When Christmas was over and all the decorations came down, I was more than ready to return to our simpler décor style.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the splash of red we had for Christmas, I yearned for my neutral coloured décor palette. It feels cooler in our hot and humid summer months.
Living in a coastal town means the beach is a very big part of our lifestyle.
So when it comes to adding some seasonal touches to our summer décor, I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration.
During summer I keep things fairly neutral in all shades of white and taupes…
But I add in a few coastal elements.
The beach has lots of shabby pretties that can add colour and texture to your vignettes.
Coastal decorating is by far one of the easiest decorating styles to achieve and is perfect for summer… especially if you live at the beach.
I made this candle holder from driftwood collected from my morning walk.
It adds some natural texture, while keeping the colour palette neutral.
One of the joys of living opposite the beach is watching first hand the daily changes that take place along the shoreline.
Recent stormy weather brought with it high tides and rough seas. Our pristine white sandy stretch of beach was left littered with sea debris, rocks and what seemed like tons of driftwood.
Most days something comes home in my pocket from my morning walk on the beach… this week I took a bucket with me to fill with driftwood for a few crafty projects.
I love the faded and weathered look of driftwood and it works so well with shabby coastal chic decorating.
I usually clean anything I bring home from the beach using a mix of bleach and water in a 1:9 ratio. Simply soak in a bucket of the solution overnight or even a few days and then leave in the sun to completely dry out. This is particularly good for shells that seem to harbor that unpleasant sea smell.
For this project, all I needed was my clean driftwood in varying sizes, a large white candle and a ball of white crochet cotton.
I cut 4 lengths of cotton, approximately double the circumference of my candle. Next, I lined up my row of driftwood and started tying the pieces together with the cotton; two strands at the top and two strands at the bottom. When my row of driftwood was long enough to surround my candle, I simply wrapped it around the candle and tied the two ends of the cotton together.
This is a super quick and easy project, but one that definitely adds a little coastal chic to your decorating.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share the other elements I used to achieve a coastal look and a room reveal.
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You are so very blessed to live in a coastal town and see that beautiful ocean before you every day, Kerryanne! I can imagine you walking along that amazing beach swinging your bucket full of driftwood with your face lifted to the warm sun. 🙂 The candleholder you made is so adorable. What a great idea! Whenever I move to my little bungalow on the beach, I will be making one of these. 😉
Hello my friend. I hope you are not too deep in snow there Laurie. Hopefully one day you’ll live closer to the seaside… it’s definitely a wonderful lifestyle. K xxx
I love the candle wrap Kerryanne. Can’t wait to see what other coastal ideas you have.
Thanks Toni xx
Hi…..I forgot you’re having summer..as the snow falls here..I’m glad I’m not in the New England area here in the States..can not imagine dealing with all the snow..it was nice to see the beach in this post..an since I do live on the shore here..I’m going to get some driftwood to make a candle holder this summer..such a sweet idea..I know some people that will love getting one of those..just for the heck of giving a gift..another reason I can not wait for spring to finally get here.!
I have to agree with you Wende, I wouldn’t like to be in those areas being hit with the big snow storms. Hope you enjoy beachcombing for driftwood come spring. There’s lots of great things you can make from it too. Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Linda Cochran Sellers says
I love the driftwood candle holder, Kerryanne.I love rustic & beachy things. It’s lovely. I love everything you do.
Linda Cochran Sellers says
It’s cold here in Leesburg Georgia,USA. Nice and warm there. I love rustic & beachy things. Your candle holder is lovely, Kerryanne. Looking for to seeing other things you made. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thanks Linda. Yes, hot summer days here and perfect beach weather.
Hope you can stay warm my friend. 🙂
Debbie Howard says
Your look is very beautifull! I have been really enjoying the beach look lately. Yours is so soothing and calming just the look I am after for our little lakehouse.