Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beach room shelf

This is a shelf in my "beach" guest room. I have had a great time collecting retro beach items to display. Some are old and some are new but they are all fun to me and none of them were costly.
I have hung a lei and old postcard souvenirs from the shelves to add length. In the middle is a bulletin board where I have retro cards and some old family photos. I even slipped in a white starfish.
I live in the mountains but was raised at the beach. It is fun to retreat here and remember the good times by the shore.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

No Sew Valance

I do not sew! But, I have that side of me that wants to create things from fabric. I usually bug my daughter and try to get her to sew things for me.
I have a guest room that is decorated in a retro beach motif. I wanted a valance on the window that would speak to the theme. I saw these tea towels at the hardware store in Carmel, years ago. They reminded me of the colors of old fashioned beach tents that I had seen in photos.
Wow, this was going to be easy! I ironed the towels and hung and gathered them over a tension rod...voila! It brightened the room right up and was easy, peazy!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Just Beachy!

The Fourth of July is past, now what do we feature in our decorating? I say, "Let's go beachy". I use these little shelves in my hall for the current decorating themes. I just took down my Independence Day decor and put up beachy things.

Most of us have shells from a trip or purchased, start with those. We also have pictures of our families on the beach. The little one shown is of my father, as a boy, on top his grand-father's shoulders with his younger brother on the right. This photo was taken on Muscle Beach, CA. I love the retro suits of the by-standers.

The rest of the goodies can be purchased at my store, Check around your home and see what you can find hidden away to bring a beachy warmth to your home.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, a bit early!

This is a picture of my old funky red wagon on my porch. It was an awesome flea market find a few years ago and it has been parked on our porch even since. I change it seasonal and enjoy it year round. This basket of faux geraniums grow beautifully in the shade of our covered porch when nothing else will.

I have had a thing for red geraniums long before they became the rage again. They are so cheery and bright! They are festive all summer long with our patriotic holidays, especially when a few flags are inserted.

I have three hanging baskets of real geraniums that hang from my porch, one is pictured above. They just make me happy everytime they catch my eye. What do you do to get ready to celebrate our freedom?

I will be enjoying the holiday with dear, old friends and family in our small mountain town. We will wave flags at our parade and enjoy the best fireworks ever over the lake with a barbecue in-between.

Make your day memorable.