31 May, 2013

Villa Mandarina - Costa del Sol




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Shades of pink








Villa Mandarina is a beautiful home set along the Costa del Sol, Spain. This house is a haven of light and peace. The crisp white interiors adds brightness to the space, while the outdoor patio offers stunning sea views. I love the splashes of colour used on the outdoor terrace. It screams summer fun in the sun!

(images by masfotogenica)

Melissah xox

Source : via The Style Files moodboard by Coastal Style

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30 May, 2013

Chic in Navy & White

Navy Chic


You can't go wrong with the ever stylish navy and white.
Throw in some stripes to add a dash of nautical!

Trés Chic!

Melissah xox

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29 May, 2013

Seaside Style on a Budget

Slip Covered Furniture


Rather than getting rid of a shabby looking, worn out sofa give it a new lease of life with a slipcover in a linen or cotton fabric. Beige, white and taupe are all great colours for beachside living. A slipcover and some new scatter cushions in a mix of colours, textures and patterns will cost you a fraction of the cost of a new sofa.

Create your own collections



Instead of using expensive and impersonal store bought decor accessories - dress up bookshelves, hall stands and coffee tables with collections you have put together yourself.  Humble collectibles — such as glass bottle, screw top jars, seashells and objects found in nature make for a more interesting and personal display. 

Secondhand Books

books on shelf 

Vintage sailing guides and classic adventure stories found at flea markets and secondhand-book shops provide the ultimate escape on a summer afternoon and make for great collections on bookshelves - particularly when colour blocked. 

Recycled Furniture

For a fraction of the cost of new furniture - revamp an existing piece or shop around for a bargain from a second hand shop, garage sale or flea market. Sand it back, give it a coat of paint with a distressed finish, update the handles, reupholster and you'll have a treasured piece that is unique, tells a story and has plenty of character!
Melissah xox

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28 May, 2013

East Hampton Showcase

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Yellow & Black

I'm always roaming through blogs and magazines
on the lookout for gorgeous Hamptons style inspiration for the new house.

Since I started reading blogs it has improved my skills as a designer 
showcasing clever ideas and colour schemes that other designers have put together.
I am constantly inspired by the Americans and their use of colour 
and the Scandinavians with their rustic, minimal approach.

Today I'm loving this striking and dramatic combination
of black and white with a touch of yellow!

Melissah xox

Images via Desire To Inspire 

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27 May, 2013

The Natural Approach

I have always believed in taking a natural approach to skincare.

 I believe products that are naturally scented with essential oils and jam-packed with botanical extracts make you and your skin feel more uplifted - not just your complexion. 
It makes sense to use some of the gifts that Mother Nature has given us. 

There is nothing more cleansing and relaxing than do-it-yourself skin care.
Fresh Home Magazine also has some fresh and easy DIY facial recipes.
So go home, have some fun and give yourself a facial at home!

Oil of Olé
This guac-inspired moisturizer is suitable for even sensitive skin.

2 tablespoons of fresh avocado, mashed
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon plain full-fat yogurt
½ teaspoon lemon juice

1.       Combine ingredients in a bowl.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2.       While you’re waiting for the mixture to chill, clean your face with a soap-free cleansing wash.  Make two mugs of green tea and put an ice cube or two in one of them.
3.       Smear a thin layer of the chilled mask on your face, avoiding your eyes.  Sit back, relax for 10 or 15 minutes, and sip the warm tea.
4.       Rinse with lukewarm water.  Slowly splash your face with the cooled tea, and then rinse with water again.  Powerful antioxidants in tea help skin stay healthy.
Note: Don’t use black tea; it will stain your skin.

Melissah xox

Source Fresh Home Magazine via Glitter Gloss Garbage

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26 May, 2013

Beach House in Brazil


This beach house in the resort town of  Búzios in Brazil 
 is looking pretty good to me.
Stunning views of the sea from just about every window ...  
plenty of spots to relax and take it all in.
I love the simple bathroom design with the twin basins ~
there's plenty of space to add your own display flourishes.
The outdoor area provides the perfect backdrop
for a tasty alfresco lunch!

photographed by andre nazareth for casa, food image
Melissah xox 

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25 May, 2013

The Rustic Beack Shack

I love the simplicity and honesty of the humble beach shack.
There's something about their rustic, earthiness 
that makes us feel more connected to Mother Nature.
These simple, laid back cottages make it so easy to relax and unwind ~
freeing us up to spend more time with family and friends,
down at the beach 

Melissah xox

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

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