A Beach Cottage Exclusive! A Visitor from California

Wed 24th, Mar, 2010

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 Howdy Beach Cottage Readers!

You may be wondering if your internet cable hooked up with the Lucky Country Australia and the Beach Cottage today?

 Well you have but there’s a bit of a twist, a cowgirl one!


 I am Maria, from Dreamy Whites and I am guest posting over here at ABeachCottage today while Sarah get’s those eyes of hers rested and her little 350 butt into that white vintagey bed of hers.

I came across Sarah a while ago after stumbling upon her blog one day, loving just about everything about it…the white, the vintage things, the thrifting, the moving Down Under from England story, the old laid-back cottage on the beaches… oh and boy the way she writes..

As I read all about her it seems we had a lot in common…we both have more than a couple of kids, we both love to decorate with white, we both have travelled with our families and lived away from home, we both love the beach and we’ve both lived by the beach, we both live with white with stinky boys around and survive and we both love a mix of different styles…vintage beach, French, country farmhouse and shabby…and we mix that up with real living in a real working home, with a budget and all that family life stuff going on all the time


So anyway, one of the reasons I like visiting Sarah is the whole beach vintage coastal vibe going on… so I thought I’d show you some recent fluffing in my home to add a coastal breeze, to beach it up a little bit for this exclusive!

Yes my ranch is white too, with pops of colour and I love how a few shells work alongside the color from the lovely spring flowers, the brights from the old glass bottles and most importantly who wouldn’t love seashells and cowboy boots, huh?


So seeing as white is pretty big for both of us lol, Sarah thought you all might like us all to have a little chat about living with white and how that works.

So here goes… I’ve been living with it since the 90′s and love everything about it, taking the lead from Rachel Ashwell, I loved using an all white palette to brighten up my home just like Sarah has done in her little cottage…but when I moved to a modular house with tall ceilings, open plan and lots of light (a bit different from an old cottage!) something was missing and it seemed things were getting lost in an all-white space, I was having a very hard time pulling off the white, all the other houses I had lived in needed white for light but this so wasn’t the case here, light was flooding in all over the place and what we needed was some color!


And then I read an article about Yasmine McGgrane owner of Maison Reve in Country Home and I was so inspired by her home and gained a tonne of inspiration from that article…so much so that I took her lead and decided what my place needed with all the white was some pops of colour and over time gradually added to the all-white scheme.

And it surely did the trick.


But what about keeping it all clean, the kids, the animals…cowboy husbands?

Well, to be honest, I love having 5 kids and  living with white and wouldn’t have it any other way.  My kids do all the same things every other kid does…there’s nothing I’ve found that Oxiclean won’t budge lol!  Ok so we have a few house rules…we eat at the table, the kids help with chores, oh and there’s a no cowboy boot policy in the house…but that’s about it, living with white is a whole lot easier than you might think!


So I’m hoping you enjoyed having me here as a guest today at A Beach Cottage, I sure had a good time!  

A little birdie told me that Sarah’s coming to California soon so maybe a Dreamy Whites Beach Cottage Conference is not so far off the cards…

Thanks for having me…



 { from Sarah : and girls if you’re anything near as nosy as me you can see more of the stuff I have been stalking talking to Maria about behind the scenes right hereand yep there is more eye candy to faint over! and yep during the course of this escapade I have thrown everything in my home out for Council Clean Up and am starting again ;-)

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0 Responses to “A Beach Cottage Exclusive! A Visitor from California”

  1. Jackie says:

    Welcome Maria! Thank you for a wonderful post. your home is beautiful….Glad to hear Miss Sarah is resting her 350′s!

  2. Melanie says:

    Wonderful post, Maria! I love all of the beachy touches you have added!


  3. gaia says:

    Maria you are wonderful and you’ve made a great post!

  4. CJ says:

    What a wonderful post! Your house is beautiful.

