A Fetching Friday: The Good Old Summertime

Today’s Fetching Friday features wonderful memories of childhood summers and how we whiled away the hours in the good old summertime.

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white mountain freezer

White Mountain Freezer

Homemade ice cream was the summertime treat we had to work for.

Who remembers being put on cranking detail?

Southern Living – Photo by Paul Costello

My grandmother had a PhD in food presentation. 

She always served homemade ice cream in an etched sherbet dish like the ones above garnished with either a sprig of fresh mint, peach slice, fresh strawberry, or chocolate Kiss. 

To me, there is nothing better on a hot summer afternoon than a dish of cold, creamy homemade ice cream garnished with a generous amount of memories. 

good old summertime

I first saw this in the good old summertime image on Pinterest.

Social media trends from one platform to another, and I noticed it on Facebook captioned with the words “this is what old folks call snap chat.”

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Guide to Summer-Fresh Field Peas- Southern Living

If I had a nickel for every time my grandmother handed us a glass of homemade lemonade and a bowl full of peas prime for the snapping, I’d have enough money to run by Raising Cane’s for a lemonade to enjoy on the drive out to the farmer’s market stand on the bayou to pick up a bushel or a peck of peas.

Revered summer rituals of the past shape the summer activities of the present.

good old summertime

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We never met a pond, creek, or fresh water spring our feet or fishing poles didn’t like. 

Serenity Photograph by Li Newton1

Serenity Photograph by Li Newton

It was nothing for my Dad and uncles to suggest the entire family load up and caravan to the drive-in.

My Mother and my aunts gathered up the aluminum lawn chairs, filled an industrial size ice chest with canned Cokes (it’s the South- we call any flavor soda or pop Coke), and popped several pans of Jiffy Pop.

Ironically, the only trip to the concession stand was for mosquito coils.

Pure summertime fun gold. 

drive-in-theatre

I hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a great weekend enjoying some good old summertime fun.

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Storm Watching

The tropical storm slowly brewing in the gulf is becoming the Barry of bad tidings for the entire state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.

We’re no strangers to storm watching, and we know all too well the warnings and preparations that go with the territory must be heeded.

My initial intention for this blog post was to show you all the treasures I recently found shopping my favorite antiques and gift shop, but between storm watching and grocery store runs that ain’t happening.

New-Orleans-oyster-shell

Gulf coast themed accents remind me just how beautiful the area is and star in the summer at the coast style show currently decorating the dining room table and sideboard. 

We’ll have to see what Barry brings our way, and what, if any, damage we will be left to repair.

In the meantime, we’ve got enough bottled water, non-perishable foods, batteries, and tenacity to hang in there.

Dave is already sweating over the looming loss of air conditioning. We do like our air conditioning.

I feel like the lady in the home warranty commercial. We just got the new roof less than two years ago when the tornado ripped the old one to shreds.

This isn’t our first time at the storm watching rodeo, and we can hang on Louisiana strong for the entire eight minutes, hours, days- you get the idea.

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Easy 4th Of July Celebration Ideas

In the spirit of letting freedom ring in the good old summertime, let’s look at a sampling of easy 4th of July celebration ideas for your star-spangled spectacular.

flag on barn canvas art print

Kirkland’s

The 4th of July is a special holiday celebration bedecked in patriotic red, white, and blue commerating the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the United States of America.  

Women's American Flag Snip Toe Boots

red white bbq shirt

Summer sets an anything goes good with fun, food and family background, and goes perfect with the 4th of July. 

4th-cocktails

It’s never too late in the party planning process to throw an indoor and outdoor party with a festive “pop” of festive seasonal color.

american-flag-pillows-mcdowell

House Beautiful

Outdoor celebrations around our house involve the double D rule (no, there is nothing going on that wild).

Dollar and discount store disposables and the convenient and affordable  first line of defense against wasting money and valuable party time cleaning up.

