Entries in Coastal (5)


throwback thursday: christmas table setting

This week has been so incredibly long that I feel like a little throwback is in order to bring a little Christmas spirit to the old blog here.  And what better way to do it than with a table setting I did last year for the holiday season!  Red is definitely not a color that I use on a regular basis in my decor but it brought just the right pop of color to the table last year with a linen runner I found at TJMaxx the year before.  And when you pair it with bamboo flatware, rattan covered glasses and water hyacinth chargers, it feels so fresh and modern and still a tad bit coastal, which, of course, I'm all about.  The French wine glasses are a staple around here and look so pretty next to the woven glasses (I got mine at HomeGoods, but here is a similar set).  I finished the table off with some clippings from the green giant arborvitae on the side of the house and stuck them in an antique silver pitcher; if you really want to add some sparkle, a string of battery-operated twinkle lights would look amazing! 

If you're looking to treat yourself to something special this holiday season, I can't recommend this bamboo flatware set enough! I hope you're all having an amazing week and gearing up for an equally wonderful weekend!


chic in santa monica + an amazing fabric line

I'm an East Coast girl, born and bred, and as obsessed as I am, and always will be, with cedar shakes and sea captain's cottages, lately I've been crushing big time on chic, coastal California spaces and interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks' chic abode in Santa Monica Canyon is pretty much my idea of perfection.  It's equal parts elegant and kick-your-feet-up-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-a-good-book while boasting a great mix of color, pattern and texture.  With planked ceilings, built-in niches galore and even a boat mounted on the ceiling in the master bedroom, this place oozes charm from every little nook and cranny:

The sunroom off the master bedroom is, hands down, my favorite room in the house.  A soothing color palette, a fabulous striped rug and subtle nautical details make this the perfect perch, don't you think?

Design really is in the details and this cottage is ripe with them, including adorable little built-in bench seating that makes the most of every inch of space with bookshelves and gorgeous textiles:

While all-white kitchens are what I always find myself gravitating to, I'm smitten with these cerused oak cabinets, handpainted de gournay wallpaper and white director-style seating in the kitchen/dining room:

Seriously, amazing is that wall covering?  I love how it's only on an accent wall in a hallway and not a whole room:

A lovely work space:

Love the greens and blues in the master:

This master bath is one of my all-time favorites - the back-to-back sinks are so unexpected and allow for an amazing statement chandelier, which I love, love, LOVE, but I'm also a tad obsessed with all the furniture, the mirrored built-ins in the corner, the vaulted, planked ceilings and the grasscloth walls.  PERFECTION.

And just when you think it can't get any more perfect, you turn around and there's a monogrammed settee - the perfect perch for slipping out of your shoes and climbing into that marble-topped tub:

Marks also (finally!!!) released a fabric line earlier this spring with Kravet and it's good, guys.  REALLY good.  Watery blues and greens, soft sand and taupes, it's the perfect color palette and what I love most is that all of the fabrics compliment each other really well, making it so simple to mix and match.  Here are a few I'm loving lately.  Check out the rest of the line here.

Waterpolo lagoon / Cilia sand / Ashbury in Indigo

Neilson shell / Soto bayside / Olvera oyster

Hollister lagoon / Anet sand / Neilson denim

Happy Hump Day!


lighten up for summer

The seventy degree weather we've been enjoying the last few days couldn't have come at a better time....I was able to open my pool, plant a bunch of sweet potato vine and purple queen, make some headway refinishing and reupholstering a set of four dining chairs and get a couple of coats of wipe on poly on my farmhouse table (more to come on all of these soon!).  Considering how everything takes twice as long with a four month old, and I was able to get almost all of this done while she napped, I feel pretty accomplished!  We're back up to the 90's this week and it has me wanting to lighten things up around my house for summer.  Here are a couple of my picks for getting your home ready for the warmer temps: 

I'm a sucker for a monogrammed bag and this canvas and leather beauty is perfect for running errands or a day at the pool/beach!

Tocca has some of the most beautiful candle scents, but Tahiti is quintessential summer for me!

I love the texture of these wicker cheese knives; they're the perfect touch to a summer get together or picnic.

Loving the colors and retro feel of this beach photographic print.

A woven cotton throw in a French blue stripe not only doubles as a beach or picnic blanket, but it looks chic draped over a sofa or chair.

I'm obsessed with this rattan bar cart; I'd love to use outside as a makeshift bar for summer barbeques or even as a console or side table in a bedroom!

The bedroom needs some summer love, too; this linen border duvet is the perfect touch!

A brass fish bottle opener will add a touch of whimsey to your next cocktail hour!

I love this raffia table runner for its casual, beachy vibe and its texture.

Add a little nautical touch with these glass and rope lanterns.

My love for stripes runs deep and this outdoor pillow is as preppy and nautical as it is practical - it's hoseable, scrubbable and bleachable, making it the BEST outdoor pillow ever!

How are you getting your home ready for summer?


celerie + south

Grace Happens used to be one of my favorite blogs to follow for her preppy, coastal style and all the amazing before and afters she used to post of her beautiful home.  Her style is so fresh and fun and her home was so welcoming; you might even remember a baby shower she hosted that I loved so much I posted it here.  It's been a while since Grace posted but after having a second baby, selling her home and moving into and decorating a new one, she's back on the scene with a fabulous little monogram shop, Celerie and South, and it's good, people.  SO good. Totes, napkins, coasters, bread basket liners, dish towels, kid's bath towels and bibs all in that traditional, preppy style and they are all so affordable!  Great gift ideas for the hostess of your next get together or even baby shower!  Here are a few lovelies from her shop:


And there are a bevy of beautiful monogram options to choose from!

And just for fun, check out some SWOONWORTHY shots of her new house, captured by the lovely Holly Mathis on her design blog.  I mean, come on....

Unlacquered brass, a farmhouse sink and beautiful marble counters - yes, yes and yes!


Navy walls, gold accents and crisp white beadboard in a kid's bath:

Rustic wood shelving in the kitchen:

More brass loveliness and gray/blue cabinetry - SWOON:

Happy Hump Day!


greek revival

I'm such a sucker for anything nautical, so I was especially excited to stumble upon this shingle-style Greek revival in Sag Harbor, recently featured on Domaine Home!  For me, there's nothing more refreshing than when a home's decor doesn't take itself too seriously and between this beauty's traditional bones and colorful furnishings, it's such a fun, fresh and elegant take on a historic home! Classic details and subtle nautical details abound and up the ante big time on this home's charm factor:

Love how bold color pops against crisp white walls in the living room:

The kitchen is the star of the home and definitely where I would spend all of my waking hours - love the antique table, antique brass chandelier (bought for its resemblance to a ship!), not to mention all that natural stunning!

Hello, gorgeous unlacquered brass bridge faucet, soapstone counters and farmhouse still my heart!

Gorgeous cane-back chairs and a black-blue painted fireplace in the kitchen are to die for!

Bookshelves and built-in bench seating are a cozy, instant reading spot:

Intricate wave molding flanking the staircase is another stunning nautical nod:

Love those wide planked floors, no doubt original to the house...don't they look like something you'd see on ship?  And how about that fabulous settee?? 

Black and blue reign supreme in a little boy's room:

You can never go wrong with a classic blue and white color palette for a master bedroom:

I'm dying over this nautical-inspired wallpaper in the master bathroom, as well as that fabulous claw foot tub:

Here are my picks for getting the look:

Bedding / Black distressed dining chair / Ship model / Sailor's knot / Iron wall sconce /

Vendome sconce / Telescope floor lamp / Quadrille volpi pillow / Cornelia mirror /