A vintage ladder, a white floor and a cafe chair for Beach Cottage Coastal Living

Wed 19th, Jun, 2013

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Wah, hello Beach Cottage ladies, how are you going, I’ve been playing…doing a little bit of vignetting, always good for my soul…


This is a little vignette I messed around with for my workshops coming soon

We are looking forward to a whole day of A Beach Cottage foofing soon, there will be vintage mason jars (in blue of course), lots of coastal things, shells, flowers, coffee, vintage ladders and more and maybe a Pop-up shop – dates will be announced soon.

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I am loving the camelias right now that are out in the garden – we have a huge tree out in the back garden that is laden with red ones (you may have seen my pic of it on Instagram this week), but my favourite are these pink ones, they are in fact very much like a rose.


The pink bush is also laden and full, especially sweet as I don’t do much to it at all apart from dead head and some pruning…funny really when we moved in right in the middle of the Summer, one day a friend and I were discussing and viewing the state of the garden and this camelia was about the only thing in the front garden – it was just planted in an odd space near the edge of the lawn, it wasn’t in bloom and looked worse for wear…she said well let’s just pull the thing out, sitting there all lost…so we tried to dig it up…and tried…and that camelia was having none of it…the ground was very hard and we weren’t appropriately dressed for the job…so the camelia stayed put…I often think now how very pleased I am I didn’t rip the poor thing out, because as the Winter rolls in I love the colour and the carpet of petals and heads that drop to the floor…


And of course, so nice topped with a vintage ladder…

See you soon


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18 Responses to “A vintage ladder, a white floor and a cafe chair for Beach Cottage Coastal Living”

  1. Karen says:

    Love today’s styling………

  2. Selby says:

    Ooh workshops sound fun!:)

    Very pretty vignettes you’ve made too- just the tonic for a grey old afternoon were having here:)

  3. Julie says:

    I love your photos and styling, is there a possibility of a Beach Cottage book out in the future? with your lovely words, photos and recipes… ;)) I have a ladder just like this one, I am going to bring it inside and see if I can put it somewhere to display some of my pretty things. Thanks again for inspiring me!

  4. Oh those floors….!!!….l.

  5. Rasonda says:

    Gosh… I love your images. Everything is SO dreamy and they make me happy :)

  6. Claire says:

    I recently bought and planted a new deep pink camellia to fill a space in the garden where my lovely little red acer tree used to be – a sad casualty of the late frost we had in spring 2012. I’ve always loved the cut blooms, and seeing yours here I know I made the right choice! How quickly do they grow? Can’t wait till this baby gets blooming : ) x

  7. Diana says:

    Love your style!! But.. I LOVE that rug.. is it sisal or some other natural material… a little hard to tell.. but LOVING it!!

  8. Your camelias are beautiful. I’m inspired!

  9. merilyn says:

    good morning sarah, it all looks lovely as usual
    lucky that camellia bush had such strong roots! that pink is just beautiful!
    and how cute was barl’s taupe and white striped doggy jumper with polo neck … what a sweetie!
    lol m x :)

  10. Umm, hello! I want to come to a BC workshop. Keep me posted!!

  11. Smaggle says:

    I love today’s little scene. The roses on the ladder look amazing.

  12. Annie M says:

    Ooo oh now that workshop sounds like just the thing I need! Will keep my eyes glued to find out when and where. Aren’t camellias adorable…mine are a bit slow blooming up here in the mountains but as always you have inspired me with ideas for vignetting when they do….Thanks Sarah x Annie M

  13. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Sarah these pics are beautiful I used to have a Camelia but when my son re landscaped the front yard it came out and now I have to knick them from next door.I love the white floor it looks beautiful all your pictures do.I love the one of Barley in his coat on the mat he is a gorgeous dog and he matches in so well,love love everything!

  14. Alice says:

    I love those flowers they are so gorgeous..Great rose alternative and a punch of color for winter…Loving your outfit too I wore something similar the other day hee..hee…I need a Camellia tree in my garden… Hmmm… you got me thinking now, plotting and scheming… But it will take some time. Looking forward to your pop up shop too…Barley is adorable by the way, glad to hear from him. Thanks for the eye candy(great photos as always), my poor sore eyes (literally) enjoyed it all :).

  15. Dan says:

    Hi Sarah:) was just wondering what you used to paint your floors I have been looking online but I do not like the white gloss on the floors so worried about what paint I buy now… Just want a rustic matt white floor:). Thanks ps your floor looks wow x

  16. Amy says:

    Where did that gorgeous sisal?jute? Rope mat/ rug come from its gorgeous! I’m up he hill in Clontarf and am super keen to get my hands on one.

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