4th party supplies

Paper or plastic tablecloths, plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery packages serve the party purpose, and the red Solo cup is diposable party royalty.

Red Solo Cup

Red Solo cup

I fill you up

Let’s have a party!

summer tableware

Intermingle items in red, white, and blue in with principal tableware favorites.  I find I get more use out of items in either red, white, or blue vs. red, white, and blue.  

smores-fixins

Finding cute and clever ways to serve your guests is not that hard.  All things summer is an easy theme to work with. 

Mini terra cotta flower pots easily become a pot of s’mores fixings gold. 

Terra Cotta Flower Pots

Terra Cotta Flower Pots – Hobby Lobby

Clear jars, containers, and cansiters aren’t just for food storage.  These versatile and affordable entertaining musts prove a clear winner to house and serve anything from utensils to candies to salads. 

July 4th candy treats

Better Homes & Gardens

Cracker-Jack-twizzlers

anchor-heritage-glass-jar-gallon

Heritage Hill 64 oz. Glass Jar with Lid

jar salad serving ideas

Mosquitoes are an outdoor entertaing nuisance, a pest of a pest. 

Add the following items to your 4th Of July celebration ideas shopping list, watch the DIY Citronella candle how to make video from P. Allen Smith, and let’s project.

8 ounce Mason jars 

floating votive candles 

lemons and limes

citronella oil

fresh sweet mint and rosemary 

Place the citronella candle jars around the table and surrounding party area.

outdoor-lighting-ideas-summer-entertaining

Martha Stewart

Clear apothecary bottles in varying sizes and heights filled with lamp oil and wicks is a clear and chic light the summer night option. 

casual-picnic-tablescape

Country Living – Photo by John Kernick

Clear jars filled with fresh flowers and/or greenery from the yard come in make a simple and lovely display. corn-centerpiece

Small groupings-stacks-bundles of fresh fruit or summer vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, peaches, cherries, blueberries, or grapes dressed up with ribbon or in their natural state serve a colorful bounty of fresh and sweet summer style.  

red-white-blue-fabric

Red, white, and/or blue fabric is my suggestion for a table runner.  This works for dinner napkins, too. 

I can’t sew a stitch, but I can work a hot iron and a roll of hem tape like nobody’s business.   

Determine the width and length (add one inch to both the width and length), cut your fabric to desired size, fold over each side (fold in the corners to create a 45 degree angle), and either sew sides or apply hem table with iron. 

summer-fourth-of-July-ribbon

Don’t forget your Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon

If you’re going with the dinner napkin option, pair them with a patriotic palette ribbon natural and either a nautical rope ball or decorative tassels. 

red white blue tassels

Jo-Ann Stores

The finished result is a festive theme napkin ring and stylish dinner napkin presentation.

free printable anthem banner

I love this printable from HMH Designs.

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And this one from Today’s Creative Life. 

Click HERE and HERE for the free patriotic food picks and place card ready printables. 

Oh, say can you say that three times real fast. 

red-craft-bag

Dressed up craft bags or plastic popcorn buckets make festive party favor containers.

popcorn-bucket

4th wrap

Pack your 4th of July swag bags full of dollar and party store finds for beach, lake or backyard fun sure to go over real big with kids of all ages.

wood block game

Tumbling Tower Game

4th-July-fan

Fan

playing cards

Playing Cards

Tootsie Roll Scented Bubbles 4ct

Tootsie Roll Scented Bubbles 4ct

Popsicle ice pops firecracker

Popsicle Ice Pops Firecracker 18 ct

red white blue glow wheel

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Glow Stick Flying Disc

Safety is a big part of the summer fun equation. 

Good Housekeeping features an informative piece 15 Safety Mistakes to Avoid This 4th of July detailing smart tips for staying safe while you celebrate the 4th.

4th of July celebration ideas

Sparklers

That about wraps up my 4th of July celebration ideas show and tell. 

