A Coastal White Weekend at the Beach Cottage

Mon 27th, Feb, 2012

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G’day Beach Cottage ladies, well it’s been a good weekend for me…a coastal bush walk for me, Sunday morning on the beach and lots of white paint!

We had a skylight installed on Saturday, I have been waiting a long time for this..it’s not a fancy one, I did want that, but in the end we went for a standard flat one, really it just looks like ‘light’ in the ceiling…

and oh my has it ever changed the light in the whole house!

errrm and it made everything look quite white




The bathroom renovation has stalled, it involves a seriously cracked couple of tiles in the new shower.  Not happy.  But the good news is the company that we got the vanity from have another one on the way to us.  Very happy.





The Beach Cottage De-Clutter Mission is still full steam ahead and the weather on Saturday, left no excuses for getting stuck into washing drapes and soft furnishings





The shelving in the breakfast room de-clutter was well-received in the new lighting








It seems lighter and brighter in all the rooms, not just the room where the skylight is




I got a bit carried away, as you can see, taking photos of white, coastal, beachy decor…



I am trying out new things on my camera…I must say I got a lot of it wrong and ended up with some awful photos, but some of them came out well…I guess that’s all part of the learning curve, right?



I tried it outside in natural light too…we have a new Beach Cottage white rose…they are coming on slowly but surely, I wish I could say that I have a lovely big old rose bush absolutely laden with gifts, but that would not be true…we, in fact, are drip-fed a perfect white rose every now and then, dangling it’s carrot of sweet scent at us…


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to be honest, ahem, there sure was not a lack of things to practice on…hello clusters of white shells on a vintage paint-splattered ladder, I heart you



hello DIY curtain tie-back, old bits of rope and fabric twisted with a starfish




big jar o’ white shells and a nautical fishing float?  yes please




And last but not least, this old vintage door found on the side of the road, got a makeover…it’s been sitting on the deck by the Adirondack chair, just crying out for a Beach Cottage coastal beachy decor makeover…it’s very heavy and wasn’t in the best of conditions to use as an actual door…but as art, oh yeah…I am not big on art, never have been, but vintage things leaning around looking old, shabby & peely…well I like those

To say I love the finished result is an understatement!   I found some LOVELY paint for it, will show you in the next few days the after…



And that my Beach Cottage lovelies is it from my white weekend…it did include a very nice, deep, bathtub full of, you guessed it, white bubbles, if you Instagram me, you’ll know that…

I will be back soon with the door makeover and the secret ingredient I painted it with..oh and more on the bath…

See you on the other side





p.s. you can also find me over here today with a fashion post and some very nice pants I found xo


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44 Responses to “A Coastal White Weekend at the Beach Cottage”

  1. Jem says:

    Seems like a light, airy and very productive weekend! I’m completely in love with those curtains, Sarah – the delicate floral is just stunning!

    Jem xXx

  2. Jules says:

    Fabulous photography to cheer up a dreary Sunday night! thanks x Jules x

  3. Carin says:

    Definitely sounds like a fun and productive weekend (minus the bathroom reno stalling of course). Love the star fish curtain tie back and the jar of shells…oh my!

  4. Kirsty says:

    Ah, so much gorgeousness for a Monday morning! I’m feeling much happier already :) I was playing around with my camera on the weekend too and also got some shockers LOL had a good giggle with my husband about all the mistakes I made! Ah well, it’s all a learning experience xo K

  5. Deb says:

    Sarah I am having a “moment” with your chalk jar. It is so simple yet so lovely. All your decluttering and foofing is looking great.

    • sarah says:

      yeah I am not sure if that jar is real vintage or a new one that got old if you see what I mean..I think it is a real one…I love it, thrifted it in Vinnies for a few bucks

  6. Kate says:

    Fresh bright and white. Just too lovely :)

    I am in love with your brown bag in the last pic. And the hat. Everything really… :)

    Lovely day to you.


  7. Glennie says:

    Lovely, lovely white ….. Loving those shells on the ladder and the hanging starfish …. xx

  8. Melinda says:

    Looks like a really good weekend.

    Loving your new pants and top(s), super stylish! Hair looks great too btw xx

    Looking forward to seeing what you have done with the door

    Sweltering weekend here, did do some great beach walks but EARLY to avoid heat, today showers and cooler … phewwww


  9. Manda says:

    Love the tan bag at the top of the post…yummy,yum,yum! And that new stripy top with your found pants, very nice. Thanks for injecting some style into my day.
    xx manda

  10. Candy says:

    So loving your chalk jar…I am taking my chalk out of the kitchen drawer right now!! Lovely white photos for a gloomy, cool day here in FL…thanks much!

  11. Cas says:

    Hiya Sarah :) Gorgeous everything! Sorry to hear about your bathroom setbacks, but I am really looking forward to getting a look at this bathtub of yours :) Have an awesome day!
    Cas x

  12. Janelle says:

    Gorgeous as always. xx

  13. Alice says:

    Sarah about your sky light…. Do you find it gets really hot? I am desperate for one in the kitchen/diner and one in the hallway leading to the bedrooms off the living room (it is very dark there) but I am afraid it will get really hot! Just curious…

    Loving all your white… I am glad I painted my walls white… Though my daughter still misses the blue it is much brighter now… Curious about the colour for the door…

    Waitng on some accessories for my camera to arrive so I can play.. Some filters and a wide angle lens and a tripod! Very excited to try them!

