September 15, 2009

Ocean Breezes in the Living & Dining Room

Hi -
Sounds crazy I know, but I must have had a flu or some bug because I feel so much better now! Last week I popped a few pills, took some rests and faked it - and it must have worked.  
The last couple of days you could really feel Fall in the air, grey sky in the am with some fog and mist - and a wonderful breeze crosses through the house.  I love it.  

Love a fireplace - this is one that opens to the Family Room in the background too - surprisingly there's nobody laying on the couch right now.  My Grandma's crystal lamps are up there on the mantel with some things that I change out for the seasons. Hmmm the fireplace trim - I gotta do something about that - that trim has got to go.  Maybe it could be painted?  Why not?

The club chairs in the Living Room below are distressed brown leather - they're great but I Summer them up with some white throws just to change it up a bit. My favorite bit of advice I got from my favorite designer was to move something out the minute you walk by it saying "this has to go."  Sometimes I walk past something for 6 months before I finally move it out.  Do you do that?  I need to work on it.

Above is the Front Door into the Living Room - & you can see the Dining Room from the front door too - I'm standing in it.   

Dining Room is a good size with great natural light from the big windows.   Now I'm standing where there is a swing door to the kitchen so it's really easy to serve.  The french doors open to an outdoor kitchen/BBQ area.  It's all original cement and used brick with a bar serving area with a couple of stools and a cool old bench. Great for crowds and parties - another place to go for food which is great because thekitchenissotight.

This is probably my favorite Chandelier - Mr Beachy's design - it's mother of pearl squares to the ceiling, and the bottom is iron with metal flowers.  It's over the top naturally weathered and aged - it was sitting outside on a deck in Paradise Cove for years when I scored it from a very nice guy who GAVE it to me.  It's white and rusty and scruffy and probably the most commented on Chandelier in our house.  Is it a compliment when people say "only you" - it is to me.

I change the bottom crystal whenever I find something interesting that goes with my centerpiece which is always seasonal flowers and stuff.  The old farm table and chairs were a Salvation Army find years ago, I covered the seats with white denim - now I'm thinking of recovering with a faded stripe - 

My favorite flower right now is white carnations - they're always at the market and they're just a few bucks.  

The display stand in the corner is holding some old beaded lamps and hurricanes that I use for centerpieces with candles. There's glass shelves, it's got some tole roses vining through it and I think it's days are numbered around here.  

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  1. Marsha,
    your home is soo delicious!! I love every morsel! Those lamps on your fireplace are incredible!


  2. Absolutely awesome ... the lamps are incredible for sure!, your whole HOME is beyond belief. I love it!

    Pop over & visit my friend Gail's 2d day at blogging ~

    TTFN ~Marydon

  3. Hi Marsha,
    This is sweet.. I'll be right over !! It is so beachy and cottagey !! LoVe what you have done !! White is such a calming color !! I Could do every shade of it !!Throw in some of my pink, and I'm a happy girl !! You got it going on my girlie !!Glad you're feeling better..Have a happy day !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  4. Marsha, your home is really beautiful. I love all of the white. I'm going to have to stay a bit and check out the rest of your blog :)

  5. Your rooms are magical!! I love everything you have done. It looks so inviting and relaxing...only you!!!
    I am followin' ya now, so that I can keep coming back to see what you do next!

  6. Your photos are beautiful! And I love that chandelier. Thanks for sharing.

  7. The more I see of your house, the more I LOVE it! I was in So. Cal this weekend moving my daughter in to college at UCSD, one of these times down there, I'd like to explore the L.A. area.

  8. You're fantastic. Reading your blog makes me feel like I'm home.
    Thanks for the reassurance...there are other people who are obsessed with white, rearranging, stripes, simple beach style and refurbishing. I only wish I lived closer.

    Shannon Gale
    Beach House and Garden, LLC

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