thrifted things for coastal decor

Tue 25th, Sep, 2012

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Morning Beach Cottage friends, near and far…well, we all know that the window of wisteria blooming in our lives is pretty short…so I thought I had better get my tardy little school holidays butt up and make good use of it…



It’s lovely lovely lovely and I am super making the most of having this most delectable of floral Queens at my disposal…they are all over this old cottage and I made myself a little camp under them out in the garden yesterday arvo, together with a huge pile of cookery books, a new (to me) fiction book, a glass of lemonade and a heck of a lot of buzzing bees

Before that though, I did this, I must say, that, to be utterly truthful, I don’t think there was a single bit of appreciation for the flowers nor the aesthetically pleasing throwing around of shells from those herberts who sat here later and ate ice-cream…but I am not complaining…school holidays, more time for foofing, for chatting, for just hanging…like that

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The oddest thing happened to me though while playing with the Wisteria, foofing with blue vintage Mason jars and throwing around with some shells for coastal decor.

You see this Wisteria and Mr Teenage Beach Cottage who was getting ready to go out, which meant that eight huge teenage boys arrived at our cottage late afternoon, took me back 20 odd years today…not only to another life, to another land, to another girl, in another place…but to pubs

This Wisteria reminded me of a pub I used to go to as a girl…that may indeed, I am more than well aware, sound rather strange to your ear….not such a strange thing in Old Blighty I can tell you…

And as I popped this in blue jars under the Australian sun, after a morning at the beach and with my Honeymoon Baby getting ready for his version of going down the pub….well my little heart ached, just a touch for that place…for those days…


Mostly it ached for the lovely English, humble pub…lots of people ask us if there is anything that we miss with our new life Down Under…and in fact I was watching on the tv the other night another family who had made a similar journey to the other side of the world as us…their new life, in Adelaide, was fantastic, they were so pleased they had made the move…they had a better lifestyle, more money, a nicer house and their kids were loving it…the one thing they missed….the pub

And this wisteria took me back in one quick heady fragrance to those long light nights in an English pub…with Wisteria around the door, with romance in the air, with warm beer, and if the weather had been warm and by the luck of the Irish the sun had been out for very long…everyone tinged with a smattering of pink…


And yes, you can see, that even in those days, my glasses were a little pink

And with that I will leave you with my Wisteria, which incidentally I will always refer to as lilac in my head…

And, yep that’s another and in there, I am feeling like there is a hugeee Beach Cottage Ramble about pubs and school days coming on…

I hope you like the table dressing today….this post was going to be about the fact that nearly everything on here is thrifted, vintage, from the side of the road and or painted white by me for some coastal decor, beachy style…and that the table has ended up staying whitewashed on the top and it’s doing well…




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30 Responses to “thrifted things for coastal decor”

  1. All is looking lovely as usual in bc land Sarah. And I love that pretty much everything is thrifed. I’m sure those teenage boys really appreciated it all too!!?!! xx

  2. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    Lovely post – your pictures are beautiful.

    The thing I miss most about Australia (having lived in the US for 20 years this week!), is the fish and chip shop, and getting fish and chips for dinner every Friday night when I was growing up.

    It’s the simple things in life that have the biggest impact, don’t you think?

  3. alison says:

    Very nice ramble-ette. Loooove your rambles. They make me use a part of my overloaded brain that doesn’t get used enough-the fun, reminisce and imagination part.

    Cheers big ears

  4. Selby says:

    Loverly bit o tablescaping & just the thing to make me smile on a rather grey cold old day- don’t think spring has quite found us down here in the gippsland yet:)

  5. Laura says:

    Ahh the good old fashioned pub, not a *bar*… Oh, how I miss a beer garden. This would definitely be in my top fives I miss from Blighty. The hubby (an American) tells me that a pub would be the number one perk to moving to the UK… if only he didn’t mind the rain :-/

  6. Diana says:

    I love wisteria! This just makes the space look vibrant and alive, it’s so funny how something like a flower or a scent can bring up so many memories!

