23 November, 2014

Tropical Patio Living


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Set the scene for a sunny Sunday lunch with a tropical inspired setting. Take your decorating cue from tropical foliage and flowers and give your luncheon a lush, jungle vibe with fresh greens and sunny yellows. Fill the room with potted palms, tropical inspired cushions and dress the tables with colourful linens, exotic flowers and rattan placemats. Serve up platters of seafood to really set the scene.

Melissah xox

 Food images via Coastal Living, Patio images via A Life's Design, moodboard by Coastal Style 
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22 November, 2014

Lemon Fresh

Lemon Fresh

I think everyone needs a lemon tree growing in their garden.
Nothing beats having fresh lemons on hand.
I love a twist of lemon in my gin and tonic
or homemade lemon cordial on a hot summer's day.
Most of my favourite desserts include lemon like
tarte au citon, lemon delicious,
and lemon cheesecake to name a few.
I also think a fresh bowl of lemons
brightens up a kitchen.

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2 moodboard by Coastal Style, 34 , 56, 7, 8, 9

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21 November, 2014

Shades Of Fall

With half the world enjoying the last couple of weeks of Autumn this cute cottage embraces the best of Autumn and warms the heart. For me, Autumn is all about cosy fires, brisk walks with crunchy leaves underfoot, home baked bread, homemade soup, chunky knits, cups of teas and good books.

This Queensland home looks like the perfect place to spend a cosy weekend, cooking, relaxing, sleeping and reading. The Fall colour palette is warm and inviting ~ earthy browns, chocolate, tan and burnt caramel. The textures are worn, soft and tactile like leather, wool and cowhide. I could easily see myself sinking into that comfy sofa with a hot chocolate and the Sunday papers! 

This 1890's weatherboard cottage in Queensland, is another photo shoot from the home of photographer and stylist Kara Rosenlund. Obviously I can't get enough of it because I am featuring it again! It's crammed with beautiful treasures collected over the years from her travels as well as local vintage finds. Kara takes a lot of her inspiration from nature and you can seen this in the autumnal mix of browns and whites.

Melissah xox

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20 November, 2014

Seafood Delights

One of the things I love about coastal living is the abundance of fresh seafood. There's nothing more tempting than a platter of fresh prawns on a hot summer's night. Simply serve them up with lemon wedges, sea salt, crusty fresh bread and a home-made tartare sauce. For a perfect accompaniment, wash them down with a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It's a perfect way to spend a relaxed lunch with friends - just roll up your sleeves and dive on in! 

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2-67, 89, 10

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Navy Seal

Navy Accents

If you crave a calm and classic interior that doesn't need constant updating
then a traditional palette of navy and white mixed back with rich, warm timbers is the way to go.
Think Ralph Lauren and the Hamptons ~
it's a stylish, timeless lookthat never dates
and is right at home by the ocean.

Melissah xox

Images 1-6 via Coastal Living, 7-9, moodboard by Coastal Style

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