Monday, May 5, 2014

Thinking Coastal in the Foyer

I'm almost always thinking coastal. Not that I live on the coast, but the beauty of the ocean and coastal marshes just speaks to me.


So, as soon as the Easter decorations came down, I put out a few things you might have seen before...


...including my recent $8 yard sale purchase...what else... an oil painting of an ocean scene.

These prints of old sailing ships have been above the bench for a couple of years. I love their soft colors...grey, blue, and sand.
I just realized there isn't a pic of the bench with the ship prints, Duh but, you get the idea. :)  You can see a little bit of the bench with the striped pillow in the first and last pic.


 The lilacs are still blooming, so I kept a vase of those, and added a monogrammed candle that had been on the coffee table. I found the little shell last summer at the beach. 

An old favorite sweetgrass basket is back on the chest for holding keys or sunglasses. 
It's sunny today, and in the 80s, with a nice breeze. Oh, yeah! I'm thinking coastal. How 'bout you?

Thanks for stopping by. 
xo Babs



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19 comments:

Ron said...

Great minds think alike as I am always thinking coastal. I still love that "R" monogrammed candle:)

Sarah said...

Babs, I think I'll follow your lead and put one of my Savannah sweet grass baskets on the entry table.
I like to put out our Nantucket Lightship baskets for a bit of coastal here. It helps me dream of sandy beaches and sea breezes.

Rustic & Refined said...

Your entry looks great. Love the ocean scenes, they're wonderful. I wouldn't have been able to pass them up either if I saw them for sale.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, I just love all of your coastal accents! Everything looks beautiful!

Pondside said...

I think that a coastal vibe does well anywhere. Most of us love the water! Here on the west coast there are lots of opportunities for borrowing from nature and the seaside, and I love it!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Loving your beachy vignette! The gorgeous lilacs look so pretty and I love the pictures of the sailing ships..perfect for a nautical theme! I wish I was basking in 80 degrees! Enjoy your week, Babs!~hugs, Poppy

Blondie's Journal said...

Babs...you have such a beautiful way of decorating around your classic pieces and I think coastal has a way of fitting in everywhere...it's very different from "nautical" which I think is best left near the sea. I love the picture of the ships. Just perfect. You have a great touch and sense of style...always a treat to visit and see your changes! :)

XO,
Jane

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

You blended your coastal theme in perfectly. That's a great picture and I like the basket. I'd love to smell the lilacs!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your coastal vignette looks beautiful Babs! Love that oil painting of the ocean and the monogrammed candle sitting on that pretty shell plate!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love that chest and your vignette, so pretty. The paintings are all stunning too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Kelly said...

I like you coastal touches. I love the fresh cut lilacs even better! I didn't know we could grow those here in GA. I will have to find a bush and plant it pronto!

Linda P said...

Beautiful Babs. Vignettes are so fun and add beauty to any home. Great finds on the prints. Fresh cut lilacs smell so nice. Very pretty coastal decorating. xo

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Definitely a warm weather vignette. I am jealous of your boquet of lilacs! Still chilly here!

Debbie said...

I love to decorate with a nod to the coast in the summertime, too. It's so peaceful. I love what you've done. It makes me want to get cracking on my own stuff.

Alycia Nichols said...

I've been thinking coastal the last few days with temps in the upper 80s, but all that's about to change as the temperatures go back to normal along with thunderstorms tomorrow and throughout the weekend. I'm OK with it still being in the 70s, though. I can always wait to see 80s and 90s with all the humidity!!!

I like your new touches! The lilacs look beautiful, and there's no doubt they smell wonderful! There is something about ships...I don't quite know what it is. They're just fascinating. I saw a GIANT one at Home Goods the other day. It stood at least 4-ft tall. You'd have to have a house with really tall ceilings to display it! I have a miniature version that I'll have to make do with! I did buy a couple of seashell canvas prints, though, from the clearance aisle. All ready for summer!

Pat Cantwell said...

Babs,
Beautiful vignette in the foyer, der friend!!!
The sailing ship prints are exquisite. . .such tranquil hues!!!
I am quite smitten with your white vase!!! I purchased a unique slender white vase that will be in an upcoming post!
Cool breezes to you. . .
Fondly,
Pat

Ivy and Elephants said...

It looks just perfect there. I love the coastal colors, too. Gorgeous vignette.
Hugs,
Patti

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

When summer comes, I tend to break out the "coastal decor" ... I guess it satisfies us for the need to be near a beach....love your new painting!...and those lilacs are gorgeous...wish we could grow them here!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Coastal decor is perfect for the summer - love the artwork! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy