beach house interiors

We just cannot get enough of our beach house at Birchington Vale and due to a busy social schedule (the twins – not ours!), we haven’t been down for a couple of weekends. So we are really looking forward to getting down there on Saturday – after the girl’s sleepover that is!

You know that feeling you get when you are in your favourite place? The world seems at peace so you sit back and relax? That is how our home at the beach makes me feel. We love it so much I could move down to Thanet in a click of my fingers but of course real life butts in and it’s just not possible. Paul would have a 2 hour commute each way, the girls would have to change school and with year 5 looming it’s just not a good idea to move them right now.

So, what’s the next best thing? Well, bring the beach house home!

twins on beach

 

very excited to be part of the Wayfair home experts team, I have collaborated on numerous occasions in the past, like my ‘Shelfie’ post, where I concentrated on wall art in the bedroom. I also created a recipe for them, a classic beef stew which, come the autumn, I shall be putting back on the weekly menu.

Now I am a Home Expert, I will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects with them and I embraced my first challenge, the Blogger’s Picks, with a lot of enthusiasm.

I was asked to go on the Wayfair website and choose six favourite pieces to create a theme. I chose Go Coastal and the above image is my final choice which I put forward.

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Beach house interiors

Bar table and stools  

The thing I love most about the summer is the impromptu visits, the barbecues, the drinks, the easy chat in the summer warmth, this bar table and stools is perfect as it is casual but elegant at the same time and can be turned into a dinner table too. should the situation arise.

Kashmir table lamp

I like to create an ambience that shouts out, locally sourced, beach life and rustic. This Kashmir table lamp ticks those boxes in a quiet and understated way.

Ship’s Wheel Wall Decor 

Fun, fun, fun! Why not add a bit of retro to the room and keeping in with the beach theme too. This ship’s wheel decor is most definitely an eye catcher.

Vienne vase 

Pure, classic, simple and beautiful in its own way. I might be tempted to drop shells, driftwood and beach mementoes into my Vienne vase in it as time goes by …

Glass mosaic place mats 

My colours. I can’t stop looking at them and wouldn’t these mosiac place mats work perfectly as an impromptu dinner mat or even a centre table for dips and snacks? LOVE.

Reclaimed wall mirror 

I love reclaimed articles and this wall mirror is a perfect example. It shows great workmanship, it is functional and it has that ‘Im rich but not a show off’ attitude about it. Beautiful.

 

So there you have it, my first challenge completed and I am really pleased with my choices. what do you think? Are you inspired by your environment when decorating the home?

 

Bedroom wall art gallery

PS. Please note our bedroom makeover isn’t quite finished, I need to change the bedside lights and the switch plates!

I love the wall art galleries I am seeing around the internet at the moment, I have collected a few on my Pinterest boards for inspiration and as we are doing up our bedroom at the moment I wanted to come up with an idea of bedroom wall art gallery.

Wayfair recently got in touch and invited me to choose some products from their site to create a #SpringShelfie

Perfect timing! I have ordered us a wonderfully comfortable king size bed so the girls can squeeze in on weekend mornings and read with us before our days start. My choice of bed comes with a fabulous headboard which acts as a shelf and a bookcase unit too.

I have gone for a white bedroom, this time, making it a clear space that is light and airy. It’s a very good sized bedroom with built in wardrobes (that also needed painting) and it is easy to keep tidy with all the cupboards, plus the four large drawers under the bed!

Wall art gallery

I have been in love with this idea for a long time and just waiting to use it in our own home. I love how a mixture of paintings, pictures and photographs, placed well together can make an overall display. With this in mind and a couple of pieces I already wanted to use, I started to browse the Wayfair site.

Bedroom wall art gallery

Another favourite way of displaying that I love at the moment is using printed pages out of books and writing or drawing on top of them, so the Shakespeare book print was a perfect start to my wall art gallery, the quote is perfect for bedrooms as well.

I wanted a pop of vibrant colour in my display and so I searched for flowers, I love the Tulip print on canvas, it was just what I was looking for.

These two pieces, together with my own made the perfect backdrop for my headboard and shelf, now I had to find some interesting pieces to continue my display.

Photographs

Previously I had three photos of the twins in frames above the bed. They are very cute but dated, I wanted a change but still wanted photos. My Wayfair search brought up this novel and colourful idea of a family tree with images hanging from the branches. I am still in the process of selecting images of the twins, my older children and the grandkids but I cannot wait to see them all on my tree frame. I chose the colourful option but there is also a white tree with white frames available.

Useful shelves

The practical me kicked in as I continued to think about what I want on my shelf, I thought about my bedtime routine and one thing I do is take out my earrings, take off my necklace and put these pieces somewhere. I found this delightful silver coloured bowl which is perfect for looking after my treasured possessions whilst I sleep.

Bedroom wall art gallery

Bedroom indulgence

A candle, a scented candle and why not? If I am honest this is something I would make more use of than the husband so it would be an indulgence to use when he’s out on a Friday night and I want to slip under the covers and read books with no disturbance. The candle in a tin means there is no harm of catching alight as it will be kept far from anything hanging. This is my girly touch.

Last but not least I popped a couple of books in my display. They are two books that I am currently reading, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert all about being creative and fighting the fear and a very interesting Peace of Mind by Georgina Rodgers which is for busy mums, like me and possibly you. A great book which talks about mindfulness and how to bring it into the midst of your chaos and use snapshots of it. I love it, plus it’s very colourful on the shelf too.

So there you have it, my Bedroom #SpringShelfie.

If you like the products I have chosen you can find them all here

Tulip canvas

Shakespeare book print framed art

Family Tree Frame

Metal dish

Rose candle not the exact same  but very similar

Disclosure: Wayfair sent me the above products for the purpose of this post.