Beach Cottage Decor
Wed 11th, Jul, 2012
Good moaning Beach Cottage chicks, how you digging this morning, all good here, I have been out on the deck with a cup of tea – the weather is lovely today, the sun is shining, school is out, muffins are baking and we are debating what to do…will probs involve walking by the sea or something like that…
My kiddos were just saying that there was nothing to do and that they couldn’t be bothered to go in the ocean because they had to put their wetties on! Hello. I wanted to tell them about 30 years ago, about a tiny house in England, about the cold but instead I looked up at the blue of the sky, nodded to the sunshine, sipped my tea and smiled to myself. One day I will tell you about there’s nothing to do.
Anyway, let us get back to cottages…we have quite a few new readers here in Beach Cottage Land for a couple of reasons and because this ratty old place of ours was featured in Cottages and Bungalows magazine recently…this has meant in my inbox some questions and the most popular has been ‘How do I replicate the Beach Cottage look without living by the beach?’
So I have written about this before but thought I would do it on what is current in the Sitting Room at the moment and because I tidied it up yesterday arvo and got rid of some dust bunnies, errrm that would be a whole heap of the things, it was ready and waiting for a photo.
…as you know this look and room changes itself around, as if by magic, by itself ;-) , but the bones of it stays there all the time and I spend my days foofing it around depending on the state of my rose-tinted head and pocketbook
7 Ways for the Beach Cottage Look
1. Nautical Accents
I like to use things with a nautical feel but not a theme – I scour the beaches for old trunks (ahem, have rather a few of them in the garage now, note to self: stop scouring), oars and anything seafaring…on the beaches that is a lot easier than perhaps where some of you may live, you would be amazed how many old oars and surfboards you might see discarded on the side of the road, but you can find them on ebay etc for a good price if you keep your eyes open.
2. Vintage Things
It’s great to collect old mirrors both for their aesthetic qualitites and because in this old cottage it’s good to get some light bouncing around.
Any collection can work though, I also like to stack up piles of vintage plates and china, love old books here and there too, have a growing collection kitchenalia and the list goes on…
3. Pops of Colour
Pops of colour are good with all the white and the stripes…great thing about this is it is cheap and interchangeable if you have a neutral backdrop…right now we are still in the Beach Cottage Aqua Phase, and I am loving pops of blue via cushions, throws and ahem a vintage Mason Jar or six….
4. Old Furniture
Collecting old furniture and combining it with the white and a few more modern things add some contrast and some texture…I keep my eyes open for natural wood and peely, shabby things…the old green chair is my favourite and I recently found this chair (here if you missed it) to add interest and zap all the white down a bit…
I like flowers in the house for just about every reason! Nothings says lovely like a bunch of flowers plopped in a vase sitting on the side…I budget for flowers in my life but always from the drugstore and always what is on offer but as we have been here a few years now I am slowly, painfully slowly beginning to have flowers growing in the garden to bring in…hello hydrangeas budding outside, I heart you.
…also bringing in some herbs, lavender and greenery adds a dash of colour…
6. Coastal Stripes
I don’t need to say much more here other than a stripe goes a long way for the beach decor look….drop it into any setting and it will probs work..
Mix them up and clash them…navy blue and cream for a rug, putty & white on the sofa, throw a few in on your china and bob is your nautical style uncle ;-)
Look for stripes in different colours on different things – napkins, bedding, cushions, throws, curtains and tablecloths…
Hmmm, lastly white, contrary to what many think it’s easy to keep clean and actually works as a base for lots of other colour in your life…and it is key to the look going on here because it keeps everything fresh but neutral and allows for the things above when found while vintage treasure hunting to be added and to evolve into a unique look of your own…
and then of course, there is the ceremonial scattering of zee shells, throw a few of these around, your husband will raise his eyebrows but you will, inside, do a little Beach Cottage dance and life will be good ;-)
A few more to have a look through here
That’s it from me today from the beaches…I am not sure where we’ll end up today, I mean there’s nothing to do here right? But I know it will involve Barley and coffee
I hope you liked the ideas…