Thursday, August 12, 2010

Seaside simplicity

Surrounding yourself with wonderful rustic and natural objects

Sometimes it's just the simple things that make a room, I live with so much stuff, stuff being furniture, baskets, objects, paintings, and more...more....and more and it's really hard some days to keep it all organised. Mind you, I do love my stuff, well I really should say my possessions, I just wish I had a bigger home or that I was more organised, although my son would say, Mum, if you had a bigger home you would just fill it with more. It's true, I think it is being a stylist and a collector and having a husband who is also a collector. Hmmm...and I think my two children have the bug as well. When we spent a few weeks away on our summer holidays earlier this year I was immediately able to relax as the seaside homes that we were in were simply beautiful, uncluttered and very elegant.

I felt at ease instantly upon arriving at the beach, these images are a mixture of two different homes that sit side by side over looking Pittwater in Sydney Northern Beaches. Both are completely different style homes, one, an old Aussie style beach shack, the other a modern split level home. But both gorgeous and the owners definitely have the knack of making all their guests instantly feel at home.

Creating an atmosphere emanates from a person's nature and the surroundings. Collecting old things over the years that have been left on the beach has created the look and style of these homes, old ores, driftwood, shells and worn and weathered timber. Framed little drawings & paintings that have been sketched by relaxed guests over the years have pride of place in the bedrooms. Comfortable chairs and big sofas are in both homes and are a must in a beach house to have that afternoon nap.

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  1. Gorgeous photos as usual. I love the texture and design of the wooden wall decor! I love all the photo of the little boat up on the shore, the paddles the rocks the dock! Yeah pretty much all of it :)

  2. You never, ever fail to inspire me, my dear friend. Your training in art/photography and your work experience with fashion/design magazines serves you well (and offers your readers one visual treat after another). I think what truly drives your creative output is your artistic soul. I feel so fortunate that our paths have crossed. When are you coming to Tennessee for a visit???

    Kindest regards,

  3. Coty a very natural collected and fabulous design!!

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  4. These are beautiful, but I think if YOU took photos of my home, it would look beautiful too! Your photographs just make everything look prettier. laurie

  5. Always a thoughtful & beautiful offering, Coty. How I would love to see your seaside. Sending love...

  6. If this is clutter, you've taken it to an art form! Thank you for sharing your charming design work. Cherry Kay

  7. Coty,
    How on earth do you find these fabulous get-aways? I love the easy beach feel that they both have without being gimmicky.
    I love it when you take us away like this. Thank you.

  8. beauty mesmerizing pictures!!! You have lovely collection..each piece is a treasure!!!

  9. HI Coty
    Well I always love your seaside inspired posts.. well I always love all your posts.. lots of 'stuff' or not..

    I think it's true that holiday places can feel so relaxing when a little bit less cluttered.. a holiday for the mind also..

    Have a great weekend.. been feeling almost springlike up here.. xxx Julie


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