Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Perspective on a Beach Cottage Bedroom

One thing I want to say before I get started sharing not expect this room to be the typical "beachy" room.  I just could not bring myself to do it since it just would not flow with the rest of the house.  Hannah wanted her floral pieces left alone since she loved it all, but she wanted the shells, surfboards, beach signs ect.  Now when I went shopping, it was hard to find what I was wanting!  None of the colors  would work in her room, so I ended up painting everything, making my own decorations and revamping what she already had.  I still may add a few things later if I find them, but for now it's got Hannah happy at the moment...and that's all that matters.

She had said she wanted some blue jars when all of this got started.  I found these at Michael's...6 for $15.  Original ones go for $6-$8 a piece around here and I couldn't reason that price when I could get these cheaper.  I know...some may cringe since they love antiques.  But, HEY, it works for me!

This armoire is a pain!  It isn't quite tall enough to not have anything on top of it.  Plus the little half moon blocks low lying things. I think you can get the drift on how annoying it is to find the right stuff that looks pretty and seen.  I added the starfish to the front of the wood and glass box after painting it.  Finding white pieces is so hard to find!
I fell in love with the pale pink roses and daisies in the blue jars!

Not too bad after trying everything but the kitchen sink!
I did find the beach sign at Home Goods, but you all know I painted it don't you?
Plus, I took out the pink toile fabric and replaced it with white in the armoire doors.  (wink wink)

Hannah was wanting more blue since it is her favorite color.  I painted her walls all white last year so it makes it really easy to add any color you want.

Behind her door is a collage of posters of One Direction.  I was told by our allergist that posters are one of the worst things to have in a room because of how they attract dust.  I would have never "thunk" it.  So now I try to frame them all.  Behind her door is a whole collage of One Direction's funny how teen girls go wild after singers.  Brings back some great memories for me.  I had Billy Idol papered all over my pink walls as a teen!  To this day I cannot sing "White Wedding" without snarling like him and feeling all giddy! 

This is her man, so I put her name on him!  (Hint:  it hides the red 1D on it).  She plays her keyboard and dreams....all girls do.

I found these fish mirrors at Home Goods and painted them more than once!  They were grungy colors that just didn't work.  I made the starfish sign and then painted pink coral in between for a little pop of pink.

My Mom loves these fish!  So I've been told a few times....

This is another piece that isn't tall enough to stand I have to be careful on what I add over it that won't make it look heavy in this space.

I made these pictures back when we redid this room a year ago with fabric and painted mattes.  I am so tired of scenery pictures of typical things so this was a breath of fresh air for me!  The little pink and white frame and the aqua one were found at Home Goods too...but I painted them.  The little fishy is a set that are salt and pepper shakers that Hannah found...perfect colors!  She made the bottle herself.  She tied 3 old keys (after painting them white) to the top and added a letter inside the bottle.  Pretty smart isn't she?

Now you see the surfboard I was the last thing I made.  I cut it twice, the first time it wasn't pointy enough for Hannah so I drug it back to the garage to jigsaw "again"...

We sat and looked at surfboard designs for days until I finally was inspired with something similar to this.  It didn't have the waves though.  Hannah chose this out of 3 designs...pretty good choice I think!

Not too bad for my very first home made surfboard!
I may add a little hot pink to it later.  Gonna sit on it awhile first.

I found this photo online and printed it out.  I water colored it then framed it to put over this shelf.  I think the photo looked just like her from behind and fell in love with it!  Hannah wanted the blocks to say "DUDE".  I painted these things 3 times...finally happy with them now!

Painting letters are HARD!!!

There is the other "fishy" salt shaker.  We had shells from our visits to Florida so she wanted some in this jar.  I have more somewhere and am planning on adding them to the blue jars on top of the armoire when I finally find them.   I love this little arrangement!

Her room is always full of light!  Can ya tell I moved a few pieces of furniture around too? Her endtable was on the other side making it hard to fit the chair in.  Now it all works perfectly!

I am glad her room is big!

She loves this chair!

She has plenty of room on either side of the bed.  I have no clue why I had it moved the way I did.  You all ever do that?  Question why you did something and later realize a better way?

  A dear friend of mine gave me the middle plate above the closet years and years was the inspiration for this room and she'll always be a part of our memories.

See how well the bedding goes with it?  It was meant to be....

I switched out lampshades and added this little basket to keep her laptop in. 
I hate seeing clutter!  The drawer keeps all of her cords and remote for the tv.  

And there it all is...Hannah's Beach Cottage room.  I may just move in and kick her to the basement, lol!


  1. So pretty!!!!
    It is hard to do your child's room when it isn't quite what you like but you did a great job to fit it in with the décor of your home.
    Hannah has a great mom to be able to make not so nice looking things into wonderful beauty!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  2. Melanie,
    How pretty. Love this room. Hannah must love this pretty space. I love all the light coming in this room too.

  3. Looks beautiful! You did such a great job on the surf board (I'd add some hot pink too!) and all the items you painted. Love lots of light in a room! I know she loves it ~


  4. Very pretty Melanie. Beachy and girly all at the same time. Well done you.

  5. Oh Melanie, the room looks wonderful~ You did a fabulous job.

  6. Hi Sweetie !!
    The room looks ooooohhhhh sooooo beachy and sooooo Southern California I must say !! Makes me feel right at home !! Does the room smell salty and can you smell the bbqs and fire pits yet ?!Hahahaha... You need to burn a coconut candle too !!! Very BEAUTIFUL !!! What bedding is that ?! I thought Rachel Ashwell, but, don't remember her having that blue print !! LOVE LOVE LOVE !!! A nice room for Hannah !!! Happy restful Saturday to you...
    Blessings and love ~Tanza~xo

  7. I love it, Melanie! And I love the surfboard just as you have it - it looks so dreamy. It's fun to see Hannah (your mini-me) adding to your project too.

  8. Darling, darling,darling...sweet and beachy and lovely- xo Diana

  9. I love Hannah's room! I love those new blue jars--I got them at Ace for $11 for 6 I believe--and I wish I had gotten more. They are highly collectible you know, as they are the 100 year anniversary jar. I love the chair, the bed, everything is so pretty and feminine. Good job!

  10. I love it all I sure wish you could come and redo my extra room:) Where did you find your beautiful bedroom set for the bed and I know you made the chair stuff but where did you find the material?? BEAUTIFUL

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors. Beautiful bedding too!

  12. I love how her turned out!! Those fish mirrors are darling.... along with everything else.

    Amy Jo


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