Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Coastal Foyer Updates

So, I've been wanting to blog for a while but everything's just been so crazy I haven't been able to.  Meanwhile, the election results are coming in and it's giving me anxiety so this is the perfect excuse to not think about it and hope it all turns out ok...

As you know my dream is to own an oceanfront beach house (or condo).  I've been saving stuff as I find it for my dream place.  One of the larger things I've been saving is this sky blue parsons shelf from Home Decorators.  (they don't have the blue anymore but the black is seriously marked down from what I paid)

I bought it a while ago and I've been keeping the parts in my closet and always worrying that I'd scratch the paint.  So, I finally decided just to put it together so I could enjoy it now.  I really love seeing it when I walk in the door.

I accessorized it with beachy accents from around the house.  The apolis tote bag was brought back from Hawaii and has been hanging out in my closet, now it has a prominent place and reminds me of my trips every time I walk by. The super large blue glass bottle was found on Amazon (doesn't look like it's available anymore).  

The second shelf is filled with part of my shell collection and the third shelf has a silver starfish bowl from Pottery Barn and a giant surfing book.  The bottom shelf has some baskets I had around the house.  My Mom and I went to Lucketts over the weekend and she bought me that amazing Hungarian canning jar.  I think I'll fill it with more shells or sea glass beads (I love collecting beads on my trips to Hawaii).


I also worked on a small DIY project by my front door to hold my keys.  I had a piece of red oak left over from another project.  I distressed the wood with my old printmaking tools from college and then applied weathered oak stain and some blue paint to give it a driftwood coastal look.  

After everything dried - we (by we I mean my Dad) drilled a keyhole on the back so it would lay flat against the wall.  Then, we drilled and attached deck cleats (I bought mine from West Marine). 

I love how it turned out!  Way better than the little hooks I had there before. Now looking at these I feel like I need a more modern looking alarm system...yuck...at least it still goes nuts if you open the door.  

I've been collecting little pineapples and found the large one at HomeGoods over the weekend, now my collection is complete! Here are some random photos from my living room this weekend... :)

Have a great week!

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