hello beach cottage hammock

Thu 1st, Nov, 2012

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G’day from Sydney, hope all is well? Here is good, like hammock on the deck good .

Like hammock on the deck.

Did you take that in already?

And one very happy girl on the beaches.



That’s all it takes, so easily pleased here ladies Winking smile

I have had my eye on a hammock for the deck for like ever, we used to have one under the big old Moreton Bay Fig tree in the shade, but really it was never the best spot for it…nice that it was cool in the Summer but just a tad too far up the garden really.  Twigs and fig bits dropped into it and it kinda felt like there were too many insects up there, you know?

So I wanted one the cover of the deck, that was easily accessible during the daytime for a little swing and perhaps a snooze (yeah that is a pipedream but a nice one) and also for the evening when the fairy lights are on and it’s a balmy night for a book and a Peroni.


The left side of the deck where the bbq lives is a space that I have never been successful in utilizing properly…we have tried chairs, old packing boxes, sofas and a bench but it’s just a bit too narrow and with the table and adirondacks on the other side anyway never really got used as a seating area.

So this area had hammock written all over it in my mind, but not in Mr BC’s.

I must admit, and only feel comfortable to admit that he might well be right on occasion, mind you, because I know that he does not read this here blog, that he did have a point. To hang a regular hammock across this section of the deck would take up quite a bit of space.

But I did not stop my hammock crusade there, I continued to look and peruse and very nearly last year bought one in a big home ware store that is just down the road from me, but as ever with these things, although the hammock was for sale, it failed to come with the hook and rope to fix it up and guess what, the hook part, which rendered the thing useless was ‘out of stock’.  Plus the twelve year old serving me didn’t have any idea when it might be available.

So I walked out of the shop hammock-less and then Sydney’s long hard Winter rolled in and I put hammock lusting aside for a bit.


However, there just so happens to be, oh about a 3 minute drive from me a hammock shop, yep and not any old hammocks, Made in China, no here in this shop there are genuine authentic fair-trade Made in Mexico hammocks. And I have driven past this shop a million times while musing all things hammock, and then one day recently as Spring’s lovely days fill the beaches, with the sun shining, the sky blue, a coastal breeze and thoughts of Pimms on the deck on my mind, I stopped at the hammock shop and came home with this.

I love it, it’s white, it’s crochet-like, I mean hello it has tassels and my name right all over it don’t you think?


But what’s even better is that the hammock shop was such a lovely shop and I am so glad that I didn’t buy one from the big chain home wares store because from the minute Miss BC and I walked in we got lovely service, a friendly smile, and information on all things hammock.

You see what I didn’t realise when passing and lusting after hammocks on other people’s decks and verandahs was that these ones that look like chairs, actually work like hammocks as well as chair/seats, meaning that when they are not in use they don’t take up much room, but also you can get right in, stretch out your legs, lay back, think of England and get the full hammock on the deck looking out over the garden as the sun goes down experience.

There has been much hammock discussion in this old cottage, and to be honest, I did have a smidgen of doubt as to how much this might really be used, or would it be one of my fads and phases to only be taken down by Christmas?

Well so far so good, there has been homework being done in here, bookworm activity from little Mr BC, cookery book perusing from moi, lots of swinging and watching the sun go down and guess who loves it the most, that would be Barley…who woulda thought?

And the best thing, I love the styling, a leetle bit of beachy, coastal but boho crochet chic in the house?

Don’t mind if I do.

OK, I am off, it’s looking good out there, it’s hot and muggy on the beaches today, currently 34C in our garden as I sit in the Summer House blogging…


p.s. Barley blogged a trip to the beach here, poor devil he’s hot

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beach cottage coastal nautical stripe decor

my hammock is from Hammock Heaven in Manly owned by husband and wife couple, Ana Lucia Lopez and John Reeves where all the goods sold are ethically produced and artisans are fairly recompensed for their work and skills (this is not a sponsored post I was just very happy at the service I received at Hammock Heaven and think that if you are looking for a hammock you would like it too – free post Australia wide plus shipping Internationally too x)

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32 Responses to “hello beach cottage hammock”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t you hate it when the other half is right about things?!

    Hammocks are far more complicated than they look, having flipped out of one myself in spectacular fashion. I like the look of this sit-in one. Isn’t good customer service a wonderful thing?

