Monday, January 24, 2011

Waiting for Spring to arrive....



Hello Everyone...
I hope you all had a great weekend.


I can hardly wait for spring to arrive....
So I thought I would share these pictures I took of my dining room last spring for 
Sarah had asked me to give my house a beach cottage feeling for my guest post....

So I thought I would share with you how I tried to give my house a feeling of living by the sea..


I have a small collection of shells, so I sprinkled some shells down the center of my table.


My husband's friend let me have access to his property so I could cut some pretty flowering branches.


I used a lot of sea colored glass...


I set out a few of my sea shell candles. 


I added vintage fishing floats to the table.   I used a mix of my vintage white ironstone plates....
I used inexpensive white cloth napkins that I had found at Marshalls.
I have a few vintage napkins that have a touch of pink fabric, so I added those to the table too.


I added a mix of sea colored bottles to my french bottle carrier.


These little clay tags with the french script came from the sweet Ness, from Marley and Lockyer.


I added some sea colored bottles to my ladder...


It was funny to look back at these pictures... as 
I have actually changed this room around quite a bit since I took these pictures...
The clock and door have since found another spot to reside in the house.
I am also so glad I decided to paint the inside of  my cupboard...

On another note...
I would like to thank these bloggers for posting about my shop...
Thank you,
Sandy~ My Shabby Streamline Studio
Robyn~Whimages
Marcy~Stylesson
I really appreciate all of your support!

Hope you all have a great week!
Take Care,
Maria

P.S. Sorry for the extremely blown out pictures.... 

97 comments:

Sarah Lynne said...

I can't wait for spring! These pictures are gorgeous!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Beauitful. So fresh and soothing to look at! Have a great week.

P.S. I love your ladder and all the bottles and jars. :)

Gabi said...

...we had sooooooooooooooo much snow again today :O(
but love your pictures :O)
Gabi

C. said...

This post is just lovely!! post of the day for me! xxxthanks for sharing!

MariCrea said...

Gorgeous pictures...You made a great job!
I hope that spring will come soon
Mari

Ashley said...

I can't wait for spring either....I am trying to be patient hahahaha I love you rpics...GORGEOUS! Xoxoxo

Fishtail Cottage said...

Are those cherry tree twigs? What ever they are, they do look so pretty with everything you featured! You have such a talent for putting things together - unique & simple! May i just say how i love love love that white pitcher? & the bottle holder? wink wink! xoox
Tracie

lara from air kiss said...

Thank you for a lovely revisit to your gorgeous home in Springtime! Your home is sooo beautiful - I am so mezmerized by the gorgeous natural light through your windows showcasing your style. :) Love the flowering branches - such a pretty color. I can't wait for Spring!
Lara

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Gorgeous, and very feminine. Roll on Spring!

Pattie said...

OH these pictures !!!! Just stunning, Yet another day of snow here. I keep telling myself just 55 more days until SPRING, and I'm counting down soon my cherry tree and lilacs will be in bloom.thanks for sharing.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It is pretty Maria. I know what you mean when you see an old image and how it was decorated...we are always switching things around here too!

Genevieve said...

i love your house, i want to live in your blog. just beautiful!!!

Etta said...

Hi Maria! Lovely pictures and flowers... we have to wait a bit longer to see these flowers in Italy!! :-)
Kisses
Etta

reisegladjente said...

Great pictures..
Happy monday.
Martha

Karen said...

So pretty, I can actually smell the spring air while looking at the photos.

The Flying Bee said...

So beautiful!

xo,
Adrienne

l. c said...

that is sooo beautiful I just want to squeeze something!!! ♥

Blondie's Journal said...

Just beautiful, Maria! All of of the details are perfect! Hope your shop is doing well!

XO,
Jane

Sandy said...

Maria,
You're welcome, and I love your 'blown out' pictures!
Quit worrying,
Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful! But I'm left wondering what type of beverage was in your jar glasses??

Tracey said...

I just wonder if your personality is like your photos? They are alwyas so light and refreshing and always have a touch of whimsy! love it!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Such fun.

Fondly,
Glenda

Beth Cregan said...

I love these photos. I saw them the first time around at Beach Cottage and simply fell in love with your house! Please tell me what is in the little jars? It looks like some delicious drink. The pink colour is divine with the seaside feel.

lisaroyhandbags said...

We've had so much snow and such frigid temperatures - I'm just dying for spring!! thanks for the little glimpse of spring :)

Marie said...

Hi Maria - Just like you, I can't wait for spring to get here either! But my goodness, what are those yummy looking branches? What kind of tree are they from? Is it "cherry apple"? I'm so curious coz they are just so beautiful, aren't they? You're so lucky to be able to cut them from your friend's property.
-marie

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I can't wait for Spring to get here either. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, Maria! I love your table setting... beautiful!!
I was working out in the garden yesterday, and I was shocked at how warm it was... it almost felt like Spring! It didn't "look" like Spring though. ;-)
Have a wonderful week!
xoxo,
Jo :)

martinealison said...

