The Family Love Tree rattan pendant, Ikea basket, Celerie Kemble wallpaper, Open House Beach Design pillows, Open House Beach Design upholstered ottoman, Serena and Lily sheets, rattan swing, striped fouta throw, JCP Chandler bed
Byron Bay is a beach side town located on the east coast of Australia just south of Brisbane and well north of Sydney. With an eclectic mix of surfing, sophistication, and a big dose of bohemian culture, a thriving design scene has recently emerged. One of the most notable additions is the hip but laid back Byron Bay Atlantic, “a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses and joined by meandering sun bleached paths.”
It’s cold outside but why go out when you can grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa with the kids and enjoy a little down time in your own slice of paradise? These days it’s out with the formal (and stuffy) living room and in with the casual eat-in kitchen/family room. Make the area where the family congregates for breakfast, snacks and even homework a cozy and stylish nook by incorporating a banquette (built-in bench). Have fun mixing and matching chairs with interesting upholstery to reflect your own personal chic style.
Aerin Lauder uses a breezy blue geometric patterned fabric on her chairs and banquette and personalizes the space with art and personal photos. Photos courtesy of Elle Decor.
If you’re looking for the perfectly designed beach house, there’s nothing more inspiring than the outdoors. Take cues from nature and bring elements of the outside in by incorporating shells, wood, plants and woven accessories into your dream home.
A fig leaf plant in a woven planter adds tropical flavor. Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.
The carefree and lazy days of summer may be almost over but Labor Day is right around the corner and a great excuse for a picnic. Nothing sets the mood quite like gingham. Either in big, bold, navy blue or a blend of bright pink and citrus orange checks, gingham is fresh and fun and flirty. Kind of like Martha Stewart meets Betsy Johnson. But don’t get too crazy. Just remember a little goes a long way.
Sweet yellow checks and a hint of liberty flowers set the stage for a late summer picnic courtesy of eatdrinkchic.com.