    I’m heading back to the garden and will see how long I’ll last in today’s temperature. When I’m on a gardening roll I have to make full use of it no matter what the weather. LOL


    • sarah says:

      yes they are, I meant to add that, there is no flipping with this one and once you are in it feels so secure…SO PLEASED with it, totally worth the money x

  2. Oh my lordy Sarah…that certainly is hammock heaven!! Just gorgeous. I am getting that anxious nervy feeling one gets when one sees something one NEEDS!! Thanks for sharing…xx ps a pic of Barls in the heavenly hammock please please please…x

    • sarah says:

      it’s so lovely Janelle…highly recommended! I find myself planning hammock time lol! have some time out there planned later this arvo with an iced coffee…it’s HOT here!

      • I’ve just checked out the Hammock Heaven website…I’m not mucking about with this!?! I must say the site is great and prices seem quite reasonable. I now just have to make the decision of which one! And it’s cold and windy down our way so pls don’t mention the word hot or iced coffee!!….xx

  3. Emma says:

    It looks just perfect for you Mrs BC; all white and lovely. Well found indeed. And it sounds like you might have found yourself a good little shop to frequent too, pity you can only have so many hammocks about the place! R, emma.

    • sarah says:

      Yes a lovely shop, so great to see small businesses doing well…

      errrm I am already scheming where I can fit another one b/c there have been a few pouty lips already when it is occupied :-)

  4. Suzanne says:

    Absolutely love the idea
    of a hammock on the deck.
    And summer in November.
    Especially summer in November!!
    I’d say it’s a perfect fit for you, Sarah.
    Soak up all that warm goodness
    for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere…..

    Happy Thursday!

    xo Suzanne

    • sarah says:

      yes I will!

      I know it’s weird summer being at this time of year, though now I am used to it and feeling all Christmassy in the sunshine lol x

  5. Rukmini Roy says:

    Gorgeous… Absolutely Gorgeous…. good on you, you brought it on house.
    Our farm house had one but again one with too many insects. On one such hammock hailing I got bitten by so many red ants that I was afraid to be on one for a long time :P That was a swing of death.
    Btw, would this not be Barl’s new fav spot?

  6. Alice says:

    I think I will be looking in on the lovely hammock heaven shop… I have two and I love them but I have to have one out in the sun(only place to hang it – hello sunburn!) and the other was gifted and came with a stand (but very unconfortable!). This one however solves the very same issues we share! Not only that it looks just like they way I picture it in my head! Now to find some time to drop into Manly!

    Wait a hot minute…online store – sorry must go look (finegers crossed)
    Good night!!! Oh and thanks!

  7. MDN says:

    Yet another wonderful find…and flipless to boot!?! Great! Does Mr. BC approve since it takes so much less space? Also glad you’re able to support the locals and also fair trade craftsmen with this purchase, too!

    Pimms and a sit or lie in the hammock with a warm breeze about must be the height of relaxation! (Years ago, my friend and I would have “Giggles and Pimms”, while sunning on her gentleman friend’s boat!) Oh, my…the BP is going down just thinking about it! Enjoy! (PS — If Mr. BC still has not given his full approval, get him in it and hand him some of our smooooth Kentucky sipping bourbon! That should do it! And, you’ll help support our state’s local economy! Heh…heh!)

  8. Angela says:

    ooooh, I love a good hammock!

  9. Claire says:

    Oooooh lovely! I have always wanted one of these, but alas have nowhere suitable to hang it as it needs a ceiling, right? Just love it x

  10. Tina says:

    Beautiful pictures

  11. Sarah says:

    looks heavenly. wish i was in your hammock right now with barls, surely you would let me borrow him for a quick snooze?

  12. Marianne says:

    Hi Sarah;
    I’ve fallen in love with your blog the moment I came across it , perhaps 9 months ago; it felt exactly what I’ve been looking for!

    I’ve tried some of your easy and tasty recipes, enjoyed your clothing and hair photos, but mostly am intrigued by your thrifting, decorating and painting. Great ideas! Over the months I have collected wooden wine boxes from liquor stores (free for the asking), given them a white wash (instructions from your blog) and installed them as my dresser/bookshelf beside our bed. ‘Funky’, is what Dear Husband responded with when they were finished, arranged, stacked and filled with books, pictures, magazines, baskets and some coastal stuff from our westcoast Canadian beaches.

