Many Australians live not far from the coast so Christmas tends to be laid back and relaxed. Coastal Christmas decorating conjurs up a colour scheme of blues, aquas, white and neutrals. Often we pack up the family and head off on holiday for a coastal Christmas. Whether you are at home or away on vacation for Christmas you have all the decorating elements you need at your fingertips. Scavenge the beach for shells and starfish to decorate your tree or table, use sand instead of glitter but most of all just enjoy the atmosphere, food and fun of a beach christmas!
The joy of living down under is that we can enjoy an Australian Christmas outdoors. Adapting the festive season to suit our balmy weather is so much fun. Setting up a long table lunch in the backyard for all the rellies and friends can add to the festive atmosphere of Christmas. Make it easy on yourself and use what you already have around the house and garden or better yet, assign a creative family member to the job while you concentrate on the food! Merry Christmas everyone!
Warmth is radiated by yellow. Inspired by a newly painted house in my home town of Berry ... we have collected some images of grey and yellow. A yellow front door is welcoming, the people are social and they have a community orientated spirit. How nice!
Just adding a touch of yellow can transform a space
Yellow can give the illusion of a surface being 'larger' than it is
Yellow advances ... it tends to be brighter than white
It is cheerful and joyous, energetic and hopeful
Yellow is optimistic, happy and imaginative
I'm adding a splash of yellow to my home ...
Autumn may be here and after a brief taste of the cooler weather to come (along with plenty of rain - "oh and how we needed it" I hear you say) there is still time to dine outdoors in the balmy late afternoon. After all Autumn is probably the most stunning of all season here on the South Coast NSW. This image really makes me want to indulge in a little late Summer/early Autumn entertaining, how about you?
So I thought I'd make it a little easier for you to find exactly what you need to set up your own dinner party….
1. Blue Striped 130 x 180 Tablecloth $39 by www.aurahome.com.au
2. Norton Dining Table at T & C Furniture Albion Park Rail
3. Moroccan Lantern $34.95 at www.livingstyles.com.au
4. Hederling White Wine Glass $3.99 by Ikea
5. Village Light Rattan Dining Chair $199 at Freedom (similar at Furniture One Kiama)
6. Gordon Ramsay 'Make' 16pc Cutlery Set $149 by Royal Doulton www.wwrd.com.au
7. Purple Posy in Glass Vase - see GypsyFlora in Berry for similar
Here it is, as promised part two of 'The Great (and colourful) Outdoors!!! I thought I'd start this one with an outdoor space that is a little more subdued. Beautiful rendered grey walls are brought to life with red accents and there is a mix of different styles here, a bit of modern, a bit of traditional a just a touch of rustic.
Next up is a joyous almost fiesta setting. The red is pretty full on but kept grounded with the addition of white, notice only one table has the red tablecloth, the rest are plain white and rely on flowers to add colour. I really covet those paper buntings - they are on my must have list!
In the image below contrasting stripes add the interest and the stools pull the whole look together. I love all the varying textures, it gives a really casual ambiance. This is somewhere you could really relax, I can see myself enjoying this space with a Margarita and a good book….
I suppose you thought I was starting to tone the colour down…. WRONG!!! Check out this amazing outdoors area, the colour is amazing isn't it? This is a really energetic colour palette, not much relaxing going on here but loads of fun, laughter and chatting. A great area for the family to get together. The use of white allows your eye to rest without becoming too overwhelmed.
A final blast of colour to finish off part two. This really is a riot of colour and again I am loving the bunting. Pattern is introduced with lengths of fabric draped or wrapped around foam squabs so it's not permanent. You can change the fabric and change the theme. I hope you've become inspired to try a little colour outdoors!
It seems a shame to keep beautiful colours indoors so I searched for a little inspiration and some ideas for bringing colour outside… This red setting has lots of pattern and variation of the one colour, even the food and beverages are red! Having lots of green and a hint of white keeps it fresh without it becoming overwhelming.
The table setting below has a rustic country feel even though the colours are very feminine. I love the woven twig balls hanging from the trees and the flowers running through the middle of the table really anchor the colours while adding a touch of whimsy. Do you like how they have deliberately mis-matched the chairs? I think it gives a more casual feel as does the linen table cloth.
Now here's a bit more punchy colour! Accessories add the interest here, lots of contrasting colours though the patterns and motifs are very similar in shape. I actually have that chandelier and love it just as much now as when I first bought it but never thought to hang it in a conservatory or sun room - mind is ticking over now….
How sweet is the picnic setting below? I would love to recreate this for a bridal shower, a high tea (or low tea as the case may be) or birthday party I think a teen would especially love this (minus the wine glasses of course)...
And finally - for part one - this retro 'Barbie' setting (it does kind of remind you of Barbie doesn't it?). Can you imagine how ugly this courtyard would be without this pretty setting? Those red bricks are awful but with the addition of bright white chairs, watermelon chair pads, a bold table cloth and that impressively patterned surfboard it disappears into the background… Stay tuned for part two….