Beach Cottage Does Budget Homewares with a Coastal Nautical Twist
Mon 19th, Mar, 2012
Hey love lovelies how the devil are you, weren’t those Beach Cottage Blues yesterday spiffing?!
Hope all is good, well I have to say I have had a pretty good weekend, it included lots of soccer and sport and a 2 and a half hour Saturday afternoon in the bath reading blogs on my iphone…..my kinda living.
So over at Kidspot I have been talking about things to do as the seasons change in your home – you know at this time of year, whatever hemisphere you are in, you get the cross season prompts to spend money on your home….through my letterbox this week I have had the Freedom catalogue, the IKEA catalogue, Target Home, theMyer catalogue and more ….all trying to coerce me into spending some money on my home as Autumn rolls in here and things get chilly…ahem, not chilly in Old Blighty terms…but you know what I mean…the sandals and shorts change to sandals and jeans.
One of these catalogues was inferring that a fashionable home was imperative….interesting for me because fashion in home wares is not something that does too much for me, I couldn’t give a flying fart about whether or not I have the latest trendy chair or the right designer lampshade…..but I do like to treat my home, you might well have gathered that already…that really floats my boat, I like buying bits and bobs for it, hiding them in the back of the wardrobe, and then bringing them out strategically and claiming we have had them forever, duh
So, I am sure you are aware that home wares and homey things are part of my make up…and that is where, like in fashion for one’s attire, budget comes in and as a home wares junkie I know me the tricks and places to get my latest coastal / vintage / beachy fix without breaking the bank…
When I lived in England that was a whole blooming lot easier, and when I have been in the States, I have about lapped up the home stores that suit my pocketbook as well as my style…over in the old country, everyone does homewares. Nice ones…..and actually changing out your style, for just one season or making your home a bit ‘fashionable’ should you want to is much more doable…I mean you can go to your local supermarket and browse the home wares section and there alongside cleaning products will be some celebrity endorsed, well-designed, and more importantly well priced cushion to throw in the end of your trolley.
Now, here, when I arrived in Australia, things were a little bit different….everything was so very much more expensive…shops where I loved the home wares (still very much made in good old China though) were charging out one regular cushion for upwards of $100 …so if I wanted to re-dress my home in say a nice chunky wool knit cushion for this season they claim is Winter ;-) or some such thing and buy more than one of them I would be looking at near to $500.
And so as I did in England I started to investigate ways to feed my habit and here it’s much more limited but there are rumblings that finally retailers are beginning to cotton on…
I have been known to feed my habit in many ways…planning daytrips to IKEA and spending entire days in there, eating, drinking and planning…perusing English websites and scheming ways to get coastal things here without huge shipping fees and bribing lovely friends to cart wallpaper over the oceans to me here Down Under (hello and thank you lovely Sue).
But things are changing and Aussie retailers are catching up with the rest of the world, yep women want great value, good design and availability and they want it at their fingertips while they are getting their groceries or dog food.
Which leads me to my trip to Kmart recently for the famous beach cottage 10 skinnies and of course a little walk around the home wares section
And I was not expecting to find what Idid.
You see it’s all still a bit hit and miss and I think very much at the mercy of who the home wares buyer is at the time and what their brief is….and the last couple of years in kmart that hasn’t been someone aiming their buying at someone like me…
…but I have still shopped there for basics and such like, because, like in clothes I find budget basics and mix ‘em in with other things and Kmart does basics exceedingly well…
So minding my own business, having a browse, completely in a world of my own and with a good hour to kill before sport pick-up, up popped in front of me a range of putty and white striped and polka dot china..and some with blue too. I die.
Well would you look at that, blow me down with a white feather, KMart have been reading my blog ;-) , bless their little hearts and decided to design a range just for little old me in an old cottage, lost and lonely in home accessories withdrawal, deep in the heart of the beaches of Sydney.
I mean how kind of them? Don’t you think?
A polka dot bowl for breakfast on the deck. Yes please.
Thank you KMart.
and more budget stores habit feeding from Target… a set of these chunky but clean lined white mugs
…not for coffee silly, for flowers… ;-)
these towels are a no brainer at 15 bucks from KMart and nice and plain, hit the spot very very nicely thank you very much….piled up by a subway tile wall, priceless
and as a girl who is a white towel purist, shudder to a brown or colored towel I am very nearly constantly purchasing a white towel somewhere or other…if you want to talk about white towels, quality, price and performance, man am I your girl…
and you know what, I haven’t really found too much difference in quality…perhaps if there are just two of you a super thick, super plush white towel is worth it…but in our place where towel rotation is high x five of us I like stacks and stacks of white towels regularly updated…that means I want good quality together with good prices…no at upwards of $90 some towels are not for me…
I have also some other things to show you. More? There’s More? Yes there sure is baby….I think I am going to call this Beach Cottage Budget Coastal Home this week…sound good? Oh there’s a dress in there too…talk about ****** amazing…can’t wait to show you this dress I found, I literally danced when I put it on…and it’s from the supermarket lol!
I have to go now though, errrrm as ever in this mad beach house, I have an offspring with a dirty great injury, I haven’t seen a bruise like this one before, ever, that’s what happens when kiddos do sport….but it did get us a gold medal so I suppose that’s a bonus…so we have a home from school Beach Cottage Kiddo here who needs some serious nursing… meaning I can’t stay here chatting about things to dress up your coastal style home on a budget …BUT I will be back later…blogging more than once a day? Oh I do hope so ladies ;-)
Now tell me, anyone else found perfect beauties without robbing a bank lately….let me know, I don’t care what country you are in…I will find a way…. I need more places to feed my habit… ;-)