June 30, 2011

Chic Nantucket Island Beach House

I found this lovely Nantucket beach house while visiting Danielle Oakey Interiors blog this week.  This updated island home is featured in the new July/August 2011 issue of Elle Decor magazine. It's simple modern design is fascinating and I'm loving all of it!

June 29, 2011

My Closet Inspiration

I'm home for the summer and that means get to work and organize every square inch of my house.  So far, so good!  I'm now working on my petite closet and I'm thinking of doing a few fun changes to it.  The first photo is my inspiration in redecorating my closet.

I love how girly the closet below is and all the colorful clothes!

Chic Designer ~ Emily Ruddo of Armonia Decors

I found this chic designer, Emily Ruddo, from the new High Gloss Magazine July/August 2011 issue.  I love her style and how she incorporates bright colors with coastal accessories.

Armonia Decors

June 28, 2011

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa ~ Maldives

One of the things I love most about staying in a beautiful chic resort is getting incredible design ideas from the resort itself.  This evening, I made my daily visit to Enchanted Home.  The author, Tina, whom I consider a dear blog friend, always does an excellent job in taking her readers on these amazing design tours. This incredible resort was one I found through her blog. Thank you Tina! 

This ultra chic, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, is beautiful located on sandy beaches and surrounded by lush tropical foliage.  

Water Villa from the lagoon

Beach House in Seagrove Beach, Florida

This beautiful beach home is located in Seagrove Beach, Florida. The architects wanted to keep the interiors simple, natural and organic, because the color of the water is so gorgeous.  The walls are all San Marco Italian plaster in white and the rest of the palette is pale blue-gray, blue-green and cream.  Lovely.

June 27, 2011

Out and About Monday & Coastal Kitchen Love

Happy Monday chic friends!  I'm having a lovely day so far!  First, I started off with an hour and a half workout in the park.  Then, I met up with eleven of my co-workers for a delicious, Cuban cuisine lunch and a matinee movie.  Since, we are teachers and good ones at that, we thought it would be fun to see, Bad Teacher.  Okay, I have to tell you.....I did not see any of the trailers beforehand.  It was....well......I guess you would have to see the movie for yourself.  Cameron Diaz did an excellent job in giving us an example of teacher with bad, bad, habits!  She was what some of my students would say, off the chain!  I did however, love a beautiful pair of caged stilettos that she wore in the movie.  It was fun and we had a few laughs!  Oh the joys of being a teacher, June, July, and August! Yeah!

Now, I'm home and I needed some design inspiration after my fun morning and afternoon.  I found this gorgeous chic coastal kitchen and thought I would share it with you.  I'm really loving the woven seating and the large table in the kitchen.  I'm going to share the rest of this home with you in my next post! See you soon!

Have a great day!

June 26, 2011

What I'm Loving Now {Fun Summery Accents}

I have to admit......there's always something to love!  When I started writing this blog, I decided I would dedicate one post a week to What I'm Loving Now....well, that didn't last long, because I can come up with a list of things, well actually a few lists everyday!  Let me know what you think of these fun summery accents. Thanks!

Skinny resin bangle

June 25, 2011

Desiree's Summer Running Essentials

It's summer and you need a good sunblock when running, so I decided to try this new sunblock by Neutrogena. I have these crazy suntan lines going across my back from my long runs and I need to block the sun as much as possible.  I think this will help...it doesn't look good to have lines when your wearing a strapless maxi dress!

June 23, 2011

Happy Well Over 100,000 Pageviews!!

I would like to thank all the wondering readers who stop by to see what I'm up to on a daily basis!  I started this blog in October 2010 and would have never imagined that people from all over the world would be so kind, as to leave comments and share my blog with their friends!  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you again and hope that you will continue to follow this fun journey of mine!  God Bless you!

To help me celebrate, I thought I would introduce Geronimo! A stylish balloon company that helps people celebrate any occasion.  I'll have to order some of these festive balloons to help me celebrate my 1,000,000th pageview one day!  When that day comes, I'm definitely going to have a party!


Watch this sweet little video to learn more about these stylish balloon troopers!

Thank you again chic (smart and stylish) readers!

June 20, 2011

What I'm Loving Now {Beachy Home}

The lovely Erin from House of Turquoise just recently introduced us to the home of one of her readers, Christi and her husband Jeff.  Christi and Jeff's dream was to create a light and airy, Hawaiian beachy home.  Inspired by a trip they won to the Hamptons, they also wanted to incorporate the classic waterfront architecture they loved so much from that trip.  Their home is a hit in the blog world and I'm sure it may one day end up in a magazine.

Be sure to pop over to House of Turquoise and see all the posts (a total of five) of this dream home tour.  Erin even gives you all the details of where to find the gorgeous products.  For example, I've been looking for the prefect gray to paint the outside of my home.  I fell in love with this home's gray color and was able to get the name and will run out tomorrow and buy a sample to try it out!  Great inspiration and ideas!

