31 July, 2012

One Year Anniversary


A Big Thanks!

 Just a quick hello to say a huge thank-you.
Today is my one year anniversary of
 'Coastal Style'
and I'm in the mood for celebrating!
I have had so much fun in putting this blog together
and I just wanted to say thanks for keeping me company
on this happy, little blogging adventure!
Thanks for stopping by and an
extra special thanks to those who take the time to say a few words.
I just wanted everyone to know it puts a huge smile on my face!

Oh ... I have another reason for celebrating today -
I just found out I was listed in the top 5 for the
'Best Beach Blog Competition'
by Style-Passport
so thank-you to everyone who went to the trouble of voting for me.
It was a real honor to be on the list! 

Melissah xox

Images via A Creative Mint (edited by Coastal Style)

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30 July, 2012

Painted Vintage Chic


Breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with a coat of paint.

Got an old unloved or unattractive piece of furniture lying around the house or have you picked up a bargain at a flea market or a garage sale in desperate need of a coat of paint and a fresh, new look?

Then pick up a can of Porter's Milk Paint which is a traditionally made paint first used by the Shakers. Milk Paint has a rustic, chalky appearance that delivers beachside style, instantly softening and ageing the look of new furniture and complimenting old. It is made from milk by-products and produces subtle, mellow colours. Choose a colour with references to the sea - ocean blues, turquoise, aqua, chalky white or seafoam. 

For added authenticity add a coat Porter's Crackle Medium to create an instant antique or aged feel. Inspired by the time worn charm of provincial antique furniture and artifacts, Crackle Medium marks any painted surface with the gentle hand of age.

Melissah xox

Inspired by Wabi Sabi Style, additional images via  Coastal Style Pinterest

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29 July, 2012

Seaside Prints

Love these pretty seaside prints and stripes
 in pale blues, aqua and white with a dash of red
 - just perfect for a beachside cottage.

Melissah xox

Images via Vicky's Home

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28 July, 2012

Boho Beach Style

Boho Style

Boho Beach Chic

I managed to fit in a bit of retail therapy during the week and I'm loving the new season's summer brights -  it looks to me like we have skipped spring all together and landed smack bang in the middle of summer! It was an absolute joy to be amongst so much colour after the dreary greys and browns of winter. I am loving the neon brights, the fluoros and the gelati  pastels that tempted me in the shop windows. Realising that I am just not going to cut it with last season's fashion colours I picked up a few key pieces in the new colours so I am right up to to-date with my summer wardrobe! I am also loving the pops of colour we are seeing for decorating our 'beachy boho chic' holiday shacks! 

Melissah xox

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27 July, 2012

Mediterranean Escape


What a peaceful location - looking out over olive groves and rocky outcrops to distant ocean views. Reading a good book, basking in the afternoon sun with the hum of the cicadas as background music. It's a simple life with local wines and cheeses, rustic bread and the neighbour's homegrown olives. The lodgings are simple, a hammock strung out for an afternoon nap and a whitewashed stone cottage to cook and sleep. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that can bring the greatest happiness! A relaxed, casual wardrobe is all that is called for in these simple, picturesque surroundings. 

{for details on the fashion story pop over to Style-Passport}

 Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5 (fashion story by Coastal Style), 6
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26 July, 2012

Beach Chic


Loving these chic beachy cottages 
- they all have a subtle New England feel about them.
I love the white weatherboards
the wide return verandahs
the chic bamboo patio furniture
the Adirondack chairs
and the hanging basket.
What lovely inspiration!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3-45, 6, 7
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25 July, 2012

Orange Crush

Orange is a colour of happiness and positive thoughts.

I love living life to the fullest and soaking up everything.
Follow your dreams,
let your heart guide you and surround yourself with people who love and inspire you.
Be passionate and positive in your attitude to life.

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2-34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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24 July, 2012



With a busy week ahead and lots of deadlines -
I just need to remember to stay calm and breathe!
By the weekend, the bigger jobs will be handed over
and everything will be under control.
I always find it very comforting knowing that at the end of the week,
I can head to beach, collect shells, listen to the waves crashing
and the stress of the week disappears with the outgoing tide!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4-5, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

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