    And your newest acquisition, the deck chair/hammock – welcome to the club! We’ve got 3 of those beauties: each of our sons has one in their rooms (heavy duty hooks well secured into ceiling beams) plus one on our deck as well. We’ve had them for over 15 years, bought at a local Vancouver store ‘The Hang Out Place’ (originally from Mexico, their website shows one exactly like yours) on Granville Island. Dear Husband enjoys his not-often-enough lazy summer afternoon naps in it. Just watch out for buttons on back pockets as they will snag the crochet-like yarn. Other than that, a perfect place to gently rock in the breeze, let the thoughts wander or stretch out and have a brief bit of shut-eye.

    And isn’t Ikea a great place for affordable household furnishings; we’re lucky enough to have 2 within 30 minutes from our home. Your posting about the exxxxpensive French tablecloth which must have been woven with gold had me laughing! Yes, I’ve come across lovely things like that too, but the prohibitive cost just somehow made the item less likeable. Instead, I bought the same fabric at Ikea and sewed one up myself. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Your blogging style is a delight to follow; thank you for sharing it with us!

    • sarah says:

      hello, thanks soooo much for the blog love, I am sorry I missed this comment…..

      welcome to BC Land, I am so very glad you are enjoying it x

  13. loulou says:

    hi Sarah

    a beautiful setting.
    I have been wondering – do you hear the ocean/beach at all or get a smell of the salt air or just that far away from the water?

    have a lovely day

    loulou x

  14. Deb says:

    I was blown away to see this post, as I have been dreaming of one of these for a while now, and have dropped a number of hints to the family, that this is to be my christmas present! So when I saw this, I thought it had to be a sign!! Thanks, once again, for confirming something that I have wanted is indeed, very cool!
    Deb. xxx

    • sarah says:

      heehee Deb, this is a fabulous xmas present I believe! actually I can’t believe how much we are using this, I thought it might be one of my not so good ideas but yesterday it was hardly unoccupied! ….homework, reading, little Peroni drinking, studying and blogging all went on in there lol x

  15. laurie says:

    LUV LUV LUV, Sarah! I just popped over Hammock Heaven to take a peek at their products. Which Chair Hammock did you purchase? Cotton or Nylon? Do all of the white ones have the tassels? I want one for my porch now. :)

    xoxo laurie

    • sarah says:

      Hi Laurie, I bought the cotton one, sorry I am not sure about the tassel question, I just bought that one…shoot them an email, they are so nice and will help x

  16. Bev says:

    Ohhhhhhh la la……. love it so feminine and inviting !!!!!

  17. Straight to the top of the Christmas list. Right there!

  18. Rebecca says:

    What a beautiful hammock.. Show us pics of Barls all snuggled up in it. I love reading your blog and it’s especially nice that since its nearing winter here in the northern hem, I can dream of summer with your beautiful pics.. And I love your vintage redos too!!! Thanks for sending me a little sunshine each week.

  19. Rachel says:

    Hi here, just wondering if you could add your recipe for Pimms please been looking up recipes to try it out :)

  20. merilyn says:

    hi sarah,
    love your hammock!
    i had one! back in the days, when i was your age!
    loved it!it was a self supporting one probably a vintage type! it finally gave up the ghost nad died when it rusted out and i fell out of it!
    i have always taken time out for myself!
    and still do
    it’s the goddess archetype and must be always honoured through one’s life as a woman!
    lol m x

  21. Ellie says:

    Love love love the idea of a hammock. But they just make me feel sea sick. The irony is I dont even get sea sick when on the sea…waaaaa

  22. Ana Lopez says:

    OH Sarah! Thanks for the lovely post about our Shop!!!! I love love love your pictures!!! :) Please let me know if you will be organising a Christmas giveaway for your readers, I am sure we can happily donate something for that! I am so glad you are enjoying your hammock xxxx Happy Sunday! Ana

    • sarah says:

      Hi Ana

      My pleasure, thank you for making our hammock purchase lovely!

      I will keep your very kind offer in mind for Christmas, thank you