June 23, 2011

Beach House News & A Cool Old Prep Table

So glad you stopped by today - grab a cup of my new favorite coffee, Hazelnut....it's so good, and I'll  show you what's been goin on around here -

I've been working on my on line shop - I'm adding pages of...Chandeliers, Kid's Lights, Lamps, Beach Shop, etc... hope you check it out when it's ready -

Bought this old stainless restaurant prep table at a garage sale recently, and a few blocks later I found this huge wood and metal bottle rack.  I moved the cabinet that was on this wall - stuck this table in its place, hung the wine rack (no bottles yet because it's still teetering on 2 little nails) and I think I like the change a whole lot.

Stacked the big old white porcelain cooking and serving pieces on an old wire rack right next to it - I use these all the time and they're not easy for me to store, so this works -

This bottle rack may have to take on a whitewash at some point...I think.  It's metal and wood, once it's painted there's no going back...The green is a bunch of mint from my garden...best heartiest thing I ever planted, it grows like a weed and adds the most incredibly delicious scent to my yard and home.  Free.

Some old blue canning jars, candles, shot glasses, a wire stand, old milk crate, vintage weathered wicker basket, an old champagne bottle box holding my tea light stands, and an old french aluminum ice bucket.

Mr bh remembered our Anniversary and brought me home some big white china mums - they were beautiful and lived for over 3 weeks  -  I think these are now my new fave...

Cool old Dress Form from the 1930's will be in my online shop - as well as the old white folding chair with the pie top seat -

Gathered up some old galvanized buckets for the next Rose Bowl Flea-M and maybe a few will show up on my Vintage Garden Page...

Love this old wavey aqua glass bowl - I found it with a bunch of large aqua glass balls and a bunch of green glass balls strung on ropey wire...couldn't resist the watery glass and the sea colors -

I'm hoping my new mural will be finished tomorrow - I'll be showing it before the paint is dry!

Today - I'm hittin my teeny tiny closet for some reorganization therapy, and giving a set of 4 old white metal chairs a beach house makeover  - 

It's Jen and Ryan's 1st Anniversary... Happy Anni You Two - Love You.

Going to a Party here

Going to a party here
And I'm Partying here too

May 18, 2011

Chandeliers & Sunday Dinner Table

How the heck are you.   I've missed you.  Think about you all the time.

My life is now out of Rehab and I'm Living It.  I like it.  I miss my kids living here, their voices around me, their skateboards and surfboards, purses and shoes, forts on Sunday mornings and all the chaos and love you can imagine.  I even miss their laundry...the done Laundry.

So, I live for having them here on the weekends to cook, eat, walk and play, and I've really been enjoying doing some table foofing for them using newly found treasures -

And when they leave, Mr BH and I enjoy cleaning up and talking about them...

We're still out hunting down parts and pieces for Chandeliers all the time, I haven't taken enough photos of Chandeliers - I always forget, and some Chandys just fly out of here.  If you're local come see us at the Rose Bowl 2nd Sunday of every month - Row W5.  (Hello 49 Plymouth, Tess, & Mindy)

But here's some that I remembered to photograph - and some tables I had the camera handy for.

Cool old Clarinet Chandelier

A few lights waiting to be picked up and a few waiting to be packed up...

We duck and slither between Chandeliers all the time...

Old French Bistro Set that I found at a Hollywood Estate Sale - it was pink!

Coastal Passover!

My neighbor brought me these beautiful flowers from her garden - perfect for last Sunday's BBQ Dinner

Used these new to me old blue dishes on Mother's Day 

One more thing on my WANT TO DO list is organize this blog better - how do you keep your photos organized? 

Do you do Flicker or PhotoBucket or something else?

Thanks for coming by today - I'm having a good life with A Beach Cottage - Good Life Wednesday

Going to Party Here with Funky Junk Interiors


December 13, 2010

A Beach House Chanuka and A Jar Lamp

Hello you guys -

Hope you are all enjoying the winter/holiday season.  I love winter, I love cold weather, I love the bare tree branches and the leafless boston ivy on the weathered fence in the backyard.  I love rain boots, and hoodies, umbrellas and big totes to carry it all in.