Avec cette dernière publication vous faites entrer le printemps par le biais de mon écran... photos remarquables...
merci et gros bisous

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I always have a group of friends over in the spring just so I can use my spring dishes!
I love your table!
I love pink!

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

absolutely beautiful...love all the sea glass color! your home is magnificent...on my way to check out your online shop now!
so happy to have found your blog :)

Consuelo said...

I love spring! Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

lisforlovelythings.blogspot.com

Tamara, Bella Boho said...

Hi Maria, just found your blog today, where have I been?

Love it, love your style and your photos are amazing!

Tamara

Between You and Me said...

Beautiful images!
I just love looking at your photography!

Robin said...

Your photos have me wishing it was springtime. I have a good 3 months until to wait! I just love the colors of spring, and you have such a beautiful way of decorating. Thanks

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

So beautiful even though it's a repeat, Maria (but so worthy of it ;)

Can't wait for spring and my white lilac tree blooming here. Love the floats, have a collection here, they're perfect... hey, I love your taste. Great minds think alike.
xoxo~Tracie

Anna said...

These are such beautiful colors...the little "pop" of peach is just perfect. Thanks for sharing this visual feast with all of us. You make this ohio girl very jealous of the California sunshine!

Betty said...

Dear Maria,

Oh my gosh, I just love the blossoms and the very soft blue touch in this room, so gorgeous.

I've just some tulips and anemons now, but I must have a look at the flowershop, if they have any blossombranches;-)

yours sincerely
Betty

Elyse said...

hi maria,

just beautiful and really inspiring. in february i am so painting my living room armoire already!

xo
elyse

Elin med Draumesidene said...

Lovely! Just perfect! It`s raining in western Norway, and I don`t mind, I need spring! :) But we have to wait many months... This gave a lift to my dreams! Thank U!

Love Elin

Becca said...

So beautiful! Your pictures (and home) are magazine-worthy! I love the glass ... and the pink flowers are such a lovely, Spring touch. Where is the warm weather?! Becca

Lisa said...

You nailed the look perfectly,

Cheers,
Lisa x

Jaime Lyn said...

Hi! I am your newest follower, and WOW do I LOVE your style, I ADORE everything in these pictures-you have the looking going on that I aspire to have some day...for now I will keep collecting blue ball jars, old doors and white frames and dream of your beautiful rooms!
Jaime

Tammi said...

These photos are gorgeous!!
With the heat we have had this summer here down under I am hanging out for Autumn.

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

Just beautiful Maria! I always wait anxiously for your posts! I am so inspired by your gorgeous home...hope you show us all the changes you've made!
I can hardly wait for spring too...I'm so done with all the snow! :)
Sarah

NanaDiana said...

Maria- The pictures are lovely and make me LONG for Spring. We still have at least a full 3 months before we see any green here. Guess I will live vicariously through some of your bloggers until then. Hugs-Diana

A Cottage Muse said...

Hints of spring is just what is needed here in the very, very cold Northeast! Thanks Maria!

Claudia said...

Hello,
Gorgeous pictures! Makes me smile....
Thank you for sharing.
Claudia

Chrisitne said...

Thanks Maria needed this since it was -5 this morning!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What a pretty peek at your dining room. It looks so fresh and springy...you've really captured the look of living near the sea so pefectly ♥

julie said...

Oh, how I can't wait for spring!! Your home is absolutley STUNNING...just gorgeous. SO inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - so pretty. Love the pink with the blues...and the whites.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Just as lovely the second time around!

XOXO,
Anne

Jeanneoli said...

I swear I could jump into your photos and live there!!! Always gorgeous!! Are you coming to Illinois in May ??(crossing my fingers).

Kristel said...

Great images love the mood/atmosphere in them.

I can't wait to see the first blossom bloom again. Over here (France) it is snowing and cold and I am renovating my kitchen brrrrr cold. Feel free to have a look:
http://ourauvergnatefarm.blogspot.com/

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I love your sea glass accents, bottles, and floats. I'm on the lookout for some beauty's for my cottage. The flowering branches are a hint of spring to come. I think I hear the Easter Bunny coming!

Emma Burgess said...

These pictures are beautiful. Love the blossoms! Emma.

PictureBook Mine said...

Lovely.

Rachel Noelle said...

~*~*BEAUTIFUL~*~*~* Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Maison Cara de Papel said...

Bonjour,
MERCI pour ce très beau moment de sensibilité et d'espérance grâce à ces fleurs si belles et si fragiles..

Amicalement
Lisou

{the vintage wren} said...

Those beautiful blooms really have me craving spring. I just wanted to say congratulations on the opening of your new shop, and the appearance on the Nate Show. I'm so excited for you, God has truly blessed you. I missed the show, but if you have a link I would love to see it. Your shop is gorgeous, I love every piece. Blessings & Hugs-Carrie

Betina said...

I love your bloggggg :o) Klem Betina sommerhusstil.blogspot.com

Erika said...

Your pictures are so fantastic..words are not enough..Thank you for sharing.

Peggy and Fritz said...

Dying over your table. I live at the beach in LA and this table is great inspiration. Are those Cherry Blossoms? I'm so jealous. Love the mix of sea glass and the materials. Simply beautiful.

