dining room, tables, flowers, oh and lots of beach cottage white

Thu 8th, Nov, 2012

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Woot woot!  G’day!  Guess who has been doing a little foofing?

That would be me.

Gosh this all looks white, errm is this really my old cottage?

It must be, oh hang on, I’ll just pop out of the study, turn left and see the bombsite after the kiddos left for school to check Winking smile



Now, if you Instagram with me (‘abeachcottage’ over there) you will know two things

1.  I am refusing to get on the Christmas train yet

2. in despite of that I am having a binge on fairy lights right now.


Oh yes sirree I have such an exciting life in this old cottage, that the stringing up of fairy lights really does float my boat.  Muchly.



Oh and solar powered ones for the garden!  Hello sailor.


And so the other day, at home, alone, before a trip to the ER with a certain Mr Beach Cottage who decided to have a minor disagreement with a tree, yep Frank and Spencer comes to mind, no I do not do sympathy very well, I took it upon myself to do some tablescaping with said lights…

Pretty things, mason jars, white flowers, vintage bus rides, coral, shells, coastal bits and candles…what more can a girl ask for in life, huh?


And here, the same as the other day, there is no big, $198 for a napkin ring budget for this hobby of mine….but no budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice home – so this area is the same, it’s hardly cost any money – a getting old table from IKEA that I bought as a temporary thing when we first came to Australia and have certainly got good cost per wear from (so using that card for blackmailing purposes), ditto the chairs, a vintage ladder found roadside for free, a tablecloth from IKEA fabric, drugstore flowers, and a dresser from a garage sale for $25.

You can do it if you B and Q it Winking smile

See you tomorrow hopefully, I have sporting duties to attend to this arvo and there is lots going on in this old cottage, hello freshly painted Sitting Room in a new BC white, yah…

What do you think about year-round fairy lights, give a little bling to your life?  Or a little you know, well just no?


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50 Responses to “dining room, tables, flowers, oh and lots of beach cottage white”

  1. alison says:


    I have just become the proud owner of some solar powered ladybird fairy lights-a gift from a friend. Hmmm, where to put them for maximum effect. I do have a bit of a ladybird “thing”.

    Keep up your foofing.


  2. I refuse to get on the Christmas decorating train, too!

    Your dining room looks lovely, Sarah!

    • sarah says:

      I will be on it soon enough, but not yet – irritates me when there are xmas decs in the shops in August lol x

  3. Oooohhh yes…we do like a bit of white around here. It’s all looking lovely Sarah…and you string up as many fairy lights as your little bc heart desires!! xx ps..have started following you on instagram….SO much fun!! x

  4. Alice says:

    Sigh… I can’t get on the Christmas decorating train even if I wanted to (and I will want to once December comes round)… If there is no Christmas tree I find all other decorations kind of floating…Not anchored or tied in without the Christmas tree… We have a lovely tree (fake but I think quite nice I will get a real one one day, maybe) but absolutely no SPACE… Sob… As a kid I remember having a Xmas tree for the first 6-7 years of my life after that there was no Xmas tree (due to living in a small 1 bedroom apartment/flat) for a good 15-18 years. Once I got married Hubby and I bought a tree(he felt a little sad for me even though he hated the mess of the tinsle)and had one for 3 years… Then we moved here had our first kid and there has been no Xmas tree since…Sob.. My little girl – 5(and boy -2.5) is yet to see a Xmas tree in this house?cottage?Hut? (and she now keeps asking for one)… It breaks my heart because I can see my little self in those sad eyes when I tell her we can’t put it up. She suggested outside but with the huge cockroach and spider population (not forgetting the redbacks) I quickly said no (shuddering at the thought of flying roaches taking aim at my face!!!)… Not to mention the dog that will gobble it all up…Sigh…We did buy some solar fairy lights to put on the mango tree…Fairy lights are an all year round thing… They are lovely!

    Wish my dining table looked so nice and tidy…At the moment it is packed with Xmas presents waiting to be wrapped (half way there)… Then it will be packed with brighlty wrapped packages until it is time to give them away…Again small space, little storage… Dining table will have to do…Hope the kids will not get to them…

    • Alice says:

      ummm sorry for rant, feeling sorry for my self(much)… I need to be grateful… Be grateful Alice!!

    • sarah says:

      feel free to rant all over my blog!

      oh what about a tabletop tree…you must get a tree for your little kids! I love sparkly lights and Christmas trees so much now b/c it was always such a drama in my house growing up…now I totally indulge and love x

      • Alice says:

        I had one…Didn’t do so well…Lets just say that I am amazed that the old dog is still alive today…My fault for not putting it on the table and leaving it within reach, plus you can’t really decorate them as well (and that is the fun part!)…Susans idea was great though, it may not be my idea of what a christmas tree looks like but it will satisfy my daughter and that for me is a gift in itself :).

        • Susan says:

          Wasn’t my idea either, but the kids had so much fun decorating it…try some glue and glitter also. You can have them make paper ornaments (paper chain) and stuff like that and they can ‘decorate’ the tree by either gluing them to it or glue dots. It sounds rather odd, but honestly, with the ages of your kids….they will LOVE it. We had it next to the fireplace on the wall and the hearth ran the width of the room so their presents were on the hearth “under” the tree…and we took their pic in front of it. They will remember the memories that you make for them….make it a game.
          Sweetie, been where you are financially and (unfortunately with this economy and our less than desirable and ineffective president), we’re struggling again. Personally, I’m tired of it but as long as our daughter still at home doesn’t see my breakdowns…we can get through it again…and so can you.

    • Susan says:

      We had years where we didn;t; have a tree…BIG piece of green paper in the shape of a tree. Let the kids decorate it with markers and crayons. 3 oldest ones remember those with great fondness also!

