beach cottage decorating

Thu 24th, May, 2012

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Hellloooo Beach Cottage lovelies, welcome to a little bit of classic beach cottage decorating, updating via white paint and some Frenchy coastal style something that wasn’t too nice…and all very much DIY…

Well we are getting there with the old Summer House…it’s a funny thing this, because it was truly an eyesore before (I am hoping to find the early before pictures of it when it was painted bright blue and oh so horrid)  and now it has become a sort of working part of the garden and the cottage…

Nothing is finished inside, it still needs more coastal cottage decorating…we’ve taked about it alot on here, I have mused ideas, listened to your thoughts, had a think about what it needs to be used for yadda yadda yadda..

But in actual fact, what has  happened is that it has evolved slowly over the last few weeks into a place that I have been going to often…kinda makeshift but getting there…I guess that is how you work out how you will use a place…by adding and making-do and up-cycling what you have already got

…and I also think that is a big thing in cottage decorating, whether it be country cottage, coastal cottage, french cottage, whatever, the cottage decorating look comes mostly from comfort and that comes with a bit of time…



We put the sisal rug down (it was a spare one) just to have a look at what we thought (it’s not trimmed to size yet) and it’s stayed there (unlike the twig :-) )

…same thing with the Adirondacks…we stole one from the front deck and one from the house to see what they would be like…they’ve stayed there too…

And then the other day I made myself some figs and goat’s cheese on toast and thought how nice it would be to sit out there in this beeeeyooteeeful Autumn weather that has so kindly been bestowed on Sydney and these beaches that I happen to have access to….and as I walked out, I grabbed a tablecloth and a French bistro chair on the way, because one cannot eat a fig and goat’s cheese without a tablelcoth and a French bistro chair now can one? …they stayed too.

What is also happening here (and particularly as this little place is a sun trap and it’s now touching on Winter here and it gets lovely warm sun) is that it’s becoming a place for me to escape to….the other Sunday there was stuff going on in this old cottage of ours that was getting under my skin…nothing major, just you know, family stuff and this and that and it felt like my head was buzzing and bursting…and all of a sudden I found myself out here, with a book…I had gone quietly so no-one knew, shut the door gently behind me and all of that became muted and far away…I read my book and sat and breathed and just de-compressed.



So I think I may have found the main use for this place…as the Beach Cottage De-Compression Chamber.

I have decided I will be renting this Beach Cottage De-Compression Chamber out ;-)



Beach Cottage De-Compression Chamber Package

Available for Hire ;-)


After arrival at the Beach Cottage De-Compression Chamber, all the hustle and bustle of life will be but a distant memory, your shoes will be swiftly whisked from your feet and replaced with a pair of white ruffle slippers, placed about your person will be a plush white robe, you will be taken to a whitewashed Adirondack chair and sigh as you sink down into a perfectly plumped nautical stripe cushion, you will be served a Limoncello from a delightful selection of hand-made goodness, you will then be administered with a slice of Beach Cottage French Apple Pie…after some easy reading of your choice, a pom-pom throw will be gently placed upon your knees…at this point you will let your head rest back, and your feet go up…whereupon you will drift off to the land of rose-tinted glasses and all the stresses of the world will slowly fade away… as you sit ensconced in white, warmth and ruffles…there will be no talk of kiddos and the tieing them to trees

TERMS & CONDITIONS :  all payments in full at time of booking, payment in vintage goods only, preferably French or Coastal.

SURCHARGE: Please note a surcharge may apply to school nights and/or broomstick nights.  Nightly rates and weekly rates are extremely high and strictly not negotiable.

CONFIRMATION: Bookings are only taken from Beach Cottage Ladies, preferential treatment will be given to members of the Beach Cottage Saturday Club and only confirmed via the Beach Cottage comment section.

Bookings are strictly on a first comment first served basis.  

