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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Going Coastal: Summer Decor Part I


by Heather

Going coastal in Arizona? It's not as far-fetched as you might think.
We have a lot of "beach" here; we're just missing the water. 
Decorating for summer is similar to any other season: I make a really big mess first, my husband threatens to move out until I'm done, and then over the course of a couple of days
spring decor gets put away
and the natural organic elements of the coastline 
(where I'd like to be spending more time) 
come out. 

For those of you who are thinking, "But hey, spring just got here; why is she rushing the season?" the answer is that the temps are in the 90s and it feels like summer!
 So come on in and check out what I've been up to!
The little drop leaf table in the front of the house keeps the spring flowers in the big white jug, but other tabletop items get changed out. 
     
    The antique marble-topped table was handed down from Tom's grandparents.

    The living room gets a makeover with summer candles and pillows, shells, rope, and 
    manzanita branches. 
    Wild, crazy out-of-control coral branches from Z Gallerie above.
    I added some fish net inside the glass-topped tea table along with ropes of shells and starfish.  Check out the very cool wooden books here and also on the glass-topped tea table. I found them at Global Elements, a new store in north Scottsdale. I've taken pictures of this unique store and will share them in an upcoming post.
    All senses are important to address in decorating a home seasonally so the potpourri gets changed to a fresh aroma of coastal elements and shells bathed in gold.
    The glassware cabinets get a little summer makeover, too.
    Yup, that's a horse up there to the left on a very high plant shelf. We were much younger when we lifted it up there. No plans to ever take it down. Granddaughter Peighton keeps asking how she can jump from the loft over to it so she can ride it.
    The small glass bottles get filled with shells and a few flowers.

Come back and visit me a week from tomorrow (Friday, April 12) when I'll continue with
Going Coastal: Summer Decor Part II.  

The weekend is coming up -- make it a great one! 
It's the start of AZ Bike (Motorcycle) Week here so we'll be out and about at the "kick-start" events. If you're in town, stop by Harley of Scottsdale this Sunday to see Steppenwolf in concert, and then WestWorld this coming Wednesday through the following Sunday to see lots of motorcycles, bikers, vendors, and great bands.


Love,
Heather




67 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. Appreciate your comments.
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  2. Ooooh, love it all. I live near the beach, and my decor does reflect my love for the ocean.

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    1. I'm moving in with you, Sue, if you live near the ocean! That's my dream spot for a home.
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  4. How wonderful to see the use of all this coral and starfish and shells - something very unique! So glad you linked to "Open House".

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    1. Thank you, Bernideen. I don't get to do Interior Deisgn blogs every week, but when I do one, I always want to link with your Open House!
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  5. What you have been up to turned very beautifully. You did an excellent job.

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    1. Thank you, LV. You continue to inspire me -- blogging at age 83? Wow!!
      Heather

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  6. Oh, my goodness. You are a girl after my own heart! I love your coastal decor. I, too, would love to spend more time by the sea, but alas, I am stuff here in the middle of the desert. Everything looks beautiful!

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    1. For those of us in the middle of the desert, it's all about pretending once we're inside. Shells do help, don't they? Thanks for leaving a lovely comment!
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  7. I love your coastal look! I'm working on mine as well! I'm in Louisiana and even though we are not in the 90's, we will be before long! Spring doesn't last long here!

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    1. You're a little closer to the coast than I am -- I'll check in with you when you're done, okay? Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.
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  8. Being a Florida girl I'm loving all your coastal decor! The little bottles with the shells and flowers are darling. Visiting from Create Craft Love link party. Have a great weekend.
    Susan

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  9. That looks wonderful. Love the graceful fronds. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I'm not sure how graceful those fronds are -- they look a little crazy -- but I appreciate the compliment.
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  10. I love your wonderful antique marble table. How lucky you are to get such a beautiful hand-me-down. Your coral collection is great as well. I never can seem to get enough.
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    1. Thank you, Linda. We received several pieces of Victorian furniture from Tom's grandparents and we treasure all of them. It's fun to remember where they sat in his grandparents' house and I know they'd be pleased that we're enjoying them so much.
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  11. Heather, I am in love with all your coastal decor!! Thanks for sharing your pretty vignettes at the Open House party.
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. Loved to link up with your Open House party. Always find great ideas there!
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  12. My favorite was the rope ball in the cloche. Thanks for the inspiration. I love coastal anything!

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    1. Thank you, Robin. I bought several of them last year at Target but I haven't seen them there recently. Did just pick up a stack of starfish for a decent price today at my local Target, though. I can always find places for them around the house.
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  13. This is gorgeous! Here the weather hasn't even committed to giving us spring yet, and here you are moving on to summer....so jealous.

