31 July, 2013

A Blank Canvas - Decorating Tips

Create a blank canvas - so you can add your personal style.

Create personality with colour and accessories

beach look

When faced with the task of decorating a beach house - the easiest way to start is by creating a black canvas. Work out a budget, then invest the most money in your core pieces like sofas, armchairs, dining setting, coffee table, etc - keep these in whites, neutrals and timber tones as part of the neutral canvas. Once you have these in place, then it's time to have fun with accessories and styling! It's safest to limit each room to one or two key accent colours. Work out the look and mood you are trying to create - flick through magazines or coastal blogs if you need some inspiration. Then starting layering away ~ building a story with artwork, scatter cushions, occasional lighting and decorator accessories. Always remember to add a couple of vintage or eclectic pieces into the mix to get it interesting and exciting - you don't want to end up with a room that looks like it has come straight from a showroom floor! You want it to reflect your personality and sense of style.

Melissah xox

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30 July, 2013

Sleep School

~ you're in the same boat as me and need some serious restorative zzz's!

Here are the top sleep experts' tips for getting some 'quality' sleep, 
{hopefully 'quantity' factor won't be too far behind}:

1. Snack yourself to sleep: Eating a small carbohydrate snack with a bit of protein a couple of hours before bed gets the brain to produce the calming neurotransmitter serotonin.

2. Keep all electronic devicesincluding digital alarm clocks, smart phones, and computers—away from your bed. Even the tiniest bit of light can disrupt melatonin levels, making it hard to fall asleep.

3. Ditch the heated blanket {and turn down the heating}: Keeping your bedroom cooler actually helps you fall into a deeper and more restful sleep.

4. Stay hydrated. Being even mildly dehydrated cuts your mental and physical energy dramatically. Sleep experts recommend drinking plenty throughout the day, and downing a full glass of water in the first few minutes of waking up

5. Resist the urge to hit the snooze buttonyou're just putting off the inevitable —
and head to the shower. 

6. Cut off caffeine . Now here is a tough one - avoid caffeine and chocolate eight hours before bed.
Melissah xox

{Source : BellaMumma}

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29 July, 2013

Aqua Love

Loving this fresh and summery inspiration.
I am longing for some hot, sunny weather and
long days at the beach!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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28 July, 2013

Fun Times!

So sorry to disappoint but today's post has to be short and sweet. 

With our renovation going great guns and only a few weeks before we officially move in there is little time to spare. This week we have had the electrician fit off, the carpet layer installing the carpet, the carpenters doing the finishes touches, the curtain guy fitting the blinds, the plumber installing loos plus hubby and I up ladders painting. It's been a total mad house but every day it looks better and better. In fact it's even started to resemble something that we could call 'home' rather than a demolition zone! I am over the moon about how fantastic it all looks. I can't wait to share some photos and a few 'reno' stories but we are still about a month away before all the furniture arrives and it's ready for a photo shoot. But I'm really thrilled with the results so far and the fun part of the decorating is yet to come!
Melissah xox

Images via A Life's Design

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27 July, 2013

A Stylish Weekend At The Hamptons


Outdoor Living

Navy Chic

I love the idea of a summer in the Hamptons
~ I have been watching too many 'Revenge' episodes
and have become obsessed with anything to do with the Hamptons!
How perfect to be lunching on the patio,
chatting, laughing and catching up on the social gossip ~
followed by a relaxing afternoon, sunning on a pool lounge!
I think I could slip into that lifestyle very easily!

Now I just need the house, the car and the wardrobe
to match the lifestyle!!!

Melissah xox

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26 July, 2013



Thinking of a vacation in St Tropez, The Hamptons or Biarritz well this is the perfect little playful, seaside wardrobe. You can't go wrong with a mix of red, blue and white anywhere along the coast. Nautical stripes, pretty florals and cheeky shorts are always a winner. I love the flirty, ruffled dress and the Chanel look jacket with the gold buttons. Pack your bags and Cannes here we come!

Melissah xox

Images via Dust Jacket

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25 July, 2013

Summer Getaway

Here are some amazing homes from around the globe 
to help you get inspired for the warmer months ahead…. 
just add sun to complete the look!




Re-create this look.

Rustic Elements

With summer on our doorstep 
we are starting to daydream of a summer getaway
to re-sync after a whirlwind year. 
White concrete floors + weather timbers + natural linens + splash of colour 
= the ultimate summer house palette.

Melissah xox

Source : Est Magazine, moodboard by Coastal Style

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24 July, 2013

Shades of Apricot


The thing I love about summer is they way everything lightens up.

The days are brighter and longer
Summer fashion colours are lighter and prettier
Fabrics get lighter and breezier
The food I eat is fresher and healthier
Even my mood lightens up!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34a, 4b, 5-6, 7

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