    Had a really bad broomstick day yeasterday.. I was literally climbing the walls and then launching myself on my broomstick hitting everyone that got in my way (or made sure was in my way)…. Not a pretty sight… Glad that it is over… I can’t stand being bored…sigh…

    • sarah says:

      yikes to the broomstick day, I haven’t had one for a while…it’s brewing…

      errrm the skylight seems fine right now, I actually hadn’t noticed it and we had a zapper of a hot day on Saturday *but there was a very good coastal breeze coming up so that might have taken off the heat…so I just went and stood under it and it is fine….I don’t know how it could actually be hot b/c it’s not like glass, more like filtered some kind of plastic I think and just is a panel…the light comes from a ‘tunnel’ above it that bounces around..

      if you are a bit dark inside in places I would not hesitate to recommend this…I am kicking myself we didn’t get around to doing this and in fact I am going to put another one in too…you can get them in kit form from Bunnings which I looked into, but in the end we went for getting it fitted by a professional b/c we didn’t want any leaky roof problems

      hope that helps

      p.s. I am jealous of your wide angle lens…that’s on my Wish List

      • Alice says:

        Thanks! The light tube was exactly what I was thinking (from bunning too)… hmm Might get it done then, I need light in this little shack of mine…I have been wanting one of these babies (especially)in the hall way the moment we moved in… too long…Good point about the leaky roof.. Will have to convince hubby on that fron though…

        Yes I was surprised about the wide angle lens.. Hubby still knows how to surpirse me… Very excited! I didn’t even know I could get one from my camera, he is a very resourceful fella!

        • Alice says:

          Sorry forgot to add RE chalk…

          If you tie a bunch of chalk sticks together and hang them in your pantry cupboard they will absorb any moisture inside… Keeping your dry goods and cupboard moisture free and preventing mould. Once you find that the sticks are damp stick them in the sun and re-use once dried. This will work in linen cupboards or wardrobes or even your draws too. If you want to avoid getting your old books mouldy place a line of chalk stick behind the books along the shelf and dry them in the sun etc… Just thought I should share… Sorry about all the typos my fingers have a mind of their own today…They keep reaching for the chocolate too… Naughty fingers!!!

        • sarah says:

          You will LOVE it…I am hoping for one in the hall too x

  14. Kate says:

    What happened to Saturday Club this weekend? I missed it :(

    • sarah says:

      Saturday Club doesn’t go out every week Kate….we found it works better and more refreshing if not weekly…I give a headsup prior to the Saturday it is on via the blog and social media

      of course you can go back and do previous ones?


  15. Kat says:

    Love it all!
    Do you do copious amounts of dusting to have your house looking so clean and white and fresh?
    Erm, not my fav task and def needs doing around here :)

    • sarah says:

      very funny Kat!!!!!! I don’t dust very much at all actually…I use the vacuum to dust plus I flick one of those static duster sticks around every now and then….and actually this is one EXTREMELY dusty house b/c of the coastal breeze I am presuming…the dustiest house I have ever lived in..I just put up with it x

  16. Rukmini Roy says:

    Fresh and paradise like and saweeet. Everything looks so impeccably beautiful! Love that cluster of shells…I’ll try to make one for my home. We get very less of this type on our beach…we get only plain white or spotted ones. I made a seashell windchime out of some I collected over the weekend and it chimes oh so pretty. Do you love them?

    You have a beautiful house Sarah and I love everything in it. Hands down. You are one very talented woman. Off to see you in fancy pants :)

  17. Jasmine says:

    I’m amazed at what some people throw away! That door is so cute! I can’t wait to see what you do with it :)

    What camera/lens do you use? I’m constantly trying new things out with my camera, and like you – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

    x Jasmine

  18. Anja says:

    Love starting my week like this – inspired! I live near the beach so am going to embrace it a bit more this week (and bring more elements of it into my home)…been taking it for granted. I love how simple changes (like white paint) can make a big difference… and it doesn’t have to wipe out my bank account :)

  19. alison says:

    Your white rose is exquisite.


  20. alison says:

    I just bought 3 pairs of wide legged pants thinking they’d be great for work and absolutely freaked out a week later, wondering what I was thinking when I bought them. You see I tried them on again straight after my KMart skinny $10 jeans. Too much contrast!!!!

    I’m ok now after seeing your wide leg pants.


  21. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous, light photos Sarah! Love all the vignettes – I got a new camera for Christmas and am still learning all its little ins and outs. Have a great week!! ;-))

  22. How beautiful. The kids go back to their Dad tomorrow night and I think a few days and nights relaxing at a cottage like yours would be enough to inspire me to get loads of blissful writing and healing done. One day …

  23. Deanne says:

    Just catching up with your blog, love the chalk, I have a teachers size box of white chalk sitting in my supplies cupboard- but not for much longer- it is coming on out!

  24. Sharon Smart says:

    Hey Sarah very interested in that vintage pot from Maryborough. Maryborough is an hour down the road from us and my parents live there. Where did you find it?

  25. Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah

    I have to say I love your curtains they are just gorgeous. I too love skylights they just make a house feel more bright, light, airy and cheerful. And who can go past a bubble bath, not me I know that. Sounds like you had a productive weekend and I am glad you’re enjoying our lovely aussie sunshine.

  26. Lynn says:

    Hello Sarah,

    It’s wonderful to see recent postings because I wanted to congratulate you on the nautical tiebacks and I’m so enjoying all the progress you have made on your home. I’ve had no nap nor bubble bath. What I have had are hours marveling at your talent and and simplicity of design. Delightful!