use!

win seashell flatware from ocean offerings


Ocean Offerings prize #2

Island Necklace made with the sand of the winner’s choice. Keep your vacation memories close to your heart with this fabulous Island Necklace! Each necklace is made of sterling silver, hand-sanded and polished to the final, matte finish.

win an island necklace from ocean offerings

Enter to win the Memories of Sea & Sand prize packages that includes Seashell flatware and Dune Jewelry from Ocean Offerings, and an assortment of Beach Days products from The Good Home Co.  Contest runs October 16th through October 20th – Good luck!

Enter here >

seashell flatware from Ocean Offerings

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