  5. lizzie says:

    Hi Sarah, I LOVE Christmas, the decorating part that is. Last year I got a whole heap of battery operated lights in white and they have been up ever since. I even have some in the kitchen that I put on when cooking dinner. So I say yes to all year round fairy lights. They are great too when the power go’s out.

    • sarah says:

      I like that idea of the battery ones :-)

      yes I have had them in the kitchen year round too, but not had them in there for a while, that’s changing tonight! x

  6. ooo thanks for the reminder i have some fairy lights in a box in the shed i must get out.

  7. Rukmini Roy says:

    This is all-thing-beautiful-and-white-porn! :D Beautiful foofing Sarah…you are a foof queen.
    Digging this and chanting: Buy fairy lights today. How’s Barley feeling today?

    • sarah says:

      I am a foof queen!!!! oh yeah I am liking that Rukmini, thanks x

      Barley is still off colour but is back eating his food so is on the mend, thanks for the concern :-) x

  8. Al says:

    One of my neighbors already has a tree up in her house, and the neighborhood association says it is time to decorate the fences, but I’m just not feeling it yet. However, I do love seeing white lights year-round at restaurants.

    • sarah says:

      yes I love seeing white lights in trees too, I might leave some up this year…I have icicles on the deck that stayed up and put them on every now and then x

  9. Molly says:

    oh I’m not ready for Christmas decorating, mainly because I haven’t really decorated for fall. We finally are getting cooler temps and I’m starting to get the urge to change things up. I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate or shop for Christmas. I like to savor the season since it only is once year….

    • sarah says:

      yes I hear you, in England I decorated much earlier than I do here, the weather suits getting cosied up and christmassy a lot more but even then I don’t like doing it too early


  10. Felicity says:

    These photos are stunning, just like your home. I love everything about your decor and style. Thanks for always brightening my day.

    • sarah says:

      thanks, too kind, and right back at ya thanks for leaving me a comment, I appreciate the time it takes :-)

  11. Tabby says:

    love the lights Sarah. It’s funny it should come up, this weekend I put my ‘pink flamingo’ lights up in the craft room! LOL so much fun!

  12. Mary Harper says:

    Hi Sarah, I’m also not quite ready for the whole jumping into Christmas just yet, it can wait till December. Having said that I was in the Reject shop last week searching for last minute Halloween items when I spotted a fantastic letters to Santa post box all red and white like a candy cane i couldn’t resist it’s sitting behind my freestanding mirror waiting for december1st. Enjoy your week!

  13. Love your “fairy lights”. I’ve never heard of that term before (I’m in Canada), but, hey, it sounds pretty, so I say it works, lol! Sarah, your style is so pretty! I can appreciate sophisticated, but I’m a “pretty” girl at heart. And, can there really be too much white?! Nah, I think not.

  14. Elaine in Laguna says:

    Love fairy lights! Especially on my white patio cover outside….Love your foofing as always, too! I’m not on the Christmas train either yet. I usually wait until a day or two after Thanksgiving to put up the tree and wrap gifts. Helps to get into the spirit of things. Hope Mr. BC is recovering. Have a fun day, Sarah!

  15. heavens! I LOVE that last picture… positively stunning. xo

  16. Deb says:

    Your foofing is so inspirational!! My favorite is the white dresser and all of the wonderful items on it. Can’t take my eyes off it! Wish I had one just like it. Maybe the fairy lights would look good on the dresser sometime? Thanks for always brightening my day!

  17. Claire says:

    Now you’re really talking my language Sarah! Love me some fairy lights! I have a pretty heart shaped set in the living room, kind of scattered under the TV, and a mesh of solar lights on my garden wall – amazingly we still have enough hours of sunlight here in old Blighty at the mo to charge them up. I just love seeing them out of the kitchen window when I get home in the evenings. Fairy lights – bring ‘em on all year round, sooo pretty : )

  18. Shar Y says:

    I’ve always called them twinkle lights, but same thingish. I love them, year round. They just add so much. In fact, am planning to get as many as possible in next few days before they get all sold out. Happened to me last year. Not getting on the Christmas train yet, just the lights! They light up my life! “snicker, snicker”

  19. Lassiegirl says:

    Just really wanted to send “healing vibes” to Barley. Poor baby! Both my collies recently had tummy bugs. One got well and then the other got sick and it was messy. I was also up in the night with them, worrying over them. Well, hope he is better already! So, love the lights and the flowers and no, not doing Christmas yet. We are at peak of Fall color here in northeastern Oklahoma so enjoying post Halloween/pre-Thanksgiving Fall holiday decorations. Oh, hope also that Mr. BC has recovered from his tree incident :)

  20. Fiona says:

    It’s my first Christmas living down under this year, and I’m really looking forward to decorating for a hot climate for once: I’m thinking fairy lights (big chunky ones) will play a central role. And yep, I reckon they might hang around for a few months afterwards! Fairy lights are for life, not just for Christmas!

  21. HRH Sarah says:

    I heart fairy lights all the time, though certain OTHERS who live here do not. I love your tablescape, as always! One day I will pop around to your door, and beg for tea.

  22. Naomi says:

    I love your cottage. Everything. Just wanted to know where you got your mason jars? I can’t find them in stores as such. BTW I think fairy lights are a beautiful thing all year round. Nothing like a little pretty twinkle in your life.

  23. Leanne says:

    Hi Sarah, I have recently been taken by the beauty of ball mason jars and have found them on only one Auatralian website for $40 for one jar ( including postage). I notice you have 5 of them and would never believe you would have paid a lot for them! Please don’t tell am you bought them OS for $5:00 each? Leanne.

  24. I want solar powered fairy lights- I am going looking for them right now!!!