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the health benefits of white vintage suitcases vignettes

Morning.  It’s a funny old world isn’t it?  Today I bring you ladies of the world wide web something that is good for your health… Did you know that if you fiddle and foof with things in your house at your will, your life, as you know it, will improve? ...

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A Beach Cottage and a Vintage Bedroom Suitcase Trunk

Good moaning.  How you cooking? I am slowly but surely working on my bedroom...nowadays it seems slow is the operative word...there doesn't seem to be much time to get on with things like DIY at the weekend lately...though this weekend is the last of winter sport and so I am hoping that Saturdays will again become ...

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Beach Cottage Old Vintage Suitcases…going White…& Tulips!

Good morning my lovely Beach Cottagers.  How are you going this fine day?  All here is all well and good.  The weekend was completely non-productive, I needed that, and if you follow me on Facebook, you will know I didn't get out of bed until lunchtime on Saturday and while the cottage was empty while all were out at a ...

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A Beach Cottage Year in Review II – White Vintage Suitcases

Early in the days of decorating the Beach Cottage I made a 'side table' out of a couple of old vintage suitcases, it proved to be a very popular topic on this blog and those old white enveloped beauties found themselves featured at many a blog, received a Flickr Explore award, are featured at Houzz and made it to Press ...

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a rustic beach cottage trunk

Helloooooooo beach cottage ladies...very warm still here in Sydney...though there is a very slight hint of Autumn in the air...to be quite honest I can't wait for it this year...am ready to layer up clothes, get back to wearing shoes and getting ready for Boot Season... I've spent the morning working from home and ...

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BC Makeover with Beautiful Grey Paint

Sponsored Post Valspar Paint Hello beach cottage friends, a little after/makeover for you today and a finished room. Now I have been painting things (mostly white, sometimes grey, sometimes, shock, blue) for quite a while now - walls, furniture, floors, vintage suitcases, old ladders, you name it I've probably ...

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Beach Cottage Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

  Hello lovelies let’s do peanut butter cookie recipes, yeah love them, I’ve written on here before I think how I am not a lover of peanut butter out of the jar, but via the Beach Cottage Facebook Page a few years ago we were talking about sweets (that’s what we call them where I come from but you may call ...

Beach Cottage getting warmer in Cali

G'day beach cottage lovelies, or perhaps I should just say Hi, haha, logging in here today with a few pics from my iPhone of our trip. We have been making our way down the coast for the last couple of days, as we've done so, off have come the coats and back on go the shorts...have to say I loved San Francisco as much ...

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Beach Cottage White Slip Covered Sofa Coastal Beachy Decor

  Beach Cottage White Slip Covered Sofa Coastal Beachy Decor G'day friends :-) are you sitting down? So this would be a white slip-covered sofa for the family room...came into my life recently and not by way of a shop ;) the treasure hunting gods are showering me with their ...

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Our Story

I am an owner of a tatty old beach cottage in a beautiful seaside town in Australia, mother of three, wife to one, seaside taxi driver...But I haven't always lived here, for nearly my whole life I resided in the same, very pretty village in England.  Life was quite comfortable, filled with country pubs, cricket on the ...

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abeachcottage and pottery barn

Well, here we are again, happy days with the naked chef and Pottery Barn opens in Sydney! Now, ladies, I had a very very interesting day today…you see I found myself at the pre-opening press day for Pottery Barn.  Yep, unbelievably, we have welcomed to the shores of Australia this iconic brand that I have been ...

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white shell wind chimes on the deck

Well G’day from Sydney! Yep we are back in the land of Down Under and very pleased to be home.  If you Instagram with me you will know that the last day of our holiday did not go to plan but did involve a long ride in an Indonesian ambulance sirens blaring (surprised we actually made it out of that part alive) and a ...

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Beach Cottage Vintage Finds

Well here we are again then Beach Cottage friends, near and far, logging in from a newly floored, still a bit messy, but very much cleaner and freshly painted study this morning, on a polka dot desk.  It’s kinda overcast but burning off with the sun streaming through and again this morning we are faced with the growing ...

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Beach Cottage and a touch of Romance

Hello Beach Cottage ladies, well it’s the goodbye post from Beach Cottage does New York City…I left the best til last! ...