These ideas are easy, affordable, crowd pleasing and party perfect for a 4th of July or any summer soiree. 

Party fun, stylish, and safely and I’ll see you all next week.  

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Bake, Chill, Sweet and Dill: Summer Food Recipes

With summer’s official arrival and the 4th of July coming up, happy summer times are here again, friends.  Like the summer temps, summer food recipes are a hot topic of conversation.

I really look forward to picking, preparing, and plating traditional summer fare.  I’ll put a new spin on an old favorite to spice the taste factor up a bit, but all in all I stay true to the original recipe.

Fresh is best for many summer food recipes.

Fresh tomatoes?

The official unofficial fruit of summer.

Yes, a tomato is a fruit.

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Fresh corn?

fresh corn

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Stir in chopped bell pepper, onion, Kosher salt, fine black pepper and you’ve got a sweet summer treat.

tomatoes-bell-pepper-green-onions

Fresh peaches?

fresh peaches

Peel ’em up and pass the sugar.

summer food recipes

When I can’t make it out to the local growers, it’s to the farm to market produce section at the local grocery store I go.  There’s plenty of summer food recipes out there with an ingredients list of seasonings ready to enhance the flavor quotient.

Today I’m shining the summer food recipes spotlight on traditional and new traditional favorites sure to please.

summer-macaroni-salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

1½ cup (12 ounces) dry elbow macaroni

½ cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s)

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

¼ cup milk

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon Kosher salt (or more to taste)

black pepper to taste

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 medium bell pepper, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

1 whole green onion (green and white parts), sliced

1 cup whole kernel corn, drained

Directions

Cook the elbow macaroni in salted water according to directions on package. Drain cooked macaroni, rinse with cold water, and allow to completely cool.

Chop, slice, and dice the tomato, bell pepper, red onion, and green onion.

summer food recipes

To prepare the dressing grab a medium mixing bowl.  Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, milk,  sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir all together to incorporate and set aside.

Place macaroni in a large mixing bowl.  Add the bell pepper, green onion, red onion, tomatoes, and corn.

macaroni salad dressing

Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat.  Chill salad for at least 2 hours before serving.

Bread-and-butter-pickles

Bread and butter pickles recipe from Recipe Girl.  Click on over to the  delicious Recipe Girl blog for the recipe details.

Recipe Girl Blog Link HERE

pickled tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes and Onions

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, sliced and separated

3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

½ cup vinegar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon honey

1 cup water

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper

½  teaspoon allspice

Directions

Layer tomatoes and onions in jar.  Sprinkle the pepper and allspice into jar.

tomatoes-sliced-onions-Ball-Mason-jar

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, honey, sea salt, and water to combine.

Pour vinegar-sugar-honey-sea salt-water mixture into jar covering the tomatoes and onions.  Place lid on jar and seal tight.  Give the jar a vigorous shake to incorporate the flavors and to thoroughly coat the tomatoes and onions.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Firecrackers, chicken, and the summer soiree are part of the recipe for summer entertaining success.

baked-firecracker-chicken

Contrary to summer soiree belief, not everyone grills and barbecues.

Oppressive heat, inclement weather, building restrictions, personal taste preference- you get the idea.

If you’re not on board the grilling/barbecue train, this recipe for oven baked Firecracker Chicken from Jo Cooks has got your name written on it.

Click HERE to get the recipe.

And now for something sweet

Chocolate-chip-smores-bars

Dessert puts the cherry on the top of the summer spread cake, so to speak.

It’s always a good time for a good s’mores recipe, and this Chocolate Chip S’mores Bars recipe from Glorious Treats is, well, glorious.

Who remembers cranking out homemade ice cream on a hot summer afternoon?

Dave the Builder and I both have done our fair share of cranking over the years of childhood.  What complaints we had about having to crank were quickly diminished when the ice cream was ready.

When a good crop of peaches came in at the local orchard, my grandmother would peel and dice a bowl full of fresh peaches to add to the ice cream.

