Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dreaming of a Seaside Retreat

Hi, I'm Susi, a blogger for Design Shuffle, a site that promotes designers and their work from around the world. I'm lucky enough to get to guest blog at some amazing blogs around the world like Chamomile & Peppermint. While we in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready for winter, you and some of your readers are lucky enough to be enjoying warmer days and summer right around the corner. Here are eight seaside style retreats to inspire you for the upcoming season. Enjoy these dreamy interior designs!

Seaside Retreat

Imagine waking up in this seaside retreat. The gorgeous bedroom opens onto a private veranda or patio. Love the mix of white and grey with a pop of turquoise.

Seaside Retreat

This casual bedroom design would be perfect for a guest room in a seaside retreat. Natural materials, mosquito netting and grasscloth give the room a cool, breezy seaside style.

Seaside Retreat

Seaside retreats and seaside style is all about simple shapes and colors.  Love the oar above the windows as a nod to the water. The trunk provides storage and makes a casual coffee table.

Seaside Retreat

Crisp navy and white are classic colors for a seaside retreat.  Stripes and rattan are popular decorating ideas for seaside spaces. Stripes give the seating a casual vibe in this living room, while the rattan adds even more vintage appeal.

Seaside Retreat

This seaside retreat has an incredible view the moment you open the door. A sense of openness and views of the ocean give this retreat the best of seaside style.

Seaside Retreat

Texture and color abound in this seaside style living room design. Pink and green are a happy tropical color pairing that brings life to a room. Bamboo on furniture and blinds also adds a tropical touch.

Seaside Retreat

The bed in this room is a gorgeous example of seaside style.  A wall of curtains creates a soft counterpoint to the heavy wood of the canopy bed. A light color palette is perfect for seaside bedroom design dreams.

Seaside Retreat

No seaside retreat would be complete without an outdoor living space. This gazebo is a lovely place to dream away an afternoon by the sea.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Project 1 - The Dress

Ok, so uni is over for the year, wine is not an option,  so what is a girl to do in her spare time?

In our family we start projects, lots of them. 

Unfortunately I am one of those people who comes up with multiple grand ideas, all at once, start each and get nothing finished. 

On the cards at the moment is Princess Bumpy's nursery: a project which is itself comprised of many smaller projects such as sanding back the cot and painting it yellow, lime-washing the floorboards, painting the walls, hanging beautiful curtains made by my gorgeous mother (its genetic, have you seen my sisters blog?), refurbishing an old wardrobe and the fun bits - arranging all the cute stuff. 

There is also all the divine materials I bought upon finding out the Princess Bumpy will be of the greater sex, that I have planned to make pretty baby dresses out of;

painting the ugly hallway white;

helping our chippy friend Chris to build bookcases for the loungeroom; 

oh and the new section of the vege patch. 

But first on the cards was this old doona cover I found in an op-shop for $3 adorned with flowers and peacocks in soft shades of apricot, fawn, peach and olive that I though would make a lovely, big bellied dress.

I (very) roughly based the design on another dress I own that is a kind of adjustable wrap around style that sits above the knee and maxied it.

It was an interesting process as unlike a bought pattern, there are no instructions on how to put this thing together (my expertise in sewing consists of putting my foot on a pedal and straight stitching really fast, oh and I use those cute pearl pin thingys) so it was all a bit of a game of lets go ahead with this and see where we end up. I am pretty happy with the results (although will not let anyone look at my seams) and as long as it holds together it should be able to grow with me.