29 September, 2012

Porter's Paints



When selecting colours for feature walls my favourite brand of paint is 'Porter's Paint's'. They are generally more expensive but that's because they are handmade based on traditional methods and not mass produced like most other paint companies. Their colours have more depth and intensity and once applied the colour looks pure and rich in pigment. They have a beautiful range of colours that are beautifully suited to creating a coastal palette. They also offer a range of specialty paint which I have had fun with over the years including rusted finishes, metallics and pearlised paints. Their milk paints and crackle finish effects paint are great for painting furniture to give it a rustic, aged appearance.

 Melissah xox

Images via Porter's Paints

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28 September, 2012

Seaside Chic - Get The Look



Re-create this look

Relaxed Coastal Style

The combination of soft blues and white is such a fresh, pretty colour scheme
for beachside living ~
particularly when paired back with natural finishes and organic textures.
For a stylish, relaxed feel keep the mix to mainly white and neutral tones
using the blue for accents and hightlights only.
The blue glass tiled splashback works a treat 
as do the blues in bed throw, scatter cushions, artwork and occasional seating. 

Melissah xox

Images via 1-4 Coastal Style Pinterest, mood board by Coastal Style blog  

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27 September, 2012

Capri Capers





A tiny designer boutique hotel Caprisuite is concealed within the walls of what was once a convent and is destined to become the island's hippest hideaways. A charming Mediterranean retreat, it has been designed to feel like an Italian Villa. Located in the heart of the historic center of Anacapri, Caprisuite combines modern designer pieces with 17th century architecture in the effortless style that Italian designers do so well. Both rustic and stylish there is an authentic charm with it's sunny yellow and bright blue detailing. Oh, and don't forget to pack some chic poolside attire to soothe away the day by the plunge pool!
Melissah xox

Images Caprisuite via Vicky's Blog, fashion story by coastal Stylefood 
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26 September, 2012

Sarong Chic

Sarong Chic

One of my basic travel essentials is a sarong.

The perfect accessory for any beach holiday destination. They are so light and virtually take up no space in your suitcase. Just roll it up and tuck it down the side! They are perfect for doubling up as a towel for drying off as well lying on the sand or a sunlonger. Then when it comes to having a drink at the bar or a lunch at a poolside / beachside cafe simply tie it into a dress or a skirt and you have the perfect cover up! Once you have mastered the art of tying them - they can be wrapped and twisted into a host of versatile pieces that will just about take you anywhere! Pick a colour to match your swimsuit or bikinis and you'll hardly need to pack anything else!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2 sarong fashion story by coastal style, 3 
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25 September, 2012

Beach House Blues

Re-create This Look

neutral + blue

I love a splash of blue in a beach house it reminds me of the close proximity to the ocean. It works best as an accent colour teamed back with lots of white, beige and soft neutrals. It always looks crisp and fresh and makes you feel like taking a dip in the pool, a swim in the ocean or getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and bright blue sky!

Melissah xox

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

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24 September, 2012

Hamptons Style Kitchen Makeover



A kitchen makeover can be an expensive and stressful exercise.
In order to sail through process to a great end result
here are a few basic tips to help on your way:-

1. Pick a style
Make a mood board or pull out pages from your favourite kitchen magazines to help you define your look.

2. Do you homework
Research tapware, appliances, stone benchtops, cabinet handles and light fittings - get a feel for what's out there and how much everything costs.
These days most of the leg work can be done on line.

3. Make a list
Write down exactly what you would like in your kitchen right down to the last cabinet handle.

4. Work Out A Budget
Find a figure that you're comfortable with and cost out everything on your list
- tweak your selections to fit in within your budget.

5. Sketch Up A Plan
Engage an architect, designer, draftsperson or kitchen cabinet maker to help you design your dream kitchen. Using a professional is always a wise investment on a large scale renovation otherwise your local cabinet maker will probably be all the help you need.

6. Find A Cabinet Maker
Ask around friends, family for a recommendation - someone tried and tested is always your best bet. Try to visit a recently completely project for added assurance. Shop around for 2 or 3 quotes and make your final selection on the one who is offering the best service. The cheapest quote will not always get you best the end result and remember to put everything in writing!

Here's some inspiration for your mood board!

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, Design Darling

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23 September, 2012

Summer Ready

Oh my gosh - it's that time of the year when the panic sets in. Summer is only just around the corner and the big question is 'have we got ourselves in shape for summer, swimwear and days at the beach'? The magazines and papers are full of advice, tips, diets and exercise regimes. That all seems far too hard to me. I prefer the gradual, less drastic approach and I try to eat well all year round and keep up the exercise right through winter. Boring, I know but when it comes to summer I'm always glad I've done the hard yards. I find routine and good habits are easier to stick too than fad diets and bursts of exercise. Which approach do you take?
Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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22 September, 2012

Seaside Fare

Nothing beats a day out on the ocean and freshly caught fish that you have reeled in yourself. My parents have a beautiful fishing boat that lives up in Queensland. When we go up and visit there's nothing better than a day in the boat and catching a beautiful coral trout for dinner - simply pan fried with butter and garnished with lemon juice, sea salt and cracked pepper. It's melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Melissah xox

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