Talk about good!

In the spirit of summer, good memories, and great summer food recipes, this recipe for fresh peach ice cream from Southern Living is deliciously appropriate.

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients

5 large egg yolks

½  cup sugar

2 cups whole milk

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk

2 cups mashed peaches

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a large heavy saucepan. Whisk in the milks.  Cook over medium-low, stirring constantly, 15 minutes or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Stir in the peaches and vanilla.

Cool completely (about 30 minutes); cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours.

Pour the custard into the freezer container of a 2 ½ to 3-quart electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)  Transfer to a freezer-safe container; freeze 2 hours or until firm.

-Southern Living

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Scroll Through to the First Day of Summer

The first day of any highly anticipated event can generate a ton of inspiration, enthusiasm, and general fancy.  Notice I say highly anticipated.

The first day of summer vacation generates a ton of excitement.

The first day of school generates a ton of anxiety.

What a difference an activity makes.

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In a wave of let’s hit the beach-shore-coast good times, the first day of summer kicks off the hot fun in the summertime season.

lobster

Better Homes & Gardens

Picnics, cookouts, boils, bakes, and barbecues are tailor-made for summer days and evenings.

picnic basket blanket red white

Flickr

These rituals of keep it summer simple fun celebrate what summer is all about- relaxing times based around good food and drink shared with family and friends.

Summer bursts onto the scene in bright and bold glory.

Thunderbirds

 Air Force Thunderbirds

Red, white, and blue especially takes command of the color palette spotlight in July.

Anthony Cochran Design

Anthony Cochran Design

Nature dips a fine brush into a pastel canvas to paint across sea and sky.

pastel beach sky waves surfing

Flickr

The first day of summer just wouldn’t be the first day of summer without a slew of fresh vegetables ready for the picking.

tomato server

The History of the Tomato Server

Home grown tomatoes sliced not too thick and not too thin served with a generous dollop of Duke’s mayonnaise and finely peppered is the summer simple treat we’ve waited for all year long.

That first bite is the stuff summer farm to table dreams are made of.

Duke's Real Mayonnaise

Duke’s Mayonnaise – James Reed

The first day of summer is here, and I for one and ready for it.  And how about the extra added bonus of it landing on a Friday!

Dave the Builder has put his order in for a summer soiree for this evening.  The grill is ready, the playlist is loaded, and the lanterns ready to light the summer night.

Let the summer fun begin.

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Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

Thanks goes out to the genius that is Google maps street view for allowing me to cruise up and down a scenic beach highway anytime I want.

It may not be the same as actually being there in person, but it is a fun in the sun way to satisfy your coastal curiosity.

White sandy beaches and deep blue waters bookended by amazing seaside architecture and interiors is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas for sourcing coastal home decor accents and accessories.

Another source of coastal inspiration comes from resort web and social sites.

“Palm trees and views I can’t believe
Why would I ever want to leave?”

Speaking of Jimmy Buffet, I took a gander at the room types at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.

The casual with an island edge decor and coastal home decor accents and accessories decorating Jimmy’s Hideaway epitomize coastal casual.

Coastal Home Decor Classics

Deb Armchair

Deb Armchair

It isn’t coastal style until there’s at least one piece of wicker or rattan present and accounted for.  

Dayana Armchair

Dayana Armchair

 

Diana+Rattan+Armchair

Jann Rattan Armchair

My previous suggestion to check out consignment shops, estate sales, vintage sites applies to this next coastal home decor piece.

New and vintage mid-century furniture is on-trend, and this pretzel rattan chair is a wonderful example of a classic design and style befitting a coastal castle.  

Vintage Mid Century Frankl Design Pretzel Rattan Chair
Vintage Mid Century Frankl Design Pretzel Rattan Chair

Very Golden Girls.

