January 29, 2011

Chic Bloggers and Their Coastal Kitchens

My sweet and super chic friend, Megan, from Honey We're Home has a gorgeous coastal kitchen.  She recently moved into a new home that she and her husband built and was excited about creating her dream kitchen.  I agree, it is a dream and it's white! You know how much I am in love with white, Something's Gotta Give, kitchens!

The lighting in the her kitchen makes is coastal and smart.

January 28, 2011

Desiree's {What I'm Wearing} ~ J. Crew

I always look forward to J. Crew's new Spring Line each year.  It's been cold and all I can think of is having a little sun on my skin (of course with sunblock) and wearing bright coastal inspired clothing.  I usually like to dress like I'm going on a fabulous vacation. And actually, I am going on a few fab vacations and I will be sure to pack these comfortable, chic clothes in my suitcase! Thank you Jenna from J. Crew for having such great taste!

Fun Friday Links

Stay over in our Ultimate Beach House: Daily Catch by Coastal Living

January 27, 2011

Shrimp 4 Ways

Valentines Day is coming up and here are a few delicious recipes that you can choose from to cook for your honey. 

January 26, 2011

Williams Sonoma Home ~ Spring Preview

If you know me well, you know that I love Williams Sonoma Home.  I was excited today to see their new Spring Preview online.  I am looking forward to getting a fresh new look for my family room, now that I have my new sleeper sofa.  I made a list of a few things I would love to have from their new collection and here they are, but first read what WSHome has to say about using blue and white.

Williams Sonoma Home:
There’s no look more classic than blue and white—inspired by sea and sky, this color combination has been used in homes for centuries. Vibrant and versatile, a blue-and-white theme suits any setting—city or country, beach or townhouse. Blue and white can carry a room from season to season without skipping a beat.

Blue and white are easy to add into existing d├ęcor without totally redoing a room. Create a pleasing mix of patterns, such as a striped rug with printed bedding, or an assortment of handcrafted pillows in textures and shades that add depth and dimension to these crisp hues.

Capistrano Blue Seaweed Series

Texas Idea House~Beautiful Beach Home

I love this Texas 2009 Idea House! It's light and airy, has lots of white and pops of color that make it one of the most beautiful beach homes I've come across.  The best part is that it has plenty of room for friends and family.

Southern Living:
Welcome to Tarpon Run
From our 2009 Texas Idea House, find the best design ideas and style tips for a coastal retreat. Some ideas are big, while others are small and easily copied in your own home. See our favorite details room by room.

January 19, 2011

Guest Post at Honey We're Home {Getting Organized 2011}

Hi everyone! Today you can find me over at Megan's, Honey We're Home, blog!  This weekend I worked on getting a few spaces organized in my home and I shared what I did with her readers. I still have many more areas to tackle but at least I'm off to a good start!

I met Megan a couple of months ago when I was a newbie at this blogging adventure of mine.  I was inspired by how well she keeps her home organized and warm.  She's a new mommy with a wonderful husband and a gorgeous little boy named, James. 

Have you been sitting on the fence over a big or small project? Stop by her blog and check out her new series on getting organized for 2011.  You will find plenty of great ideas to get your home in tip-top shape. Trust me when I say, you will be impressed with her beautiful blog.  Oh and make sure you browse through the photos of her home, as well! The photos of her kitchen and baby's room should be printed in magazines.

Thank you again Megan for having me over today!

Much love,

January 17, 2011

Happy 100th Post! and The Bachelorette's Bora Bora

I'm so excited that today I am posting my "100th" post! Wow! I've learned so much since, October 2010, and I'm looking forward to many more posts.  I hope to continue sharing inspiring photos and tips to get us all exciting about living a good coastal life (whether you live on the coast or not)! Thank you for following my blog and all the wonderful mentions! You are all the sweetest!

XOXO, Desiree

In honor of my 100th post I thought I would write about my future vacation destination {hopefully} that my hubby and I have done some research on! Bora Bora!  We haven't made any plans yet, but it's on our list of places we would love to visit. I fell in love with this destination after watching the Bachelorette last season with Ali and Roberto! What a beautiful couple they make! The location for that season finale was in the French Polynesia, Bora Bora Nui Hilton Resort. Check out the gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

Have any of you ever been to this fabulous coastal destination? Do tell!

Photos Credits: ABC and Hilton Hotels

January 16, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award~Thank You Mary Ann of Classic.Casual.Home

I am so honored to be nominated for this award by, Mary Ann! I am a new blogger (just started in October 2010) and extremely grateful to have met so many wonderful bloggers out there! This journey has truly been one of the best gifts in my life.  The fact that I can share my love of design and decorating with others is a dream come true!  Thank you for following my blog and leaving your comments! My heart lights up every time my blackberry signals me that I have a new blog comment!

Thank you, Mary Ann, of classic.casual.home, for thinking of me!  It means so much to me, especially coming from a stylish blogger like you! I am so glad that I found your blog and featured your kitchen! You truly are an inspirational designer!

