30 November, 2013

My Beach House - The Hobby Room

Hobby Room

Pinboard Love


My little Hobby Room is a temporary space. Late next year it will become the Ensuite for our bedroom but in the interim I have this gorgeous little room to keep all my 'stuff'. I love pretty, girly, crafty things so this is where I keep my ribbons, scrapbooks, design books, cards, favourite magazines, shells and sewing machine. There's a sofa in the corner, out of camera view, which is a perfect spot for reading on a sunny afternoon. The pinboard is full of ideas, favourite clippings, paint colours, party ideas, fabric swatches and anything else that takes my fancy. It was the starting point of the colour palette for the house. The trestle-style desk with it's glass display case is great for displaying my favourite things and was a steal from Ikea. The lime washed open bookshelf from Globe West is great for both display and storage. I love Swedish designer Kikki K for her beautifully co-ordinated range of boxes and stationary. They look stylish, get rid of the clutter and keep me organised! The room is always full of scented candles and fresh flowers and is a lovely spot for blogging!    
 Melissah xox

Photos by Matt Lord Photography for Coastal Styl Blogspot, moodboards by Coastal Style

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29 November, 2013

My Beach House - The Kitchen


My bright, light filled sunny kitchen is an absolute pleasure to cook in. 
When I'm chopping vegies and glance up ~ everywhere I look is cliffs and ocean.
My husband's vintage surfboard gets pride of place so he loves the kitchen too!
In order to keep to a tight budget we kept one bench. 
We went over the chipped Laminex benchtop with a 6mm reconstituted stone overlay from Amerind
 and put on new vinyl wrap doors.
This saved us a bomb but it still looks and feels brand new.
The far side bench is all new. 
Things were sharpened up with new appliances and a glass splashback.
The old vinyl flooring was stripped and the boards were polished.
Antique Chinese bar stools add character and stop it from looking too clinical
I now have a dishwasher and a walk-in-pantry,
two things I've never had in my adult life so I'm in kitchen heaven! 

Before the purchase

That's the back of me chatting to the real estate agent at the Open for Inspection

The fun and games of renovating!

Melissah xox

Credits: Matt Lord Photography for Coastal Style Blogspot, moodboard by Coastal Style

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28 November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Holiday Style

To all of our American blogging friends
celebrating today.
We wish you a ....

'Happy Thanksgiving'

Pop by tomorrow for some photos of my new beach kitchen!

Melissah xox

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27 November, 2013

My Beach House - Dining Room

Dining Room

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Before Purchase 


This lovely space looks out to sea and
 the glass louvres let in the sea breeze and salty air.

First thing to go was the cafe style curtains and the stained carpet.
After a coat of white paint, new blinds and polishing the boards,
the room instantly felt larger, brighter and cleaner.
I love my Birds Nest pendant from Hermon and Hermon 
and my beautiful shell artwork commissioned by Portsea artist Jos Law.
The dining furniture was our first purchase for the new house so it set the theme.
We picked this up from Maison Est. We loved the bleached, distressed timber. 
We though the rustic, casual look really suited our old fashioned beach house.
The dining table is made from an antique Chinese temple door which compliments the 
Asian bar stools in the kitchen. 
The table gets a huge number of comments - the guys really love it ... 
maybe because it's so solid and chunky ~ a bloke's table!
We mixed antique Asian with French Provincial for an eclectic, relaxed feel.
I had a lot of fun picking my favourite bits and pieces for decorating the sideboard.
The room is a great spot for a dinner party for 8 
or a quick cup of coffee and a flick through the paper.

Melissah xox

Credits : Matt Lord Photography for Coastal Style Blogspot, moodboard by Coastal Style

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