Playdate//Beach//Farmer’s Market//Repeat

What a lovely weekend to muck in and sew some bits & bobs for my little abode and to launch for my Creative Sewing Sessions.  I created some new European covers for our lounge pillows and they have really brightened and refreshed our living space.

I used a very simple overlap instead of any fussy fine trimmings, so this project is perfect for beginner sewing enthusiasts.

Using a home decor, heavier-weight fabric will definitely give your covers a professional finish and they’ll keep their shape and sit nicely.

There are so many baskets, shoppers and totes on the market, but the joy of doing it yourself and creating one is so rewarding.  I debuted my Playdate//Beach//Farmer’s Market//Repeat tote bag at the markets on Sunday.  It got lots of attention and fit all my veggies, bread & cupcakes.

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The simple gusset at the bottom really allows you to fill it with all the important stuff and is easy to incorporate by cutting a square from the bottom edges of the square bag pattern.

The simplest things to make are usually the most fun, especially when it’s something that serves an immediate purpose.  I found the Nate Berkus fabrics at JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft Store and they are of such good quality.  There’s a whole collection that I need to go and purchase!

If you’re an SF South Bay Local, join me at my kitchen table and learn to sew!

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Trend Inspiration: Coastal Charm

A trip to the beach on a whim this week had me falling head over heels for coastal influences for the home.

The most wonderful thing about adding a touch of coastal charm is that it can suit such a multitude of interior styles.

For those who seek a rustic or country decor style, we used white chalk paint that is so often a “beachy” decor go-to and distressed a rustic industrial modern coffee table.

Those who prefer cleaner lines can opt for a coastal minimalist look that mixes light or white decor with blues and greens.  The key is to use natural wooden accents and add a splash of colour from an ocean or sand palette.

Mid-century modern furniture works well with this style as do jute rugs, clear glass decor, simple greenery like succulents, twigs or driftwood and rope.

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Image Credits: Ashley Clark of @shopskout.

If you prefer to show off the coveted vintage style, you should opt for whitewash (you can create a whitewash at home by simply mixing paint and water at 50/50) and furniture made from reclaimed wood.

Wicker, naval ropes and knots, anchors, wire or straw baskets and linen fabrics are all the perfect accompaniments.

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Image Credits: House & Home via apartmenttherapy.com on Pinterest

The best way to bring coastal charm to your casa comes from carrying your outdoor setting indoors rather than the other way around.

We are currently transforming our outdoor living space (new blog post on this soon) to recreate the style of our Greek Island honeymoon.  As you can imagine, this will include a lot of white, splashes of blue that scream Santorini and my favourite, the fuchsia florals of Bougainvillea.

To sit in silence at the shore, watch the waves and hear the surf, is to appreciate the very breath and heartbeat of the earth – Doe Zantamata –

Try adding a little coastal charm to your home with this simple DIY decor project:

take 4 yards of thick rope + knot (I used a Monkey’s Fist Knot) & display.

I used an empty distressed frame, but this would look great in those glass bowls we were inspired by earlier!

Oh, fancy that!