Beach Cottage Bedside

Mon 14th, May, 2012

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G’day little Beach Cottage lovelies, ooh to a good weekend past….come on in we have Beach Cottage bedside today…


 Foofing :  [ foo-fing] the process of moving one’s things around and getting things to look aesthetically pleasing.

Some bake, some play tennis, some watch movies, some sew, some drink wine.

I like to foof.


  Foofing is one addictive little past-time and one habit whereupon I like to get a regular fix.  Sometimes that fix is not easy or appropriate.  Lately it has been both.

The thing is with  foofing is that it takes no particularly special equipment, it costs none or little money, dependent upon, of course, one’s taste and depth of pocket.

But at the same time, it can be enhanced with extras.


The point is though to dive right in and use what you already have, to change it around a bit, to  potter around, to foof.

On the whole then, is life too short for foofing?

A bit like stuffing a mushroom, or baking bread?


Well I am not sure as to that, but, somehow strangely gratifying?  Yes.

Stroking some inner sense of satisifaction?  I think so.

so,  for you Beach Cottage friends this beautiful Autumnal morning Down Under…

To foof or not to foof, that is the question ?




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Daily Barley Pic 



 bedside : thrifted & painted Beach Cottage white    flowers & herbs  :  Beach Cottage garden  

Mirror : IKEA Hemnes   Lamp :  IKEA Lyrik   ($50 but cheaper the rest of the world :-) ) aqua cushion :  Eb & Ive


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65 Responses to “Beach Cottage Bedside”

  1. tricia says:

    I like to foof! So glad to see someone else calls it that ; o )

  2. Beth says:

    Absolutely to foof Sarah!
    Loving the fact that foofing can be costless and yet so satisfying. Got to go – some serious Monday morning foofing calls…
    PS Get yourself a bread maker – then there’s oodles more time for foofing!

  3. Sue Meddings says:

    I love to foof Sarah, but only when I have me time, which is pretty rare these days….since my daughters moved out, and it is just me and the boys, foofing is misunderstood as,’ you need to get a life”,

  4. andrea says:

    Foof all day long! Beautiful treasures, beautiful whites. What a peaceful bedside motiff to fall asleep next to! Thank you for sharing some inspiration today.

  5. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    I like your definition of foofing better than others I have seen (which just goes to show the “lost in translation” from one English speaking country to another…)

    I think you need to trademark the word :)

  6. neen says:

    OOOOhhh yer baby…foofing is my thing !!! Even on Mothers Day I had a turn whilst hubby went to buy hooks for new wall art. He was gone for 10mins and I had moved furniture and foofed !!!! He was gobsmacked hehehe, when I need to foof there’s no stopping me. A flower here, glass bottle there….LUUUURRRVE it.

  7. Anna says:

    Omg! My mum is a serial foofer!! I remember coming home from school & the furniture & trinkets would be rearranged, things moved constantly & walking into furniture in the middle of the night as if it had appeared out of nowhere. Turns out it was mum foofering

  8. Nope, I’m not a vignette fooferer, a bit too time poor, coz I’d rather spend too much time reading all about your’s and others foofing. Hence my house is smothered in dust! But I am a kitchen fooferer, rearranging drawers etc about once a year! Drives hubby nuts, I laughed and laughed yesterday as he searched 4 drawers before finding the teatowels. They’ve been in that drawer for about 4 years, shows the last time he was in the kitchen doing anything but making himself a cup of tea.

  9. Ha, hadn’t heard that word in ages. Great post. I foof with the best of them.

  10. Caz says:

    I love a good foof too;-)

  11. Emma says:

    Love your ‘foofing’ Sarah! It’s such a great way to have a change in your life and a new little bedside ‘foof’ does wonders for your whole outlook. Might just have to go and do some foof-ing of my very own!

  12. Alice says:

    If the foof gives you pleasure then I say life is too short not to foof!

  13. Kerri says:

    Foofing is my middle name;0)

  14. I love how you call it foo-fing, not foof-ing :-) Just foofed my front room mantle. It’s all greens and blues and sllver and glass. Decidedly summery and wonderful. Three cheers for foof!

  15. Erica Robinson says:

    Hi Sarah, I adore your spotted bedding and would love to know where you purchased it from? Your bedroom is beautiful!

  16. Sam says:

    Sarah, I would love to foof….however with two kiddos under four they often follow me around unfoofing what has just been foofed. So I’ve kinda given up until their destroyer tendencies have gone……as an exper foofer, have you any hints on how to foof with the under fours just waiting to pounce?

    Cheers Sam

  17. Chrisartist says:

    Love to food Sarah. But mostly I have to tidy up first!!

  18. Deanne says:

    shopping the house for a good foof is always fun!

