I love seashore signage. I like retro and kitchen signs but my heart always responds to a nautical nod. They look great everywhere in a home. So for the last few weeks I have been making my own. Take a peak.
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Wood 26"x10.5" Lime green and white latex: I painted this piece, sanded and applied a layer of clear coat to protect it. The back has a paper backing and has been wired for hanging. I love it.
Then I tried some blues and greys...
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Blue Beach Sign w/Starfish Pine Wood, 28"x 10" Grey Breach Sign w/Rope Pine Wood 31"x 7.5" I think these signs are super! I'll be making a bunch more and I'll list them on the site.
You feeling this...?
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I made this wooded art piece using latex and stain. Its 30"x13.75"
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Not the best photo...but you get the idea. Sweet right.
 
 
So today the sun came out (Yeah! It's really been such a long cold winter in New England), and I had a breezy day exploring the shoreline with one of my good buddies. Usually we head to an outdoor café on the beach at Misquamicut, but today we went outside the box (she was detoxing-no booze, no clam cakes) and headed out on an architectural tour of several shoreline communities. It was so much fun!
Stonington Borough in Stonington Ct-.-- Small spot Huge in beauty 
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This is my good pal Lynn-y. She's smart, sassy and so much fun. We share a love for the shore. This is Stonington Borough, Ct. Its a wonderful historic seaside community with a small park and beach located at the end of the borough. Its a tiny town packed with art, shops and cafes. The homes are all historic (18th c) and display wonderful architectural character. It is sublime.
Watch Hill, Rhode Island-Lovely
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The Ocean House majestically sits high on a hill at Watch Hill, R. I. It looks so grand and ready for the summer. This is a wonderful place, even if you just come for an affordable lunch($45) on the veranda. The Atlantic ocean abuts this magnificent place leading to a breathtaking beach. Yes please.
Charlestown, Rhode Island is Nature and Ease
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We checked out the beach and a sea side shack for sale. Yeah, we beach people are aways trying to talk our friends into living along the shore...
Sometimes the best fun is had on days that are easy, simple, and sunny!
Hope your weekend is wonderful too!
 
 
I am perpetually in search of great inspiration. When it comes to interiors I look to RESTORATION HARDWARE. Always loved their catalogue and in my opinion, they create the greatest photos of staged interiors. With the season warming up a bit, it's time to lighten the feel of our living room with new paint, carpet and sofa.  When I checked out RH I was so wowed! Take a peak and tell me you don't want to spruce up your space a little too.
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Wow right. Its so interesting and inviting. I like the grand simplicity.
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Now this is just grand. Using a photo shoot as a guide it allows for us to reinterpret the look or aspects of the design.
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Love the rustic shelving coupled with the tailored sofa. Yum!
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Love the sofas! Love the mirror...a girl can dream.
Now, I don't want to you to think we live this grand, in actuality we live in a modest mid century ranch along two beaches in New England. That doesn't mean we can't incorporate some of the design elements in our own home. That's the wonderful thing about inspiration...
 
 
Today I thought I’d share with you a very budget friendly way for your home to make a great first impression… a way to welcome your guests before they even step into your home. Painted Entry Doors  Painted doors really announce an entry; they  offer a dose of color, style and a way to show your  individuality.  A painted front door helps set your home apart from  your neighbors.  We did our front door in a summery shade of lime!

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Picture courtesy of Coastal Living. I like the pop of color and the large glass pane of this entryway
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The rich shade of eggplant enhances the beauty of this arched entryway. The address numbers in white also add a helpful and beautiful finish to the doorway.
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Photo courtesy of Coastal Living. Simple and beautiful. Im Loving doors that are a nod to the past. Wide glass panes coupled with simple fixtures. Sweet!
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Photo courtesy of Coastal Living. Now this porch just screams summer! Love the blue screen door!
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Splash of red. Love these dutch doors...ya know the kind that open at the top.
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And finally, the color we chose for our front door!LIME!
Yep… I love color!  There are many great tutorials on the internet on  painting doors. Let your heart speak to you of the color your door should be and I promise you, you’ll never be sorry you did it!  And if you are… well, it’s very inexpensive to change the color.  Painting your front entry door is truly an inexpensive design element you can add to your home!
 
 
SPRING ! Sooo, like many others, my family embraced the milder
temperature of the  season by tackling the yard work! 
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Yep! That's my hubby bringing his landscape ninja skills.
Here are some of the projects we are looking forward to completing this season:
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We are putting in several types of ornamental grasses. I like the texture and contrast it lends to a landscape. There are a variety of types and sizes, so they can used in different ways to beautify your property.  And best of all...low maintenance!

