A few months ago I went on a retreat to one of my dear friend’s beach house. She runs the bible study I attend on Wednesday nights. It was amazing to be able to get away for a night and just have some girl time, relax, be pampered and not have to worry about anyone but myself. We went to dinner at this cute little hole in the wall restaurant. This wine barrel end is the entrance. While I don’t believe this to be true I do feel like a day without love would be horrible.
This beach house was just adorable. I loved every second of being there and felt so blessed that she gave me the master bedroom to sleep in. I really loved how she took a very simple bedding set and spiced it up by adding exciting pillows. Mixing different textures and patterns is a great way to dress up the bed. Hard to tell from my photo but the blue in the bed is in all the pillows.
This was seriously the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I wish I could have brought it back home with me to find out if it was actually the bed or the fact that I didn’t have a toddler in the bed with me half the night and I slept all by myself.
The rest of the master bedroom is just as great. Please ignore my bag and shoes. I was in a rush when I took these photos. I love all the furniture she had. This dresser is very beachy. It reminded me of a driftwood look. The pail on it was full of towels. The rug is my favorite part of this room. The pattern is one that doesn’t match with anything else in the room but it just seems to fit. The wale on the wall is one of many in this house.
The room has many great signs on the walls that are antiqued. The flowers sign is the biggest. She also put two chairs in the room and the cushions match the pillows on the bed. The curtain pull backs are stopped with old fashioned glass door knobs. One of the other things that I loved was that she wasn’t afraid to decorate on top of the ugly TV box. Aren’t those little birds cute?
In the master bedroom she has this wall to hold towels and a robe. This New York subway art is a reminder of her daughter who now lives and works in New York. I love this because it gives something other than a photo to remember someone by. Art work is important in any house but it doesn’t need to be meaningless and shouldn’t be.
The entrance to the other bathroom had this cute little cupboard area to store towels and other linens in and also decorate in a purposeful way. She decoratively displayed the lotions and put the q-tips in a fancy jar. Add a mirror and some old books and a couple cute signs and you have an amazing counter.
In the other bedroom she has more beachy antiqued and distressed art work and picture frames. The pillow on the bed just defines my friend who owns the house. She gets up every morning between 3am and 4 am to pray and spend time with God. The little bird cage on the table is a nice addition to the room. There are lanterns hanging from 3 corners in this room all a little different but similar enough that they work together while filling an empty place in the room. The orange in the bed is repeated in the rug and the lampshade. There are also magazine racks on the desk that are the same color but I didn’t get a picture of them. This is her granddaughter’s room when she comes with them and she wanted it to be fun and work for a little girl now and when she is older.
In one of her sitting areas there is this cabinet, lamp, and whatever this red thing is that she found at yard sales. The cabinet she used chalk paint to make it shabby. I feel like the lamp is the piece that ties this all together. It is made entirely out of glass. Yes even the stand. The green and blue colors remind me of sea glass.
In the same room there is a table with some alcohol on it and shot glasses that are the amazing blues that you find in rare sea glass. How about that clock that looks like a ship’s helm. She has also used a stone mermaid to hold down the colorful napkins.
In another corner of the house she has a corner curio cabinet that she also aged to look like worn wood. It is filled with different knick-knacks they have got from their travels. The bottom has an old tiny suit case with a Japanese kimono print on it. On the very top there is a sea shell turtle from Hawaii, a card from France, and a amazing tray she has propped up in the back that has coral and other sea plants painted onto it. The sign on the front says my favorite beach house.
This last chest is my favorite. It is one that she found at a yard sale and painted in a sea foam green chalk paint. She also added wheels to the bottom to make it easy to move. Thank goodness because we three girls moved it three different times while we were there. On top she put a white candle holder, an old water vase, a napkin bin, some coasters, a large vase filled with coral and a little container with a sand dollar sitting up.
She also has a hidden reoccurring theme throughout the house. As you arrive there is a whale outside and as you walk through the house you can spot whales in random places. During my stay I counted 27 different whales. If you look back through my photos I am sure you can spot some of them.
What is your favorite vacation spot? Leave me a comment and let me know.