July 24, 2012

Photo of the Day...Summer Bedroom

Two-Tone Border Bedding

...breezy mixes in the design of this room make elegant and summery.

Bonus! Want to learn how to make the perfect bed? Here's a video from Gweneth Paltrow's blog, GOOP, and it gives us an easy step-by-step way to make a bed just like the top hotels in London.

July 22, 2012

10 BEST :: Summer Roadtrip Playlist


Our summer road trip always started off early in the morning with fresh coffee and these ten songs.

1. Brad Paisley (Duet with Carrie Underwood) Remind Me
2. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
3.  Lady Antebellum - Just a Kiss
4. John Mayer - Half of My Heart 
5. Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe
6. Casting Crowns - Who Am I
7. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
8. Nickelback - Far Away
9. Michael Buble' - Haven't Met You Yet
10. Lionel Richie - I Call It Love

Image via 

July 21, 2012

Chic Bridgehampton Beach House

Good morning and happy Saturday! I hope everyone has the chance to relax this weekend. Last night we had an incredible lightening storm and our power went out for hours in the middle of the night...so let's just say I will be taking a nice long summer nap later in the day.  Thank goodness, I worked on this post beforehand and had it all set up and ready to share with you today.

I'm excited to feature a chic luxurious home located in Bridgehampton.  This modern beach house was designed by, Foley and Cox, and was created to be comfortable and relaxing (just like any beachy design should be). Hope you enjoy!

I consider this great room PERFECT...

Images via Foley&Cox

July 18, 2012

Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House 2012

I would like to thank Julia from Hooked on Houses for featuring some photos of the 2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House! One of her loyal readers, Leslie Evans, was gracious enough to send her personal photos she took while on tour of the home located in Rosemary Beach, Florida.  I'm hoping to be able to see this house in person...we just got back from a long road trip and so I'm in the process of trying to convince my hubby to take me.  I've  always wanted to visit Rosemary Beach, which is located up in the pan handle. 

I just had to link these photos of the upstairs game room! It's one of my favorite rooms and gives me tons of inspiration! (Especially since every room in my house can be considered a "game" room with three boys.) Love the frames surrounding the television. Erica Powell of Urban Grace Interiors was the interior designer for this project and I think she has done a beautiful job in creating a cozy beach house. 

Want to see more of this house? I'm sure you do...so click here. :)

Just a reminder that today is the last day to save big on J.CREW! Extra 40% off sale items...

Want to see what I bought?

Naomi top
Maritime colorblock dress

Garment-dyed drawstring shirtdress

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

July 12, 2012

Three Things...

{summer storm}

Here's three things that I'm loving right now...a nice cool summer drink.  A striped cover-up that I snagged in my size before they sold out! ...and a beautiful pair of wedges from Tory Burch that I have my eyes on.  I'll keep you posted when and if I get them. :)

Stripe tunic


July 11, 2012

Summer 2012 Road Trip...

I wanted to share a few (a lot of) photos with you from my recent road trip.  We were fortunate enough to have returned safely back to Florida after driving through ten states within twenty-two days and I owe that to my husband for being such a great driver...love you hun.  Our first stop, heading north, was at a gorgeous beach near Fernandina Beach, Florida where we hiked four miles.  I would have taken more photos of myself on the beach but the wind was so strong my hair whipped up into a huge mess after only spending hours getting it vacation ready...lol :) 


Next stop, NC to visit my Dad, step-mother and sister.  My father was in town from Africa, where he is currently working.  My step-mother was the sweetest hostess and cooked us delicious meals. Each one was out-of-this-world! The photo above was the Italian feast she prepared including, eggplant parmesan. I must get the recipe from her and share it!  Crazy good!

{coffee in hand, a little country music on the radio...on our way to Cooperstown, NY}

{lake house view}

{getting the kayak ready for a ride in the lake}

{baseball hall of fame}

{one of many bonfires my boys and the teenage girls built}

{One of our amazing wins in Cooperstown! Funny how winning always make you happy in baseball...}

{another gorgeous fire courtesy of my boys and the girls :)}


{first sighting of fresh peonies in Cooperstown}

{the baseball team played wiffle ball in this beautiful park in Copperstown}

{photography practice on the beach in NY}

{my new shell collection...these were whoppers}

{my girl cousins in NY decided to treat me to a little day trip to Southampton...we had a great time in the car talking about life and what we are currently reading...love these girls}

{...and here's a big Thank You to my blogging BFF, Tina from THE ENCHANTED HOME, for recommending where to go while we were there! As always, you're the best sweetie!}

{it wouldn't be considered a shopping trip to me unless there was a J.Crew involved...}

{I tried on this cute ikat t-shirt dress}

{my favorite hydrangeas grow everywhere in the Hamptons...jealous}

{ordered a few bottles of wine with the girls...}

{had a delicious, yummy dinner in Southampton}

{we were on our way to the Mountains in NC, but took the wrong exit coming out of Long Island and guess where we ended up? I thought my husband was going to blow his top, but we just all laughed so hard! That was funny! New York, New York...hahaha}

{Hooker Falls...NC}

{we hiked the falls where the Hunger Games was filmed...Triple Falls and Hooker Falls}

{my hiking gear}

{sunset view from the house}

{J.Crew whisper linen cardigan and striped romper (old)}

{game nights with the family}

{fresh blueberries}

Thank you for stopping by! I'm back so stay tuned! 

P.S. Some of the photos were taken using Instagram.  You can follow me there @chiccoastalliving

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