Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Navy and White Coastal Living Rooms

I love, love, love white slip covered couches. Seriously though, are they able to endure pet hair, dirty paws and fingers, baby spit up, and spilled grape juice (both the kid and adult shiraz version)? One home owner featured in the latest issue of Coastal Living said her white denim slip covers are "absolutely incredible". She throws them in the wash every 3 weeks with some bleach and they come out looking just like new. Wouldn't that be tedious? And she has 4 kids and 3 dogs! Are they worth it for that gorgeous coastal feel?

I just picked up some beach inspired fabric (75% off - I love a good sale) to recover some chairs and to make some DIY pillow covers. This, I plan to tackle in a month or so as a fun project to counter the dry wall mud dust. I am slightly obsessed with ikat and stripes.

I am working with a brown couch. So while I am lusting over white slip covered couches (someday!) I simply remind myself how low maintenance things are right now. This is a good thing. Here is my inspiration:

Image 1, Coastalhome.blogspot.com; image 2, my own; image 3, hgtv; image 4, houzz; image 5, House Beautiful, image 6 and 7, Ethan Allan; image 8, Seasidestyle.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tropical Love

I've been on vacation this week, visiting a tropical retreat that has washed me over with calm. Between one room filled with dry wall mud and sanding dust, another room filled with furniture and boxes, a yard that needs serious weeding and my long list of things-to-do, I took a pause and escaped. In my mind, that is. Who would like to join me? A beautiful sunset, a hammock for relaxing, a delicate fish dinner, a refreshing mango daiquiri, and gorgeously styled rooms. It's amazing how revisiting a past vacation through visualization can actually take you back and allow those wonderful feelings to resurface. I've been doing a lot of that lately!

Bring the tropics inside.

Fan: California Fan Company
Pillow and seagrass ottoman: Pottery Barn
Porcelain pineapple: Eco Chic
Seaweed print and garden seat: William Sonoma Home
Franboise striped area rug: Dash and Albert
Round Adirondack Mirror: Wisteria

Image 1, tumbler; image 2, Coastal Living; image 3, Hotel Club; image 4, seepuertorico.com; image 5, decor pad; image 6, beachbars.com 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tropical Plants and Palm Fronds in Vases

I love tropical plants and we do have a few around the house. I also love the simplicity of single palm fronds in vases - a bit of lush greenery without having an entire plant. With our harsh winters and the fact that our future beach house is still in the pre-planning stages, I am enjoying the faux palm version from Pottery Barn, on sale for $3.07 each. I'd say they look real... except that you can see that there is no water in the vase! I suppose I need opaque vases.

Decor Pad

Coastal Living

Traditional Home

House of Turquoise

House Beautiful

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mason Jar Projects, Crafts and Storage

Happy May everyone! Every time I am on Pinterest, I discover new creative uses for mason jars. I have dozens used as decor and storage.

A few vintage turquoise mason jar flower vases.

They became a gorgeous centrepiece for a family gathering.

I also use mason jars to store my paint brushes. 
Colored glass gems at the bottom keep them separated to dry.

I have a bunch on my kitchen counter filled with cooking and baking staples.
I created labels and painted them with Modge Podge so they would wipe clean.

I love how Linda from It All Started With Paint 
painted and distressed her mason jars and created beautiful vases.
Check out her blog to see the tutorial.

And I love the practical and stylish bathroom storage created by Liz Marie over at Liz Marie Blog

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