It's just about summer and I love to decorate with a beach theme in our home.
I have collected a lot of shells over the years and beach related items plus, I love going to a beach along the coast and walking on the sand and in the surf. It's something I try to do at least once a summer since we live about 2 hours from the coast.
The above photo is a corner in our dining room. The two photos are ones I took in St. Andrews, NB.
The two paintings on the right are mine.
Are you surprised?
Well, they sure aren't going to sell for a million dollars some day. Probably not even ten dollars. I did them on a whim last week. A total of one hour I'd guess.
Here's a closer look. Just don't look too closely. :-}
Do you see the beach theme here? I bought 3 small bottles of craft paint and 2 canvases a while back. I have other paints too but I bought the aqua and 2 shades of green - my favourite summer colours - and my plan was to paint a beach with sand, water and sky. I mixed and blended and painted until I got the shades I liked. I decided to add one pop of colour in each with the sail boat and the bird. I know, the bird is pathetic. It's supposed to be a seagull. You mean you've never seen a black one before? :-} I don't have a white paint. I guess I could have used parchment like in the boat's sail. Then I decided it is a big old crow instead of a gull. The bottom photo is the sand dune with the long grasses. Of course I don't have a thin brush to make the grass skinny but it's 'modern' art ok? Simple bands of colour with a pop of one thing in the scene. Well, enough of that. Let's move along shall we?
The long wood board was found in an old house. I think it was carved to be an ironing board. It's about 10 1/2 inches wide. I added the sea star for the summer. I may change things on the table later.
Still in the dining room....my china cabinet is dressed in green and yellow with a touch of pink.
This is the tray on the dining table. It may change later too. The cloth napkin is vintage as is the forget-me-not plate. The glass dragonfly is a magnet.
The tray on the coffee table with vintage bottles and shells.
A vignette on the oak commode. I re-purposed a candle jar for seashells and beach glass.
This vignette is on the counter next to the dining room/kitchen. It's a tool box with seashells in it and my little chalkboard from my childhood that I use often as a sign.
Well, that's some of the beach decor around the living/dining rooms. I will no doubt add a few more things but I don't think I'll be doing more painting. Maybe I'll do some for fall but, I'm not going to think about that season. Summer isn't even officially here and I'm not going to rush the seasons.
Parlee Beach, NB July 2013
I hope you have a beautiful day.