All blog and/or Twitter trolls strictly prohibited. 

abeachcottage.com is not responsible for any Beach Cottage rose-tinted behaviour that may occur as a result of a stay in this chamber.



wanna come stay ahwile????

your new travel destination agent.. ;-)




p.s. if you missed the posts on the Summer House renovations, you can find the before (and how awful it was) here, here for how we lined the walls and added doors  and go here to see the furniture options (found under the house)

oh & you can click the pics below to see more of it today!

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64 Responses to “beach cottage decorating”

  1. samantha says:

    it looks lovely, I’d like to take you up on that offer, but the travel time is a deal breaker I’m afraid, just that little too far to go, though if you throw in a foot massage I could be tempted………

    • sarah says:

      hmm Mr BC does a mean foot massage but I think the trip might not be worth that! ;-)

  2. Glennie says:

    Yes please ….

  3. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    Sign me up! It looks gorgeous!

  4. ComfyChair says:

    With Barley, too, please?

  5. Kirsty says:

    ooooohhhhh, heaven! When can I come????? :)

  6. Deanne says:

    It’s just gorgeous!
    Definitely need to include Barley in the package!

  7. Kim H says:

    Gorgeous! you will have no trouble renting it out. It looks like a dream holiday away from home to me:)

  8. Caz says:

    It looks amazing I’d sign up for sure :-) and that tablecloth that I so covet has made a return, not seen it for a while at BC and never seen one like it anywhere. I thought I was buying a similarish sort of thing but grey and white had to make a quick purchase and roll and stash it in my handbag whilst hubbie was outside the store on his phone and when I got home and was able to get it out of my bag well it was brown and white -not happy should have had my glasses on but guess that’s what you get for sneaky purchases hey xx

  9. Oh sign me up! It looks wonderful. I’ve got a mountain climb on this weekend so a bit of Beach Cottage De-compression would be just perfect afterwards.
    You may collect me from the airport at 8am on monday morning. Thanks! :D

  10. Sounds lovely ❈ You know what would be great in there? A Mirror…….. Any old framed thrift shop one, dry brushed with white paint to look beach washed……

    • sarah says:

      oh Jen, I have one ready and waiting to go…just need a certain male to do the drilling and plug bits ! x

  11. Can I book it out for the WHOLE of the school holidays?

  12. Cas says:

    Hiya Sarah! Oh yes please, could we get blog tips and decorating advice included in the package too ;)
    Seriously though, I love what you’ve done with that space…don’t ever take those rose tinted glasses off
    because you look great in them :)
    Cas x

    • sarah says:

      thanks I like them too Cas…decorating tips???? yeah paint it white and hope for the best! x

  13. Janmary says:

    Me too please – I will repay you in Tesco Orla Kiely shopping bags and other assorted tesco products from the Motherland :)

    • sarah says:

      you are so first in line Janmary after my Orla heart ;-)

      might cost you a bit in air fares too haha xo

  14. Tiff says:

    You are very generous in sharing the de-compression chamber Sarah! However, back when you started talking about this little summer house I had already decided to come and squat in it, so there may not be room for all the other bookings ;) So if you find a slightly disheveled Queenslander asleep in there one morning (after driving all night to get there!), please leave her alone . . . I love my sleep-ins!
    (And please don’t hold my Qld postcode against me after last night’s Origin . . . I’d like to think that the BC ethos can accept all waifs and strays, no matter where their state of origin!) ;)

  15. Kat says:

    Ooh yes please!!
    It looks delightful.
    Currently nursing a cracking headache and virus, so I need somewhere tranquil to escape to.
    This would be just the ticket!

    • sarah says:

      in here with a honey & lemon, followed by chicken soup for your Kat x hope you feel better :-)

  16. Beth says:

    I’m sighing and chuckling reading this. That looks like heaven in a package! I’m just imagining the glorious Autumn and Winter sun, a ‘can’t put down novel’, cozy blanket, Barley, coffee, cake….
    What a treasure of a place you’ve created Sarah. You better not ever disclose your address or you’ll have a riot of BC ladies at your door!