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Just Beach Cottage Wow

Well I am still here in NYC and a leetle bit homesick for this…

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Gone to Anthro

  G’day lovely Beach Cottage ladies and welcome to Beach Cottage does Anthro. Are.  You.  Ready? ...

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Beach Cottage Phases

G’day Beach Cottage Lovelies….I blame it totally on the Olympics and Old Blighty…there is a phase going on here, have you clocked it....it may or may not be fleeting but it’s definitely here in this old beach cottage, yes right now it seems around here a little bit more vintage English florals, vintage crochet and ...

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Beach Cottage doing the pastel Pommie thing

Beach Cottage ladies (plus one lonesome man – please if you are male and read this blog, speak up now or forever hold your peace) today I am going a little bit Pommie with beachy pastels and pinks, blues and some English cheer, the good old daff…plus the odd shell or starfish for some beachy decor. ...

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Barley The Cavoodle

Well G'day lovely Beach Cottage ladies, happy days, yah?  Wanna come & see a little puppeeee who's growing up & becoming part of Beach Cottage Land? ...

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Beach Cottage Vintage Crochet & Linen

Beach Cottage ladies, we have some vintage linen and some wood/twig washed up on the beach today here in Beach Cottage Land....don't say I don't keep you entertained now will you ;-).  Come on in. ...

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Beach Cottage Makeover – Vintage Ladder Junking Find

  So, if you are part of the Beach Cottage Club & subscribe to the newsletter, you will know that we have a little house guest in this old cottage...she is very shy and her name is Lucy... ...

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How to Get The Best Vintage Coastal Style ~ Top Tip for Great Nautical Beach Decor

  G'day lovely beach cottage ladies, I hope you are ready for some nautical, coastal style, beachy stripe in your life? Because today we are getting our nautical stripes on! ...

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New Year New Blog Beach Cottage 9 Real Girl Sweet Blog Tips for New Girls

Happy 2012, ready for more Beach Cottage Blog Tips?  You loved Blog Tips last year from this old cottage, so here we go! So I've been getting a few emails on blogging, from readers who want to start a blog this year, those feeling all full of enthusiasm and ready to rock the blogosphere! Hmm, well it's a wonderful ...

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Beach Cottage ~ 7 Tips for Easy Coastal Decor Style – for your Table

  G'day ladies!  Welcome to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays & 7 Tips for Easy Coastal Decor Style - for your Table. Before we go there though, THANK YOU for yesterday...I am so glad I posted about that door...gotta say I love black doors, I think they are chic, classic and simple and ground ...

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Beach Cottage Vintage Door & Good Life Weds Does Spring

G'day lovelies. We are heading like a steam train into summer here...it always gets me how fast it suddenly arrives...nice to be able to head down the beach in the sunshine though! I love Spring though, I think it is my favourite, although actually I think I say that as Autumn heads in too. ...

Beach Cottage IKEA Finds I Love

  Good afternoon... Greetings from Beach Cottage Land. Wanna see IKEA love? Come on down ;-)   ...

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Beach Cottage Nautical Decorating Inspiration ~ Ten Simple Thrifty Ideas for a Coastal Living Room Makeover & Winners

G'day ladies Oh I am just so nautical and cottage today ;-) we just love nautical old cottages don't we...I know I do ...

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White, Pretty, Clean and Dreamy Flowers

  G'day! We are sunny and bright and blue skies and loving it where I am on the beaches... I have been Spring Cleaning... ...

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A Mess of Flowers

  G'day! Seeing as I have been in a reflective mood 'round here, I thought I would extend that to my blog... I have been spending time in the garden and planting out a heap of flowers...I absolutely love flowers and have planted a tonne of them  this year...fingers crossed they come up...cannot wait for ...

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Saturday Club, Bagels & The Story of me and Mr BC

G'day Beach Cottage ♥ Saturday Clubbers Did ya enjoy your serious Saturday clubbing this weekend? Oh boy, I tell you what I had one of the nicest weekends for a very long time...and spent most all of it totally indulging in all that is Saturday Club. BC Ramble Alert issued: ...

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Bedroom Makeover – Beach Cottage Coastal

G'day! It's a funny day here, started off raining this morning, but that has kinda turned into sunshine here and there so the garden is dripping with glistening bits... ...

