Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Beachy Transformation

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Hello everyone!
I love adding nautical and beachy accents to my living room decor in the summer months. A neutral color palette in the living room makes the aqua colored accents stand out beautifully. 
This small metal blue pail from the Dollar Store makes a wonderful beachy candle holder. I painted a black trim to the top of the pail:
Hot glued some twine and sea shells around the top and bottom of the pail:
Filled it up with sand with a "Rock" candle (Dollar Store)  placed inside :
A Pail candle holder:

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”
--Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I printed some map images from The Graphics Fairy to wrap the books:
Stacked map covered books tied up in burlap-look ribbon:
Books add wonderful layering to a vignette:

Bird nest made from willow branches and moss:
The little birdie looks quite happy on top of the candle stick:

A ball of shells in a grapevine nest:

Elements that make a vignette:

A vintage mirrored tray makes a wonderful base for everything:
I love the distressed look of this tray from Home Goods:

This old ottoman badly needed a makeover:
Few yards of fabric and upholstery trims:
Transforms it from drab and boring to light and summery:
Before adding the trim:
It was a simple and easy makeover. And the trim finishes it off very nicely, don't you think?

Loving the new transformation:

A wonderful spot to display my tray vignette:
I love decorating with trays. There are so many ways to use them and are very useful in creating instant vignettes:
I hope you liked the summery accents in my living room. It has been raining quite heavily for the last few days and that has kept my yard work on hold. Thanks for taking the time to visit me and for your lovely comments.


~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I was looking at my sidebar and you had a new post.. Your Summery accents in your beautiful living room are lovely. You did a wonderful job putting this all together !!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family.
XXOO Diane

Okio B Designs said...

I love all of your beachy touches - especially the books wrapped in the maps! Definitely am going to copycat that!


Peggy Meckling said...

I just found you through Boogieboard Cottage. I love what you did with your coastal vignette. I am not a master of the vignette so I am always in awe of those with such a talent. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cristina Garay said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from BNOTP. I love all the summery touches you have given to the room! It got my eye cause I'm just doing similar things!
It would be great it you come to visit too. I'm now following.

chateau chic said...

Hi Poppy, Your ottoman and beachy vignette are wonderful. Love the little pale you transformed with a beach theme.
Mary Alice

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Oh my heck, this is so cute. I love, love, love the map book wrapping. You did such a great job with the whole thing.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Poppy,

I love your beachy display. Your ottoman looks beautiful with it's new slipcover.


Marlee said...

What a cute beachy vignette. I especially love that mirrored tray.

Liz - Imageremix said...

I did love your summery beach accent. I was amazed that pail was from the dollar store. Painting the line around the top black was genius. That's what gives it such a great look.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Pretty transformation Poppy. I love how you covered the books.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it. The tray is fabulous and the pail is such a great transformation. I also really like the shell ball in the nest. Beautiful vignette. The slipcover for the ottoman is fabulous. Great job. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Everything is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Chubby Chieque said...

I am drooling the beachy mood. You really make a great vignette, ever.

Enjoy your day.

Greetings from rainy Stockholm,

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Poppy!

I was so enjoying all the wonderful pictures of your beachy vignette, noting all the cute details... when I just about fell out of my chair!!!

Really! It happened when I came to the picture of your ottoman. I have that same ottoman in the same fabric. What's more is that I am ALSO covering mine... and I JUST got back from the Goodwill store where I got the same bullion fringe for the trim!!!

All I can say is that great minds think alike.

xoxo Bunny Jean

Bunny Jean said...

Oops... I almost forgot to say thank you for sharing this at my party this week :)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Bonnie said...

Great slipcover! Love your vignettes.

Jess_LyMi said...

Love all the beach inspired touches. All of the accessories are just beautiful.


The Tablescaper said...

So inspired. Wonderful! Thanks so much for being a part of blog-a-versary.

- The Tablescaper

Debbiedoo's said...

Poppy you are so darn creative. I adore this vignette. So fun and colorful too. The books look really cute tied and wrapped!