Golden Girl serving tray

Golden Girls Serving Tray

Speaking of The Golden Girls, how cute is this Golden Girls living room serving tray!

My aunt lives on the east coast of Florida, and her “Florida room” is furnished in super chic coastal accents and a fabulous suite of vintage rattan furniture she bought the first year she lived in Florida (1975). 

She searched consignment shops and estate sales up and down the Florida coast for a set in good condition with a great price tag.  Patience paid off, and she hit coastal home decor accents gold seven months into the hunt.

The set still makes a statement, and most certainly qualifies as an investment piece. 

Pillows, Poufs, Odds and End Tables

Coastal home decor furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns reminiscent of the coast and its landscape, skies, and waters inspire the coastal color palette, casual elegance, and seaside sophistication.

inlay-chest

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

If you think about it, oceans and seas share the commonalities of form, color, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating.

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

 

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Root Wood End Table

Root Wood End Table

Texture is king in terms of layering.

Textured throw pillows top the list of simple and affordable ways to add texture, pattern, and color.

pillow

Kathy Ireland Beaded Diamonds Silver Throw Pillow by Nourison

croc-leather-pattern-decorative-throw-pillow

Lunarable Croc Print Throw Pillow Cushion Cover

Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Saro Lifestyle Stitched Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

floor cushion crochet ecru

Crochet Floor Cushion

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Pair a spiffy accent chair with a decorative throw pillow, ottoman, or pouf  and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Talavera-Brunschwig-Fils

Talavera Linen – Kravet

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

 
Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Counter and Bar Stools

Oceanview Counter Stool

Oceanview Counter Stool

Goku Bar Stool

Goku Bar Stool

 
Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

 
Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

 
Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Pearson Design Group

Pearson Design Group

Burg 29.5 Bar Stool

Burg Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool 

Dining Room

coastal-dining-chadduck-at-home-Arkansas

Island Retreat – At Home in Arkansas

When you search and source to no avail and still come up empty handed it’s time for a creative interpretation

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

The Chatelet extendable trestle dining table offers European appeal in farm to coastal detail. Hardwood solids paired with pecan, walnut and maple veneers replicate a provincial patina, making this a dining table contender for the casual yet elegant coastal dining room.

Hooker Furniture Dining Room Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table

Hooker Furniture Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table 

 

antique-english-oak-jacobean-style-oval-barley-twist-dining-table-with-leaves

Antique English Oak Jacobean Style Oval Barley Twist Dining Table

If old-world charm appeals to your decorating style, go all in with an antique English barley twist dining table.

The combination of a rich dark patina and a slipcovered, natural wicker or a rattan dining chair is striking.

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

Cornwall Console Table

Cornwall Console Table

 

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

Hallows+Creek+Dining+Table

Hallows Creek Dining Table

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Eirwen Armchair Wicker

Eirwen Armchair

Haverford Dining Table

Haverford Dining Table

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

coastal place setting

Luxe Interiors +Design

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

Safavieh-Rural-Woven-Dining-La-Rochelle-Antiqued-Oak-Finish-Taupe-Dining-Chairs

Safavieh Rural Woven La Rochelle Antiqued Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

Sea Dreams

wicker rattan 3 drawer chest

3 Drawer Chest

Lael Wicker Bench

Lael Wicker Bench

White hot coastal knot.

Coastal Inspired Cocktails, Anyone?

Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the coastal home decor decorating mind.

Barcart_Rope

The style is chic and the palm pattern is summer spot on.

Marin-rope-bar-cart1

Marin Rope Bar Cart

shell melamine plate
Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

Better Homes & Gardens Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

coral-snack-bowl

Coral Snack Bowl

bar-coastal1

Southern Living

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Cart or cabinet, try adding a table lamp, eye-catching decorative accent, or whimsical art piece.

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

I’m including several lamps in the lighting section of this post that I believe will handsomely accentuate a coastal themed bar top.