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We are going to add a wooden plank pathway on the side of our home. Because of the elements, its necessary to use pressure treated lumber and apply marine varnish( the kind they use on boats). I love the look of this...it has a secret garden feel to it.

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We have been incorporating wooden bases for our motion and garden lights throughout our property and I really like the look.

 
 

Started my morning a bit earlier so I could fit a brisk walk in.  It sure doesn't feel like exercise when your backdrop is the Atlantic Ocean

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Westery Town Beach, Westerly R.I.
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Doing morning stretches on a deserted beach =priceless
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Living like a champion sometimes means, just putting one foot in front of the other, and getting out there. And you know, just moving it along a bit! As far as motivation goes, you can't beat nature...sun, ocean breezes and warm sand. Ahhh... yes!

 
 
The winning hue for 2014 as voted by Coastal Living , is turquoise! Now I like this Floridian shade of blue as much as the next person and it always makes me think of Miami. However using it home décor can be challenging. A little bit of this color goes a long way. Discover the many ways you can infuse your home with this quintessential coastal color.
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Creating a Colorful Welcome. Make your entry stand out with a fresh coat of aqua-hued paint. A lively striped rug and coordinating planters complete this home’s charming curb appeal.
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Try a Formal Application. The sleek dining room of this Amagansett, Long Island, beach house gets a fun infusion of turquoise in the form of leather-upholstered chairs. The ceramic fish chandelier from Scabetti adds a touch of seaside whimsy. Love this!
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Energize Your Bedroom The master bedroom of this Rockport, Massachusetts, home features design inspired by the water below. Light turquoise floors are painted Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, and the bedding adds a lively pop to the otherwise serene space.
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The bold color inspiration comes from nature and if you are living close to any shoreline you understand the beauty of turquoise!
 
 
When the sap starts “running” it’s time to go tapping
Its easy to forget that hidden inside every maple tree lies the beginnings of rich amber delicious syrup. Why not try tapping some of this nectar yourself. Every February,  temperature changes in the maple tree cause its sap to begin dripping. Retrieving it requires a few simple tools. The basic technique is to drill a whole into the tree and insert a spout like spiel and let the sap drip into the bucket until it is full.
After you have obtained your buckets of raw sap you then have to boil it down. My BIL (brother in law) makes his own syrup every year (yes he is fabulous) and he boiled down 3 buckets and that yielded a quart of heavenly maple syrup. It is good in a refrigerator for two months.
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Boiling the sap down on an outdoor grill
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After all your hard work you are left with maple syrup perfection. Nectar of the Gods!
 
 
To my mind, the structural element of a budding branch is so beautiful. Floral  minimalism provides a maximum impact and can be easily obtained by pairing it with a lovey vase and placing it in the best spot in your home.
Happy Spring!
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Nothing brings spring into the home like fresh flowers, ready to blossom.
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Colorful blooms on a single branches.
LOVELY

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Sometimes just the green of outdoors makes the statement.
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Sometimes the size of a blooming branch can make a home feel the season.
 
 

How to instantly improve your home without the cost of remodeling

Sure, you could shell out a lot of cash to completely renovate your place. Or you could use the basics of good design to get the job done. Of course if you can do both all the better. But if not,here are some simple ideas that will instantly improve your home. Let's start with the smells you want have in your home this season.

Smell the love

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Make sure your home smells welcoming. Using reeds can provide a subtle fragrance for your home. I like seasonal smells that invoke warm memories.

Flowers add so much to a space

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Flowers and plants are living beings, and so they contribute something to a space that inanimate objects, no matter how inspired, cannot. Loose, monochromatic flower arrangements are the easiest to pull off. I love Gerber Daisys

Heaven smells like Sonoma &Williams

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Add some rosemary to these fruits and simply dice and simmer. Your home will smell fabulous. We do a lemon rosemary combo and let it simmer on our woodstove...smells just like the expensive stuff from S&W.

Simple, Lovely & Aromatic

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Herbs get their flavor from their oils. This is why you can get a good whiff of an herb’s flavor by rubbing your hands on the leaves and smelling them afterwards (much easier than trying to smell the leaves directly. Sage, mint, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, and dill all taste good when dried. Basil, parsley, cilantro and chives lose a bunch of their flavor when dried, so consider freezing instead.

So before you become overwhelmed with getting your home holiday ready, consider a few of these easy aromatic options, that will enhance your space through the sense of smell and can be easily incorporated in your seasonal decor. Easy peasy.