  5. Lu says:

    I just love Maria home! Your home is so stunning as well! Thank you both for all the inspiration! ~lulu

  6. Janice says:

    Beautiful Maria, I enjoyed the post so much! Love your tablescape!

  7. Anne-Marie says:

    Thank you Maria & Sarah, great post.
    Now I shall be addicted to another ‘white’ site and can add little glass ball float thingys to my must have list!
    I’m so enjoying rediscovering my interior decorating urges. xx

  8. Kerri says:

    What a team you two make – fantastic.
    K xx

  9. Janna says:

    Her home is beautiful!

    If I were her neighbor, I would seriously consider breaking in and stealing that chandelier – it is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  10. Cindy S says:

    Yay!!! Two of my favorite bloggers together on one! Wow, it can’t get any better! You girls inspire me so much! Love ya both!

  11. Nice to meet you, Maria! And your lovely home too. I’m off to check out your blog now!

  12. donna says:

    Great post Maria! I’m glad Sara is resting. Those little blue fishing balls are to die for. You two are made for eachother. <3

  13. Anita says:

    Great post! Your home is beautiful Maria. Wish I could find some of those glass balls. I will have to keep my eye out for some.

  14. Tracy says:

    love love love Maria …. and YOU!

    What an amazing West meets….West union – perfection!


  15. You two were clearly separated at birth! Can’t wait to head over to Maria’s blog as well and get a double dose of your great styles. Thanks heaps. Cowboy boots and thongs (the ones you put on your feet of course)…great combo!

  16. Kristin says:

    Wonderful post! Love it, the two of you together…well, it really doesn’t get much better!!

  17. cheryl says:

    such a gorgeous home! i’d love some of the aqua mason jars. thankyou both for the inspiration!

  18. Angie says:

    Great Blog Maria, thanks Sarah for sharing. I too live with a real cowboy. My rules are the same as yours!! Check out my blog for some Country Australia.

  19. Tina says:

    How wonderful to see the gorgeous Maria here:) Love the beachy touches you have added to your beautiful home Maria! Thanks Sarah for a great guest blogger post! Wishing you both a wonderful week as always ~ Tina xx

  20. Maria says:

    I just want to say thank you again, for inviting me as a guest to your beach cottage! You are the BEST. There isn’t another girl out there like you!!!!
    I want to say thank you to all of your friends who have left such lovely comments! I really appreciate you giving me this opportunity Sarah, It means more to me than you will ever know. This guest post will be one to remember that is for sure!!!!
    Talk to you soon and thank you!
    I hope you get some rest! I don’t know if that is possible with you though!

  21. Federica says:

    Wonderful post Maria! Your home it’s like heaven to me!

  22. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!!! LOVE the color scheme!!

  23. zaira says:

    Great to find you two together. Maria, you’re really talented. Thanks for this gift, Sarah!!


  24. Michelle says:

    love the post Maria and your home looks wonderful. Sarah – no need to skip your stuff – your house is just as gorgeous.
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always, M x

  25. Julienne says:

    Well aren’t I the clever one!!!! I follow you both so tonight I have two for one!!!! Beautiful post Marie.

  26. chania says:

    Maria’s photography is so wonderful, I enjoy those pictures so much. Lovley post. I am a big fan of Dreamy Whites and enjoyed popping over here.

  27. Sandi says:

    A dreamy white lover myself I am so glad to have found your blog! Beautiful post…thank you Maria & Sarah!

  28. Paddy says:

    Yeeha Maria. Cowboy meets beach aesthetic. Inspired.

  29. Stephenie says:

    Nice post Maria! Your home is gorgeous. I always wondered about whites with kids. . . thanks!

  30. Paddy says:

    (Just read the conversation) Well done both of you. It’s hilarious. A meeting of minds across the Pacific, I think.

  31. Bev says:

    beautiful home Marie… thanks for sharing !

  32. Absolutely stunning!!! I love the bright pops of color! They are some of my favs as well. Blue/green glass makes my heart race, haha!

