Best of A Beach Cottage Blog May Posts!

Mon 3rd, Jun, 2013

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Happy Monday morning Beach Cottage ladies, well after a weekend of wet weather and rain all day long yesterday it’s bright, crisp and lovely sunshine is gracing the beaches this morning.

Ahhh and May was a stunner here in Sydney and some good things taking place in this old cottage…the month has just flown by hasn’t it lovely Beach Cottage ladies?…here’s a little round-up of what I have been doing in this old place and blogs I’ve loved…May was full of DIY’s, tablescapes for fun, beach decor, coastal living and some crafts plus some Beach Cottage Favourite Things…

In May there was a bit of playing and quite a bit of foofing, with lovely blue vintage bottles and sea glass here

DIY and painting has been good for me lately, I have to say I am right back into it and I have gathered about my person a few new (to me but actually old and tatty) things to get the Beach Cottage treatment, can’t wait, more on those soon, but in May there was this coastal mirror makeover 


I’ve been out and about and doing a bit of travelling this month, which was if you remember, my New Year’s resolution.  I went looking for good stuff in my own backyard too, Sydney certainly has much to offer in this department and the house of May Gibbs, Nutcote did not disappoint in any shape or form, the full post with lots of pics of her lovely garden is here


And I found myself in the Whitsundays, oh yeah, so so lovely, can’t wait to get back there soon…picture postcard scenery was literally at every turn…we don’t need to go down the I heart Australia thing again but truly I do….

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In recipes and food, we said hello to the lovely Catherine from The Spring Blog, she’ll be back very shortly with her next inspirational recipe, here’s her lovely soup with cheesy polenta wedges which has had mucho excellent feedback plus it’s super easy and gluten free…I also blogged one of my fave comfort foods especially good after a walk by the sea or more likely when you haven’t a clue what to cook your children for dinner and one of them is eating one of your decorative cushions, Pea and Bean mash here is full of good stuff, it uses pantry ingredients, it takes 5 minutes and most importantly it tastes delicious…

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Another amazingly easy dish that rocks my little white rose-tinted socks is roasted garlic, have to love any recipe that comes with bathability (meaning you put it on with minimum effort and then go and get in the bath with a glass of wine, or if as in my case, you are allergic to zee grapes and you miss zem very much, you pop a Peroni and think of Italy)….roasted garlic Beach Cottage style is here (do not think of your thighs as you scoff the Turkish bread in this recipe).

For a long long time I have held onto this odd thing that I was far too hard core for instant oats and had never tried them – oh my what a surprise this was and lovely with banana and cinnamon

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…in shopping there was an extremely amazing event in Sydney,  the opening of Pottery Barn Australia, be still my home wares beach decor heart, I blogged my finds here and spent a whole lot of the month realising that the dream of decent home wares in Sydney at prices for regular people has finally dawned..let’s see what happens now a big player has dipped their toe in the water, and got it right…

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if you want to see Pottery Barn Australia and just how fantabulous it is you can see the pics here I took before it opened its doors, mighty splendid indeed is Pottery Barn Sydney, ahem, and here I am to show just how good it is…


and after all the salivating I found myself pretending to be a Pottery Barn merchandiser right on my old deck here, good old fashioned styling fun ;-)


In the foofing department, some layering gone coastal blue crochet here  with a photo via my iPhone (still loving that baby a lot)


and a week in pictures from said phone



Some foofing with some beachy coastal vintage things was on the agenda here


I have been continuing my DIY de-tox, it’s going slowly but I have to say that I am feeling much better taking care of myself than I was three months ago where everything had begun to slip – these simple green smoothies are key to getting the good stuff in without messing around…not for the faint of heart though I believe – they say that these are delicious, I beg to differ in some recipes, but this one is good especially if you are experiencing forty-is-the-new-thirty tiredness like the editor-in-chief and head bottle washer of this blog…find how I make it here


I also started a little series Beach Cottage Favourite Things after being inspired by a blog post where the blogger had spent $50 all up on a beautifully decorated party in comparison to a magazine round-up that came in at $2500 just for accessories, you can read the full story and Part I here and Part II of Beach Cottage Favourite Things here….


