I grew up on the beach (literally) and no matter where I am, I will always think of Lake Michigan as my home. Being so far away from the beach and not being able to visit often, I am homesick. So I started collecting and arranging my semi-shabby chic craft projects and found items in the bedroom and making a beach theme. I'd bring the comfort of the beach to me.
I knew I wanted it subtle and classy. I definitely did not want margarita glasses and tikki torches or those wacky signs with sentimental quotes all over the place. I also did not want it to look like something out of a Laura Ashley display. That's just not me.
I started with a color palette - natural blues and browns. Rather than limit to only one or two colors (and I LOVE color) I went for a general tone of a couple colors. The quilt and duvet covers are a rich chocolate brown. The walls are currently white/off white and the carpet a light sand color. I have not decided if I want to change the wall color yet.
The first big piece I created was a beach wreath. I was inspired from a picture on another website and wanted to re-create it my way.
I bought some chocolate brown ribbon with light blue trim and some matching thin brown ribbon at the craft store. I cut small sections of the thin ribbon and pinned it in various places throughout the wreath. Next, I broke out the hot glue gun and glued some seashells, starfish and even a tiny sand dollar to the burlap. Most of the shells were souvenirs from other trips I have taken and trips with Captain.
After extensive fiddling, intermittent swearing and a long thought about how it will fit in the trash can, I figured out how to hang the wreath with the wide ribbon and - Viola! My beach wreath.
|Sorry for the crappy pic quality - I was using my phone.|
|More cool jars and shells.|