Babs said...

Poppy, Your Summer vignette is so much fun and you did great job dressing the ottoman in a new cover. Nice job.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Wow! You really have great ideas. I love all of them!! The bucket is something I know I can do. And I love the bird up on the candles stick! It is great. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this looks wonderful. You are such a great decorator!!

Liz - Imageremix said...

I was glad to see I had a visit from you today, Poppy. Thanks for coming over and seeing me at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a comment on my tables.

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Anne said...

Beautiful! I love the map idea and your candle holders are gorgeous!! thanks for the slipcover idea as well, I need to do something with an ottoman of mine that I love but that doesn't fit anymore with my decor...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my project too xox

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Seriously, this is one of the cutest summer vignettes I have seen. I love everything you created...the tray looks great, and so does your ottoman! :D

Now I want to plan a beach trip.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Poppy,
What a delightful vignette you have made in your tray! I love it! Can't choose a favourite as I love everything! I keep meaning to wrap some books and yours look so nice dressed up in the maps. The bucket is wonderful and perfect for a beachy theme. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


Sooner Laura said...

I've been decorating areas with a beach theme also. I usually just put a dish of shells on the coffee table in the summer, but other bloggers have inspired me to do 3 other areas this summer. I love the maps! What a great idea. I did include a box on my mantle that looks like a suitcase, but I never thought of maps because I just brought in items from other rooms and there were no maps lying around. I may borrow that idea from you and add one to the coffee table.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

WOW!!! Love everything you've done. That candle pail with the sea shells rocks! Beautiful and relaxing - perfect for summer!!
<3 Christina
Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Poppy, I am in love with the idea of the map-covered books!! I will be doing that for sure! Linda

Geneva said...

I love the freshly slipcovered ottoman and your seaside vignette is adorable. I love the books wrapped in the maps from the Graphics Fairy ... everything looks great!

Erika said...

Beautiful arrangement on this beach theme, it looks perfect, great sense of style, I love it.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I absolutely love that pail candle holder, the twine and shell embellishments are perfect!!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Poppy, you always amaze me with your creativity. The beachy pail turned out so cute. I love the raffia. Your vignette makes me wish I had sand between my toes. I don't decorate with a beach theme. Love it, but just doesn't quite cut it here so far away from a beach. Always though it would be so fun to have a cottage on a beach. Your ottoman turned out great also. Congrats on being featured. I loved your pots too! Thanks for sharing your peachy beachy vignette with Share Your Cup.
p.s. I love trays too!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, how I wish I could sew like that!!!!!! I would "summerize" every stick of furniture in the house!!! I just don't have that sewing gene, though. I get frustrated WAY too easily! You did a great job with it, and that pail you created is really cool! Adding the black paint to the rim of it made a huge difference in it being sappy sweet or rustic cool. Great idea!!!!!!!

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

Gasp,what a beautiful post,just loved those maps used for the book wrapping and also the transformation of that bucket/planter and the play of shells around,awesome !

Sherry said...

That pail candle is the cutest! I'm thinking about gifts and I can definitely go with that! Thanks for sharing.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Poppy, The candle pail is sooo cute! I love your coastal vignette and the new look of the ottoman. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great week.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely eye candy! Very cute vignette.
Greetings from Australia♥

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Poppy - this vignette definitely transports us to sunny places - love the aqua colors, the shell ball and the map graphic paper on the books - very well done - Love the ottoman - a perfect setting - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Featuring you this morning on Facebook!
Thanks again for linking up at I Gotta Create!
<3 Christina

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

All the details are supercute. Well executed project, if you ask me.

Thank you for linking it up at our party at .

We'll have "Featured"- projects + a whole new round of entries tomorrow, Wednesday! See you then!

Sherry said...

It all looks great Poppy!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Making it official: You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! Thanks again for linking up. You're making me dream of the beach....
<3 Christina

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I loved the dollar store items that you turned into lovely summer accents--very clever and charming!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

It's all so pretty! Thank you for making Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House prettier! Hope to see you again next week. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse