Not What You’d Expect But Everything You’d Want!

Gorgeous Cote Sud

Not What You’d Expect  But Everything You’d Want! Not What You'd Expect  But Everything You'd Want!

Oyster Garland and Coral Multi-Candleholder Tutorial

Oyster Garland & Coral Candleholder Tutorials

Oyster Garland and Coral Multi-Candleholder Tutorial Oyster Garland and Coral Multi-Candleholder Tutorial

Two of My Favorite Colors Come Together in One Snappy, Happy Bedroom

Sneak Peak of Gorgeous!

Two of My Favorite Colors Come Together in One Snappy, Happy Bedroom Two of My Favorite Colors Come Together in One Snappy, Happy Bedroom

Florida Gulf Coast Beach Home in Shades of the Sea

Second Sandbar; a vacation rental in Seaside, FL

Florida Gulf Coast Beach Home in Shades of the Sea Florida Gulf Coast Beach Home in Shades of the Sea

Sky Blue is a Lovely Hue For a Beautifully Coastal Home

Ralph Lauren's Rosecliff in Sky Blue

Sky Blue is a Lovely Hue For a Beautifully Coastal Home Sky Blue is a Lovely Hue For a Beautifully Coastal Home

A Charming French Coastal Cottage … Hippies Use Back Door!

French Seaside Cottage

A Charming French Coastal Cottage … Hippies Use Back Door! A Charming French Coastal Cottage ... Hippies Use Back Door!

DIY Ladder Shelf Tutorial

DIY Ladder Shelf Tutorial

DIY Ladder Shelf Tutorial DIY Ladder Shelf Tutorial
Alda Fendi, Cote Sud, Mediterranean Vacation Home

I always love the beach and beach houses of all varieties capture my imagination and my heart, but today it’s raining pouring outside and so I’m particularly drawn to the idea of being somewhere where the weather is so perfect… blue skies and billowy breezes (in place of lap blankets and propane heat) and all I have to do is relax on one of those sling-back lounge chairs taking in the sea and dreaming.  What am I dreaming of, you might ask?  Cold, winter days in Oregon Matthew McConaughey, of course!  I did say dreaming, right?

This gorgeous vacation home belongs to Alda Fendi (of the Fendi fashion house).  Yep, you heard me right… this isn’t her main residence, this is just her little vacation get-away for those times when she needs a bit of respite and fresh inspiration.  I love it and so does Alda.  She said she fell in love with the island’s natural beauty, silence and simple life.  How could she not, right? This is a mostly uninhabited island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy, called Palmarola.  I think it should be called Perfection.

What about you?  If money were no object, how long would you make your reservation for?  Keep in mind, the island is nearly uninhabited — all but a few small restaurants and a few neighbors in the summertime. But then again, it is Perfection!

Peace, Love, and Amazing Vacation Homes,

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I spent the summer on the Oregon coast, not too far from the Pacific Seafood Company where they had huge piles of shucked oyster shells available for the taking. I sure wish I’d seen this Oyster Shell Garland tutorial by Once Wed when I had all those shells calling my name! This idea could easily be adapted to other shells too.

To make the coral candleholder, simply put orthodontics wax on the bottom of each candle and push it into the coral. So simple. So brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that {slaps head}!

Thanks to Once Wed  for such an awesome tutorial and brilliant coral idea!

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Turquoise aqua blue and green coastal bedroom by Dyfari Interiors

I love, love, L.O.V.E. absolutely everything about this stunning, beachy bedroom by Diane Guariglia of Dyfari Interiors. I’m sure you’re not surprised by that, right? I mean it perfectly matches the color scheme of this blog, but it takes me to my happy place for a few more reasons…

  • It reminds me of everything I loved about living on the beach in Florida!
  • My best friend, Kletia, wore this color combo all the time.  Seriously, ALL THE TIME, and always beautifully!
  • The leather cover on my bible is a combo of these two colors.
  • And, of course, it makes me think of the turquoise gulf waters and the green of the palm trees from my seaside backyard and that always takes me to my happy place!

All that aside, this gorgeous bedroom had me at “hello”, so let’s dissect it just a bit and see what else makes it so special.

First of all, I adore a great wallcovering and this  bold, over-sized paisley pattern by Cole & Son “Rajapur”  is about as perfect as they come!  Drooling A.D.O.R.A.T.I.O.N.!!!!

Excuse me while I pull myself back together and get back to this gorgeous coastal bedroom!  … Okay, I’m back …

As much as I ADORE the wallpaper, I’m equally mad for the bold pattern that Diane painted on the ceiling.  Such a simple idea, really, but pure perfection!  And notice that the “stripe theme”is an important element that she carries throughout the rest of the design from the pillows; to the bedskirt; to the drapery panels’ and even to the upholstery on the desk chair.

And what about the lime green chandelier? Gorgeous, right?  I think so and I love that it started life as a white chandelier from Ballard Designs, but stepped into the realm of coastal perfection with a few coats of lime green spray paint! Brilliant!

 ”Love is in the details” and the details in the drapery panels continue the story. The inset green “stripes” not only carry on the theme of bold green accents, but coupled with the white of the drapes, it make me think of  old-fashioned beach changing tents. Um-hum … love is in the details!

 These two bedside lamps are garage sale finds that were spray painted turquoise blue. From there, Diane purchased a couple of cheap lampshades and added ribbon trim. Don’t ‘cha just love simple, inexpensive ideas that anyone can do!

Desk from West Elm and Sisal Rug from Pottery Barn, but how about those silver legs on the white chair from Shine by Sho.

If you’re going to put artwork on this bold of a wallcovering, it needs to be simple and graphic. All of the art chosen for this room comes from Art Addiction and fits the bill perfectly.

 Love the “coral” back chair from Oly Studio with the seat upholstered in a fabric from Lelievre!

So what about you?  Do you love this bold bedroom as much as I do, or would you be afraid to make such a design commitment?  Leave a comment and tell me what you think?

Peace, Love, and Living Life Out Loud,

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barefoot contessa's pink grapefruit margarita

Okay, just from the perspective of being so pretty, these margaritas would be worth making — but add the fact that they’re absolutely refreshing and delicious and you’ll have a new favorite Margarita drink for Cinco de Mayo and every other moment when a Margarita is calling your name!

These sexy drinks are super simple to make — the only catch being, you need fresh limes — it really makes a difference. Make these at your next party, they are sure to be a hit.

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

From: Barefoot Contessa’s  How Easy Is That

  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2  cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 cups  ice
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1   lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.

If you prefer to rim the glasses take a lime wedge and rim, then dip in salt, if you do not like a salted rim sprinkle a touch of salt in each glass, the salt really brings out the flavor.

Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender. Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir. (I personally just added it all to the blender- I like slushy, that is totally up to you)

Makes 4 drinks.

* Just as a note: it is important to use Ruby Red grapefruit juice, it is much sweeter than regular and it has the lovely pink color.

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Florida Gulf Coast Beach Home in Shades of the Sea

I’m crazy nuts about this gorgeous Seaside, Florida home!  Of course, from the very first time I visited Seaside, I fell in love with all the ice cream shades and the charming perfection of this coastal town. It’s where they filmed the movie, The Truman Show which was all about living a perfect life in [...]

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Sky Blue is a Lovely Hue For a Beautifully Coastal Home

 One look at this charming coastal cottage and I think you’ll be as enamored as I am!  I love the soothing sky blue color palette mixed with chippy paint, awning stripes, white wicker, and lots and lots of shells. It just couldn’t be more beachy perfect! I’m head over heels crazy about blue in all [...]

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A Charming French Coastal Cottage … Hippies Use Back Door!

The moment I saw this French coastal cottage, I knew it was love!  Okay… not so much the exterior … it could use some work … but let’s go inside and you’ll get to experience the casual, fun, hip nature of this cottage.  It makes me want to settle in … sandy feet and all! [...]

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DIY Ladder Shelf Tutorial

I’ve always loved these ladder shelves and when I was scouring Lowe’s website this morning, I found this amazingly easy to understand DIY Tutorial.  Woot Woot! Generally when I’ve seen these in the Pottery Barn catalog, they’re done in dark woods, or in Ballard Designs, they’re black.  I really like that this one is white and [...]

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Five Things Friday … Five Delectable Dishes I’d Love to Eat Next Week!

Okay… who starts off with dessert?  I do! I do!  At least I would if the dessert was as tempting as these little mini Key Lime Pie desserts!  Don’t they look delicious? And the photography {swoon}. Such talent comes to you via Stone Gable.  I haven’t had Key Lime Pie since I left Florida and [...]

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Get Serious About Cereus Art For Casual Coastal Decor

I want to welcome my newest Sponsor, Dana, the artist behind Cereus Art.  Dana specializes in handmade items that bring  a touch of the beach right to your own home.  The image above is a portion of a beautiful 3′ Starfish Garland that Dana has in her Cereus Art Etsy store.  This is just one example [...]

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Driftwood as Art & DIY Tutorial

Oh Spring, where art thou?  I’m so ready for sunny days so I can get out on the beach and collect some driftwood!  It rained for 24 hours yesterday and I woke up to snow blanketing everything today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love snow and we don’t get that much of it, but my [...]

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kony 2012

Kony 2012

Have you seen this video? Let’s all work together for a common goal. Please pass this video on … it’s important and you’ll be glad you did. KONY 2012 and INVISIBLE CHILDREN and KONY ON FACEBOOK Peace, Love, and Stepping Up When It Matters Most, I love, love, LUV hearing from you so please leave a Comment and I’ll [...]

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30 Dolphins Stranded on the Beach {See the Video}

Click here to watch the amazing story of 30 dolphins who were washed up on the beach in Brazil. As the dolphins screamed in terror and thrashed around on the shore, the beach goers quickly jumped into action and pulled them out to sea.  It’s an amazing video! Peace, Love, and the Kindness of Strangers, [...]

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‘Five Things’ Friday … Breezy, Beachy, Seaworthy Finds!

Coastal Inspired Artwork:  Are you nostalgic for the summers you spent at the beach when you were younger? Bring those memories back in the form of cool coastal prints, perfect for hanging in a grouping in your sunroom or poolhouse.This one is called Coral Skies. CoralDesignCo. on Etsy. Sea Life Canisters:  Strolling along a sandy beach [...]

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Photo of the Day:
Just Because It’s Gorgeous!

I don’t even have anything to say about this except G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.!!!  What I really want to know is how can I make that table. Anyone have any ideas? And those lamps! I die!  And the rug! Sigh! Anywho … here’s your Sherwin Williams Chip It card. What do you think about this?  Do you love [...]

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A Hamptons House for All Seasons

Canadian-born designer Amanda Nisbet relied on bold colours when designing this beach house in the Hamptons.  Although this stunning home sits just a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean, Amanda cautioned her clients about relying too heavily on a nautical palette. “I wanted them to have a look that was cosy in January yet classic [...]

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Ooh La La …
French Seaside Cottage Design

What do you think of when you think of the French seaside? Charming towns filled with medieval forts rising dramatically from azure waters and whitewashed houses bathed in limpid Mediterranean light — much like the image above? Or perhpas you dream of walking those ancient cobblestone streets … arm in arm with your lover … [...]

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Very Pinteresting
Boys Nautical Coastal Bedrooms

I love a beautiful nautical bedroom. There’s something about crisp red, white, and blue that moves my soul and is so perfect for a beach home. Here’s a selection of very Pinteresting beach bedrooms that any boy would love. All American Boy Stripe the Walls Sail Away to Dreamland   Hit the Bunkhouse Sailor  Say [...]

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A Touch of Tangerine Tango…
Inexpensive Updates for Your Beach Home

I know you know by now that Tangerine Tango is the “Pantone Color of the Year“.  Am I the only one that thinks designers keep coming up with new “must have colors” for each season and a “color of the year” so they can keep the money flowing from our pockets to theirs? The good [...]

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I’m Crushing on THIS Grey Kitchen!

I’ve never particularly been a grey decor kinda gal — maybe because I grew up in Northern Oregon where there are grey skies for 8 months out of the year!  I like things sunny and bright and cheery.  And turquoise. I heart turquoise!!  Having said that, I’ve been seeing more and more beautifully coastal decor [...]

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