Monday, April 29, 2013

Guest Post! Summery Looks - Beach House Touches

Hello, all! It's Mari here and I'm so excited to be here at Design Create Love today with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It's a fabulous place to find lots of interior design inspiration including beautiful home d√ącor ideas from coastal wall art to awesome foyer lighting and much more. Today, we're going to take a look at ways to get a summery look for your home with beach house touches. Whether you live near the ocean or in a land-locked apartment, it's a great look. Please enjoy! Thanks for letting me stop by for a visit. ~ Mari

Let's begin with an all out beach cottage look. This entire coastal vignette could be transported to the mud room of a suburban home with great results. The blue and white beach towels would be perfect for days at the local swimming pool instead of a sandy beach.

  Beach House

Add a wicker chair and a gallery wall of ocean themed artwork and you have an instant beach house look. A natural fiber area rug and blue skirted ottomans reinforce the coastal feel here.

  Beach House

Got the coastal blues and longing for summer? Add a beach house vibe to just about any white room with a chair upholstered or slipcovered in wavy blue and white fabric. Not all coastal looks must be literal.

  Beach House

This dining room has a rough painted gnarled wood table, but a space with a more traditional table base could just as easily be given a summery beach house look with blue glassware and contemporary painting in ocean blues and greens. A capiz pendant light and pale watery seats on the white chairs finish off the coastal look.

  Beach House

This lovely dining room goes for a summery look with sea blue bottles, a beach landscape painting and driftwood on the built-in buffet. A blue drum shade adds a beach feel to the modern pendant light.

  Beach House

Textiles are one of the easiest ways to add summery beach house touches to a room with a neutral color palette. The row boat on the ceiling, not so easy. I love the interior designer who did this bedroom suite.

  Beach House

By simply adding coastal wall art, this beautiful blue breakfast room gets a summery beach house look. I love everything about this room from the table decor to French bistro chairs and garden table.

  Beach House

A collection of oversized blown glass bottles can easily bring a beach house look to a city apartment. Add blooming branches and suddenly it's a spring, dreaming of summer time.

  Beach House

Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 What do you think of these beach house spaces? Leave your comments below and come by our blog for more lighting and home decor inspirations!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Nursery Design & Decor....Part 1

I think its finally time that I debuted our nursery to the blog-o-sphere.  After spending countless hours nursing and rocking and bouncing our little man in here, I feel like I know every detail of this room.  And I've been wanting to share it with you.

So if you recall, this room used to be our guest bedroom.  It looked like this:

Things have changed quite a bit, and now it looks like this:

Since we didn't know the sex of our baby beforehand, everything had to be gender neutral.  I thought through various themes for the room, but eventually decided that an animal theme would be best perfect for a boy or a girl.  I fell in love with a few bedding sets from Pottery Barn Kids, first it was going to be elephants, but then as I purchased things, I changed my mind to owls.  (Again, Courtney and Elysia, if you're reading, sorry about that last minute switch which completely derailed the baby shower theme).  
Once I had the owl theme going, everything just kind of fell into place.  We got owl bedding, animal carpet with owls, owl art, owls decals, etc.  There are tons of adorable little owl sayings out there too, which I fully intend to post about soon!  We couldn't be happier with the way the room turned out, and I was feeling like either way - boy or girl the room would be a happy, cheerful and restful environment.  

Here is a list of all the big items we purchased:  
  • Crib:  Pottery Barn Kids, Catalina 3-in-1 Crib.  I really liked the idea of the crib growing with our baby.  So for now its a crib, in a year or two it'll be a toddler bed and then eventually a headboard for a twin bed.    
  • Changing Table:  Pottery Barn Kids, Kendall Extra Wide Dresser.  Again, this is a piece he can grow into.  At some point when we're done with all those diapers, we can take off the topper and use this as a regular dresser.  
  • Rocker + Ottoman:  Pottery Barn Kids, Charleston Convertible Rocker.  We liked this piece because we thought it would fit into our home as a regular chair after we're done with the baby phase.  It came with a set of stationary feet, so you can swap out the rocking part at any time.  The upholstery is also customizable which is a fun perk.  
  • Rug:  Momeni Lil Mo, Whimsy Rug.  My husband actually picked out the rug.  He really had his heart set on a round rug.  And this one was perfect.  We love all the colors and animal theme.  This was sort of the catalyst for the rest of our selections.  We used all the colors of the rug to inspire the accent colors in the artwork.

Now I know this sounds like a big plug for Pottery Barn Kids, but I did my research and found that I liked the style and prices the best from PBK.  Plus, my good old designer discount never hurts to sway my opinion.

So, stay tuned for Part 2 of the Nursery Design & Decor for more info on the artwork and accessories.

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