Home Decor, Instant Decorating

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  This painted vintage window hangs in one of the beach house bedrooms     Brightly colored Caribbean cottages are painted on the window and flanked by similar metal cottages     Yellow walls, bright colors and a sunny switch plate…     This room is also where my daughter, “Miss Gray & White,” and … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Storage Solutions

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Happy Memorial Day!  We are practicing safety first with the “Harbor Patrol” on duty I want to start by saying that my house currently does not resemble the photos below.   It’s been full of sandy, crumb-dropping, “toy tornadoes” all weekend, but I hope to restore proper order soon! Since life tends to be MESSY  … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Summer’s End

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With Labor Day coming up next weekend, Kathleen over at Cuisine Kathleen has issued a Farewell to Summer Table Challenge      😦   sigh, I hate to say goodbye to summer… So I’m keeping it around for a while! These painted glasses were partly inspired by a nautical blue and white rope Well I just had … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Washed Ashore

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A perfect day starts with a walk on the beach         and ends with dinner by candlelight~ It is easy to create this Washed Ashore centerpiece…use a shallow basket, bowl or tray as a base and fill it full of anything that might have washed ashore.  I used a ceramic boat planter, … Continue reading

Creations, A Mermaid Pot

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This old pot has been around since we first bought our coastal cottage, back when I was in my pink and blue phase….I have had some questionable phases, have you? I bought it at one of those bargain import stores and when I grew tired of it,  it wound up under the deck, where it … Continue reading

Creations, “Pillowcase” Curtains

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Yesterday I posted about a new addition at the beach house where these curtains are hanging, just click here if you want to see more I call these “Pillowcase” Curtains because they look like a big pillow case when you make them These curtains were literally a spur of the moment happy accident.  I was … Continue reading

Home Decor, Decisions to make~

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We’re on the coast this weekend, checking on the little remodel Things are moving along I did a quick look around and then had to enjoy the magical light just before sundown Our porch is my very favorite place to be.  It was cold but the wind had stopped and the water was glass Just … Continue reading

Home Decor, Beach House tour part 3

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After last weeks devasting storms, I can’t help thinking about one of our storm experiences and how the possibilities the future holds can arrive in unexpected ways~ Hurricane Ivan forced us to make some changes in our coastal home.  We have owned this little beachside bungalow since 1986.  Our children grew up vacationing here year … Continue reading

Home Decor, Beach House Tour Part 2, painted switchplates

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Welcome to the Beach House tour part 2. If you are interested in seeing Part 1, the Master suite and Mermaids, click here. Our little house is 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, 2000 square feet but it lives large for it’s size with an open concept great room and kitchen with french doors flowing out onto an … Continue reading

Home Decor, Outdoor Spaces

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Over the weekend we went to the Gulf Coast.  The first weekend in May is usually bathing suit and boating weather, but not this year…even our tropical zone Alabama Gulf Coast city of Orange Beach was cloudy and cool last Friday.  We decided to check out a new local hot spot, The Gulf This outdoor … Continue reading

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