28 February, 2013

Good-bye Summer Days


I'm so sad it is the last day of summer ~ I am still basking in all the glory summer has to offer. Late morning wakeups, breakfast outdoors, long days at the beach and late afternoons lounging on the deck with a refreshing gin and tonic in hand. From dawn to dusk we are out on surfboards, boogie boards and bikes making the most of the last of the summer days.

Melissah xox

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27 February, 2013

Mixed Berries


Nothing says summer more than berries on a summer's day!

Berry smoothies, blueberry cheesecake slice and fruity flavoured ice-cream
make irresistible treats for summer.
From smooth, creamy frozen delights, to colourful popsicles and tempting slices,
 these mouth-watering treats are sure to bring a smile to your lips!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2-3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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26 February, 2013

Hamptons Style - Get The Look

Aqua Chic

Poolside drinks at five

Re-create this look

Oh, to have a house at the Hamptons ...
or even just a summer would be nice!
But when you live half way across the world that's easier said than done!
However with a little know how ~ you can re-create that look
so you that feel like you are living in the Hamptons!

If you are wanting to inject some of this classic decorating style into your home,
here are a few basic guidelines to follow...

1. Invest in a few key pieces of furniture in neutral shades,
you can change up your look with seasonal accessories.

2. If you're looking for a classic Hamptons beach style feel, start with color. 
The idea is to keep things light, breezy and natural.

3. Mix contemporary pieces with rustic touches
like barn wood elements, original hardware and bead board walls.

4. Introduce some vintage pieces - 
hunt around antique markets for pieces with character.
 If you are working to a tighter budget
try garage sales, flea markets and local charity shops

5. Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating a coastal feel indoors. 
Use seaside treasures like shells and coral along with some nautical decor. 

6. Bring as much light into the room as you can.
Invest in large windows and French doors to let sunlight wash into the rooms.

Melissah xox

Images via Hamptons Style Pinterest, 2 fashion look by Coastal Style, mood board by Coastal Style

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25 February, 2013

Beach Brights

Summer Brights

For me summer is all about getting outdoors and having fun!
It's about hanging out with friends
and long beach days with the kids.
It's about get-together with the neighbours
for a 'tongue-in-check' game off
crouquet, boules or backyard cricket!
It's about early mornings and late nights ~
trying to make the most of each and every day!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2 Coastal Style, Cammille Styles, 4, 5

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24 February, 2013

Summer Living Alfresco


Lunch Alfresco

There is something totally delicious about eating outdoors. 

The sun warming your skin, the buzz of chatter in the air, the clinking of glasses and 
the laughter of kids playing and splashing in the pool. 
The table is laden with Italian summertime treats like ~
homemade foccacia, 
tomato, basil and mozzarella salad, 
crispy pizzas straight from the pizza oven and
 a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio to wash it all down!
There's a pergola draped in vines to keep off the midday sun
and an afternoon dip in the pool to cool you down. 
What a perfect setting! 

Melissah xox

Images via 1-45, 6, 7 by Coastal Style

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23 February, 2013

Croquet Anyone?


Summer is that madcap time of year when friends and family gather together. It's these lazy afternoons when everyone decides a game of croquet, backyard cricket or boules is in order. I don't know about you, but my friends and family all have this extremely competitive nature - what starts out as friendly game with lots of banter turns out to be really competitive game with the motto of the day being 'It's just a game' as teeth grind, muscles flex and losers curse under their breath. It's always a great laugh - as long as I'm on the winning team!

Melissah xox

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22 February, 2013

A Bright Beach House


When the real estate agent first showed this cottage to it's new owners, it was painted egg-yolk yellow with circus-blue trim. Their vision was to make this cottage reminiscent of the pastel-coloured Florida beach cottages of the 1940s. They started with the home’s exterior - a mint-green paint job, white trim, and a white picket fence. This fresh, breezy colour scheme set the tone for the rest of the house. A mix of vintage and thrift store finds painted and dressed in ice-cream shades creates a bright, fun holiday weekender!

Melissah xox

{source : House Beautiful}

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