  7. lg says:

    The wisteria has made you wistful……..xxx

  8. Renee says:

    So pretty. I’m in California, but originally from Chicago and I miss the taverns. The bars out here are just not the same.

  9. Amanda says:

    Beautiful photos as usual and such a pretty colour! Im loving your table Sarah!
    Happy holidays!

  10. Clare says:

    Yes, you are right I miss the beer garden in summer. I love Melbourne but long for a real English pub, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

  11. Karen Sack says:

    What beautiful pics…..Soooooooooo enticing

  12. Motherofluvlies says:

    I think Sara, its watching your young lads getting ready to go out that makes you homesick.Even if you were at home ,watching your youngsters buzzing with excitement about all that’s in front of them kinda hits you hard.The men get it later,hence their midlife crisis.Its a lovely time and it’s nice to share it with them but only someone who has done it knows the feelings it’s evokes.Up and onwards(….but it is alright to be a little melancholic about lost youth) .Its a big fun world and it’s good to have the youngsters remind us.You wouldn’t have sat in many pub gardens this summer :)

    • sarah says:

      thanks for your wisdom, very true…hoping to get some of my youth back that I spent changing nappies lol!

      errrm yes I heard the old weather wasn’t too good for sitting in pub gardens this year ;-) x

  13. Al says:

    I read your blog every day and really like it, but did I miss the big bombshell that you were going to tell? See, I thought that you might be moving back to England.

    • sarah says:

      good golly no! you would have to take me back kicking and screaming lol!

      errrm the bombshell is still very much ticking but I haven’t told a single soul about it yet…when all is finalised will be on the blog :-)

  14. Actually, I have a question about that gorgeous table of yours. We, meaning my husband (with my supervising, lol) built a table out of a pallet, and I’ve been trying to decide whether a plain old painted white would work better, or a whitewash effect. Would Mrs. Beach Cottage be willing to offer her insight/suggestion? In case it is pertinent info. it is going in our “patio” we are turning the end of our driveway into, since our driveway is way longer than we need, or use, and we have no patio. “Shop your pantry” is my motto, or shop your driveway, lol!

  15. laurie says:

    All I can say is that your photos always take my breath away, Sarah. You have a gift of making anything look absolutely beautiful. :)

    xoxo laurie

  16. Rukmini Roy says:

    For some strange reason I keep calling these Lilac too :P I think Im confused when it comes to this particular color of flower- lavender violets lilacs- oh what the hell- purple flowers. That’s my go to term.

    Beautiful Coastal table Sarah. You won’t believe this but for my wedding table I was looking at some of your coastal table-scapes :) You are rocking it.

  17. HRH Sarah says:

    You made me homesick for a pub, and I’ve only ever been in a makeshift Irish pub here in the States. Now, there were well and truly only Irish running the place, and Irish bands singing and playing, but still. Love your tablescape, love your little story.

  18. I am so happy to have stumbled on to you blog from Primp. Beautiful photos and post. I will be back often….I just subscribed to your RSS feed.
    Greetings from France

  19. Candy says:

    Beautiful wisteria and photos…warm beer, uh, no way!! American girl here and we like it COLD!! lol

  20. Tricia Rose says:

    I know just the pub I want, near Tennyson’s house on the downs, all warm stone and lush green grass and happy dogs..inside the perfect fug and a fire…

  21. Jess says:

    Gorgeous tablescape. I am currently in Country NSW visiting my parents and they have a magnificent wisteria plant outside their bedroom that is flowering beautifully at the moment. It looks and smells incredible. Jx

  22. Robynne says:

    Yeah, I have to agree with you Sarah, the pub culture here in UK is terrific. We are luck enough to have an old pub in our little village..(two doors down actually) and it’s nice to just toodle down there and have a few drinks (or perhaps a meal) and not have to worry about driving home. And there’s always someone there to have a chat to. I also love the ‘gastro’ pubs for a really great restaurant quality meal but in a character filled environment! Robx