Mid December and we have warm weather - actually it's hot.  I shouldn't complain, it's great for my business at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and it's great to go garage saleing every Saturday morning, but still I hope we get some cold days so we can break out the boots and jackets.

We had a great day at the Flea Market yesterday - meeting people, talking, selling my thrifty finds, talking about treasures and decorating and styling, and what other people have in their carts as they stop and roll and stop and roll.  Mostly we love showing our Chandeliers - MrBH says that I love a compliment as much as a sale, not quite - but almost!

I'm taking photos of Chandeliers today, some that already sold, but I gotta show you what a man passionate about creating Chandeliers can come up with.

For many reasons, we're doing a low key holiday this year - I made a donation to every request for Missions and Holiday Meals we got in the mail, I'm taking Gift Certs to the Dog Rescue places in my area, I give a dollar to every cause at every grocery checkout and I put money into the Salvation Army Santa everytime I pass him.  Always a few bucks to the homeless and hungry at the freeway ramp or wherever, it's small, but it's what I do.

I went gathering up in my own stuff, stash, and traveling shop to come up with a few things white, wintery, and sparkly.  No big gifts for the kids this year either - each got a hoodie, they already have every i-thing invented and I've asked them to donate this year too - so we've donated as a family and we all like that very much.

We had a small Chanuka dinner last Sunday, and even though we try to have dinner together every Sunday, I tried to special it up a bit.  We had our favorite Cranberry Chicken, potatoe pancakes, applesauce, lemon brocolli,  a bottle of wine and a Challah that we all pulled from.  Apple Betty for desert with vanilla ice cream.    My son Tony brought a new girlfriend and I was glad that Jen & Ryan could meet her, get to know her, and like her as much as we do.  We'll keep our fingers crossed...

Here's the Mantel in the Family Room - simple and to the point.

Here's the Mantel in the Front Room - first thing you see when you walk in the front door -

We lit the Menorah and set it on the kitchen table in the window.  I found this gihugeant old Menorah while out thrifting a while back - gave it a couple coats of white paint and I'm happy - she's cool.

MrBH made this little lamp the other day - I said I needed a little lamp in the kitchen, he took one of my old blue mason jars full of white shells and I got a new/old lamp.  Love it.

Be happy.  

I wish you all Peace and Love

Hooking up with Kelly's Korner 
Partying with Julia too!

November 27, 2010

Beach House Kitchen & PEACE on the Mantel

Hello from my Kitchen Sink -

I Won! I Am So Happy!
These Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazines arrived so fast and in perfect condition.  
They are incredible and I love them.  
Thank you again, so much!
Check out Roberta's fantastic blog, you'll be glad you did.

Boy has this been a different year and Thanksgiving was really different!  My newly married daughter went to Oregon where her inlaws live, and I missed her cooking right next to me, decorating the table with me, preparing and serving and being my right hand.  I know she was a big help to her mother in law and showed off her talents and made me proud, but I missed her so much and Ryan too.  
Everything else was perfect!

MrBH and son are on a 2-Day motorcycle run and I have the whole house all to myself 
all weekend.   I'm gonna blast the radio on the oldie station and do some gardening and painting -

But first, I've been puttering around inside, sweeping up, clearing off, getting rid of, and prepping for the winter - my favorite season.  Before I get into all the projects I've got lined up - I snapped a few photos in the kitchen and added a few pics at the bottom that I took yesterday -

My little 1940's Kitchen - all original cabinets, galley design - 

The cabinets were all built by the original owner and I swear his wife must have been my height - I changed all the knobs and pulls to old glass ones - 

Our view from the sink and from the kitchen table is the front - I love that.  

Kitchen Table is an old cement garden table  - I see the glass needs to be pushed over to the left a smidge.  I'd like to change the covers on those chairs - it's white vinyl, but kids always told me the vinyl felt so cool on sunburn legs I just keep it on.  Pretty easy to wipe clean too.

This old stove came with the house - she can cook!

Driving Pacific Coast Highway - I couldn't resist...

Love this PEACE Christmas Window - the Peace signs are all silver balls and the Pyramids are all shells - everything else is white and amazing.

Check out this cool huge metal peace sign inside the store hanging over a bed, that's a pillow below it -

Bye for now -

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