Monday, February 1, 2016

Signs You Love Beach Style




I love the Country Living website -- have you visited it recently? It really is very fresh and on trend -- not at all like the old version of country living from the past.

 I came across this article there entitled, "23 Signs You Need a Beach House" and I thought it would be fun to put a little twist on this since we already have a coastal vacation home. Do I qualify as a certified coastal lover according to the quiz? Turns out I do, indeed!  Using pictures I've taken in and around Sea Glass Cottage, I'm a card-carrying member of the beach lovers club.

Are you? Take the quiz and find out! (Of course, it's all in good fun.)

1. Practically every room in your home is decorated with a blue and white color palette:

The walls in my home are painted a soft gray-blue and there are many soft blue accents throughout the cottage -- lamps, pillows, florals, candles, rugs, and other decorative accents.









 2. And a few pops of turquoise:




Throughout the cottage, I display collections of vases, bottles, and decor that reflect the beautiful colors of seaglass....  You will also see vintage stained glass windows which act as sun catchers to reflect beautiful colored glass. It's a simple DIY project -- old windows are hung on chains inside the window -- use small hooks drilled into the window frame to hang.






3. You decorate with shells:



You will find shells scattered all around the cottage in lanterns.......




and on shelves with pieces of art and decor.....






I even have a shell basket!





I took this plain, dark driftwood mirror and transformed it to fit my decorating style at Sea Glass with shells and seaglass. You can read about my DIY project here.






.........and I  definitely have a love of urns and bowls of shells in every room.




4. Starfish and Coral decorate your home.



I scatter pretty starfish and coral pieces all around the house.....here are a few starfish in my bedroom sitting area with some of my magazines.




I've tucked a starfish in my loofah sponge and soaps to make a pretty vignette in my bath area.



I love jute and have this burlap table runner and candle set out as my year 'round neutral look. 





Another quick DIY project -- A coat or two of chalk paint on a terra cotta pot, a little burlap ribbon, and hot glue the starfish (or shell).  













And, of course,  there are plenty of pretty pillows with shells, starfish, and coral.




5. You have white, slipcovered furniture.

Ummmmmm, yes! See All of the Above photos! :)

6. Flowing curtains are a must.




I love the romantic look of these sheers around the master bedroom -- they hang around the bed and over the french doors, and it's so pretty when they are blowing in the breeze!



7. Even your dishes are blue.

Yep.



My everyday dish set is white, but my coffee mugs are seaglass blue, of course!

8. You use a nautical theme in your home.

My son's vintage nautical bedroom and en-suite bath are my favorite -- so colorful and fun. A nice break from all the white and soft blue.




Another DIY project - use wood and pegs to hang nautical decor.




I enjoy adding a touch of whimsy to my decor -- in this case, wooden figurines.
9. You spell out your love of the beach with signs and decor.



This fun vintage sign on wood hangs in the family room.






...and this weathered beach sign hangs in the powder room.



10. You dream of lazy afternoons on the porch or sipping wine watching sunsets.


Oh, yes! We were given Sea Glass Wine as a gift, and now we have to have a bottle
 on hand all the time.




And here is a typical sunrise and sunset at Sea Glass Cottage:




Watching the sun rise in the east from my bedroom balcony....

And beautiful, breathtaking, colorful sunsets on the back porch.....






11. You dream of long walks on the beach.



Yes, yes, YES!






How did you do? Are you a beach loving, certified fan of all things coastal? 

I sure am! 

Thanks for playing along with me, and may all your coastal dreams come true!




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12 comments:

  1. I am a coastal fan too, but not so much that my whole home is done in it, but those colors are
    definitely my favorite that robins egg blue, white and cream. Love all the elements of coastal
    too..........but I like other styles as well. Coastal is such a casual comfy look, love that!
    Blessings, and you have a beautiful home with a great Coastal look. Enjoyed seeing it....
    Nellie

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    1. Thank you, Nellie! Yes, coastal is a very comfortable style, and I find it blends really easy with other styles like farmhouse, vintage, shabby chic, and others. Thank you so much for visiting today, and blessings to you, too!

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  2. Every time you share photos of your lovely Sea Glass Cottage, I fall more in love with it! You've decorated it beautifully and it looks so cozy and inviting. I hope your year is off to a great beginning and that you'll find lots of time to enjoy your retreat.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! We are having a wonderful 2016 so far. Looking forward to another year of inspiration from your blog and link parties.

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  3. I love all things beachy and your photos were a lovely mini-vacation away from the cold yuck outside my window today. Thank you!

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    1. Glad the beach could cheer you up! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  4. Sea Glass Cottage could also be called Serenity, your decor just makes me want to melt into a chaise lounge! You know I'm a fan of all things coastal, and so lucky to be here this week enjoying the warm temps~
    Jenna

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  5. Funny you should mention "Serenity" as that is one of the colors of paint I'm considering for the exterior! Enjoy your stay -- we'll be there after Mardi Gras, hopefully.

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  6. Lovely Beach Style! I live by the beach in the South of Spain and it's truly amazing to have it right there. Sometimes I forget.... I love all the whites and light colours and lovely fabrics & pillows you use to decorate!

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  7. Oh gracious, I passed this test with flying colors... could a beach house be in my future? :) Probably not... I guess I'll have to settle for our lake house, which has lots of nautical touches, too! I enjoyed the tour of your gorgeous home! I love the way you execute the beach theme in such an elegant, but still fun and interesting way! ~Rhonda

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  8. Oh gracious, I passed this test with flying colors... could a beach house be in my future? :) Probably not... I guess I'll have to settle for our lake house, which has lots of nautical touches, too! I enjoyed the tour of your gorgeous home! I love the way you execute the beach theme in such an elegant, but still fun and interesting way! ~Rhonda

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  9. Even in the middle of Texas, I love the beach look. Yes, my house is blue and white and a little green. No ocean, but we do have a very blue pool. No seashells though. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party #21.

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