Hi there! Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! The weather here in Florida is nice most of the year, but in the Spring we are blessed with less humidity and a nice breeze during the day. At night we still cool down, which is not happening in the summertime. So today, I am celebrating the coast in my tour of the entryways of our house.
I have always had a love affair with ocean hues. Give me all the blues and greens of the ocean and sky. Mix them with sandy tans and browns and I am a happy girl. So this year I have decided to move up that love of blues to the Spring instead of saving them for Summertime.
The other day I shared my Spring in the Kitchen tour in case you missed it. You can see how by just adding a few punches of blues can bring in the easy breezy days of a beach house vacation.
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I am calling my new style Industrial Coastal Farmhouse. It’s a new thing I am working on. I am just mixing everything I love about all of those great styles. Old chippy pieces mixed with metals and some seashells thrown in there for good measure! Don’t know if it will catch on, but it sure makes me happy! And shouldn’t your house make you happy? I think so!! I am also pleasantly surprised with how much coastal decor I am seeing while shopping in my favorite local places and online stores. It seems everyone has caught the beach vibe! Shades of blues and aqua in pillows and driftwood pieces are all over Homegoods and Kirklands.
This table was a garage sale find that was at Pier One not too long ago. I picked up this piece for $20. Score one for me! I couldn’t respond fast enough to see if it was still for sale. It was exactly what I was looking for! I met the nice lady in a grocery store parking lot and loaded it up myself. I had it decorated and showed it off when my husband came home from work in my best Vanna White hand wave. He was not as impressed as I was though. He shrugged his shoulders and asked what was for dinner. Somehow my excitement didn’t translate to him. Oh, well.
I am still looking for some hooks or maybe a mirror for above this space. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I find the search sometimes more fun that the purchase. Anyone else that way? Please tell me I’m not the only one. I am having such fun decorating this house with no deadline. It will eventually come together and I really love it when pieces have a story behind them.
This large piece is always being transformed on a whim. There is no denying the theme of the season here is coastal. Just a few treasures from beach trips intertwined with my always neutrals and it feels complete…for now.
Here is the view our guests have when the door is open. Spring tulips in my galvanized bucket are an easy change-up that can be changed with the seasons. Looking beyond this room to the large wall sliders invites everyone outside to the lanai and to gaze upon the lake and watch the ducks or watch a football or basketball game. I am planning an outside tour of the lanai soon. Just waiting on a few more pieces to come in the mail and it will be ready. I have been sharing some updates to the lanai lately on Instagram.
I think that is the best part of Florida living is that the outside becomes part of the year around living areas. Because we have a cage it is really a large screened in porch. On nice days is great to just open the sliders and air out the house.
Aqua vintage books for the win!
Now onto what we see about a hundred times a day as we enter the house. This area is small but carries a large punch.
This is our entry from the garage. I am standing in the kitchen and on the right is the door to the garage. There are two closets in here one on each side. The left has my brooms and mops and the right side has shelves. I need to clean it out. Another post for another day, I guess. On the left is the laundry room. You can see my big plans and its current state here.
I have plans for eventually having a large shelf up higher for more storage and two sets of hooks on either side of the electric outlet, but for now this will do. It’s “on the list” as my husband calls it. But for now this space works out great for shoes from the children and light jackets on cool mornings. Ipads and phones are charged here at night and it houses basketball shoes and flip-flops in the baskets.
Behind the door is our monthly calendar. Artwork is from yours truly. All our important events and holidays are marked in the seasonal colors and we all see it as we leave for the day. Try not to judge my tulips too harshly. I am not a professional, but I will say my kids watch me do this at the beginning of each month to see what cute pictures I will add. The pressure is on to outdo the month before. #momlife
This area is small but it handles 90% of our traffic. The children are great about putting things away and dropping backpacks here after school. It also makes it easier as we head out the door in the morning for school when I can find their shoes and lunch boxes. The struggle is real, isn’t it? As any busy Mom can tell you when it’s time to leave for school and no one can find their shoes. Been there done that!
Thanks for stopping by today to see another room in its Industrial Coastal Farmhouse style. See, it’s catching on isn’t it?