29 February, 2012
Today I picked up a lovely new job - designing and decorating a white weatherboard Hamptons style beach house with spectacular ocean views. It's a beautiful period house that has had a number of hotch potch renovations over the last 80 years and the clients want to restore it to it's a former glory. Most of my jobs are modern, architecturally designed houses made of glass and concrete so this double storey house full of history and charm will be a breath of fresh air for me. I have a nice collection of ideas and images that I have collected from all the coastal blogs so they will be a great source of inspiration for this fun project. The client was so excited and happy after our first meeting that she gave me a big hug at the end of it!
28 February, 2012
This all natural palette is influenced by the colours, textures and tones of nature and the sea resulting in a 'modern coastal' feel. Relaxed and inspired, natural fibres and textural interest are the key elements to these spaces. The neutral walls are both calming and ever-changing - a result of filtered sunrises in the morning or the flicker of candles in rustic lanterns at night Take a loose approach to a white canvas with pale neutral accents, add some woody tones and you can transform a simple space into a coastal oasis without spending a fortune. It's all in the details!
Images via The Design Files
27 February, 2012
With a weekend of hot, hot weather and scorching heat - the focus was on keeping cool and escaping the heat. Days were spent at the sea baths on pool lounges under large umbrellas and taking dips in the ocean. Nights were spent with all the doors and windows open to catch the sea breeze, sleeping under cotton sheets with the fan humming gently in the background. Don't get me wrong, I love the hot weather so no complaints here! But the best thing was it gave us the perfect excuse to tuck into bowls of ice-cream, icy sorbets, refreshing watermelon and chilled iced tea to keep us cool ... all guilt free!
26 February, 2012
I'm dreaming that the long, languid days of summer will never end but sadly I know they will, so it's now time to start planning holidays to far away sunny destinations to escape some of the winter chill. The possibilities are endless : the Italian coast, the French Riveria, the Greek islands or perhaps the Caribbean. It's time to start collecting a few brochures and doing a bit of homework! Where's your favourite winter escape?
Fashion story by Coastal Style via Polyvor - other images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5ba
25 February, 2012
With the promise of some very hot weather this weekend I am looking forward to making the most of the last days of summer and heading to the beach to catch a few rays. I find the beach is one of the few places I can totally zone out and relax. It will be a weekend of swimming, relaxing on pool lounges at the sea baths, New Zealand ice-cream, cheese and wine on the deck, short summer dresses and laughter.... can't wait!
24 February, 2012
I love the rustic simplicity of Mediterranean design - the pared back minimalism. For me it's the relaxed, casual, laid back nature of these places that is the real appeal. Simple, honest design using local materials such as stone and timber. Where living flows easily from inside to out and evenings are spent laughing and chatting under starry nights drinking local wine and feasting on tapas, freshly caught seafood and paella.
Keep you holiday wardrobe simple and casual - light, breathable fabrics to cope with the heat and flat sandals to cope with the cobble stoned streets and rocky terrain. Natural colours in cotton and linen are perfect for blending in with the locals. Nothing too fancy is required in this part of the world ... it's all about relaxing!
Images via 1, 2, 3-6, 7, 8
23 February, 2012
I am heading off for some twilight sailing tonight. It's not the glamorous affair you may think, sipping on champagne watching the sun set - it's a race, I'm the only lady on board and there's way too much testosterone to have a relaxed evening. But I love sailing, I love racing and I love the adrenalin of the wind in your face and your pulse racing. There's a fair bit of yelling and screaming from the skipper but back at the clubhouse that's all forgotten when everyone has had a chance to calm their nerves after a glass of wine! I wear proper sailing attire, Helly Hansen of course, but would definitely wear something nautically chic if I was just going for a casual cruise around the harbour!
22 February, 2012
For me, it doesn't come much better than a long, luxurious soak in a hot tub, especially one with a view. A long, relaxing bath with scented oils and soft lighting is an indulgent weekly ritual for me but if I had a bathroom with any one of these divine baths and stunning outlooks then I would hardly be able to drag myself out of the there to do anything else!