Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Free Spirited Living Room


Hello!
I hope you all had a wonderful labor day yesterday.
We just stuck around home, which was nice, I was able to get a few chores done.
Although, I must admit I'm dying to go camping one last time before it starts to get too cold.  I like Fall, but I always have a hard time saying goodbye to summer. 


So I did a little re-arranging and re-decorating in my living room.


I first moved the couch up against the wall. I really like it here, you can now sit and look out across the room and out the window.


I then hung up my cow skull and a wooden boat wheel clock amongst my "freckled laundry" pictures.
I recently found the clock at a yard sale and I am so smitten with it.


On my mantel I brought back the beer bottle candles I made last fall.  I then added a few extra bottles, candles, some feathers and a few shells.
I think it really has that Free Spirited vibe I was going for.


We have a really old tree in our front yard, and in the last wind storm a huge branch came crashing down.  After the neighbor went to town on it with his chainsaw, I decided to keep a log to use as a side table.


I also brought in this bamboo folding table. It use to be black but I recently painted it in white chalk paint.


And then with the new arrangement my white dresser is now across the room, under the window.


It's somewhat of an awkward layout, but change is always good.


I think the whole look of the room is very late summer - early fall looking.... Isn't that what they call Indian Summer?
So ya, lets just say the look of the room is Free Spirited - Indian summer.  I love that!
Thanks for stopping by,


Emily








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Friday, August 29, 2014

Organizing Seashells


I know my post have all been about beachy-stuff lately.
I think I'm just trying to hold on to every last bit of that post vacation feeling, you know, where you just don't want to move on just yet.
So today I wanted to share a cute way I have organized my seashell collection.
And I promise that my next post will be back to my normal decorating stuff.


All of these seashells actually came from our trip to Seaside, Oregon last year, which I just realized I never blogged about. Sorry.
The beaches in Seaside were just covered in seashells, so I brought home soo many.  I then left them in a box in the garage to dry-out and basically forgot all about them until the other day.


 I thought it would be neat to organize them in this old drawer,
  that as you may remember, I picked up from a flea market on the coast a few years back. 
It works perfect because it has different compartments.


Just a few of my favorite things; Wicker, Chippy blue paint & Seashells




And it has a cute little yellow knob too.


 This drawer full of seashells has found a spot in my living room.  More on that to come next.

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Emily






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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beach Cottages


I'm a Beach girl and dream of living in a sweet little beach cottage by the sea one day.
But until that day comes, I'm happy to just rent one for the week.


In my last post (HERE) I blogged about our 
little family road trip to the Oregon Coast.
We like to make a trip out there every year and so it's usually up to me to find us a vacation rental.

I usually opt for a vacation home rather then a hotel because, 1. We always like to bring our dog, and 2. it's nice to also have a kitchen so we don't have to eat out every meal.
And 3. it's just more cozier.

This picture here below is the one I found us this year, in Lincoln city.
 (Website with interior pictures can be found HERE)


It was considered a "Camp Cabin"
It even had a fire pit that we roasted marshmallows over one night.


Even though it was super cute, I'm not sure I would refer anyone to this rental.  We did have a few issues with it.
1. The washer plus dryer all-in-one unit was horrible. It would not dry well, and so we arrived to a lot of still damp towels.
2. There is no AC in this cabin, which is usually fine since the weather is always cooler on the  coast, but when we did get hot and wanted to open the windows there were no window screens, which made us  uncomfortable  to leave them open at night

It also may have been too small for 3 adults (Jake's mother came as well) and 2 children.

But other than that it was great.
It had a hot tub and was also right across from the swimming pool, which my boys LOVED


The property was well taken care for.
Lots of hydrangeas everywhere.


And the best part.... It was in walking distance to the beach.
However my dog nor my mother in law cared for the millions of stairs.


But come on, there's really No reason to complain here.
Look at the view!!!!


Okay so a little more about the community.
Our cabin is in a neighborhood called Olivia Beach. About half of the houses are rentals the rest are owned by some very lucky people.
See more of Olivia Beach Cottage rentals on their website HERE.





There is a sweet little park that my boys enjoyed.



Neat street lights.


 And I thought this was cool, they had seashells all along the flower beds.


ALL of the houses in this neighborhood are adorable, and I couldn't help but take pictures of all of them.








I especially had a thing for all of the painted doors.
I'm thinking of painting our front door, and these have given me so many ideas.





I also loved this driftwood chime.
I may even try to recreate it.


One day I let myself into their Show home, for people looking to build.


It of course was amazingly beautiful.



I loved all the little details.



 So much cuteness, Right!
Anyway, we had a great time. Like I said, we probably wont stay at the camp cabin again but I wouldn't mind finding another rental from here.

Olivia beach also has a sister neighborhood in Depoe Bay, called, Bella Beach.
Check out their website HERE.  You may even remember us staying in this rental a few years back.
That post can be found HERE


Yup, One day, when I win the lottery, I'll be living it up in a cute little beach house just like one of these.

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Emily






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