Sunday, February 7, 2010

Farmhouse Meets Beach Cottage

Last week I made the BIG announcement that The Tiki Hut is moving to South Georgia and I wrote, "I plan on mixing shabby chic and beachiness to make the place my own and I'll be blogging about my efforts right here at the Tiki Hut. I'll be looking for your advice and I've already bookmarked a few projects I've come across that will work beautifully."

Well, without even realizing it, Kat @ Low Tide High Style, has set my mind swirling with ideas for decorating my new home. She is hosting another fabulous giveaway and this is the lovely item the lucky owner will claim:

Beach Glass Earrings!

Aren't these beautiful? I love beach glass and my earliest recollection of collecting seashells is walking the beach with my beloved Grandmother Cora. I was so young, but coming from a family that loved the beach, I can tell you that I've spent my life collecting treasures from the sea. I remember my grandmother calling beach glass — mermaid tears. I don't remember her reasoning, but this is how I've always referred to these beautiful bits of glass and seeing it always reminds me of her. Grandma also told me that seashells were left on the beach by mermaids while I was sleeping, so that I could find them in the morning. So, when I saw these lovely earrings today, memories of my grandmother were fondly brought to mind. You can sign up for this giveaway here.

Now you're probably asking yourself what earrings could possibly have to do with home decorating, right? Well, these beach glass/mermaid tears earrings come from the White Flower Farmhouse and guess what? One of the categories in their online store is The Beach Cottage and another is The Farmhouse Shop. Beach Cottage? Farmhouse? I'm moving to the country, yes, right where my ancestors started their farms so long ago.

In 1902, my great-grandparents on daddy's side, built the house pictured in this painting. This house stood just about 100 yards or so from the log cabin they had built in the mid-1880s when they married. Although the cabin still stands, the house was destroyed by a tornado in 2005. I have a few bricks from the chimneys, a bit of the trim work, a window, and some of the wood. I plan to make a shadow box with these bits and pieces of my family history.

So, I'm merging my two worlds — moving back to my roots and taking my beach style with me. What did I find in The Farmhouse Shop that would help me honor my heritage and retain my beachiness?

Bread boards and votive holders handcrafted from reclaimed barn beams. 
I think my seashells would be lovely arranged near these items.

Barnwood Shelf

Picture this shelf with jars of beach glass and some of my mother's salt and pepper collection. This collection includes those with a country flair and those with a beach theme. Like I said, merging two worlds. I think this is perfect!

Take a look at this!

Beach painted on a worn fence picket, definitely farmhouse meets beach cottage!

And this!

Handcrafted Aqua Swimgirl

This reminded me of this pillow Maya @ Completely Coastal blogged about recently. Visit her post to find out where to purchase this one or many other coastal-themed pillows.

I could go on and on with what I found at The White Flower Farmhouse, but I think you catch my drift. I am so confident now that I will be able to seamlessly blend my beachiness with my country roots and I have this store and Kat to thank for that!

Be sure to stop in and sign up for Kat's giveaway and just wait until you see all the luscious goodies at The White Flower Farmhouse, you are going to love it!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with The White Flower Farmhouse, I just fell in love with their store!

16 Thoughtful Comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

First're moving?? When and how did this occur?? Will you still be near the ocean? Have I missed a post?

I love all of your ideas! We have had our home on the lake for 18 years and it never occurred to me to bring in any sort of 'beachy' theme because it was a lake after all, not the ocean. A small sea shells or sea glass, driftwood, etc. But last summer I decided I could do what I wanted and with the new renovations and my English farmhouse style kitchen, I started going with the same idea that you are planning. Bringing in more beach things. How cool. So...I appreciate the links and am so looking forward shopping! ;-)

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!


Vicki ~ FL said...

Mermaid's tears.....I will be thinking of you with every piece of beach glass that I find.

Crafting a shadow box from wonderful memories will be quite special and you'll have to show us once it's completed. I can just imagine how beautiful your new shabby chic home will be!

Good luck on the move:~)

Kat said...

I found this site yesterday when I read Kat's post and it's wonderful. What a great way to merge your two worlds. I perused that site most of the afternoon and got some great ideas for our guest room. The money tree is dead and awaiting a proper burial, so for now I'll just be dreaming :). Kathy

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The white flower farmhouse is awesome!! I so love Megan's driftwood boats there. As to the ear rings, of course I love them, but I don't wear jewelry at all and have no ear piercings.

You have that exact same ship tin box!!? Neat!!

Happy Sunday!

Loui♥ said...

was thinking of you last nite..
and when I saw your post this morning..
of course I leaped at the chance to win those gorgeous earrings!!!
hope your move goes well..
love your ideas of merging your two worlds..
warm hugs from snowy Denver!

The Muse said...

Those are all images I would associate with you, although we have not known each that long.

I continue to pray that your joy will be found at that next rainbow stop.

Your spirit is what makes a home :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

White Flower Farmhouse is soooo full of awesome stuff...I'm sure your new home is going to look outstanding!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Rhonda!!!
Well the Whiteflower Farmhouse girls are just the best!!! Megan and Lori are sweet generous and infinitely clever girls. I must admit I spend hours on their website just dreaming!! haha.. That swimgirl there!! well she should be mine.. haha but not too practical to post to Australia so I do hope she finds a good home somewhere more local!!

I wish I had thought to tell you about them before.. You are absolutely right!! That have that incredible knack of blending country and beach styles as if they were perfect partners.. and yes.. I don't have an affiliation with them either.. haha except for being a long time fan!!

Love your post of course!! take care!! xx Julie

Sue said...

I'm going to love this store...I'll go visit later. I'm in the Midwest and I pulled all sorts of beachy things into my house. Beach glass on the coffee table, palm trees and beach chairs in the art on the walls, shells in jars...palm trees and so on. It is different from the way my friends decorate around here...but, it makes me happy.


gayle said...

I love all the pictures!!

Lillian Robinson said...

I think it will be wonderfully eclectic. Can't wait to see pics of the progress! Your positive attitude is inspiring.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Shellbelle...
I am so tickled for you that you are moving back to your roots. Sometimes we have to search our heart and then follow whatever comes to us. I know you will miss your beach home, but like you said you are taking so much with you.

I have to tell you, I so love the locker baskets, I have been searching for some of those for some time. I am always a day late and a dollar short on them. You are so lucky. They look precious combined with the woods and bottles.

Will you still be near any ocean? Driving distance?

Have a beautiful Monday. The one thing I do know, you move, but our blogs never do, so we will still have you.

Have a beautiful Monday sweetie. Country hugs and so much love. Your Valentine, Sherry

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
I enjoyed this beachy post. I look forward to checking out those beachy links. We are in the process of planning a beachy themed bedroom to remind us of our time in Florida. You might like to check out this website as they have some great ideas.
Best Wishes

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very, very cool stuff! Love it all! I think it's perfect for beach girl meets farm house! :-)

Rhonda, please send me your phone number again. I've lost it!


Sheila :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ronda how soon will you be moving? Best of luck in the new place!

I collected a large amount of sea glass from the beaches of Southern Italy. It was my favorite souvenir! These earrings are lovely! I will check the links..thanks!

sealaura said...

good luck with the move and I can't wait to see your shabby chic posts. I am off to check out the links you've posted. have a happy monday.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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