Friday, May 30, 2008

She Sells Sea Shells down by the Seashore

Summer is late arriving here on PEI. After a week of wind, rain and generally cool weather I thought I would do a post on sea shells to take my mind and yours off our dreary weather. Nothing could be more summery than seashells. Everyone seems to like them and they are one of the best sellers here at Moving Designz Home & Cottage. I think it's because they remind us of happy lazy days spent relaxing at the beach. Seashells make fabulous accessories.

Todays inspiration room. Gazing at this picture makes me think of summer. I am sure the beach is located just steps away from this room.

Let's look at some very nice table top displays using shells. I like this one.

A seagrass bowl filled with pretty candles and a single starfish. We carry 2 sizes of these bowls.

More pretty candles with seashells.

I love this table setting. Very casual yet elegant.

If you would like to create this table top try using some of these little toonie sized sand dollars from Moving Designz.

We also carry this larger size which is about 4-5" diameter.

Another simple table arrangement with sand, beach grass, and shells.

At Moving Designz we sell these pretty pastel coloured starfish, in blue, pink, coral, yellow and lilac.

We also have these white lady finger starfish, coloured trays and seaglass.

Another lovely beachy room with simple table arrangements using a fish bowl, sand and seashells. I quite love the artwork. That chaise looks very inviting and I'll bet the view is out to sea.

We also carry these glam silver lady finger starfish. They look terrific set in glass bowls or square vases.

We also carry these silver sea urchins.

A beautifully arranged wall nook with a nice selection of shells and corals.

Branch coral like this from Moving Designz comes in 2 sizes.

An artful display full of sealife and other collectables. We have some of those sea trees(seen tucked behind the print) in stock at the store ready for framing or leaning as in this image. Our new summer artwork shipment arrived late last week. Lots of great art prints in various sizes and finishes.

Let's look at a couple of mantle ideas. I love the feel of this room. Notice the solid wood stool/side table. From my post "au natural" a few weeks back I did buy one of these stools for my home, it's very cool.

Beach house mantle idea.

Here's an elegant mantle idea layering art, flowers and a piece of white coral.

This is the coral we carry at Moving Designz. We sell lots of these textural pieces.

This elegant bathroom is by Sarah Richardson and look ... there is a piece of coral. In fact, I see lots of pretty pieces of coral in many of her rooms.

Bathroom shelf decor using fresh seaside colours and that lovely blue bowl full of shells.

Another pretty idea for the bathroom.

Shell candles from Moving Designz, only $11.00 per set... perfect for the bathroom.

Bottles of bath gels and a conch shell full of shells and soap. So pretty!

This is a great idea for storing towels.
I found this image used for showcasing seaside inspired fabric but I think it's a great idea for hanging towels. Double sided velco will do the trick for attaching starfish to your walls.

Three seperate canvas' make up this great piece of artwork. I found this picture on Ebay.

Seashells are very popular in wedding decor as seen in this very coastal inspired bridal cake table.

Starfish inspired wedding invites with a starfish keepsake.

Starfish napkin holders. We carry these little silver starfish. A very easy do-it-yourself idea.

The original starfish base table.

We have this smaller cocktail table version at the store. It just came in last week.

And to finish my post a little piece of jewelry. The ever popular Tiffany starfish pendant. I want one.
Have a great week. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Feeling Blue?

Sorry to be so late posting, I can't quite believe(well maybe) I haven't posted for 2 weekends. My excuse... I've been really really busy working weekends and restocking the store has kept me too busy to post. I have, however, been stocking up on beautiful images for blogging and have some fantastic rooms and accessory ideas to share with you this week.

Blue continues to be a hot trend this year, especially aqua blue. All shades are in favor, sky blue, robins egg blue, turquoise blue, pale blue, navy blue and teal blue.

Why is blue so hot? Perhaps it's the calming effect it can have or the way it pairs with so many other colours. For me blue can be lively or tranquil. I love it. Anyone visiting Moving Designz Home & Cottage is sure to notice blue is definitely a favorite with us.

My inspiration room. This is Marcia Cross's dressing room. You know Marcia as Brea from Desperate Housewives... Lovely, elegant, this room is STYLIN'.

And here's another very elegant yet casual room. This time instead of being paired up with chocolate and black we see mocha. Now, this is pretty.

A gorgeous pair of pretty blue sitting chairs and that artwork on the mantle is fantastic.

I really love this chair. It's a little hard to tell if it is actually blue from my computer. I'm going to pretend it is even if it's not because it is such a stunning room.

Hmmm a pale blue armoire, never thought of that but you have to admit this is a nice room. Very Scandinavian. Oh yes, loving the crystals dripping from the chandelier... and the pops of hot pink.

I like this approach, graphic blue pillows and blue striped wallpaper hung across the wall. This could be a perfectly chic waiting room.

This picture is from the store showing the pretty blue accessories, blue throws, lovely blue vases and feather filled blue and bronze patterned pillows. In the foreground is a stunning white branch bowl.

This bedroom definitely has wow factor with it's blue accents.

Another great looking bedroom. Blues, beige and cream. Classic.

How pretty is this little bedside vignette?

Now this is pretty funky but goes to show you how nicely blue plays with orange.

Blue also mixes perfectly with fresh citrus green as seen in this geometric fabric.

And this plate of limes...

Lets see what table top decor we have in store for you. This blue tumbler set with matching pitcher are part of our spring line up. So fresh so pretty especially nice is the leafy table cloth. Perfect for summer entertaining.

Another fresh find from Moving Designz is this aqua blue tray.

More tabletop accessories are these beautiful double walled bowls and salad tongs done in both aqua and fresh citrus green.

Ocean blue and more fresh citrus green in our button pillow collection. The denim blue beach bags are a great accent for any summer home.

How about his fabulous restaurant in Montreal "La luna". Benches full of blue pillows, in the foreground navy and in the background aqua blue. Love it.

Now this is a stunning table setting. Pink and Blue. I do. I do.
And that tablescape reminds me of these pretty little blue boxes from Tiffany's. Who wouldn't want a nice little gift wrapped up in this well known box?
A look at very pretty blue glass accessories.

Speaking of blue glass check out this backsplash.

I use this idea alot... Mixing bands of one inch mosiac glass tiles with white subway tiles. Adds a fresh hit of colour and is easy on the budget.

Pretty square aqua vases from Moving Designz filled with spring flowers.

Hope you're inspired and feeling blue in a good way.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!