Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Beach Life….

Do you see what I see? And no…it's not a star! It's the date on this Coastal Living magazine! 2002!  That's how long I keep my favorite magazines and refuse to throw them out! Just two weeks ago we went to our beach house to replace a few things…while cleaning out I found this copy of the Coastal Living that was the inspiration to how I decorated our home at the beach.

I've always told my friends that once I decorate I hardly ever change anything! I still loved looking at this issue and I still loved how it inspired me! 
It may be over a decade old….but good design never changes!

I will never forget falling in love with antique sailboats.
 I still treasure the ones that I've collected since reading this issue!

In fact, all of my collections of  seashells, boats and even starfish are still near and dear to my heart thanks to this issue of Coastal Living.

Starfish on the window sills! 
My heart skipped a beat at this picture….

Of course I added them to my own decor!
(and I'm adding a huge apology here for the really bad quality of my pictures in this post!)

And so began my love for anything "beachy". 
Seaweed fabrics, starfish to decorate with…you name it!

My insane love for 'Seaweed Transferware' has literally made me famous! 
Or infamous, I should say! 
And it's not something that I feel like I'm being prideful about…rather, it's quite the opposite! 

 It is simply breathtaking to me!
 I think the feelings of nostalgia it evokes in me is why I love it so.  It brings back another era…and for some reason I think it is probably more appreciated by those that grew up on the East Coast.
 Not sure why I think that...

For a girl that grew up going to the beach in the panhandle of Florida I am mesmerized by the East Coast. I love the whole nature of their beach culture and their love of anything weathered! 

The pieces I've collected are so precious to me! 

And it was a lot of fun to finally have the fabrics I had picked out turned into pillows, window treatments and even chair cushions. 

All in all it was a fun combination of a dream come true as well as being able to work in my antique pieces that I hold so dear to my heart. 
We still enjoy it to this day….another decade later! 

Even my vintage collection of "Bathing Beauties" from the early 1900's are there!

As special as it was to bring all of my beloved beach collections to that house it was also fun to begin to collect some new things!~ Like art that we love from a local artist Donna Burgess. Her work is wonderful! We have several originals as well as some beautiful prints. I definitely need to incorporate some of my artists work from my shop in the near future!

No matter what you collect it should be a reflection of what you love…and hopefully that will only enhance the home you are filling.

I love that we were able to incorporate the old with new. I love that we've always collected items from places we have visited…like these shell prints from St. John. Memories were made there and will someday be someone else's treasured antiques perhaps!

For now, I'm just glad that I still love the 2002 Coastal Living article that fueled the fire so to speak! And I'm glad that my love for antiques can still be appreciated no matter what home we find ourselves in! This antique painting above is the perfect example of combing the old with the new…to me at least!
 It hangs in my daughter's bedroom at the beach and will always remind me of the time I fell in love with sailboats and all things "beachy"
Have a great rest of your week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Oh, To Be In Kiawah Island Again!

This summer really started off with a bang....and now it seems to be fizzling out! Actually, I'm pretty sure it's been "sizzling" here in Alabama thanks to our relentless heat and humidity!
 But...I'm not complaining! 

I'm actually just taking a break today as we seem to have been on a fast track pace these last few weeks. Today I finally sat down to just re-group. In the past 3-4 weeks we have helped our daughter and her husband pack up their house in New Orleans to move to Houston, driven to Fairhope, Al and then on to our beach place in Destin, FL and then flown to Houston to help get them settled. On top of all of that my dear, faithful employee sold her house and retired from my shop last week. To say it's been a roller coaster ride of emotions is putting it lightly!
( oh, did I mention the stress of watching your son apply to medical school?)
 Therefore....I decided today to think back to that wonderful week of vacation we had in Kiawah Island, South Carolina while attending a beautiful wedding in Charleston this past April.

We started off at The Sanctuary hotel on Kiawah Island. 
It is truly spectacular!

It oozes Southern charm and hospitality! If you ever get a chance to go I highly recommend it!

You are greeted like royalty when you enter the main level foyer which is surrounded by beautiful antiques furnishings, gorgeous fabrics and exquisite paintings. Jackye Lanham did a remarkable job with the details of the interior design.  

With an on sight florist it's no wonder there are stunning arrangements at all times!

Of course I couldn't resist taking a picture!

This grouping of Adirondack chairs was so appealing to me! I just loved it when I found it completely empty and Jim and I had it all to ourselves!

Everything about this place was just incredible! And the weather could not have been any better! Sometimes in April you never know but this time it all worked quite well! Even for the wedding!

We spent most of our time there either on the beach....

Photographing the beach....

Photographing our!

Or riding bikes on the beach! My personal favorite!

And luckily, we never did see any alligators!

Our view from our balcony was just splendid!

Once we left Kiawah we went straight over to Charleston for a few nights. We loved exploring with our daughter and her husband and we found several really yummy restaurants.

This one was a huge hit!

Finally, it was time for the wedding!
 And oh, what a beautiful wedding it was!

Weddings are such a fun time to be together and reunite with old and dear friends!

Well, that's all I've got for now! Thankful for these wonderful memories to reflect on and thankful for that time we got to spend together alone on Kiawah as well as with family and friends in Charleston. And yes, just relaxing and reflecting today has already made my spirits feel a little lighter and better!
 I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!