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

coastal home decor options

Pokorny Ridge 2 Door Accent Cabinet

The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.

pastel dyed seashell toothpicks

Pastel Seashell Toothpicks

A decorative shell picked up from the beach or the local craft store becomes the perfect toothpick and cocktail stirrer holder.

flat shell

Coastal cocktails and coastal themed parlor games make for a splendid happy hour.

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Since I previously referenced Margaritaville and it’s coming up on five o’clock somewhere, let’s take a look at the recipe for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces gold tequila (Cuervo 1800)

½ ounce tequila (Cuervo white)

½ ounce triple sec (Bols)

1 splash orange Curacao (Bols)

1 ¼ ounces Rose’s Lime Juice

Crushed ice

Juice of 3 lime wedges

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and add everything but the lime wedges.
Squeeze in the juice from 2 of the lime wedges and shake very well until beads form on the outside of the shaker.

Rim only the outside edge of the margarita glass with lime and twist it around in a saucer of coarse salt (see my page on how to rim a cocktail glass).

Fill the glass about halfway with crushed ice and strain the mixture into it.
Squeeze the last lime wedge on top and drop it in.

Lighting

Rattan and wicker pendant lights fall under the category of classic coastal home decor lighting choices done right.

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier Wooden French Country Chateau Antique Rustic Distressed Metal Frame

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier by Decomust

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

Carlie Chandelier

Carlie Chandelier

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood, rice paper and reed sconces.

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

So sea chic!

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

beachfront bi-fold doors

AG Millworks

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

 

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

coastal lamp finials

Royal Designs Coral-Seashell Lamp Finials

anthony California table lamps

Anthony California Table Lamps

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

rope-coastal-table-lamp

Abbott Table Lamp

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp, Multicolor

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp 

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Decor Therapy Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

  Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

Sea Breeze

Sea air is warm air.

Move it around comfortably and in high coastal style with a ceiling fan(s).

minka ceiling fan

52″ Minka Aire Light Wave Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan

coastal style ceiling fans

54″ Caribbean Breeze 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

pendant-ceiling-fan

Alexandrea Pendant Ceiling Fan with Remote

Coastal Style Accents

Justine Sterling Design

Justine Sterling Design

seagrass-basket

coastal style foyer

Coastal Living

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Dining Bench

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Bench

An entryway bench is a perfect piece to decorate with textured throw pillows. 

Add a bamboo, rattan, or wicker basket(s) underneath for style and storage.

modern surf style house

House & Home

Albin Rattan Basket

Albin Rattan Basket

TMS Mandeville Live Edge Bench
Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

She, he, we decorate(s) with seashells found on the seashore or the local craft and hobby store.

gold caracol shell sculpture

Gold Caracol Shell Sculpture

sea shell display

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Seashells typify coastal areas, and a striking display of gathered shells from the shore or from the shelf housed in a decorative bowl or urn planter in coastal home decor fashion draws the eye.

Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

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Coastal Home Embossed Shells Clam Shell Bowl

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A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

 

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

 

Classic coastal style is here to stay. 

It transcends a passing trend and consistently ranks as one of the most popular interior design styles.

Tasteful and timeless coastal home decor accents and accessories accentuate the casual, comfortable, fun, elegance, and seaside sophistication associated with classic coastal style. 

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Casual with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor

Family took priority over my coastal home decor refresh blog post publication last week, and understandably so.  The Canadian snowbird flew home to Louisiana as a surprise belated Mother’s Day gift, and can I just tell you how full my heart is.

A house full of three generations gathered together to visit with him kicked off the official start of summer and plenty of good conversation.  Seems we have one Millennial couple in escrow and another in new construction talks.

Now we’re talking my kind of talk.

When a season, a destination, or an activity leaves a lasting impression,  it’s only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor.  The future first time home owners are going coastal with their design and decorating selections, and of course Aunt Darleen is more than happy to offer coastal home decor ideas and suggestions to accentuate casual elegance and seaside sophistication.

