Friday, June 12, 2015

My "Happy" Place - the Beach

One of my first posts on this blog was on Exotic Beach Inspiration. I love the beach, but unfortunately I don't live on it or even near it. I was given the opportunity to go with friends for a week two years in a row, which was amazing. I just wish I could go every summer for two months!! But, since I can't do that, I must be content to share some 'beachy' pictures off of Pinterest with you.

I have two different Pinterest boards devoted to the beach. There is one called Beach House in Cape Cod (which I hope comes true one day) and Beach Stuff, which has all kinds of beach related things: d├ęcor, vintage swimwear, art, books, crafts, etc. Check them out! Here's some of the pictures from my boards that I decided to share with you here.

Beach Fashion - wow your friends at the beach with these retro looks!

Left: Short knitted beach coat with toggle fastening and bell shaped sleeves, 1955.
Right: Swing-back terry cloth beach coat pattern, 1950.

Don't forget your beach bag!
Australian Home Journal, 1949.
If you want to look like Gidget...
(Check out my post on Gidget for the Beach Party Blogathon here)
Don't forget to have fun!
Beach Houses - nautical motifs, pastels...

Every beach home needs a look-out room!

Library-by-the-Sea. Must. Have. This. Room!

Some Crafty Ideas...

Build yourself a little beachy shelf to hold your favorite books.
May I suggest Cinda by Janet Lambert, Paintbox Summer and The Scarlet Sail by Betty Cavanna, *Misty of Chincoteague and *Stormy, Misty's Foal by Marguerite Henry (must be illustrated by Wesley Dennis), *Sailor Jim's Cave by W. J. Pat Enright, The Treasure of the Coral Reef by Don Stanford, Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke, and for the little kids (and adults; who am I kidding) *Annie Pat and Eddie by Carolyn Haywood (all of these are teen/children's books but I love all of them - the ones with stars the whole family will enjoy).
Journaling idea: put sand, shells, and other finds from the beach in little clear pockets and affix them to a page in your journal.

Nature has long been linked to elevated moods. At the beach, the sound of the waves and the feeling of sand beneath our feet can help the stress of everyday life fall away. The beach house, by its very location, is an agent of nature, and a key place for getting back in touch with the environment. The water, shells, dunes, beach stones, sea grass - each one speaks to us and soothes the soul.
 Coastal Living - Beach House Happy: The joy of living by the water. Antonia Van Der Meer. 2015.


  1. These are beautiful pictures! Growing up in Florida, I remember the way the beaches and beach homes used to look in the 60's and 70's. I miss those days. Your post has brought back some happy, lovely memories.

    1. Thanks! When I was little I really wanted to live in Florida. We had this old reader from the 50s or 60s that had stories from all over the US. In the Florida story the kids got to go to the beach in December! I thought that was so cool!