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the shoe with the ruffle

G'day! Yeah yeah I know this is meant to be a blog about polka dots and stripes and cottages. But man. I had to show you my shoes. ...

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A Beach Cottage Kitchen DIY Decorating & Spilling White Paint

G'Day! How the devil are you? I'm back, and thanks for the emails as to my welfare, no Mr BC has not finally done it and popped me off, I have been on a little family holiday up the coast (more on that soon, I have some Australian Eye Candy photos & video to-die-for) and with a big and busy few weeks before we ...

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A Beachy Beach Cottage Table & The Secret Charger Stasher

Good moaning! I hope you are not bored with my tables because right now I am feeling life and when that happens, rather than go clothes shopping, or to a beauty spa, in BC Land I drive the BC Crew loopy by scheming about the house, chuck out the chintz and dress up anything that doesn't move, in particular tables. I ...

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Beach Cottage Garage Sale?

G'day! I am up to my eyes, not only in tissue paper pom poms but I am clearing out the study...in effect this means that I have just plonked stuff in the Sitting Room, which in effect means that at night Mr BC are in the Family Room with the BC Rabble...anyway....clearing the decks, blowing away the cobwebs as it were, ...

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I NEED ADVICE – Beach Cottage Paints a Bedside Night Table

G'day my lovelies! If you are in the States I hope you are enjoying the celebration...we had our very own Beach Cottage version on Saturday night involving  a couple of chickens with lemons shoved up their bottoms with some American friends over for dinner.  And, you'll be very pleased to know, a pie, not cooked by ...

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A Beach Cottage Treasure Hunting for Vintage Things

G'day pop pickers, how you doin'? Umm yeah, before we proceed, I need to send out a warning that you may bore of your visits here because all my most recent pictures involve flowers, flowers and flowers...because on my arrival home from the Old Country awaiting me was yet another stack of books from The Book ...

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A Beach Cottage Goes Vintage Tulip Crazy & Clay Hearts

G'day lovelies! Well, I am all packed up and ready to go and by the time you read this, I my sweet Beach Cottage readers will be stuck somewhere high above the Earth with a lovely teenager, a very small seat, a sleeping pill and ahem a few beers (I'll be Facebooking though so we can stay in touch lol!). I have my ...

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Beach Cottage Bedroom, Flowers from the Front & Vintage Things

G'day, how are you all out there in your various places in the world? Seeing as I have spent most of these last two weeks of the Easter break holed up in this very spot reading or surfing, this morning I thought I would show you where I have been hiding out and where at precisely nineteen minutes past ten yesterday ...

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A Beach Cottage ~ Vintage Coastal

G'day chicks. Recently when the lovely Holly at Decor8 bestowed her magic wand of blog glitter all over the Beach Cottage I loved how she coined BC style as Coastal Flea Market...how come I didn't think of that? 'Cos for sure she got that right...seeing as most of the stuff in this tatty old place hails from me ...

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A Beach Cottage Giveaway & The Little Black Dress from the City

 In the not too distant future I am going away on a long trip, for a party. And for ages I have had n o t h i n g to wear and no prospect of finding anything that remotely fitted 1. the bill of the event and 2. the various parts of my body that I feel it necessary to now, at this stage of life, keep well and truly ...

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Beach Cottage Vintage Treasure Hunting Tour

Hi girls.  Hope your weekend was good, ours was busy with kiddos things and digging garden beds but it seems that early Saturday morning has become a time when Mr Beach Cottage and I go out for a coffee and some breakfast and a tad of vintage hunting. This week we found ourselves a good few treasures including a ...

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Beach Cottage Family Room Before Reveal…and After

G'day my lovely blog friends, how is it out there?  I am sitting here nursing that old window back to life, boy oh boy I'm still on a junk high from that.  With my coffee this morning I reviewed lots of places for it and because of it's bulk and because it lends itself to hooks I've decided it will go in the hall, here, ...

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Vintage Furniture meets Beach Cottage Hessian Decorating Ideas

G'day beach living lovers. When I started this blog nearly a year ago now I had not long moved into the Beach Cottage. There was a lot of work to do. But there was lots of potential. I knew that my unique combination of love of vintage furniture, the shabby old pieces that no-one else seemed to have a love for and ...