04 March, 2015

A Rustic Weekender

Tranquil lakeside retreat

This quaint 1940s cottage belongs to famous hair guru John Frieda. He's been keeping the frizz out of my hair for years! This cute and charming cottage has been designed by decorator Sharon Simonaire who transformed it in a light-filled retreat that’s as comfortable as it is sophisticated. The timber lined panelling, natural colour palette and furniture selection would be just at home in a vintage style beach cottage as they are in this beautiful lakeside setting. I love the bright and cosy atmosphere that has been created. The fabulous outdoor space is perfect for enjoying the stunning views and looks like a very peaceful place to unwind on the weekends.

Melissah xox

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03 March, 2015

Cool White & Tangerine

Tangerine Dream

Be inspired by exotic destinations and add a pop of tropical colour to your wardrobe this summer. Pack your next travel bag with a flirty cocktail dress in orange, crisp white swimwear to show off your tan and a tangerine bikini for a splash of colour around the pool. Also don't forget when taking holiday snaps your camera loves bright colours - they really make your photos come alive!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 5, 6, fashion story by Coastal Style via Polyvore

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02 March, 2015

Strawberry Punch



Homemade Strawberry Punch

I have a little strawberry patch in my garden
that produces the sweetest, most perfect strawberries.
They are at their best when they are simply picked
and eaten fresh, straight from the garden.
If I have some leftovers then I'm always trying out new recipes ~
strawberry punch, strawberry jam, 
fruit tartlets and homemade strawberry ice-cream 
are a few of my favourites.

Melissah xox

Photography by me Coastal Style

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01 March, 2015

Hamptons Chic

 Hamptons Inspiration

I went to an auction on the weekend ~
it was one of the most amazing houses I had ever seen.
It was a beautiful grand old federation style home circa 1928 and
it was just begging for me to buy it and
 do it up in a classic Hamptons style.
If I had a spare 2 million
I would have bought it in a flash!
That's the problem with being a designer ~
you are always on the lookout for a new challenge.

I have decided to console myself with these beautiful images and dreaming!!
Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8

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28 February, 2015

Indoor Greenery





Be inspired by nature and fill your home with indoor plants and fresh flowers

Nothing makes me happier than filling my home with fresh flowers. But right now I have loving the trend of decorating with indoor plants. Keep it simple and stylish. I love the idea of simple white pots, glass planters or cane baskets for large, oversized plants like palms and figs. There is a huge craze for succulents with is perfect for me because I'm not great in the watering department so succulents are very forgiving if you forget to water them! 

Here are some stylish ideas for decorating with plants.

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7

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