Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 Days of Coastal Style- announcement

Public Service Announcement-- As I am busy preparing for our church's Autumn Blast and a weekend of guests, Days 30 & 31 of the 31 Days series will be posted on November 4th & 5th. Thanks for following along! :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

{31 Days of Coastal Style} Dressing Coastal Style

I've had fashion on my mind today, so I thought I'd sort of do a "crossover" post from decorating your home, to decorating yourself! :) Here are 3 simple ways to add coastal style to your outfits, no matter what the season or occasion!

(Disclaimer: I wear skirts all the time, as a matter of personal preference, so the outfits you see here will reflect that-- but the fashion concept is the same, no matter what you wear!) ;)

1) Stripes

Thick or thin, and no matter what color, stripes are a perfect way to bring a touch of "nautical" preppy-ness (is that a word?) to any outfit! And they're not just for casual wear anymore...

"Red, White & Blue" by tufootballmom on Polyvore
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Mustard and Navy.
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2) Navy and white

Navy and white are a classic coastal pairing, not only in decor, but in fashion as well! But navy seems to be having its heyday now, even more than ever...

Navy, yellow, and green!
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Color Pop! Vintage and Retro Clothing | Walk the Line
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Teal & checkers
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navy and mustard
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3) Textural accessories

Rope-- or knotted-- belts, braided bracelet, or textured leather provide the subtle finishing touch to your coastal getup.

navy and pink
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Cute Fall outfit
Fall love
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rudder bracelet, Infinity bracelet, anchor bracelet, leather bracelet, wax cords bracelet
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So are you inspired to add a coastal touch to your outfits, like I am? Am I the only one that wishes that I could have my Pinterest closet in real life? ;)

Monday, October 28, 2013

{31 Days of Coastal Style} "The Lilypad Cottage" Home Tour

Kelly at "The Lilypad Cottage" is a mom with amazing style and an absolutely gorgeous lake cottage home-- as in, it's really on a lake, and it's also their full-time home! Her beautifully decorated house, which she and her husband built themselves, just goes to prove that you don't need an expensive interior designer or pricey furnishings to have comfy, beautiful coastal style!

I'll just sit back and let her beautiful pictures do the talking:

Planked Entry way and fun decor ideas home tour
Family room - thelilypadcottage house tour
fireplace -

Dining area -
How to upholster a bed -
master bath
Big Girl Bedroom
Nautical Big Boy Room
The Lily Pad Cottage backyard

Can you believe all that gorgeousness exists in one home? You absolutely must go right over to The Lilypad Cottage and see more for yourself (and tell Kelly "hi" for me!)

Which part is your favorite? I'm torn between that breathtaking white kitchen, and the alphabet wall in the playroom! (I'm a sucker for typography, what can I say?) Although that view from the master bath is to die for, as well... honestly, it all takes my breath away!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

{31 Days of Coastal Style} Weekend Daydreaming: Beachside Lounging

Today is a clear, crisp (that's code for "cold") fall day! Almost all of our autumn leaves are gone already, but at least the sun is shining brightly! At this moment, I'm lounging in the recliner, trying to put off doing the dinner dishes, and basking in the sunbeams streaming in my window. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine I'm sitting here:

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A comfy lounge chair, sunhat, giant umbrella, and the ocean at my feet? Now all I need is a good book (or my Kindle)!

What's on your agenda this weekend? Any lounging around, or avoiding dishes? (Or both?) ;)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

{31 Days of Coastal Style} 10 Sea Creatures You Can Make Yourself!

Wow, I can't believe we're only 5 days away from the end of this 31 Day series! I really can't believe that I've only missed blogging on two of them (and that was when we went to a conference out of state!) It feels good to be back in the blogging saddle. :)

Today's post isn't going to be very long because, well, it's already been written for me :) Click on over to The Shed to find a round-up of TEN tutorials for making your own starfish, coral, seashells and even driftwood (perfect for making one of those driftwood projects!) Make sure to tell the lovely Laura that I sent you! ;)

DIY Sea Life: 10 easy ways to make faux seashells, coral, driftwood, and more!
DIY Sea Life Round-up from "The Shed"

Also, I would be remiss in not mentioning the tutorial I posted earlier this month-- how to make your own faux ceramic coral!

DIY Faux Coral Tutorial

What have you been DIY-ing lately? Any sea creatures? Or maybe just "DIY-ing" dinner for your family? ;) That's where I'm off to next...

Friday, October 25, 2013

{31 Days of Coastal Style} 15 Beautiful Beachy Bathrooms

Yesterday I finally worked up the courage to share my very own coastal-themed bathroom. Today, I'm giving a round-up of fifteen more beautiful beach-style bathrooms from across the web!

Gorgeous DIY coastal bathroom. Love the burlap monograms and creative knob towel rack.
Anchored- Bath Design (City Farmhouse)
Sweet Chaos: Bathroom Projects
The Bathroom Gets a Little Facelift ...
add a small dose of color to an all white vanity with glass knobs
bathroom !
Seaside accessories play up the coastal vibe of this cottage bath. Tour the rest of this cheery family home:
Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom
A perfect coastal bath.
nautical bathroom - great boat cleat hooks!
White, cottage bathroom with map wallpaper, a pedestal sink, and beaded board wainscoting
Bathroom... love it!
<3 the driftwood mirror!
Small blue bathroom with a vintage farmhouse sink, wall-mounted faucet, and mirror with built-in medecine cabinet
These lovely loos prove that coastal style fits with ANY style-- whether cottage, traditional, farmhouse, or even modern!

Which bathroom is your favorite? Do you have a "theme" in your bathroom?