favourite Beach Cottage THINGS COASTAL NAUTICAL STYLE
Thu 16th, May, 2013
Morning Beach Cottage ladies of the web, a new little series starts today, Favourite Beach Cottage Things…a gathering of things I love in this old cottage on the beaches…
This little idea started because I have a small secret, it’s hardly mind-blowing and it certainly isn’t about world peace but I think a few of you may feel the same.
You see, for a while now I haven’t been buying magazines, well except for one that I do still enjoy, but I have to admit that these days rather than snuggling up with a magazine and a nice cup of tea, the magazine bit has been replaced with the internet, especially blogs and particularly Pinterest.
I just feel that Pinterest and blogs speak to me more, I want to see what real women with a real budget and a real life get up to, what they spend their money on, what they cook, their favourite products, how they spend their leisure time and how they decorate their home.
And so the other day I was in the doctor’s waiting room and I picked up a copy of what used to be one of the magazines, when I first came to Australia, I subscribed to and about jumped through hoops to get to the post box when it arrived.
A few pages in there was an article on the coastal look, it was a modern coastal look with lots of lovely colours and although not my style there were a few things that caught my eye, and, even though it was an old copy of the magazine I thought I would see where some of the things had come from. So I looked for the page that says something like ‘get the look’ or ‘how to achieve this style’ and started to look for the product I had spied, which happened to be a cushion.
As I read down the products I got more and more disillusioned – the cushions were $120 each (there were 4 of them on the sofa) the throw was $400 and it went on. I totted up the total cost for just, what I would call, the accessories, you know the soft furnishings, the things you add to a room, not the bones of the room like a sofa or anything substantial, to nearly two and a half thousand dollars. For one room. Without sofas, furniture or a coffee table.
I thought nothing more of it and that night after feeding this brood that live in this cottage, sweeping floors, cleaning windows, washing clothes, making beds, disinfecting toilets and scrubbing front steps until my hands were raw I hopped in the bath with my phone to check out my favourite blogs.
One of which featured a party where the blogger had decorated for this party with mostly things that she had made from the house, the colour scheme was right up my alley, ahem, you know what colour it was then, supplies from the dollar store, things gathered from outside and a few things from Tarjay. Total cost was under $50 including the party bags. I loved that post and everything about it.
As I wallowed in bubbles it made me think about that ‘get the look’ thing earlier in the day that had made me feel ridiculous and the different feeling it gave me reading the blog to the one I got with the magazine. Wow this decorating on this blog was amazing AND achievable. Woohoo!
And so I decided that I would start my own ‘get the look’ thingy on here because I am feeling that there may be other women out there up to their ears in bubbles perusing blogs who love house things and love to look at things for their home but have a real life too. With kids and a mortgage and school fees and do not have shed loads of dollars to spend on a cushion.
The other thing I thought is I will be spending my money on this…you know? Things I am happy to part with my very hard and very long time coming cash with. In fact, in this one woman show I’ll be doing it all, styling, photography and copy – just call me a multi-tasking blogger, k?
But this isn’t a collated gathering of items of a particular theme, though clearly there will be white and the odd stripe and nautical stuff involved…but more things I have recently bought for this old cottage for beach cottage coastal vintage style and haven’t had to rob a bank for.
So let’s get
this partay started, right.
Here are a few things I have loved (and bought) lately…hello magic wardrobe.
and this has to be my favourite though I must say it wasn’t super-cheap, when I spied it I did have to think about whether or not it was going in, I think forty bucks for a bath mat is a lot, but, after examining it, I didn’t think I could easily replicate this myself (there are a lot of ruffly bits sewn onto here) and secondly I, bottom line, love love loved it…
sweet as the sea blue dish $15 Eb & Ive
woosh you stole my heart gingham placemats $10 IKEA
OMG-I-love-you bath mat $40 West Elm
nautical me up baby fishing float $15 Freedom
let’s do this breakfast thing white bowls IKEA
I hope you like my Favourite Things this lovely Sydney morning!
Tell me, do you still buy magazines or are you a blog and Pinterest girl too??