  33. Victoria says:

    Wow! I think more white is on the way at my little cottage. Thanks Sarah and Maria! I love that blogs bring kindred spirits together and you two are fabulous! Thanks for the beauty of everyday things!

  34. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors and could live in “white” any day! Enjoy your trip down under!

  35. Lark says:

    Maria, I love how you have maintained that light and airy look while adding color. I have had a lot of dark wood in my place and am now mixing things up a bit by adding more white and a lighter palette. Sarah, hope you are feeling better soon!

  36. susan says:

    What a great duo! Maria has such great style and so you do so it’s a perfect match. I love all the photos, so inspiring. My next couch and major furniture will be white for certain, I love it all! Susan

  37. Morning T says:

    What a fun post Maria and Sarah…love you both!!

  38. Paula says:

    It seems like quite afew of us are regular followers of both Sarah and Maria’s blogs. Keep up the good work ladies.

  39. Lisa-Marie says:

    We are currently living with magnolia, and actually I have found that with some deep coloured accessories, I love it! I would love to go ‘beachy’, but I lie in a Victorian tenement, and it just looks wrong. If either of you could suggest ways of incorporating it, I’d be grateful!

  40. Su says:

    Nice to meet you Maria – Great post, I have really enjoyed reading you!

  41. Melinda says:

    Another lovely white home – love the bits of washed out color added too and the Sarah-inspired beach touch! Thanks for sharing…

  42. Meg says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the cherry blossoms!!!

  43. Sally says:

    A pleasure to meet your Maria. Loved your post today!! And love your home.
    Sarah….Thanks for sharing such a delightful post with us.
    I think I might need to have a talk with the DH about painting some of our walls white again!!
    I sure am loving it!!
    And my wish list for home lovlies keeps getting longer and longer.
    Thanks again for all your fabulous ideas!!

  44. Kat says:

    I never tire of seeing more of Maria’s beautiful home! Thanks for giving us another look inside!

    Kat :)

  45. Andi says:

    It must have been a bit scarey filling in for someone else’s blog, but thank you for doing it. I read all with interest. How have you got your family to eat at the table? Mine only do so at the weekends, otherwise it’s in the lounge, in front of the tv. That’s why I have loose covers on my furniture.
    Nice to have met you. xx

  46. siggie says:

    Thanks for the beautiful eye candy! Everytime I come visit there is something new to discover. You are 2 very talented ladies!

  47. Alison Gibbs says:

    Fabulous post Maria. You girls are an inspiration

  48. ariane says:

    It’s wonderfull , marvelous
    Nice photos!

  49. paige says:

    you two are fantastic together!!

  50. kara says:

    Maria, and dreamy whites? it is too much! I mean, just amazing. She has such a great style and her house and her eye, amazing. Great post!

  51. Ina Martinez says:

    i love, love, LOVE browsing here….
    such a beautiful place..!

  52. The Moerks says:

    Maria, welcome to Oz. Your post is lovely as is your blog. Sarah chose you well as guest blogger. Hope to see you visiting again.

  53. Agent Julie says:

    All of these pictures are really inspiring. From your wonderful features we can feel the
    feast of joy, creativity, and beauty. The white colour on walls and furniture, combination of old and new and pastel coloured accessories can turn every place into romantic space. This is the way how you can turn boring and dark interiors of your homes and lofts into gorgeous spaces full of life, light and colours. Thank you for sharing.

    Best regards,

  54. charleigh says:

    i just love your dreamy whites with pops of turquoise, pink & shells. thank you for such an inspiring post Maria!

  55. Tracey says:

    Ahhh I am in such a happy place browsing through your blog. So pretty.. I also have to say how surprised and confused people look when I tell them that my favorite color is white. ……. I love it someone else likes shades of pale too.

  56. Bleu Chine says:

    This is a beautiful site, delicate and very chic as we say in France ! Thank you for inspiring

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