Giveaway drawing details on the bottom of the blog!
The print on the back wall belongs to Tom and is of Sausalito. When I am rich one day, that is right where I would like to live! The funny thing is, I had this exact same print hanging on my office wall in Silverdale, (mortgage days) didn't even know Tom had a copy of the same print. I loved looking at it every day, the blooming bougainvillea, red geraniums, and boats bobbing in the blue blue San Franscico Bay.. all the while planning my escape down here to be in the sun and close to the ocean.
When I sold the old house, I pretty much sold everything in it too. Moving to California was very liberating! The only furniture that came with me was my big white iron bed, vintage white dresser and a shabby chic blue cabinet - I really didn't even bring dinnerware, except for a few favorite antique pieces and my grandmother's silver. Was so ready for a new life.
Melissa and I found, and fell in love with the hand-painted "Beach Cottage" sign at the Alameda Flea Market, can't tell you how much I paid for it, it was an absolute steal! It's about 5 feet long, block chocolate letters outlined in aqua - the perfect complement to my house!
www.caronsbeachhouse.com, as well as the wine glasses, the etched blue fin tumblers and the recycled aqua-green glass bowls. We had a few mismatched wine glasses and only a few regular glasses so I thought it would be okay to enjoy some pretty things out of my warehouse!
Beach House Candle was another item that I thought looked lonely in the warehouse. Now, my whole apartment smells so wonderfully fresh - almost like suntan and tropical drinks!
Now, to show you all some of our favorite beachy/coastal items at the Flea Market!
You will see why I miss having a store...
Melissa spotted this detailed sea shell mirror - cannot even imagine how much it must have weighed! I thought if I can be ambitious one day, I too can figure out how to make something this beautiful. (might be never!)
French -European striped ticking linen pillows. So lovely!!
And look at these matching lavender sachets!
Way cute vintage chair with even cuter printed burlap pillows!
I was dumb again... I should have bought this sweet cherub
holding an empty sea urchin and wearing a sea shell crown.
Coral, big purple barnacles and vintage sea shell pitcher!
(I can't seem to buy any of this coral - but am always drawn to it!)
This was the coolest furniture! The artist had attached faux alligator print vinyl to the top of the desks and buffets - what an unique idea! Finished beautifully.
An entire blue beach house bedroom set! So so pretty!
Gray-blue coastal occasional chairs, antiqued and then recovered in a "West Indies" patterned fabric - not sure if you can see it or not, but the pattern contained sailing ships, palm trees...
More coral....saw lots of these red spiky pieces this time
Nautical inspired pillows..
Not really sure where I would put him, but I thought he was especially cool -
particularly because he was highlighted with a little old fishing net!
Thank you so much letting me share my journey this past year. This is my 101st blog post and I have been thinking all week about how to celebrate, as I have been writing now for an entire year! I started writing Everything Coastal on May 4, 2010, what an adventure I have had... To commemorate this anniversary, I will be entering names into a drawing to win one of my Beach House Candles. (featured above!) All you have to do is leave me a comment on this blog post. I would also like to invite you to become a new follower!
See you at the beach!