June 17, 2011

Tropical Punch

W Hotels Koh Samui offers beautiful modern amenities and chic surroundings.  The images are spectacular! 

W Hotels Koh Samui
No man is an island, but you’re welcome to say “Isle love you” to W Retreat Koh Samui, our sublime architectural tribute to beach chic on Samui’s most serene and pristine northern coast, whenever you like. Where day is meant for relaxing and night is for celebrating, we’ll Thai you up with vast private pools, the most sophisticated technology and intuitive local touches, against a spectacular setting of powdery golden sands and unspoiled waters.

June 15, 2011

June 14, 2011

Calypso St. Barth Lookbook Summer 2011 & Meghan Method Giveaway Winner!

Have you seen Calypso St. Barth's new lookbook for Summer 2011?  I just love their sense of style.

Very chic!

Beach Bungalow

Interior designer Amelia T. Handegan designed this beach bungalow located in South Carolina near Charleston.  This home reminds me of a beach house my family rented many years ago on the west coast of Florida.  It seems very comfortable and livable.

"This place is reminiscent of how living on the beach used to be," says Handegan of the sandy stretch known as Folley Beach.

June 13, 2011

Courteney Cox's ~ Private Malibu Beach Retreat

Courteney Cox's passion for building, remodeling and decorating homes began long before she pursued her career as an actress.  Courteney, known for her TV roles in the long running sitcom Friends and now Cougar Town, went right to work when it came to remodeling a mid-century structure that sits high on the Pacific.  This home, in which she is quoted as saying, "This is exactly how I want to live", includes a tennis house and court, screening room, two guests houses and a saltwater swimming pool.  Her goal was to make it look like a modern barn.

With the doors open, you feel like you're completely outside, says Cox.

I love Pinterest!

Check out all the pins I've gotten on Pinterest! It's nice to see some of my favorite images all in one place!

 Oh, how I love Chic Coastal Living!

Here's to a great Monday! Make it a good day!

June 12, 2011

What I'm Loving Now ~ Summer Hair

Here are a few summer hair styles that I'm loving right now!  Which do you like?

Loose Ponytail

Jessica Biel - Easy Summer Hairstyles - Beauty

June 10, 2011

Island Elegance ~ Ralph Lauren's Jamaican Beach House

This beach house that Ralph and Ricky Lauren purchased over 20 years ago is located near Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Their goal in designing this house was to make it as comfortable for their family in a luxurious setting.  Once renovated it has become more like a plantation home and a beautiful place where they love to escape to.

The beach house is “like being on a boat,” notes Ralph Lauren.

June 08, 2011

Meghan Method ~ Book Mention and Giveaway

It's my pleasure to introduce you to a talented and young book author, Meghan Carter.  She was kind enough to mention little ole me in her new interior design book titled, Meghan Method.  Her  colorful and inspiring book walks you through the entire design process step-by-step.  You can even download worksheets from her website to keep track of the progression. 

Here is what others have to say about Meghan Carter.

"Martha Stewart meets the girl next door." -The New York Times
"Suited to the life you lead." - SHAPE Magazine

Giveaway Details

Meghan has offered to send an autographed book, Meghan Method, to a Chic Coastal Living reader!

Become a follower of Meghan's Twitter page and/or Facebook page and leave me a comment here on this post to let me know!  If you share this post with others using Twitter or Facebook let me know and you will get another chance to win!

Giveaway ends on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

What I'm Loving Now {Ikat}

June 07, 2011

Bright ~ Chic Beach House

This beach house located on Sullivan Island, North Carolina was designed by Sally Markham and has now made it to the top of my favorite beach homes list.  It's chic, colorful, happy and has panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean! What else can you ask for from a vacation home?  Sally had a fun time incorporating colors that the owners urged her to use and designed the home with one objective in mind ~ to relax and enjoy the view.  This is one Beautiful House!

June 06, 2011

Stunning Modern Beach House

These images separately have been across the blog world and back, but I think I was able to cut and paste this beach house together.  The the dining room in the second photo is the vision that got me inspired to start blogging.  Here is that first post and I must say it was short and sweet.

Have a great Monday!

Black and white kitchen with glass-front cabinets

June 05, 2011

Sunday Blessings

Hope all of my readers have a lovely Sunday!
God Bless you.


images via pinterest

June 02, 2011

Cape Cod Summer House

I'd like to thank Kirsten from 6th Street Design School for posting about this lovely Cape Cod home today on her blog.  Kirsten is a lovely interior designer and has recently blogged about some fun additions to her master bedroom.  Be sure to visit her site!

Now take a look at this gorgeous Cape Cod home!

I love that some of the rooms are nice and small like many of the rooms in my home.  This makes it a home that I can really relate to.  Beautiful interiors and ideas!

First of all, I really....really love the rug in this bedroom, the crab lamps and the wicker twin beds.

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