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I don’t stand steadfast with the definition of coastal style.

I pull looks from coast to coast; blending in the best of nautical, tropical, gulf, low country, cape, lake and river style that run the gamut of sea to shore.

Nantucket Beach House Kitchen

Ike Kligerman Barkley

As in life, variety spices up the space stylishly embellished in high tide fashion.

The Decorators Unlimited

The Decorators Unlimited

I’m a big believer in choices and options in decorating your cottage-condo-bungalow-beach house-haven-hut.

The core concept of coastal decorating style places an emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting space rich in layers, textures, natural elements, crisp colors and warm neutrals.

Now, how you define coastal style is up to you.

Regardless if your definition of coastal style is formal to the hilt or no shoes, no shirt, no problem casual, there is no right or wrong.

Whatever coastal home decor accents, accessories, and furnishings floats your boat works.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Rachel Reider Interiors

Spot On Spot Accents

Accent chests qualify as spot on spot accents for a foyer, entryway, living, family, or sun room.

coastal home decor accent cabinetLeola 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Distinctive hardware, sleek lines and an elegant design presence is the criteria to meet when it comes to the perfect accent chest.

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Greenport Door CabinetGreenport Door Cabinet

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Serpentine 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Gorgeous is found in the details of the statement piece.

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

Leave no stone unturned in your search for a special piece or accent to tie the coastal look all together.

Check out consignment shops, estate sales, and vintage sites for classic pieces that can easily become the focal point of the space.

Part of the fun is the hunt, and the grand prize is in the treasure found.

Euphemia Console Table

Euphemia Console Table

Akersville Console TableAkersville Console Table

distressed console table

Distressed Console Table

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror 

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Shant Accent Mirror 

  Shant Accent Mirror 

coastal foyer options

traditional-rectangular-mirror

Traditional Rectangular Wall Mirror

Hernandez Greene

Hernandez Greene

Art is the jewelry of the room.

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

Shells 2 by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art PrintShells 2 by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art Print

Coastal Birds Framed Graphic Art PrintCoastal Birds Framed Graphic Art Print

Gold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art PrintGold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art Print

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

coastal home decor accents

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Kaleidoscope Palm Crop Canvas Art Print

Sea Style Underfoot

Jute, seagrass, and sisal area rugs top the coastal home decor area rug or runner list, meeting the durability test without compromising on the natural beauty style factor.

LILIANE HART INTERIORS

Liliane Hart Interiors

Diamond Sisal RugDiamond Sisal Rug

Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.

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Herringbone Indigo Woven Cotton Rugs

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Eden hand loomed palm rug

Eden Hand Loomed Palm Rug

Decorative Natural Manzanita Branch

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug

Accent Chairs in New Traditional Coastal Style

Liliane Hart Interiors

Liliane Hart Interiors

McKenna accent chair

McKenna Blue Floral Accent Chair 

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Bashir armchair

Bashir Armchair

After carefully studying the easy, breezy, comfortable chic form, fabric and function of the Bashir armchair, I decided this super chic affordable chair captures the true essence of coastal decor deeming it a coastal home decor must have times two.

Bashir Armchair Color Choices

The Bashir also comes in three other coastal chic color choices.

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Sarah Gilbane InteriorsDecorative Artist Brian LeaverHouse Beautiful

Palm Beach style is anything but visually boring.

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair1 Lind Armchair

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I am so taken with the Azure Window and the rich azure hue of the Chart lounge chair.

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

coastal colors

Sherwin-Williams

Endless Sea SW 9150  || Dark Night SW 6237  ||  Ramie SW 6156

Eleanor Armchair

Eleanor Armchair

A black accent chair introduces a touch of coastal elegance.

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Giannetti Home

I realize black may not be the color that immediately springs to mind when considering the coastal style color wheel, but it is the color that lends a touch of elegance to any decor style it graces.