  19. I really need some more foof to do foofing with. I went to a foof shop on the weekend and fell in love with 1000 items of foofery. For now I will make do with foofing my few foofs and dream of a day when I have more foof in my life.

    My husband hates foof with a passion *sigh*

    • sarah says:

      hmmm you see the problem with foof shops is that they foof up the foofiness which actually means less foofing for them ;-)

  20. loulou says:

    Oh I am a massive foofer and may I had love a good frou frou with it.

    lovely photos and explanation :)

    x Loulou

  21. Selby says:

    I “foof” loads – surely life’s too short not to?;)

  22. Kate (Oxford UK) says:

    I even foof in my garden – I spent a happy hour yesterday in the sunshine (has been raining solid for three weeks here in blighty) rearranging our terracotta and garden furniture, I brought the morning coffee out on my favorite garden tray with jug of herbs (oh so pretty), my husband and his friend from the allotments stifled a smile. Then we planted out the dahlias and sweet peas – I am am so excited about all the new colours I have this year, its enough to make me contemplate blogging just so that I can share them with you.
    kate x

    • sarah says:

      I love doing that Kate…here I actually have realised I don’t like gardening too much in the summer…through the Autumn I have been back out there again…planting and putting in salads…it’s just too hot and too much watering in the summer here

      I heard that Blighty has been wet for ages….well at least it will be green! x

  23. Sarah says:

    I love foofing. There’s never too much foofing in my home or out in the garden.

  24. so pretty and white. hope your boy is mending and not in too much pain.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Life is never too short for anything that makes you happy……,beautiful pictures.

  26. Hannah says:

    I love to ‘foof’. I am working on giving our apartment more character and there has been a lot of ‘foofing’ involved.

  27. Susan says:

    I do it all the time too……. I have a drawer that things “take a rest” in sometimes then out they come again about six months later…. great fun. Wish I had more time :)

    I gotta read your wardrobe cull post again as I bought so much on my recent os trip I need to totally CULL….. :)

    • sarah says:

      sigh mine needs doing again already I think! I guess that’s cos the weather has got chillier

      I have a rest cupboard lolx xxxx

  28. Rochelle says:

    You go girl, foof ahead. I love it! I so love your bedside table too xx

  29. Katherine Eaton says:

    Hi Sarah,
    What you refer to as “foofing” I call “titivating”!! (We used to call it that in a Florist shop I once worked in – sigh; a million years ago in another life). Either way, it is an wonderful pastime, and I totally agree, so addictive!! So, I wish you many more hours of glorious foofing Sarah – may you foof forever LOL : )
    You FOOF so well ; )

  30. Candice says:

    Obsessive–compulsive foofer here . its eveything you spoke of Sarah .
    Great post , Foof made me smile . Cheers .

  31. Candy says:

    To foof is a passion and obsession for me!! Once I begin the foo-fing process, it can turn into an all day affair….then I’m satisfyingly foofed out and pooped out, as well!! I get grumpy if I’m in the mood to foof and have no time to indulge myself…just ask my hubby!! lol

  32. I guess I am a foofer too! I just didn’t know what I love to do was called foofing. As always, your foofing is beautiful.


  33. Kristin says:

    I also love to foof! It’s a way to show some creativity….and my girls love to discover what I have changed or moved around. It’s fun to change things up! Love to always look at your foofing!

  34. I did some foofing as well this weekend, although I had no idea it was called that at the time!!! A corner hutch I bought specifically for the dining-room was just not right for the space I had there… It tried all the corners of my house (it’s a small house so I don’t have that many corners!), until it finds its right place in the bathroom… Weird, huh? It’s still drak, but we’ll get a make over during my next holidays.
    Happy foofing and woofing!

  35. Elaine in Laguna says:

    I love to foof and putter around the house on weekends. I tend to do it seasonally. Great post. Have fun!

  36. teres says:

    i am definitely pro-foof. :)

  37. I often do foofing so I am glad to read your own foofing as well. Every girls have their own creativity and as what I saw onto your photos you are very creative. I like your design and your concept.

  38. HRH Sarah says:

    Yes to foofing! It should get an international holiday- just think how much happier women all around the world would be if there was one day devoted to foofing?!?

  39. Cheryl Pieper says:

    I actually get paid for foofing! I decorate showrooms and get told to go foof. It is a wonderous job!!

  40. alison says:

    Foofing. The ultimate feel good fun. And free.


  41. Sylvie says:

    OMG, what you call foofing, I’ve been labeled as OCDing by others. I love your verb so much more. It sounds adorably normal. Oh, and I love the calming effect of all your foofs. :o)

  42. Jill says:

    Where are your hardwood floors from? I LOVE them. Maybe they are real and came with your home?