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    1. Thank you, but you won't be jealous once our temps are over 110 degrees!
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  14. I am also "Coastal". I am in Love with all your coastal decor. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. We'll have to compare notes on decor!
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  15. oh my we are on the same page. I have been changing my living room, it;s a bit beachy now! Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted yesterday!

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    1. Always fun to link up with your blog hop, Katherine! I'm sure I will love your beachy decor.
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  16. I removed my spring mantel the day after Easter, put up buoys and shells. And, I brought out all my beach buckets. The weather is cooperating and the beach was spectacular today. I'm even thinking about summer fruit already.

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    1. Carol, you're a woman after my own heart. Love it!
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  17. Well just WOW!! I see how busy you've been!! LOVE the beach theme all through your home! You need to add a plaque that says, "Just Add Water"!!! It's so pretty and the effect is amazing. So summery!!
    I'm so happy you joined me for my party and shared your beautiful room! Lovely job!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. Thanks, Doni. Love your idea for the sign "just add water." So perfect!
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  18. Wow, you really did go coastal, you have so many pretty things. I love the elegance of using white, silver and the natural elements. I have to go to Z~gallerie and get that cake dome, love it!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna. The Z Gallerie purchase was fairly recent so they should still have some in stock!
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  19. Wonderful job! I like all your details. You're good at accessorizing like you are with your clothing!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I think I like interior design even better than fashion most days :)
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  20. Wow - I have a beach condo and I do not have half this much beach decor. You have arranged it all beautiful. I am definitely having beach-decorations envy on this one!!!

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    1. Hi Diane,
      If you have a beach condo, you don't need to decorate it like a beach -- you have the real thing! I have some beach-envy going on here, too, with your condo at the beach!
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  21. I can understand why you are putting up beach decor after being out in Mesa and Pheonix a couple of weeks ago in 80 degree weather! So many beautiful things to see at your house! I saw your post over at Marty's newly re-named party at A Stroll Thru Life.

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    1. So glad you're stopping by from Marty's party. Hope your stay in the Valley of the Sun was enjoyable! And thank you for leaving a note to let me know you were visiting our blog.
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  22. Beautiful! Coastal themed decor is my favorite!

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  23. This would be a great post for Open House on Thursday (Friends Sharing Tea is about tea) I would love to see it there!

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    1. Hi Bernideen,
      I think I linked up today with you instead of on Thursday. Should I have waited? I'm posting again on Friday so I'll try to link that one (it's part 2 of summer decor) with you on Thursday.
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  24. Wow, I love all of the coastal decor! So beautiful! Awesome blog, too! Thank you so much for sharing at the Bloglovin Hop! So thrilled to find your blog. New fan!! :)

    Kathy
    www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. Glad you're liking our blog, too.
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  25. I totally understand that Spring doesn't last long in AZ. Here in UT it is just arriving. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who makes a big mess when switching decor. And I do it often. lol! Just switched all my Easter to birds. In May I'll change to Poppies. Oh, the fun never ends. lol! Your Coastal theme is very soothing and welcoming. Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. Nice to know I'm not alone with making a mess. Always glad to join up with Share Your Cup. I'll be a day late in joining you this week; I don't post Part II until Friday. See you then!
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  26. Your Coastal inspired decor looks amazing - love all the organic coastal material - it has been hot here too - thunderstorms on top of that - I do appreciate you sharing your post with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. We had thunder, dust, and rain on Monday! Strange weather all over.
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  27. I love it, everything looks amazing. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  28. Where did you find the lovely bell jar and stand (cloche) that contains the coiled rope inside? I love it!!

    Thanks,

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    1. Found it recently at Z Gallerie so I believe it's still for sale there!
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  29. love how you carried your theme out throughout your entire home. :D Thanks for linking up .
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    ps. I also enjoyed your opening line. LOL

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    1. Thank you. I get on a roll and sometimes get carried away with the theme but it's always fun to do.
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  30. This is gorgeous! I love all the little details and the different pieces that create height.. just beautiful! I featured you on the Pink Hippo Party and I am your newest follower~
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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    1. Oh, too cool to be featured on your blog! Thank you!!
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  31. Just beautiful! I love coastal decor and use seashells year round in my house, even though I'm 5 hours from the coast. Your vignettes are amazing. Visiting from The Dedicated House.
    Babs

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    1. Thank you, Babs. You're about the same distance as I am from the coast and I love the fact that you use seashells year round. Our hearts are on the coast, even if we're not there physically!
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  32. Once again, I am awed and inspired!!! You are just FABULOUS and LOVE LOVE LOVE how you put your vignettes together!!! Awesome job! Ana

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