Now the rules for accepting this award is
1. I have to thank and link back to the person who awarded me this (that's you Mary Ann :0).
2. Share seven things about myself. 
3. Award recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

Here's a little about me:
1.  I've been happily married for almost 18 years to a handsome man who has always taking great care of me.  
2. I have three boys who are smart as a whip and love life, sports, and animals!
3. God comes first in my life.
4.  I stayed home with my boys for 12 years and just went to work for the first time 6 years ago, as a third grade teacher.
5. I am running my first half marathon soon with my BFF's (I was badly injured two years ago when I was training and I had to stop running).  I am over-the-moon excited that I can run again! 
6.  I have always "loved" to decorate and organize things since I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me how to sew and I wish that I had kept up with it......she also inspired me to design beach bags and love slipcovered furniture.
7.  My husband and I have remodeled two homes so far!

Last but not least, I would like to introduce to you (in case you haven't met them already) my newly discovered blogs! They have been around longer than I have and make my life easier with their design ideas! I try to visit them on a daily basis! 

 Thanks girls for all your inspiration! You rock!

January 12, 2011

Simply Delicious Coastal Recipes

Now that I am the big 4-0, I'm really on the lookout for great recipes that are low-fat and give me the energy I need to complete my half marathon that's coming up.  These recipes were found at Coastal Living.

Grilled Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce

January 11, 2011

Chic Bloggers and Their Coastal Kitchens Series 2011

Today is my first post of a special series featuring, Chic Bloggers and Their Coastal Kitchens.  Congratulations to Mary Ann and new friend of mine in the blog world, for starting the series off in fashion for 2011! I am so excited to share with you what talent this lovely woman has. 

I just love her newly renovated kitchen!  I can gather from the looks of her kitchen that she, herself,  is super chic {definition: smart and stylish}.

Mary Ann says:
Recently, we completely renovated a 1950's beach cottage where we live in southern California.  Throughout the design process, many great ideas from blogs were incorporated.  I hope that this post will help you see some possibilities for your own kitchen.

First of all, I love white kitchens and I especially love her slipcovered bar stools.  

January 08, 2011

Chic Coastal Interiors

I had a busy Saturday today, but wanted to write about something inspirational, since I'm on the look out for great pieces of furniture for my home.  I found Victoria Hagan's website and loved her coastal design work. 

The love the paneling in this first photo.

January 07, 2011

Fun Friday Links

#1 A Thoughtful Place: Garden Stools

Follower Appreciation Give-A-Way Winner!

We have a winner for my very first, Follower Appreciation Give-A-Way! Her name is Nicole Leigh! Congratulations Nicole on winning the Target $50 Gift Card and thank you for becoming a follower of Chic Coastal Living.  I hope that you enjoy your small shopping spree on me!

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January 06, 2011

It's My 40th Birthday Today!

Wow! My thirties went by in a flash! My boys started elementary school, we were moving into a new home and renovating, I went to work after staying home for twelve years, and I started my blog {which is a dream come true for me}.  I pray my forties are good to me!  Soon, I will be celebrating with family and friends and I came across this great party theme for the big 4-0! 

You can get all the DIY tutorials and details of this real life party at Hostess with the Mostess and Aesthetic Nest.

January 05, 2011

Chef Tyler Florence's Kitchen

I always look forward to my House Beautiful magazine arriving in the mail!  February's issue highlights, Chef Tyler's kitchen, and it's GORGEOUS!

I love the masculinity of the dark marble used as a back splash.  Great organization ideas, too!  What do you think of it?

My 2011 New Year's Resolutions

I've been pondering what my New Year's Resolution would be this year and found this great inspiration online to help me.  Happy New Year to you!

1) Pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have me make with my family, friendships, and with money.

(2) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives me, as I work on getting more organized.

(3) Rely on God’s strength to help me mop the floor after three boys and clean the bathrooms.

(4) Be accountability to my husband who will help me and encourage me.

(5) Don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead allow them to motivate me further.

(6) Don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

January 04, 2011

Delicious Coastal Meals to Start off The New Year

I don't know about you, but all I ate this Christmas break was cake and cookies.  Although, I didn't gain much {thanks to my running schedule} I do feel stuffed and need a little change in my diet.  My husband, the Italian man that he is, is a terrific cook.  I would actually consider him a chef, my personal chef.  I clean, he cooks!  Well, I found these great recipes to start off the new year in a healthy way for my whole family.  Thanks sweetheart!

January 03, 2011

Top Beach Homes of 2010 on My Blog

I am ready for a complete make-over of my home and I decided to look back at my posts starting from October 10, 2010 {my first blog day} until December 31, 2010.  I found my top 5 beach house posts with the most pageviews.  These homes give me great ideas on decorating and organizing for the new year and I see from my analytics page that they inspire many of you, too!  Here's to a productive 2011!

#1 The 2010 Ultimate Beach House: Seabrook, Washington

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