Lindsey Lane - Charish

Lindsey Lane – Charish

See (or should I say sea) what I mean?

Chardon Armchair

Chardon Armchair

Bunyard Coastal Arm Chair

Bunyard Armchair

Palm Springs, Palm Bay, or Palm Beach- the colors of the Thacker armchair appeal to the new traditional coastal palette.

Thacker Armchair

Thacker Armchair

Banana Leaf Wallpaper by YorkTropics Banana Leaf Wallpaper by York

It is dawning on me after scrolling through the draft that this post is taking on a life of its own in length.

Looks like a part two is in order.

Part two of Casual Elegance with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor will feature coastal home decor furnishings, accents, and accessories suggestions for the dining room, bedroom, home bar, and spots of decorating interest.

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Curb Appeal Projects

What you hear about weather in the South is true- wait five minutes and it will change.  Turns out the buckets of rain threatening the weekend held off making it possible to tackle a few curb appeal projects.

Curb Appeal Projects

Repainting the rockers on the front porch has been a long time coming.  Dave the Builder made the call, I selected the paint, and here’s rocking proof  of our current curb appeal project in progress AND that semigloss and gloss finishes do tend to dry darker.

wet-paint-rocking-chairCaution: Wet Paint

Behr Grassy Savannah is the current star of our curb appeal show.

The color is I see shades of gray-green-brown perfection.

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Behr Grassy Savannah N340-5 Semi-Gloss Enamel Exterior Paint

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Soffit, facia board, and box end repair is the project Dave the Builder loves to hate.

Rotting (from tornado damage) soffit and facia is not only an eyesore and curb appeal deal breaker, it can allow squirrels and goodness knows what other varmints to gain entry into the attic.

soffit-repair

Dave won’t win any fashion awards, but what he does get is big time brownie points in the honey do division.

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Now that we’ve got the boards replaced, it’s ready for paint time.

house exterior front

We are seriously contemplating a total exterior refresh beginning with painting the brick which will be a rather large project over many weekends.

I played with paint color wheels, charts, and swatches Friday night into Saturday morning.

If we do this, I’m leaning towards Benjamin Moore Simply White for the bricks, Behr Grassy Savannah for the cedar shakes, and Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the soffit, facia, and columns.

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Another change will be changing out the painted wood shutters for louvered vinyl exterior shutters.

Sanding, scraping, priming, and painting the existing louvered wood shutters every two to three years (Louisiana heat and humidity takes no prisoners) is becoming tiresome and expensive.

Vinyl exterior shutters can be cleaned with soap and water and can be painted when and if needed.

Tauba Copper Finish MailboxTauba Copper Finish Mailbox

Nine years in and I’m still happy with the copper mailbox and address plaque.

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

The mix of metals with classic design and form creates curb appeal wow factor.

2e Architects

2e Architects

Classic curb appeal notables include wicker furniture and Boston or Kimberly Queen ferns displayed in decorative urns and/or hanging baskets.

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fern-rocker

The woven wonder that is wicker is one tough broad that gets better with age.

All Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor ArmchairAll Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor Armchair

modern French facade

Michael J. Siller Interiors

The shutters.

The lanterns.

The hardware accents.

The landscaping.

This is how we curb appeal.

And how lovely is the Spanish artichoke finial?

Spanish-artichoke

Spanish Artichoke

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Jay Blue Sherwin-Williams

Jay Blue from Sherwin-Williams

monogram H door knocker

Monogram Letter H Door Knocker – Brass by Michael Healy Designs

Thomson Cooke Architects curb appealThomson Cooke Architects

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I have it on good authority that a three day holiday weekend is upon us.

Three day weekends and captivating images come together to inspire curb appeal beautification projects.

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Gorgeous!

Island Architects

Island Architects

Thomson & Cooke ArchitectsThomson & Cooke Architects

First impressions make lasting impressions.

Curb appeal projects lead the way to big returns, impressive results, and beautifully welcome style home.

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