Nautical Table Decor!

I had a great shopping experience today that I just had to share it with all of you. Until today, I have been using my 30 year old Lenox wedding china for special occasions, which does not work with my nautical seashore decor. Today that has changed, as I finally found and  purchased the most beautiful dishes on One Kings Lane that will look wonderful on my dining room table. Without a doubt, these dinner and salad dishes will be my new special occasion dishes!

Although I will not receive this order for a week or two, I am already planning my first dinner party to “show off” my newest dishes and table decor! I will post again when my table is set and ready for my dinner guests, but until then I hope you have the chance to visit One Kings Lane’s special “Coastal Setting” sale, and are inspired by the nautical-coastal inspired tabletop as I was!

Happy Shopping!!!!!!

Something Extra!: Here’s some other pieces in the One Kings Lane collection that I just love!

Luck O’ the Irish!

It is not too late to add a touch of green to your home for St. Patrick’s Day. I have found some clever pictures to share with you today that may inspire you to do a little decorating for the weekend!

May good luck be your friend

In whatever you do

And may trouble be always

A stranger to you

 

Feeling Pink’ish

Pink is not for baby nurseries anymore!  I am excited about my newest home decor project that has brought pink decor to a new level!  Deciding on colors for any room in your home can be a daunting task, but I can tell you that bringing in pink has been the best decision I have made for this new Florida home I am working on!  It all started in Hildreth’s in Southampton when I spotted this pinkish colored couch with aqua piping.  I knew at that very moment that the color scheme for the Florida house would be pink and aqua.

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Since that initial find, I am surprised how easy it is to find all things wonderful that are pink to add to the decor of this house.  I am a big fan of Homegoods and have found quite a few pink accessories there to complete the look including pink buoys!

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I purchased giant conch shells at a local surf shop that have a beautiful hue of pink.  This makes a great accent piece on a coffee table, book shelf  or window sill.

Here are some inspirational pictures that make decorating with pink so much fun!

Treasure Hunting: Seaside Inspired

A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Wood & Rope Nautical Homeware, turned me onto an AMAZING online retailer that specializes in home decor inspired by the sea.

Seaside Inspired was founded in 2006 and delivers amazing products in an online boutique. Products from Seaside Inspired have been featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Cottage Style, Redbook, and Rachel Ray.

The collection from Seaside Inspired truly provides chic decor for the coastal home. They carry everything from seashells, to candles and lighting, to tableware, to pillows, and so much more. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the website working on a “wish list” of treasures, and wanted to share them with you all! Be sure to check out Seaside Inspired for beautiful, unique coastal decorative items. Click each photo to buy!

DIY Scallop Shell Mirror

Well it all started last week when I ventured to Home Goods in search of a full length mirror. I found a great white easel mirror there for $39.99, and wasted no time setting it up in a guest room I’m redecorating.

It wasn’t until I stood it up that I noticed a huge blemish in the upper right hand corner. What to do? Inspiration kicked in later that day while I was walking on the beach. The particular beach I was on in Cutchogue had tons of beautiful scallop shells in all colors, shapes and sizes.

I decided right then and there I would use the shells to make over my damaged mirror. I was able to fill an entire painters bucket with shells, and get to work.

Seeing as the mirror is full length, I knew I’d have to enlist help. My daughter and I laid every shell out and sprayed them with Painter’s Touch Gloss in Crystal Clear.

When the shells are on the beach, they have a sort of salty, muted color. By spraying them with gloss, the beautiful natural color and pattern returns to the shell, after being covered up by sun and salt.

Then came attaching the shells to the mirror. For this I used E6000 craft glue. This is a great glue for crafting. It’s EXTREMELY strong and will hold your project together indefinitely. I created a shell pattern that involved three layers. I won’t lie, it took many hours between the two of us to get the whole thing done.

Mirror before I attached the rope

Finally, I visited the local marine supply store in my town to find natural manila rope to trim the edge of the mirror, and attached that with the E6000 glue as well.

I am SO happy with how it came out. It was painstakingly hard work, but it really is beautiful, and well worth the time and effort. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my daughter, as she really is a crafting queen. I hope you all enjoy it! I’m happy to answer any questions to help you make your own scallop shell mirror.