31 October, 2012

Happy Halloween

Even though we don't celebrate Halloween here in Australia
I wish all of our American blogging friends
lots of fun and frivolity on this festive day.
I would love to join in and party along!

'Happy Halloween'

For those of you affected by Sandy
our thoughts are with you and your families.

Melissah xox

Image via Daily Crush, edited by Coastal Style

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30 October, 2012

The Spanish Frontier


Bohemian Chic


I have spent over a month travelling around Spain so I got to visit most of the tourist hot spots but never made it to the island of Formentera just off the Spanish Coast. I have heard the scenery is gorgeous - beautiful white sandy beaches and azure seas making this little island a perfect holiday destination. I have seen lots of great villas and boutique hotels featured on blogs and travel mags, these ones in particular, caught my eye - I love the rustic simplicity and the open plan. I like the quirky mix of French antiques, Spanish farmhouse style and exposed timber beams.

Melissah xox

Images via The Style Files

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29 October, 2012

Seaside Pastels - Get The Look

Seaside Pastels

Re-create this look

Seaside Style

 Pastel seaside shades are not really a look that we use much of here in Australia.
I only started seeing this 'Preppy Palm Beach' look since I started blogging.
Since then I have really fallen for it - partly because it's so girly,
and secondly because it's so fresh and different.
I would love to decorate an Australian white weatheboard beach house
top to toe in this look - all white sofas and painted timber furniture
with pops of bright pastels
Shabby Chic meets Southern Preppy!
Australian magazine editors would have a field day.
I just need to find an enthusiastic client who shares the vision.
How much fun would we have putting it together??! 

 Melissah xox

Images via Coastal Style Pinterest, fashion story + mood board by Coastal Style Blog

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28 October, 2012

Light Reflections

My favourite time to walk along the beach is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon just before the sun goes down. The light is soft and glowing and throws long shadows that dance in the waves. 

It's the best time to take the camera with you and snap away!

Melissah xox

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27 October, 2012

Ocean Blues


I have been back a few days now from my lovely tropical holiday and despite the fact I come back to gorgeous Spring weather, a pretty seaside town, pristine beaches, a lush green garden and peaceful, tranquil surroundings I am still suffering from the post holiday blues - why is that? What's wrong with me??? I have so much to be grateful for. Work has died off because all my clients knew I was off on holidays so I think I just need an exciting project to get stuck into and get the creative juices flowing. Anyway I managed to cheer myself up by organising my summer holidays, making some plans for Christmas and flicking through some old photo albums. I think I am missing those seafood buffets so I might just cook up some Atlantic salmon with an avocado and mango salad to transport us back to balmy evenings dining on the terrace at the Mirage!   

Melissah xox

Credits:  Swimwear other images via Haute Design, beach scene Port Douglas

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26 October, 2012

Seaside Cottage

Beach Cottage



With summer just around the corner I am loving this fresh beach cottage inspiration decked out in a seaside palette of white, aqua, pale blue and seafoam. It's about now that lots of houses in our little beach town go on the market trying to lure the holidaymakers in time for summer. My husband and I have lots of fun, walking the streets, picking out our favourite ones, re-designing them, costing out the renovations, landscaping and decorating them in our heads before we decide we are really very happy just where we are in our lovely beach shack!

Melissah xox

Images via Coastal Living moodboard by Coastal Style

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25 October, 2012

White with Chocolate - Get The Look

Re-create the look

Earthy Details

 white & chocolate

Here's a bit of design inspiration for those who love chocolate ... who doesn't? Well my love of chocolate extends from the stuff you eat to decor and fashion. I particular love it when combined with white - it takes on a very modern, fresh feel that can transcend seasons - working equally well in both summer and winter. I like the idea of crisp white cottons and linens teamed with deep stained recycled timber furniture and floorboards. This colour palette lends itself to lots of earthy organic textures think leather and earthernware as well chocolate stained rattan and bamboo ... just delicious!

Chocolate also works well in summer. Brunettes with gorgeous olive skin always look great in browns,  and other earthy colours like khaki and olive. Team it with white and it's a winning combination!

Melissah xox

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