Hello sweet friends! I hope the week is finding you healthy and happy! Today it's finally sunny out and a bit warmer on Long Island, thankfully! Is Spring around the corner? Oh I so hope so! Whether it is or isn't , lol, that's where my thoughts are going for sure! If your new to my blog or been a follower for some time, you must know how much I love the Coastal Cottage look. While I adore an eclectic mix of Traditional Cottage decor, splashed with some Farmhouse details, I'm a huge fan of mixing it with coastal touches too! The pictures in this post are from the fabulous online shop Home at Sea. I've also included photos from my own home and Coastal Living Magazine to show you how I love to mix it all together.
As most of you know I love signs in my house, the one above just makes me feel like even if it's 30 degrees out, if its on my wall, then it's officially warmer out! :) Coastal decor doesn't have to be for just those that live on the water or even close.... It's a state of mind..... It's casual, comforting and completely Cottage! I can just picture myself in this bath below. I'd probably make my ceiling pale blue instead, but, the tub and floors just blow me away!
Grab a cup of tea or coffee or whatever your fancy, and come relax with me and lets pretend we are away at that perfect spot!
This bedroom just makes me melt, It's as sweet as sugar and yet simple and relaxing too... I love the small touches of sea-side decor, simple shells around a mirror, how easy! And the natural texture mixed in with cottage white is what gives it that coastal flavor. ( love the ruffles on the curtains too! )
This would be my Coastal kitchen , soft sage green, white paneling, and a flow of sun... I'm feeling my sandy feet on the floor already! and I'm probably making a bowl full of fresh fruit to bring right out onto the deck for picking :) I love how they put the fish plates on the back wall above the stove too... Home at Sea has such pretty ones just like these, and again, it's just the hint of Coastal decor that makes everything blend so nicely and give it that simple casual touch it needs...
As most of you know, every once in awhile when I find a site I love , I share :) the picture collage below is just a hint of what Home at Sea has, I left a link on my side bar to them too, I think you'll love the casual feel and the sea-side items! You can also click the picture below to be brought right there.
This living room below is so tranquil and pretty to me! It has everything I love, Soft blues, lots of natural elements, and oh my when I saw the shutters? A brainstorm of ideas went through me... My living room in my own home is painted a deep Merlot and while I do like it, I think I see a new project for Spring :) Pale blue walls and shutters are going to be involved... Stay tuned :) I would probably change the furniture to a soft sage gingham, and florals though. I already found my inspiration chair, so that's where it will all begin :)
I think the coffee table in the living room picture needs this gorgeous piece below. I have always been a fan of bubble glass like this, It's so pretty! Plus the visual texture gives a glass bowl more strength to the eye and doesn't let it get lost. It's always just a few great pieces that complete a room, and the best thing about accessories is you can put different ones out for different seasons..... Love that :)
I sooooooo heart these tiles below too! I mix lots of black and white photos into my decor and even in a kitchen filled with color, I can see these mixed in with florals , maybe framed? Or to stand alone as a piece of art too!
And, love this platter below too.... I guess at this point, you can tell I'm really wishing for the new seasons! :)
I set out my nautical touches the minute that snow isn't forcasted, lol ! I think it comes from always dreaming about living on Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Island! Hey, A girl can dream, right? :)
My own house has it's few touches that bring me closer to the dream of owning a Sea-side Cottage. Or at least , they give it that "feel" for me. These steps ( below )used to be plain white, and once I knew I was painting the paneling in the foyer a creamy white, I decided to add some color and appeal to the steps. This was so easy, all I did was find the perfect wallpaper and then had someone add a few hand painted details to it. So now there's no question when you come in my house that I love the Cape Cod look. :) A few people have emailed me and asked what definition I give to my style. I can easily answer " Cottage"..... But in each room I mix a little Nautical feel , a little farmhouse feel, and a little Traditional Decor... Then mix in every kind of fabric possible, soft tones mixed with stronger colors , and there you have it :)
I plan on doing a post soon to show the steps in which I came to my look , that way it will be easier to do in your own home if that's the look your going for. If you have questions about it, just ask them in the comment section and I'll include some in my next post!
I bring the most of my Coastal elements into the bathroom and foyer. And then add splashes in other rooms as the season changes. But I think painted paneling and bead board are two of the strongest statements for Coastal decor, and they act as the perfect backdrop for the accessories too! You can click on the pic below to make it bigger and see the details of what I did in the bathroom and foyer.
Well I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the Coastal look! All the signs are from Home at Sea .... I think I will try and do what the one below says .... :) But then again, lol, I'm also inspired to get my living room re-painted and find me some shutters too! So off I go, into the paint store for the perfect color! Gotta love paint, so inexpensive and yet changes everything! :)
I hope you all have a wonderful ... pretty.... inspiring ....week!
Much love and Friendship!
~ Cynthia ~