    • sarah says:

      haha Beth, it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of DIY, this was one horrid place…our neighbours wanted us to know it down! xo

  17. Nicola says:

    It looks so lovely in there! Is it as comfy as it looks? I would love to but those kind of chairs for my back garden.

  18. Nicola says:

    sorry, but was supposed to be buy! x

  19. Janelle says:

    Oh yes please. And I’ll be leaving with that gorgeous navy and white tablecloth stashed under my arm. I really do need one of those. And you are spot on with letting the room evolve over time. And recycling what you have. The comfiest and homeliest (?!) rooms seem to just grow on their own really dont they? And youre summer house is growing more lovely each time we see it! Enjoy!! xx

  20. alison says:

    You joke about this decompression chamber but I tell you some women would seriously book it and pay!

    Have you ever seen those capsules that Japanese pay for to crawl into just to have quiet time out? I don’t know if they still exist or not. Maybe another BCer knows.


    • sarah says:

      no I have never heard of them…to be honest as I wrote that post, I so began to see that actually that little place is worth its weight in gold to a girl like me ;-) xoxo

  21. Sarah-Jane says:

    I am a single mum and a Primary teacher…..I need this NOW!!!

  22. Suzanne says:

    A stack af magazines and a pot of earl grey tea please one sugar a bit of milk!! Close the door on your way out!!

  23. Rose West says:

    Sounds so relaxing and lovely!

  24. neen says:

    Just home from a very intensive work day feeling drained, cuppa in one hand M&Ms in other, to find the most perfect place to relax. Sarah just your photos and blog have lifted my energy………… Book me in ……thankyou :)

  25. Aisling says:

    Hmmm now you have got me thinking. I could put a shed on the hill above our house. The view would be spectacular and no one would ever find me….


  26. Aisling says:

    Dh just commented – oh you’re going for girl cave are you?

  27. Alice says:

    It’s comming along nicely Sarah. I agree with the whole comming together slowly. I am finding it with our place it seems to be true… Though 5 years and counting with no finish in sight is making me edgy… A de-compression chamber sounds like a good remedy for anything!

  28. Manda says:

    ooh, can I please book a spot in the BC decompression chamber? And can I BYO a cool bottle of NZ white and a cool Peroni for my favourite new Aussie?

  29. Claire says:

    It’s kind of a long way to come (esp if on a broomstick!) , but if you still have space, I’m in!!

  30. Sign me up. I have been down with my back the last couple of days and could use some decompressing.

  31. Hi Sarah!
    Push a twin mattress in there and I’d be ready for a week’s stay! I might decompress by then, but, the way things have been going around here lately I can’t be sure that would be enough time for me! I can pay for the priviledge of the stay in cream puffs, also fruit tarts, fresh and home made by me!!
    I love your little cottage, it is so inviting. We have a teeny tiny child’s play house on our property that I tried to fit into with no sucess. But I see us pulling down the walls and expanding it, someday in the future.
    With any luck, I will have my own decompression chamber, or at the very least a place to send the noise-makers away to!

    • sarah says:

      you got me at cream puffs and fruit tarts ;-)

      I hope you get your little place sorted…I am loving it I have to say! x

  32. Kristin says:

    I want one for my backyard! I need a decompression chamber with 2 teenage girls and 1 preteen girl… Seriously though, you have encouraged me to take time for myself and cultivate who I am…not just get swept up in the busyness of life. Thank you for that! I love your sense of humor:)

    • sarah says:

      yes Kristin, hard to do sometimes but makes for a much happier household around here lol! x

  33. I love what you have done with this space.. you said it’s not finished but it just looks so inviting – even as it is.. look forward to more!

  34. Lynn says:

    Well done, Sarah.

  35. Susan says:

    Where can I get white ruffle slippers and a pom pom throw for my own De-compression house?

  36. jennifer says:

    may I please come de compress too :) btw I luuuuv that tablecloth xxx