Hanlie said...

oh wow, so beautiful! so in love with the blue cupboard!

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Honestly, Maria...if I could just jump into my computer screen right now, I would! You make this NW gray-day girl happy with your happy, bright home and all that it offers.
Your family must LOVE spending time at home.

Just lovely, lovely!!!
ox
Lara

Rachel said...

lovely. lovely lovely lovely. can i just borrow that room for a month or so? i need a nice relaxing space like that

Life* A Blog said...

Thank you for sharing a little bit of spring with us :)

Rachel at The Inspired House.org said...

Oh my, this is absolutely stunning!

xoxo- rachel wright @
www.theinspiredhouse.org

Burlap Luxe said...

Beautiful photos, inspiring a season waiting to be awaken with such beauty!!

You inspired spring in all of us.
Cheers
Dore

sarah said...

sigh too beautiful Maria!

thanks for the link you little sweetie..

sarah

p.s. I sent you a message about your shop...did you got it?
xxx

Gianly said...

Hi Maria!!
Come to my blog...theres a musical giveaway for you!
Gianly
http://giato.blogspot.com/

Cindy said...

What an absolutely delightful table... the flowering branches are wonderful!

Cindy

Kellie Collis said...

Those flowers are too lovely! It totally brightens up the room. Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

Miss Sandy said...

Mmmm, I could almost smell the ocean breeze and feel the tickle of sand between my toes. Thank you for the warm thoughts and visual beauty on such a cold winter day!

hometown girl said...

just beautiful! so cheerful! hope all is well! susan

Inspiration i vitt said...

hello dear friend, once spring is here and then we enjoy it very much.
I always enjoy your beautiful pictures, you are a very talented photographer.
I think I jump into your amazing photo warm hugs to you / Ingela.

LittleBlackHome said...

These pictures made me feel happy inside! Those blossoming branches are just beautiful...My husband and I painted our laundry room a similar color to your cabinet- the color was called sea turtle- and it reminds me of the ocean every time I go in there. It makes doing laundry a little more enjoyable.

Fata Sabrina said...

Perfetta Atmosfera....
ciao
Sabrina

Heaven's Walk - said...

Maria - all of us cold winter girls needed to see these photos again. It was sunshine to our souls! :) Thank you for that bit of spring to brighten our day! Just beautiful -- as always!

Hugs to you!

xoxo laurie

sarah said...

these photos make me so happy, knowing spring is around the corner. i love all the little hints of blue against the white, lovely work!

Anne Marie... said...

Hey Maria...I'll dream much better thinking of spring after seeing these photos...thank you!

you should see how huge I am now! you know what I'm talking about!!

ready...that's all I have to say :)

xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

Ann said...

Wow...that's a gorgeous dining room you have. So fresh and inviting:)

Love your chandy and clock...

Allison said...

Your photos are a breath of fresh air, Maria. They are stunning! Your dining area is fabulous. The soft pink touches and pale blues with all of your clean white is so relaxing and peaceful.

donkey and the carrot said...

http://donkeyandthecarrot.blogspot.com/2011/01/beautiful-things-by-beautiful-people.html


i love love love dreamy whites :)

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Pure loveliness, Maria!

Aubrey said...

I love the whimsical pinks, frothy blues, and creamy whites. SImply amazing- everything you do is pretty amazing :)
Cheers
Aubrey

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

This is the most beautiful blog !!! Oh my, I can't seem to leave it. I am your greatest fan!! The ladder you brought in makes me laugh because I saved a ladder very similar, it hasn't entered my house yet but soon it will..... unbeknownst to my husband.

xo

Tracey

Deb said...

These are some of my favorite pictures of your home Maria...I just love the beach cottage look! I am so looking forward to spring too! ~Deb~

Melissa Hare said...

Beautiful pictures! This makes me want to spray everything I own pale blue and white!

How many days left until Spring? I can't wait!

Melissa
www.melissahare.blogspot.com

CandaceAshley said...

This is such a beautiful blog! I just became a new follower! I found you through Miss Mustard Seed, and love your style!

María said...

I am glad to find your blog, is stunning. Added to my list. I am sure that visit you often.
Congratulations! xxx

Blomsterverkstad said...

Dear Maria! I just wanted to tell you how happy your images made me - you're very talented - your styling and photos are amazing! Hugs from Sweden, Minna :)

justine said...

I saw your article in artful blogging and had to come and look, wow your blog is fantastic and your pictures are so lovely, I am so envious of your beautiful house and light and everything!!

Made in Persbo...Carina said...

Absolutely stunning styling and photos in this post! Just love them!

love from Carina

Jessica said...

Where did you get the wonderful dining room table and chairs, or how did you put the set together?? It's stunning!

Lisbet / Babushka og Co. said...

What a BEAUTIFUL(!!!) home! And beautiful photos! I LIKE(!!!)
Greetings from,
Denmark

pollicejas said...

Peach flowers and blue glass are soo cute!

strawberries in the garden said...

anch'io ho fatto un post sull'arrivo della primavera e quando ho trovato la tua immagine su pinterest mi è subito piaciuta!Mi piacciono le tue foto!!