Taking a cue from beachy blue

Summer seems like the perfect time to add a dose of turquoise, wouldn't you say?

I'm typically drawn to warmer colors, but I found myself lured in by the bright turquoise of this hall tree featured in a magazine house tour of a restored beach cottage.

It is a rather large fixture for such bright color but it works perfectly inside the beach home of author Mary Kay Andrews. The author's colorful beach cottage in the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens had me coveting a beach bungalow of my own.

The cottage became a repository for all the accessories the author had been buying for years, just waiting for the day when her beach house dream would come true. After 30 years of delay caused by life circumstances, the author finally found a fixer-upper that she lovingly infused with warmth and personality. The vintage shelf, pictured above, houses an eclectic mix of items to create a display with character.

This bright workspace is adorned by framed covers of the author's past books, a perfect touch for a writer's desk. Check out the full house tour in Better Homes and Gardens here, or buy the magazine for the detailed story. The author also has a blog, with her very own blogroll of favorite home decor blogs.



gena said...

Love that hall tree - what a fun piece !

thanks for sharing !

gena - yup still swollen, this cellulitis is kicking my tush big time : (

Tina said...

Wow Minnie, what a gorgeous home! I really like the turquoise coat tree too:) I also love those framed vintage swimsuits, how fabulous are they! Thank you for supplying the links, I am off to explore. I hope you are feeling well my friend and hope you get to have a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your gorgeous family ~ Tina xx

1 Funky Woman said...

I love turquoise and that hall tree is amazing! The shelf is fantastic with her flamingo collection and globes. I need to get this magazine so I can collect the pictures for inspiration!

Thanks for stopping over and leaving such nice comments. I love finding new blogs and this one is definitely one I need to follow!


Torrie said...

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I discovered your blog a while back when I was searching through the Rainy Day Template site. I bookmarked your site, but had to take a step back from reading/commenting on blogs so that I could get my own blog up and running (which took more time than I expected!!). I am so happy that I can now take the time to read my favorite blogs again, since that is why I decided to start my own in the 1st place. I love your ideas regarding crafts and decorating. I haven't yet read through all of your archives, but I will (so I can feel 'caught up:))...as I strongly resonate with your story. I worked full time for 12 years and have been staying home for the past 3 1/2. It's definitely worth it, but isn't easy! I look forward to getting to know you better.

CACHANILLA73 said...

Love turquoise in summer, so crisp!! it makes you feel fresh... love the pics.... Did you post something about 40? it appears in my updates but when I tried to read it didn't appear.


Minnie said...

Yup, I knew the hall tree would catch your eye!

Gena and Tina, Thank you as usual for stopping by.

Torrie, Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for taking the time to introduce yourself. I'm always happy to meet someone new, especially someone in similar circumstances. Feel free to drop me a note via e-mail if I can help with anything. And thank you for your nice comments. I'm off to check out your blog in just a couple minutes.

Hola Cachanilla,
Ooops, you caught my mistake. I was working on a potential blog post last night when I accidentally hit "post" before I'd written much. I immediately deleted the post for now but I think it still appears to followers. I'm sorry. I hope it's not too confusing.

Vintage Sassy said...

I know, isn't it TDF! I think my pages got drool on them:) I love turquoise and it's been a great compliment to my love of orange.


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