In crafty things, I made these burlap wrapped succulents - simple little pots of succulents (or any plants) wrapped with burlap and a coastal stripe for easy little gifts with a bit of thought…and a how to spray paint post here had me spraying random things with white spray paint notably old tin cans for a table dressing on the deck

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There has finally been some light fitting going on in this old cottage, this big one in the Sitting Room which was meant to be 3 but it looked more than ridiculous so the two smaller ones ended up out here on the deck and will be joined by one in the middle very soon…

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…and finally, at last, the longest ever makeover in the history of DIY blogs, our old shed that we inherited under the fig tree which was electric blue and not the most attractive of buildings got some serious white paint and a bit of Beach Cottage love…




That’s it from me and May, hello June baby…I have lots of things to show you and to paint white…let’s get this party started ;-)



p.s  from around the web I like this interview post from Jen at Interiors Addict who interviews a stylist and tells us that she holds trees up outside windows to get a shoot to look right (!)… and that these pics we see in magazines that look so effortless actually involve 90 hour weeks…wow!  Ahem there is no-one holding up trees in Beach Cottage Land, perhaps I should be getting Mr BC to do that ;-)  - it all goes on in the world of magazines doesn’t it…love these insider stories


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24 Responses to “Best of A Beach Cottage Blog May Posts!”

  1. Megan S says:

    Sarah you don’t need Mr Beach Cottage or anyone else to hold up trees to make your photos sensational – in fact yours are the most stunning visuals I’ve ever seen online or in the magazines I used to buy. I find them very inspirational but if it were possible I’d just like to somehow beam myself right into the photos and live there happily forever :)
    BTW any more news on your home decorater courses?

    • sarah says:

      Hi Megan

      Thanks so much for your lovely words.

      There will be news and dates shortly on the course – we are just finalising the venue :-)


  2. Neen says:

    So where did that month go……..wooop…. straight out the window.
    I need to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy life. Your blog gives me that STOP time, reading and absorbing your images gives me those moments of slowing down to actually look around me and appreciate life. It inspires my foofing and just being in my home.
    Beautiful re-cap of May, thankyou ;) Neen

    • sarah says:

      thanks Neen, I know exactly what you mean! I was determined to do a re-cap post this month just to show myself the good stuff I’ve gotten done :-) x

  3. kat says:

    Love your work Sarah. Uplifting, inspiring & beautiful with a hint of realness thrown in.

  4. IrishMum says:

    The Pottery Barm post is still my favourite, but all the others come a close second!

  5. Suzanne says:

    Wow that was fun!! I have to say your little “shed” is just divine and inspiring!! And your photography is too!! Everything here is fab!! xx

  6. jody says:

    Sarah, you just plain old extravagantly amaze and inspire me! How did you get to be the person you are?
    Have you always been so capable and confident? Wow!
    May you continue to be blessed because you really do bless others. xo jody

  7. Sarah – I have a Q . . . with the tablescapes, do you actually eat and use all the tableware you show, or just have special display stuff for looking at only? I have some lovely accessories, and hesitate to use them except for display purposes, as using them means, staining and general wear and tear? In a real quandry with this one!

    • sarah says:

      Hi Sue

      I use everything we have apart from some very special handmade pieces (on the blog they are usually layer pieces for food styling) – to be honest most of my table dressing stuff is either vintage so picked up for pennies, or from regular shops like IKEA or the like so really it’s not very precious – also I don’t like stuff hidden away in dressers if you know what I mean – I could be dead tomorrow xx :-)

  8. Deb says:

    Hi Sarah. Love that picture of you with all the shopping bags!! What a terrific store!

    Debbie in TX

  9. Yes!…let’s get our husbos parading out and about with trees etc!! I know mine would just loooove that idea!?! May was a very pretty month for you lovely!! Happy June to you!!! xx

    • sarah says:

      haha, it did make me laugh when I read that – holding trees up to windows for a shoot! I can just imagine me asking Mr BC to do that and getting a very swift answer roflmao xx

  10. Smaggle says:

    I wasn’t that fussed with Pottery barn actually. Definitely not my favourite. Your photography is beautiful BTW> x

  11. marianne says:

    A wonderful recap, Sarah; you have been busy and put me to shame! I so enjoy your writing, ideas and pictures; thanks for inspiring us.

    On my comment a few postings ago: except for the first picture here which is still distortedly loooong, all other pictures on this posting are showing perfectly on my computer now. Are other followers also showing some improvement on their screen?

    Cheers from a sunny and warm Vancouver weekend.

  12. pam says:

    What no mention of the most important event of the month!!!!!!
    Your generous giveaway.
    I spied it in the photos from your phone -sitting on your desk waiting for its new owner and home.
    Hours of Fun and photos have been had already.
    Roll round June.
    Thanks again Sarah
    Pam x

    • sarah says:

      oh haha yes very important and I am so glad you are enjoying it – that was a lovely morning too xoxo